Photo: From inside looking out.

Chiang Dao Cave

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Chiang Dao’s famous caves, the area’s trademark tourist attraction, consist of more than 12 kilometres of underground passages and caverns, though much of it is not accessible to tourists.

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In fact, the caverns are so numerous, and the passages so complex, that visitors are not allowed to enter without a guide—save for a couple of permanently lit areas—because being lost in a massive system of caves beneath Thailand’s third largest mountain could possibly result in you overstaying your visa ... or worse.

Natural curtains. Photo taken in or around Chiang Dao Cave, Chiang Dao, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Natural curtains. Photo: Mark Ord

That said, there’s a 40 baht entrance fee and the main chamber is well lit and easily visited on your own. Of the twelve kilometres only a few are open to the public and despite the sign outside you won’t get lost unless you start crawling down side passages which we obviously don’t ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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