Of the various things to do in Khao Sok, this is at the top of our list! All ‘Wat Tham’ are cave temples, but in contrast to other locations, this temple’s cave tends to go unnoticed. The temple is mainly known for it’s troupe of long-tailed macaque monkeys, which attract many visitors daily. While these are fun to watch, we urge visitors to resist the temptation to pet, feed, or pose with them.
The gem of Wat Tham Panthurat is the ‘Tham,’ or cave. It is located high up on the cliff face above the temple, and is accessible by a steep, narrow staircase. As a result, the climb is exhilarating, and the cave is large and extensive. Common cave-sitings include bats and insects. Guests should keep in mind that there are no lights or walkways in this cave. Therefore anyone entering should come prepared, and proceed at their own risk.
How to get there: One of the closest things to do in Khao Sok, this temple is located along the main highway. Guests will find it just past the National Park road. Keep your eyes open for the traditional temple buildings, boundary wall, and soaring karst cliff.
Note: Keep in mind that this is a religious site. While guests will not be prohibited entry based on attire, it is advisable to dress modestly for your visit. Those driving to Khao Sok will find parking on site.
This cave temple is another excellent choice of things to do in Khao Sok. Unlike Wat Tham Panthurat, this cave is easily accessible, and is complete with walking paths and electric lighting. This is a common point of departure for a few canoe companies in Khao Sok, but otherwise remains quiet.
Guests that venture through the cave will emerge onto the river. Here are great views of the surrounding forest, as well as massive boulders, sculpted by millennia of fast-flowing river water. Additionally, the monks and locals that support the temple here have made a tradition of feeding fish in the river. As a result, there is a massive school of fish that lives in the river at the cave exit. Feeding these fish is great entertainment, and bags of food can be purchased at the cave entrance for 10B.