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Chiang Dao Cave, Chiang Dao

(3.5/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
Chiang Dao Cave makes an interesting way to view Thailand's underground treasures. The site consists of over 100 caves, but you can only enter a handful safely. On your own, you can explore two simpler caverns that remain lit up for visitors; to see three others, you'll need to rent a gas lantern. Tour guides are optional but highly recommended if you want to spot the highlights of the caves, such as crystals and limestone formations. Wear old clothes and closed-toed shoes, and expect to crawl through small openings occasionally. Note that the temperature is cooler in the caves, so dress accordingly. See Chiang Dao Cave and all Chiang Dao has to offer by arranging your trip with our Chiang Dao vacation planner.
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  • Is is of a cave quite large, with many meters walkable has infinity of figures of cult from of them Burmese it area of around also is vastante pretty, with a Lake around and the huge trees that surround the mountain.
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  • I advise you to go your way, unfortunately the mass tourism has taken over here and we don't think of money... You are asked to pay the entrance and pay the kind of scarf that they lend you to hide your knees and after 150 m visit you are almost forced to pay a guide to continue! Under the pretext that it's dangerous to go alone and that it helps pay the inhabitants of the villages... Yes! I advise you to continue on your road to a magnificent temple a little further perched in the mountains, or even much more interesting hot water sources
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  • First I should admit that I am Totally biased, I love caves. I came to this area specifically to see the cave. And while it was not the most beautiful cave I have ever seen, it was a very interesting ...  more »
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  • A popular destination for visitors to northern Thailand. The cave is ok, has some mythical history with good lighting in the main area (short walking distance). You can see much more of the cave with a guide (fee) but there is no electricity in that part. The guide uses a gas lamp so views are limited and can be a little rushed depending on the guide. This is the easiest cave to visit in the area but there are much better ones IMHO. There are some other interesting temples, things to see and do in the vicinity of Wat Tham Chiang Dao, go explore!
  • After reading reviews, made the trek here from Chiang Mai to check it out. As a cave, this isn't that interesting. Other caves I've seen in the US are way more elaborate. We took a guide through the unlit sections and we wish we hadn't. We're all for adventure but this was just humid, and the rock formations weren't all that great. Also there was a big scare when we were there because someone had spotted a dangerous snake. As a temple site, this also isn't that interesting. Pretty much any other temple in Chiang Mai or Chiang Dao is more elaborate. Skip this. Go see the awesome views and wildlife in Chiang Dao national park.
  • There's some beautiful sites to see as you walk from the parking area to the caves. The caves aren't all that exciting but there's some history to appreciate. The guide is definitely worth it as you get to see much more areas and crawl through some narrow spaces.
  • Cave is very nice and big. They say that you need a guide. This is not true. But there are parts where they will not allow you to go without a guide. The trip with the guide is interesting, but nothing special.
  • Awesome place to visit, plenty of great spots to make awesome photos. Caves are very nice as well, expected them to be longer, mind you, for the average person they would be long enough, I just love caves! If you have any questions about the caves or area, just ask.