Caves in Thailand


Caves in Thailand

Thailand is a country that is so geographically and biologically rich with natural attractions scattered across the country. Besides the countless beaches, limestone karsts, lush rainforests and waterfalls, the country also has some beautiful naturally formed caves that are breath-taking and deserve to be visited on their own merit! Here we have compiled a collection of the most fascinating caves for you to visit in Thailand!

Here is the list of 13 Caves in Thailand

1. Tham Khao Luang, Phetchaburi

4.2 /5

Tham Khao Luang is an impressive cave stuffed with stalactite. Accessed via an array of steep stairs, this cave shrine is Rama IV's favourite. Deep inside the cave, there is supposedly a rock formation of Jesus on the cross. The central Buddha figure is sometimes illuminated by the sunlight glow that enters through the skylight.

2. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Hua Hin

Situated in the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, the Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of the  mystical attractions spots of Thailand. The mystery of the place owes to the fact that the cave is a little hard to reach to and not a lot of visitors manage to reach the stunning site. The Phraya Nakhon Cave has two chambers with open ceilings to allow sunlight to penetrate through, rendering the place a soothing calmness.

3. Viking Cave, Phi Phi Islands

3.8 /5

f you've ever wanted to feel like a part of a pirate crew then this place is perfect for you, although many people feel cheated because local operators sell this off as an entire day event. You are only allowed to view this cave from afar while the boat drives by.

4. Chiang Dao Cave, Chiang Mai

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At the foothills of the Chiang Dao mountain lies the Chiang Dao Cave, full of natural wonders and mysteries. The interiors of the cave are patterned with the naturally occurring stalagmites and stalactites. The cave running for more than 12 kilometres also contains several Buddhist relics, ancient statues, a lovely fish pond, and exciting dark passageways.

5. Tham Phra Nang Cave, Rai Leh

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This is an interesting cave with large wooden phalluses. Also known as the Princess Cave or penis cave, this is named after the Phra Nang princess. Here, the fishermen and other visitors make offerings to the symbolic phallus of Shiva to help with fertility. They also believe that the sea-princess will help them bring good results in fishing.

6. Mae Lana Cave, Mae Hong Son

Located in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, Mae Lana Cave is a set of two caves, Diamond and Coral. The route to the caves is rugged, goes over a steep slope through a jungle and can be covered over a two-wheeler. However, entry is allowed only with a guide. The dark, cold and dingy caves have a river flowing through them, and the surface is mostly slippery. At the entrance, one can purchase plastic shoes to help make their tour comfortable and safe. Visitors can choose which Cave they want to explore depending on the time they can spend at the attraction.

7. Crazy Horse Cave, Mae On District

A buttress located in Mae On district in Thailand, the Crazy Horse Cave hosts several caves like the Anxiety State Cave and Morning Glory Cave. It takes a little bit of experience to climb the mountain and access the caves. So, the attraction is not always crowded. Nonetheless, visiting in groups is recommended for safety reasons. Crazy Horse Cave is home to scorpions, red ants, bees, etc. The trail leading to the Cave also has plants that may cause painful rashes when one comes in contact with them. Hikers need to be careful not to touch any unidentified plant and carry a first aid kit.

8. Tham Lum Khao Ngu Aka, Kanchanaburi

Tham Lum Khao Ngu Aka is famous for its 200-feet tall limestone column, which is also the tallest in the world. The Cave is also known as the Snake Mountain Cave and is located at the Lam Khlong Ngu National Park in Kanchanaburi, Thailand. Visitors get to see some magnificent stalactites and stalagmites here. The attraction is surrounded by nature. Those wanting to escape the mundane lives can head to the national park and visit this Cave.

9. Phi Hua To Cave, Ao Luk

Phi Hua To Cave or Phi Hua Toh Cave is located in Ao Luk, Krabi. It is also known as Hua Galok and was once a burial site. The Cave has several paintings, some of which are about 3000 years old. Visitors can also check out the natural rock formations inside the Cave that are shaped like dragons or crocodiles. When seen from the Tha Pring Canal, the Cave looks like a giant head. It is thus called Phi Hua Toh Cave which means Big Headed Ghost Cave.

10. Tham Pla Cave, Pong Ngam

Tham Pla Cave is a popular tourist attraction located in Pong Ngam, Thailand. The Cave is formed in a limestone mountain in the village. The attraction has a fresh freshwater stream with schools of fish right at the entrance. The Cave houses a Burmese style idol of Buddha. Here, locals believe that Buddha blesses devotees with good fortune. So, many visit the Cave to offer prayers. The place is also home to several monkeys. Although they do not have trouble, one needs to be careful not to disturb them.

11. Muang On Cave, Mae On District

Muang On Cave is located at a short distance from Chiang Mai, Thailand and is a preferred attraction for a quick adventure getaway for the locals. After climbing a flight of stairs that leads to the entrance of the Cave, visitors get to explore a well-light cave. They can hire a guide or explore all by themselves and check out the limestone formations, petrified wood, fossils and a statue of Gautam Buddha. The centre of attraction inside the Cave, a huge stalagmite, is a must-see.   

12. Tham Lot, Mae Hong Province

Situated in the Mae Hong Province of Thailand, Tham Lot Cave is a prehistoric cave and a paradise for thrill-seekers. The caves run deep, about 1600 metres into the mountains, and are sometimes referred to as coffin caves. Tham Lot Cave is perfect for those wanting to explore a somewhat spooky attraction.  

13. Phung Chang Cave, Phang Nga Province

Situated in the mountains of the province of Phang Nga in Thailand, Phung Chang Cave is a popular attraction amongst adventurers. Here, visitors have to canoe through a stream, then proceed over traditional bamboo rafts till they reach a point from where the water level is only about knee-deep. From this point, they then need to wade or hike through to reach the Cave. People need to be physically prepared for walking about 2 kilometres through the waters to explore the Cave and return.

How many of these caves have you been to? Let us know in the comments below!

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