By and large, Krabi has only one impressive Buddhist temple, Wat Tham Sua (aka Tiger Temple), a vast and exquisitely decorated temple complex located near the city of Krabi Town, on one of the spurs of Mount Khao Phanom Bencha.
In the neighboring province of Phang Nga, there are two other interesting temples: the Wat Suwan Kuha temple located in a cave and the Wat Bang Riang temple complex, known for its giant, the size of a multi-storey house, statues of the Buddha and the goddess Guanyin.
The first one is located near the provincial capital, Phang Nga, on the road from Phuket to Krabi. The second one is a little further away, but also within reach, 30 km away. northeast of Phang Nga, near the road leading to Surat Thani province.
Among the other temples, it is worth mentioning the Wat Sai Thai temple located near the city of Ao Nang, notable for its large statue of the reclining Buddha, and the Wat Klong Thom temple, located near the Emerald Lake and hot springs. The latter, however, is interesting not so much in itself, but thanks to the museum of local antiquities located at it.
Note. The term “Wat” (“Wat”), repeatedly used in this text, means “temple” in Thai, and the temple is exclusively Buddhist.
The location of the Buddhist temples of Krabi and the temples of the neighboring provinces.
Buddhist temples in the vicinity of Krabi. Wat Bang Riang Temple Complex, about 100 km. from the city of Krabi. Giant, the size of a multi-storey building, a statue of the Buddha.
Below are maps of the surrounding areas of Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak, showing the location of Buddhist temples.
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For trips to the temples of Krabi province and the temples of neighboring provinces (primarily Phang Nga province), you will need a rented transport, car or motorbike. About how much it costs to rent a car, what documents are required, and where it is best to take a car, it is written here: Rent a car in Phuket. A similar text about renting a motorbike can be found here: Rent a motorbike in Phuket, there are no fundamental differences in renting transport in Phuket and in other tourist centers of Thailand.
A list of the most interesting temples in Krabi and the neighboring province of Phang Nga.
Brief descriptions of the most interesting temples in Krabi Province and the temples of the surrounding provinces can be found below. Click on the photo or on the “read more” link to see a detailed description of the attraction you are interested in.
Wat Tham Sua (Tiger Cave Temple), the most colorful Buddhist temple in Krabi Province, is located on the outskirts of Krabi Town (20 km away). from the city of Ao Nang), and is known for its impressive buildings, numerous caves decorated with exquisite statues, as well as a staircase leading to the top of the mountain, which offers strikingly beautiful views of the surrounding area of Krabi Town.
The tiger temple got its name due to a legend, according to which the founder of the temple meditated in a cave that was the lair of this terrible beast. Over time, the temple has grown and currently represents . Read more »»»
Wat Suwan Khuha, one of the most colorful and most visited temples in the vicinity of Phuket and Khao Lak, is located in a huge cave near the city of Phang Nga, the administrative center of the province of the same name.
The main part of the Wat Suwan Kuha temple is located in a karst cave measuring 20×40 meters, formed as a result of the erosion of limestone rock. The main attraction of the temple is a 15-meter statue of the reclining Buddha, made in the traditional Thai religious art, rich and refined style. In addition to the main statue in the temple, there are also a great many smaller statues, . Read more »»»
Wat Bang Riang temple complex is a striking example of modern religious architecture in Thailand, large-scale and impressive. The complex consists of three separate structures: the Chedi Rat Uppatham (the main temple building) and two giant statues the size of a multi-storey building, a statue of the Buddha and a statue of the Chinese goddess of mercy Guanyin.
Wat Bang Riang is located in a mountainous area on the border of three provinces, Phang Nga, Krabi and Surat Thani. The distance from Phang Nga city to Wat Bang Riang Temple is 35 kilometers, the temple is located northeast of the city, . Continue reading “”” Wat
Klong Thom Buddhist Temple is located at a distance of about 10 km. from the Emerald Lake and hot springs, on Route 4, in the Klong Thom District of Krabi Province. This temple is interesting not so much by itself, but thanks to the museum organized at the temple.
The museum houses a rather interesting collection of local antiquities, dated to the middle of the 1st millennium AD. The exhibits presented there (tools, ceramics, coins, gold jewelry, etc.) were excavated on the territory of the province of Krabi, through which the trade route from China to India passed fifteen hundred years ago. The golden age of trade between India and China occurred during the Tang Dynasty, . Read more »»»