Chiang Dao Cave

Chiang Dao Cave

Well worth a look

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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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Natural curtains. Photo 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 recommend doing.

The main tunnel is clearly marked, well frequented and leads you first past a small cave shrine, then, continuing on you’ll see plenty of stalactites and stalagmites until you reach a second, smaller shrine at the far end of the main tunnel. This is about as far as you can go on your own though there are narrower side passages which are unlit so you’d have to hire a guide and lamp (going rate 100 baht plus tip) if you wish to explore these. Note some of them can be tricky and even if you’ve brought your own torch it would not be wise to wander off-piste without a guide.

A Buddha statue within the cave. Photo by: Mark Ord.
A Buddha statue within the cave. Photo: Mark Ord

The typical limestone features aren’t the most spectacular you’ll find in Thailand so while you wouldn’t need to allow a long time for the cave itself when taken with the adjacent temple, Wat Tham Chiang Dao, the gardens, photogenic old chedis and small market there’s definitely enough to keep you busy for a while.

The cave entrance is set in a small landscaped park with a fishpond (you can feed the carp) with Wat Tham Chiang Dao lying just to the right. Most of the temple buildings are of relatively recent construction though some of the ancient stupas on the rocks at the rear of the temple are reckoned to be up to 2,000 years old. Bear in mind the cave itself is also considered a temple so suitable attire is required. If you’ve come in shorts then sarongs are available for hire at the ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.

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