Set amidst a beautiful forest this is one of the Kingdom’s most interesting temples, and so named because of a rock outgrowth that resembles a tiger’s claw. Known in Thai as Wat Tham Suea, it is a warren of natural caves, which houses the main vihara or sanctum sanctorum and monastic cells for the monks and nuns that live here. The main attraction is the “footprint of the Buddha” atop a 300-metre limestone tower, which topped by a huge gilded Buddha statue, and accessible via a 1,272 stairway.
It’s a strenuous climb but the reward is a 360-panoramic view of dramatic limestone formation, forests, Krabi town and the Andaman Sea dotted with islands. Ascents a little before sunset are the best, especially if it’s a full moon. It’s magical with the Andaman Sea bleeding red from the setting sun, and a big yellow moon hanging low in the east. Only for the fit!