Photo: A sala within a cave.

Kaew Cave

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Named after gemstone thanks to how the opaque walls glitter when a light is shined on them, Kaew Cave offers a more typical caverning experience than nearby Phraya Nakhon.


Photo of Kaew Cave

After renting a headlamp for 40 baht from a man who hangs around near the parking lot, visitors are directed towards a steep trail with ropes to assist in climbing the rocky slope. An easy to miss sign then points you to the entrance, from where you’ll need to climb down a tall ladder into the cave. This initial area is enough for those who want only a quick glimpse of some sparkling stalactites and stalagmites.

The more adventurous can head deeper into a narrow tunnel that opens into larger rooms in places; expect a fair amount of ducking and crouching to get through the tighter spots (though there are no serious pinches). A second tunnel departs the largest room and winds around before emerging outside at a second trail that connects down to the main one.

The whole loop is not for those who get claustrophobic, and even those experienced with caves will need to stay sharp so as to keep from going in circles. Above, below and to the sides are various dead-end tunnels that can cause you to lose your bearings. We inadvertently wandered down one and passed through a tight pinch, only to be greeted by a spooky corner that probably hadn’t seen light in years.

Okay, we admit it: our sense of direction is pitiful and we got lost, freaked out and had to wander through several dark corners until finally finding the way out after a good 30 minutes. That was enough for us to say that the very first part of the tunnel would have been enough, and to pass on Sai Cave, which we’ve heard is a similar experience further south.


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How to get there
Kaew Cave is reached via a side road along the larger road from Route 1020 to Bang Pu and Laem Sala, and is clearly marked by a sign.

Location map for Kaew Cave

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