under the blazing hot sun, we braved ourselves out of the hotel to visit this breathtaking place in Krabi. i was in Thailand for only four days and this day was a memorable one, these photos doesn't actually do this place any justice.
after we were dropped off by the cab driver, we walked in through the main entrance and we were welcomed by statues of tigers. further ahead, stood a majestic temple with hundreds of people praying and paying their respects.
just a few minutes later, i was startled by the sound of firecrackers. there was a celebration going on and locals were swarming the area so we continued our journey to the staircases that will lead us to the hiking trail. i was not dressed for hiking, obviously, not prepared for anything like it but there i was, and i did it anyway, because there might not be a 'next time'! so up we go, there were two options, one was to climb up 1237 staircases that lead to the main temple on top of the mountain, and another was a hike up to another side of the mountain, through the jungle that will eventually lead us to the main temple too.
we took the one less traveled. we decided that a climb up 1237 staircases under the heat is rather dangerous and a heat stroke is the last thing we want in a foreign country with strangers all around! it was around 42°C on this particular afternoon (i checked!).
the hike took us about thirty minutes, up some stairs and through the jungle before we arrived at a cave area with several praying altars all around it. my friend paid her respects (she is a Buddhist) and i took a few minutes to explore the area. it was not as humid as it was earlier, surrounded by trees and caves it was a little chilly. i was rather mesmerized by the drawings and paintings on the cave walls. these were probably done by the monks who sometimes stay and meditate in the jungle for months, but i couldn't find anything to prove my theory. although, the drawings look a little ancient too.
we continued our hike for another fifteen minutes when we noticed that it was too quiet and the trail ahead of us was coming to an end. it was such a disappointment, we had to go back to where we started and it was too late then to climb up the stairs because we only have two hours to explore the area before we head back to the hotel. so we spent the last few minutes to explore the foot of the mountain (where the first temple is), there were plenty to see too.
i recommend this place if you ever find yourself in Krabi, but an early morning visit would be perfect - you don't want to be caught up in the heat climbing up the stairs!