Buddha at the top of Tiger Cave Temple
The Full day Krabi Sightseeing tour includes a visit to Wat Tham Sueua or Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi. Located 9 kilometres from Krabi Town, Tiger Cave is truly impressive. The actual Tiger Cave is just one of a complex of natural caves set into the limestone cliff in which the monks live and meditate. Just a note that there are no Tigers at Tiger Cave Temple.
But whichever, if any, of these stories are true or not, the place does genuinely feel sacred. Set into lush jungle with truly monumental trees, the caves are just one of the attractions. For the able bodied there is the climb up the 1237 steps to the temple at the top giving one of the most amazing 360 degree views that you will ever see. There is a very large Buddha at the very top, high above the Tiger Cave Temple and the view from up there is spectacular.
The walk up to the top is quite an effort, some of the steps are quite steep, but its well worth a walk up even if you don't have time (or energy) to walk to the very top. The views from even a fraction of the way up are very impressive.
Time at the hot springs is about 1 hour.
The Hot Springs are about a 40 minute journey by minibus from Krabi Town (1 hour from Aonang).
Start the day with a relaxing and refreshing dip in Krabi Hot Springs. Just a short distance from Krabi town and nestled into the jungle, the krabi hot springs really are a natural Jacuzzi. Copper in the water gives the stony deposits an Emerald green color and surrounded by the green jungle the place is simply relaxing. The water is a constant 35 degrees and is provided by several hot springs which combine into a river which flows down a waterall. There are many natural water worn hollows in the rock in which you can lie and let the healing minerals do their work.
There is also an area of man-made pools that are fed by the same water. These have very easy access so that even people with limited mobility can enjoy the waters.
Although there are many medical claims associated with the waters including rheumatism, gout and sciatica, cures for these ailments are not guaranteed, however, just laying around in the river listening to the birds and watching the sky through the trees is so enjoyable that it's got to be worth a try. I personally find that a 20 minute soak in the water really does help my legs, not sure whether its the heat or the minerals but for at least a few days after, I feel
Time at the Emerald Pool is approximately 1 hour.
A short hop from the Hot Springs will take you to the Krabi Emerald Pool ('Sa Morakot' in Thai). The pool is so called, not surprisingly, because of its colour. It really is a quite remarkable sight and does live up to its name. After your dip in the Krabi hot springs, a splash and a swim in the warm clear water is an incredible and refreshing experience. The Emerald Pool is set in lush rainforest jungle with towering trees and the constant rhythmic music of crickets and frogs.
The water really is a joy to swim in, the water is just so clear. Be a bit careful getting in and out though, it is a bit slippy in places.
You can walk through the jungle along very well maintained paths and enjoy the humid but cooler air in the shade of the trees. This is a part of Krabi that is often overlooked, the richness of the jungle, the million shades of green, the smells of exotic flowers; this is what the tropics is all about. Many of the trees are marked with the name of their species so, great for any botanists!
There are two routes taking you though the jungle to the Emerald Pool, one is along a winding concrete narrow path that takes you right through the jungle, this route is about 1400m, the other route is a bit shorter, about 800m and wider, it is wide enough for vehicles but is also extremely beautiful and shady.