In spite of the implied presence of one or many fierce tigers at the shrine, some may even be relieved to learn of their complete absence. Instead however, be prepared to be welcomed by throngs of monkeys from whom you will need to safeguard your possessions. The caves derive their name from a fable that has been narrated for generations, which states that a tiger once made the caves his home. The caves per se are natural formations, and have been transformed to a temple dedicated to Buddha without harming the wonders of Mother Earth. The caverns are atop a mound which offers a panoramically breath taking view of Thailand from the summit. The climb is tedious and somewhat exhausting, but fully worth it as the vistas that unfold beneath are only what a bird can normally boast of.
Similar to most other places of religious importance, the Tiger Cave Temple too reveals important facts and attributes of its home country, Buddhism and Thailand as a whole. Within the enclaves of the shrine there are golden Buddha statues, pagodas and ornate decorations including two tiger figurines at the entrance. The incumbent monks must find the tranquil surroundings conducive for their meditation and other religious observances, but at the same time the view is almost distracting. Laymen easily fall into the trap and one description from a colleague is all it takes for him or her to commence ascending the precarious flight of steps that culminate in some picture postcard worthy snaps. Since the trek can get a bit out of hand, best is to go dressed in practical mountain climbing clothes, minus the gear.
The specialty of the place of pilgrimage is enhanced as chronicles provide evidence to a probable visit by Buddha himself to the grounds. Potters and carpenters have worked tirelessly to preserve the footprints of the Buddha.
The Krabi resorts are not spiritual or religiously uplifting in their own right, but much like the Trang resort, the hotels in the area are full of activity and vibrancy. The Anantara Si Kao Thailand also lives up to the demands of the tired and thrilled tourists.