Wat Tham Seua

Buddhist Temple in Krabi Town

This sprawling hill and cave temple complex 9km north of Krabi Town is an easy, worthwhile day trip. At the park entrance you'll come to a gruellingly steep 1260-step staircase leading to a 600m karst peak. After a 30- to 40-minute climb, the fit and fearless are rewarded with golden Buddha statues, a gilded stupa and spectacular views out to sea beyond Ao Nang. Start early and bring water; there are drinking taps at the top.

The best of the rest of the grounds can be found by following a loop trail through a little forest valley behind the ridge where the bòht (central sanctuary) is located. Here you'll find several limestone caves hiding Buddha images, statues and altars.

This is a sacred area of worship: please dress appropriately by covering shoulders to knees and avoiding tight outfits.

Motorcycle taxis from Krabi cost 200B return. A sŏrng·tăa·ou (pick-up minibus) from Krabi's Th Utarakit is 70B.