With so many things to do in Krabi, one of the days I decided to go with 2 friends to Tiger temple. We bought the tour at the Hostel that includes a ride to the place and back. Tiger temple is about 40 minutes drive from Ao Nang.
There is, in fact, a cave where is the Tiger temple, but the most interesting part of this place is the climb of 1237 steps until the top of the mountain where the view is totally worth the almost 1h climb to the top under Thailand’s hot and humid weather. Be sure to take a big bottle of water with you. You will need it. Dress properly as this is a temple, so you shouldn’t be showing a lot of skin.
The way up is tough! Is very hot which makes things harder, but the view you get the higher you climb, it’s rewarding. You will find others also taking a rest on the staircase during the way. This is a place where we were advised about the monkeys. They steal stuff and are aggressive, but fortunately, we haven’t seen many on the way up. On the way back I can’t say the same.
When you reach the top, the will to have a rest is bigger than the one to appreciate the spot, so I took some rest. On the very top, there is a huge Buddha statue and others. The view of limestone cliffs until you lose sight is magnificent. I have never been in such a beautiful place before. You can see that in the surrounding area there are a lot of cliffs and that makes the landscape in Krabi unique. In fact, while we were on the car to the temple, the view on this ride is already worthy. You are driving among all those big rocks which are wonderful.
On the very top of the mountain, there is all this view to embrace and appreciate with the sound of birds and cicadas. We stayed there for long minutes appreciating the accomplishment of climbing all those stairs.
The way down is easier, but still tough as the pain in the muscles is now located in another area. We still need to make a few stops on the way down. Getting closer to the bottom, the monkeys are there. And there are a lot of monkeys here. I was getting worried they will attack or whatever… people are enchanted by them and stand to appreciate their play time with each other. Don’t take anything on outside pockets or they will steal it. I saw the monkeys stealing things to other tourists on my front, bottles, sunscreen, food. If they can. they steal everything. I confess I was afraid they steal my eyeglasses…
We went faster through them so any accident happened. There were really a lot of monkeys when we arrived at the bottom, they were everywhere. Maybe it’s because it was lunchtime… I don’t know, but we haven’t seen many when we climbed…
At the bottom, there is the tiger cave temple. A cave filled with statues in honor of the tiger. legend says that a monk went to meditate in the cave, and during his meditation, he witnessed tigers roaming around the cave. Another one says that says that an actual huge tiger used to live and roam the cave. The naming of the temple also comes to discoveries of a tiger paw prints on the cave walls, and also the bulge of the cave resembling a tiger’s paw.
This place is magnificent, so I truly advise a visit to Tiger Temple in Krabi.