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khaolak temple caves - Wat Tham (Wat Suwan Khuba)

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Wat Tham

Wat Suwan Khuha is often simply referred to, by locals, as Wat Tham meaning temple cave.

This Wat is very impressive and quite unusual as it was built inside a limestone mountain, or karst, containing numerous caves of various sizes.

The largest (and lowest) of the caves measures 20m by 40m, and serves as the main entrance to the Wat. This particular cave is called Tham Yai (big cave) and contains one of the highlights of the Wat - a beautiful 15m Reclining Budda. The cave is decorated throughout it's length with various sized tiles of Lai Kram and Benjarong, which are typical Thai art forms.
Tham Yai is used as a shrine (vihara), and there are several stucco figures of the Budda.

Some of the other caves also have names and they are as follows: Tham Jaeng (bright cave), Tham Meud (dark cave) and Tham Kaew (crystal cave).

The Wat is not too far from Khao Lak and lies about 12km west of Phang Nga, at Tambon Krasom (in Takua Thung district). It is situated just off route 4 (easterly direction) between Khok Kloy and Phang Nga. You may possibly remember passing through Khok Kloy (where route 4 splits into a northerly and easterly direction ) en route from Phuket airport to Khao Lak.

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Reclining Budda at Wat Tham

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