October 17, 2002
Upon arrival, the area seemed to be sprawled into different sections. There was the actual Tiger Cave with the Temple attached. There was also a temple under construction. And the opportunity to see Buddha's footprint. We started by hiking up to the top of the mountain, to see Buddha's footprint. There was also has a pagoda and a sitting Buddha. To get to the top you have to climb about 1300 steps. The first few steps are pretty easy but after the first 10 the incline was rather abrupt and barely enough of a foothold. If you're out of shape - don't bother. I consider myself to be active and even I was wheezing and gasping half way up. The view from the top makes it all worthwhile. One can see rubber tree plantations, mountain formations, and the beaches of the Krabi area. Oh, Buddha has really big feet!
Once we came back down we went into the temple where we received a monk's blessing and marvelled at a wax figure of a legendary monk (better than Madame Toussaud's). There was not much to be seen in the Tiger Cave - rumour has it that there are a few tigers roaming about. Our conversation with the munk was unfortunately abrupt due to the communication barrier. I was also mindful not to touch him or stand too close to him. Which made me feel like I was intruding on his space, and a serious threat to him.
From journal From Bangkok to Krabi