Tham Suwan Kuha

Wat Suwan Kuha - Wat Tham - Suwankuha Cave Temple

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Location: Mu 2, Tambon Krasom, Amphoe Takua Thung.
13 km south of Phang Nga city. Follow Rt4 towards Phuket.
(8.428391, 98.471954)
Open: All year daily 8-17.
Fee: free.
Classification: SubterraneaCave Church
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:  
Address: Tham Suwan Kuha, Mu 2, Tambon Krasom, Amphoe Takua Thung.
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Wat Suwan Kuha is a monastery with numerous caves, which were transformed into cave temples. That's why it is generally called Wat Tham (Cave Temple) by the locals. Tham Yai (Big Cave) is the entrance to the complex, a huge 40 m long and 20 m high cavern dominated by a golden 15 m long Reclining Buddha. Wat Tham Suwan Khuha was visited in the past by many kings and royal families and the main cave contain numerous inscriptions to commemorate this.

On the other side of the cavern a trail lead uphill to more caves with stalactites, stalagmites and numerous Buddha statues, called Tham Jaeng, Tham Meud, and Tham Kaew. There is also a museum which displays the collection of ancient objects, wit explanatory texts written by the abbot Phra Kru Winai. This is the most important temple in Phang Nga Province, but also very popular, so we recommend avoiding the site on Holidays and weekends. There are numerous monkeys wich are fed by the visitors, be careful not to annoy them.