Tham Lod

One of the most impressive caves in Thailand

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Tham Lod is considered one of Thailand's most impressive caves, partly for its size, partly for its attractive limestone stalactite formations and partly for the unusual coffin cave hidden within the main cave. In its entirety, Tham Lod is more than 1.5 km in length, which is still considerably smaller than some of the caves that can be seen in neighbouring Laos and further afield in Vietnam.

The Lang River flows through more than a third of the cave's length, giving you an opportunity to float through on bamboo rafts -- floating along in the darkness, listening to and smelling the bats overhead, makes for a unique experience. A typical visit includes a float through some of the cave followed by climbing through other portions to see the coffin cave and a couple of other caverns. A complete visit should take about two hours depending on your pace. Try to time your visit around late afternoon as at sunset thousands of bats fly out of the cave and 30,000 swifts fly in. This spectacle can be viewed at the exit to the cave and has to be seen to be believed.

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Tham Lod
Last updated: 14th August, 2009

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