Wat Baan Tham is located at Khao Noi Sub District, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi. It is only five kilometers far from Wat Tham Sua if you take Mae Nam Mae Klong road. The stairs which will bring you to the cave give you a feel like you are walking through a mouth of a dragon. There is one stalactite inside the cave which somehow looks like a women body. It was named after Bua Kli who is a wife of Khun Paen in a legend Thai folklore, Khun Chang Khun Phaen.
Wat Baan Tham is an ancient temple which carried down for many generations. The rear area of the temple lies next to the mountains while the front lies next to Mae Klong river. There is one beautiful strand near the entrance of the temple. The mountain where Wat Baan Tham stands on is 200 meters high. The mountain is wide and long to the north western side and ends at Khao Laem and Khao Tok Tham Mangkon Thong Pak. The cave is the place where Phra Buddha Chinnarat and the stalactite of Bua Kli placed.
It has been said in the history that this temple was first built in the reign of Sukhothai. The cave was discovered by a rich man. Later, he decided to invite Luang Po Thong, the first abbot, to stay over here as the cave looks nice with the winds blowing all day long. Luang Po Thong was a very well-known monk and he pet one of a Magpie bird and taught it about how to speak. Thus, presently, you can still spot Magpie birds around the cave and the surrounding area.
Sacred objects and places which any visitors should not miss at any reasons:
– The old Buddhist sanctuary which is where the Buddha image in the attitude of meditation stays together with Mokkallana and Saributr statues.
– The new Buddhist sanctuary which is where the imitate of Phra Buddha Chinnarat, that was made at Wat Che Pa Khaow, Phitsanulok, installed.
– Tham Ku Ha Mangkorn Sawan or Tham Bua Kli where the holy yet well-known Phra Buddha Chinnarat installed.-Many more caves await you to discover such as Tham Man Vichitr, Tham Khun Paen, Tham Dok Jok, Tham Dusit, Tham Muen Han, Tham Nang Nual and Tham Nang Norn. If you reach at the peak of the mountain, you will be impressed by the stunning views of greenish mountains and trees which can somehow take your breath away.
Wat Baan Tham
Location: Khao Noi, Tha Muang District, Kanchanaburi 71110 Thailand