Tham Khao Luang

Interesting caves

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What we say: 3.5 stars

The caves contain a number of Buddhas in a variety of stances, including a large reclining Buddha draped in silk towards the rear of the main cavern. The best time to visit used to be around 17:00 when light through a hole in the ceiling falls directly onto one of the Buddhas, making for a superb photo -- on our most recent visit though we were told the caves now close at 16:00, meaning you'll miss the light show.

Legend has it that the entrance to the cave will send you through a twilight zone to a cave inhabited by young maidens.

Be sure to visit the secondary cave that runs off from near the head of the reclining Buddha. Down the passage are loads of monkeys playing among waterfall-like stalactites, stones that look like faces and more statues.

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Five km out of town
How to get there: The cave is best reached by cycle rickshaw, tuk tuk or motorbike, though you can also reach here via an infrequent songthaew that leaves from the clocktower in town.
Last updated: 15th September, 2013

About the author:
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton and he spends most of his time in Bali, Indonesia.
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