In 1975, a meditating monk shared that he’d observed tigers roaming through the caves here. His sighting led to the naming of this temple, Tiger Cave Temple, or Wat Tham Suea.

Often referred to as the stairway to heaven, the temple can only be reached by a 1,237 step journey- a strenuous journey at that- to the top.

However, once you make it to the summit- you are gifted with breathtaking views over the mountains and some glorious Buddha statues. Whatever you do, don’t turn back. It’s worth it. Rest on the stairs if you need to, but just keep going, whatever you do. It helps to pay attention to the numbers on the stairway poles, At least me! And don’t forget to bring water! Maybe even a little snack to enjoy at the top.

The journey to the top is challenging, no doubt. But if you can turn it into a meditation, the payoff is beautifully inspiring.

Comment below if you’ve made it to the top! Maybe share a piece of wisdom you picked up along the way.

As always, outvoyaging is open to questions and feedback. <3

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