Photo: Reclining Buddha, outside Phetburi.

Tham Khao Luang

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These caves are well worth a visit and are fairly accessible, located only five kilometres from the centre of Phetchaburi.

Photo of Tham Khao Luang

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.

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.

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Tham Khao Luang

Five km out of town

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