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Climbing the Tiger Cave – Krabi, Thailand

The Tiger Cave in Krabi, Thailand is one of the many tourist attractions travelers visit during their stay in Krabi.  We had rented a motor bike for the day/24hours (250Baht/$8USD) so we were able to spend the day visiting the sites we wanted to and enjoy it as long as we wanted to.  Other ways to get to the Tiger Cave would be to rent a taxi or driver which is the most expensive yet convenient way, or take the shuttle to Krabi town and hire a songthaew from there to the Tiger Cave which would be more affordable but more time-consuming.  The main temple is under construction and it is not as impressive as other Wat we’ve visited, climbing up to the top of the mountain was the highlight of our visit.  Not many travelers get the chance to climb up either because they are overwhelmed by the number of steps to the top or they are part of a tour group that doesn’t allow enough time to explore the grounds properly.  There are a total of 1,237 steps to the top of the mountain so get ready for an epic climb.  The climb to the top is definitely worth the effort as you will be rewarded with 360 degrees panoramic view at the top. Breathtaking!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Wear comfortable shoes – you can climb wearing sandals but some good shoes would feel much safer.
  • Bring your own water or buy some before starting to climb – there’s no water until you reach the very top (free but bring a bottle to fill up)
  • Go early in the morning (read sunrise) or late in the evening (read sunset) – you will avoid the crowds and the scorching sun while getting the amazing views during the best lighting!
  • Enjoy the climb!  It’s 1,237 steps!!  No one is racing you to the top and the views are not going anywhere.  Take your time and enjoy the views in many of the shaded areas where you can rest on the way up.

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Main structure at the Tiger Cave under construction.

Tiger Cave, Krabi, Thailand

Inside a temple also under construction.

Tiger Cave, Krabi, Thailand

Entrance to the steps to climb up to the top of the mountain.

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1,237 steps to the top

Tiger Cave, Krabi, Thailand

The steps are very steep at times, tread carefully.

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Found a Buddha on the way up.

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Monkeys enjoying the view.

Tiger Cave, Krabi, Thailand

Remember to stop and enjoy the views on your way up.

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Finally reached the top!

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Details of the giant Buddha

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The giant Buddha

Tiger Cave, Krabi, Thailand

Buddhas along the base of the giant one.

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Amazing views all around.

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Looking off into the distance. Breathtaking!

Tiger Cave, Krabi, Thailand

Looking down, we are a long way up!

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Krabi Town off in a distance.

 

  • Loving both the photos of the temple and of the scenery. Did you count the steps to check the sign wasn’t fibbing? 😉

    • Hi Emma! Tried to count the steps but lost count around 400 or so hahaha. I’ll just take their word on it. They also numbered the steps every so often so if you wanted to keep count, it’s doable!

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