Photo: Into the dragon’s mouth indeed.

Wat Ban Tham

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A passage through the dragon’s mouth takes you to two impressive caves and a mountaintop chedi affording tremendous river views at Wat Ban Tham, and if you don’t mind the steep climb, this is the mountain-cave temple that we suggest above all others in Kanchanaburi.

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The “Village of Caves Temple” has been a site of Buddhist activity since at least the early Ayutthaya period, perhaps as long ago as the 12th century. Resident forest monks oversee nine caves in total, though most visitors only hit the two largest on their way up the mountain.

Up we go. Photo taken in or around Wat Ban Tham, Kanchanaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Up we go. Photo: David Luekens

The journey begins with a steep set of stairs between balustrades depicting naga serpents. Then comes an enormous dragon with swirling eyeballs daring you to keep climbing into its mouth and up through a human-made tunnel punctuated by murals. On our visit, sunlight pierced through the windows as monks applied a fresh coat of red paint to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)

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