You’ll visit the temple and see the beautiful murals.
The Khao Noi Cave Temple or, Wat Tham Khao Noi which means temple of the small cave, is one of the only two Chinese temples in all of Kanchanaburi, the second one being the Wat Thaworn Wararam (Wat Yuan/Vietnamese Temple) sitting right next to the WWII Cemetery. Established in 1881 it belongs to the Mahayana Sect. The first overseer of the temple was a Chinese monk named Luang Pu Haeng (Kak Neng). After his demise, monks from the Anam Sect took over and are still caring for the temple up to these days.
Due to its Chinese origins, the temple is full of the round-bellied smiling Buddha, which implies happiness. There are also several other images and statues representing Chinese deities, including one of Phra Sangkachai who believed he would be the first to achieve enlightenment in the future.
The inside of the temple is full of Chinese arts such as murals and tapestries as well as koi ponds and a seven-tiered Pagoda that you can access from the spiral staircase in the center of the temple. The Chinese architecture, with its chedi, ordination hall, and the surrounding buildings, is unmistakable and quite a sight to the eyes.
The Khao Noi Cave Temple is perched on the hilltop of Tumbon Tha Muang at about twelve kilometers from Kanchanaburi City. The terrace on the top platform, where a Chinese-style pagoda stands almost as tall as the orange pagoda at Wat Tham Suea just next door, is the perfect viewing spot to observe the impressive surrounding landscape.
Guests can either rent a motorbike or take the baht bus (Songthaew) to get there. It is unquestionably a great place to stop and enjoy the sight, no matter if you are coming from or going to Bangkok.