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Wat Tham Chiang Dao Temple, Chiang Dao

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Chiang Dao lodgings range from backpacker rooms to cozy resorts, so there is something for every budget. The town remains a perfect getaway for tourists wanting to escape crowds and explore Thailand's untamed wilderness, and some guesthouses are set in the jungle to provide easy access to those unspoiled areas. In true Thai spirit, guesthouses are warmly decorated and run by friendly staff, though many rooms often share bathrooms and offer no air conditioning. If you plan to visit at the peak of the season, reserve your accommodations in advance and expect higher prices for both rooms and bike rentals.
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  • We rented a moped and headed out. Beautiful ride! Entered the temple and went for the guided tour. Totally worth it. The experience would definitely be diminished without the explanations. Watch out f...  more »
  • The Temple is inside a cave on a mountain but this place is easily accessible by car. You don't have to walk very far to get to the temple. One thing u must do is to pay for a guide to bring u into th...  more »
  • Wat Tham Chiang Dao Temple is a very old cave system used by humans for worship of Buddha for hundreds of years. It was terribly neat to walk through the cave, and if you want to explore the dark area...  more »
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  • Entrance fee to the cave : 40 Baht It's​ just a short path of lighted route. If you wanted to travel to other caverns inside, a guide is recommended, it will be additional 100 baht. However, there is nothing much to be seen. There are few temples surrounding the cave. Also at the back (to the toilet) there is a hiking trail.
  • For additional 120baht for electricity for lamp and 100baht tip for local guide, you get to see a more impressive side of the cave. However, do note that you will need to climb through small holes and steep stairs for the journey. Cave is very humid.
  • Cool cave. Unguided portions lit by multi colored electric lights, however to see the majority you'll need to hire a local guide inside the cave. 100 baht per person when we went. The guides carry a kerosene lamp which adds to the ambiance and ours at least seemed genuinely pleased with her job. 4 Stars as it wasn't quite as impressive as Tham Lot farther along the Mae Hong Son Loop.
  • Nice and easy walk into a well lit cave (no need for additional light that you can find at the entrance). Inside you'll find different Buddhist statutes as its also a worship place. Plenty of parking outside, plus a park, some temples and souvenir shops
  • There are definitely better caves in Thailand but I guess the kerosene lamp tour is kind of cool. If its your first cave, it's worth it. But if you've been to other caves in Mae Hong Song, you'll be a little disappointed.