Wat Tham Thong Panara is located in the village number 9, Tham Panara Sub-district, which is around 2 kilometers from the 192nd – 193rd kilometer marker on Asia Road (highway number 41) and is 1 kilometer from the district office.
Legend has it that there were two nuns, called Pring and Prang. They took their belongings and led many people to travel past the sea in order to build Phra Borom That by these people’s properties. When they reached the dock (which is Ban Pak Bara at present), they heard the news that the establishment of Phra Borom That was complete. Therefore, they found a perfect place on land, which was Tham Thong, to build the reclining Buddha inside the cave and put their properties inside the statue. When the two nuns died, their descendants built two Buddha images which contained their bones. On the 1st day of the 11th lunar month, there is an annual merit-making ceremony to worship the reclining Buddha and the Buddha images that contain the nuns’ bones (which are later called Phra Pring and Phra Prang). This is known as “Kuen Tham Tradition” and is celebrated every year on the 1st day of the 11th lunar month. People from everywhere come to worship the reclining Buddha and redeem their vow with snacks called Khanom Phong and Khanom La. The tourists can also visit a lot of caves, both indoor and outdoor, inside the temple.