Wat Tham Sua Temple In Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Wat Tham Sua means “Tiger Cave Temple” which is located in Kanchanaburi and is often confused with the tiger cave temple in Krabi and also Tiger Temple (Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua).

As I’ve visited many Buddhist temples in Thailand, I must say Wat Tham Sua in Kanchanaburi is one of the most impressive temples I’ve been.

The Details

Wat Tham Sua Temple In Kanchanaburi, Thailand
Photo by: Mike

The main highlight of this temple is the giant Buddha and stunning views of the surrounding fields and rivers.

Wat Tham Sua Kanchanaburi
Photo by: Mike

A cable car runs to up the hill to the temple during day time which will cost you 10THB. Alternatively, there’s the option of taking the 157 steps staircase. There is no entrance fee to access this temple.

  • Location Map: Link
  • GPS Coordinates: 13.953920, 99.605134
Staircase To The Temple
Staircase To The Temple
Temple Architecture
Temple Architecture
Big Buddha Statue Kanchanaburi
Big Buddha Statue

The big buddha statue named Chin Prathanporn was built in 1973. It’s about 18 meters high and 10 meters wide.

Wat Tham Sua Surrounding
Wat Tham Sua Surrounding
Wat Tham Sua Surrounding
Wat Tham Sua Surrounding


As in most temples, you will need to be dressed appropriately. Therefore, no skirts, shorts, singlets etc are allowed.

Wat Tham Sua Kanchanaburi Opening Hours

  • Sunday: 08:00 – 16:30
  • Monday: 08:30 – 16:30
  • Tuesday: 08:30 – 16:30
  • Wednesday: 08:30 – 16:30
  • Thursday: 08:30 – 16:30
  • Friday: 08:30 – 16:30
  • Saturday: 08:00 – 16:30


I personally would recommend that you visit this temple if you’re on Kanchanaburi. It’s not touristy like other big temples in Thai and you also get to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

If you run into any problems whilst being in Thailand and need assistance, you can contact Thailand Tourist Assistance Center.

Which is the most beautiful temple you’ve been in Thailand? Why would you recommend it?

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