Kanchanaburi / The Tiger Cave Temple – Wat Tham Sua

Kanchanaburi / The Tiger Cave Temple , Some 20 km away from the town of Kanchanaburi, on a hilltop overlooking spectacular landscape, you’ll find one of the most beautiful temples in Thailand – Wat Tham Sua. The spectacular and colorful temple provides you with an observation point for marvelous scenery. I’m positive that even children, and those of you who aren’t temple enthusiasts will love it.

Wat Tham Sua means the Tiger Cave Temple. The title stems from the caves at the foot of the hill, where tigers used to live in the past, and tiger statues are located nowadays.

An important note: do not mistake this temple for Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, which was known as “the Tigers’ Temple”, where herds of tourists used to take photos with drugged tigers. That temple was closed a long time ago by the Thai authorities.

Next to Wat Tham Sua, there’s a Chinese temple called Wat Tham Khao Noi, and though it seems part of the same complex, these are two distinct and unique temples. Their Pagodas can be seen from afar, on a hill not too far from Mae Khlong river.

You can get to the temple from the parking area by climbing the stairs with the snake-shaped banister or take the cable-car next to the stairs to save the climbing.  Once you reach the hilltop, on your left – you’ll see the Chinese temple, Wat Tham Khao Noi, and heading to the right will bring you to the large square of Wat Tham Sua.

The square features a giant, marvelous, 19-meter-high statue of Buddha. The towering statue is entirely covered with golden mosaic and sits in a structure that resembles a shell. You’ll see many locals who come here to pray, bring offering and burn incense (don’t forget to take off your shoes in the area next to the Buddha temple).

The site features several impressive structures, including a pagoda which towers to dozens of meters high, with stairs you can climb. Right next to the spectacular pagoda there’s a Chinese one, which towers to 9-floors height. The complex also features smaller yet marvelous structures, along with colorful animal statues such as peacocks and birds.

The temple is built on a spacious surface overlooking a spectacular view of the entire area – wide rice fields stretching far up to the mountain-chain on the horizon – certainly a wonderful sight.

Opening Hours – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

In conclusion: One of the most beautiful temples in Thailand, and a wonderful observation point for a spectacular view. The temple is colorful and impressive, so even if you’re not a fan of temples, surely you will love it, and so will the kids.

My Opinion: Highly recommended!

 

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♣ Feel free to check out the clip I took on site… Enjoy!!

 

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Dr.David
My name is Dr. David (a former dentist and university lecturer). I’ve been living in Bangkok for the last 9 years. This has allowed me to practice the unusual combination of guiding Thai dentists in advanced courses while becoming thoroughly and pleasantly acquainted with Thailand – the spectacular landscapes, friendly people, colorful culture, delicious food and many other aspects of this wonderful country.