Kayaking is a great way to see Tham Lod and the pretty Lang river, while having fun paddling and navigating mini rapids.
Strongly promoted by Cave Lodge, the Tham Lod kayaking trip is one of the most popular activities they offer. It lasts about two to three hours, depending on the level of the water and the size and coordination skills of the group. After departure, there is an initial period of acclimatisation as you master handling the inflated rubber kayaks, and then meander down the river at a slow pace.
The river runs through the centre of Cave Lod and this is definitely the highlight of the journey. It takes about 15 minutes to navigate through the darkness, listen to (and smell) the bats and look at the amazing limestone formations lit only by your headlamps. The river then flows on downstream, past pretty scenery and over small rapids that test your kayak handling skills. During the dry season, the river is low and trips may well have to be put on hold.
Cave Lodge also offer one- and two-day (with one night camping) kayaking trips which get good reviews and cost 2,100 and 3,100 baht respectively for a minimum of five people.
By Mark Ord
Last updated on 29th February, 2016.