Caves on Ko Lanta

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What we say: 3.5 stars

Both of Lanta's notable caves can generally only be explored as part of a guided tour. If you just want a taste, the "bat cave" on the way to Khlong Jak Waterfall will be enough for many.

Tham Mai Kaew Cave is located well off the main cross-island road to the west of Khlong Nin and clearly marked by signs. Only guided tours are offered for 300 baht per person; expect to pothole through tight pinches, climb down bamboo ladders and pull yourself up steep rocks with the help of ropes. The highlight is a massive cavern with a still pool at its centre. It's best to phone ahead (or book through a travel agent) to make sure a tour will be available when you arrive. Contact T: (085) 119 0999 or (080) 039 8739 for reservations.

Located down a bumpy dirt road just south of Khlong Nin and also clearly marked by signs, Tiger Cave is smaller and less strenuous than Tham Mai Kaew. Tigers supposedly used to live in this cave, though they're long gone now. The cave is reached after a 30-minute hike through the jungle. Normally visitors are told that they have to go with a guide from the "office" at the trail head, but when we arrived to find that there was no guide, we were told that we could go on our own for 150 baht.

Last updated: 8th June, 2014

About the author:
Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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