Wat Cha-Am Kiri (Wat Cha-Am Cave)

Cha-Am, Tha-Yang, Kaeng Krachan, and Petchaburi. Discussion on areas north of Hua Hin.
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Wat Cha-Am Kiri (Wat Cha-Am Cave)

Post by Big Boy » Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:28 am

To find this temple, as you drive North from Cha-Am, follow the road, past the flyover over the railway, then look for the entrance of the temple on your left.
Entrance on the road to Bangkok
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When you get into the temple grounds, parking is more than adequate.

At ground level, there are various temple buildings, including a quaint wooden temple. However, that is not what I was here for. I wanted to find the staircase to Wat Cha-Am Cave. There weren’t any signposts, so I explored the base of the mini-mountain.
Buddha buildings in the car park area.
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Buddha buildings in the car park area. The wooden temple.
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I found the staircase, and it was probably the best ‘cave staircase’ that I’ve found in Thailand. The height of the stairs was variable, but very safe. I counted the stairs – only 115.
There was a big clue that I'd found what I was looking for.
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The staircase to the cave.
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When I got to the top, my initial reaction was, “Where’s the cave?”
Where's the cave?
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However, I went through the gate and the cave entrance was on my right.
Oh, there it is.
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It was only a small cave, but a cave it definitely it was; and it housed numerous Buddha images. Then leading off the main chamber was another smaller chamber housing a reclining Buddha.
Inside the main chamber.
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Inside the smaller chamber.
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As I left the cave, and was about to start my descent, I noticed another smaller staircase/pathway, so I thought I’d better explore. The path led to another ‘semi-cave’, which I look through, and see fantastic views beyond. There was a back staircase leading down from the other side of the cave, which I didn’t bother with.
The semi-cave with a view.
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A lovely, reasonably easy to access cave containing Buddha images. I’ve been within 800 yards of this cave numerous times, and didn’t even know it was there. Well worth a visit.

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