Khao Mai Kaew Cave, Ko Lanta

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Put on a headlamp and prepare for an adventurous trek through Khao Mai Kaew Cave. The cave itself is dark, muddy, and slippery, and you'll be climbing ladders, pushing and crawling through small openings, walking across bamboo bridges, and encountering bats, large cave spiders, frogs, and other critters along the way. Once inside the cave, reward yourself with a swim in the cave pools, among the stalactite and stalagmite formations. Note that this is not for the faint of heart--even the climb to the cave can be quite demanding. Wear older clothes and comfortable shoes. To visit Khao Mai Kaew Cave and get the most from your holiday in Ko Lanta, create itinerary details personal to you using our Ko Lanta trip planning website .
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  • Super visit, we start sinking into the jungle, then access to this huge cave, the guide a discovery and suddenly is passionate, we spent more than two hours. Thai beliefs compared to us Europeans who believe that on the facts our caves in France, can upset a little because the guide left us assumes that the cave was inhabited: Yes but by mummies, crocodiles, and dragons. Once set aside our Cartesian side this is a very nice visit. Bats, some big spiders, and hoses very very tight to get out. Provide at least basketball shoes because his slides and sacred scales to mounted and down and little ropes to hold back. (good shape advised). Great experience that changes the usual caves in Thailand with their Buddhas.
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  • Visit to the caves should be done on every case with stout footwear and little or even no luggage. Very steep ladders and narrow passages must be mastered to the part. The guides speak little English and have a tight pace on the way to the cave, but also in the cave itself. The tour of the cave is very impressive because it has huge proportions and there, if you take time and look closely, there are also on a wide range of animals (large spiders, bats, toads, etc.).
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  • Great excursion off the beaches. Tours are 300 Baht per person. It's a 20 minute trek through the forest to cave entrance, approx 1 hour inside and another 20 minutes back. Wear older clothes & defini...  more »
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  • Awesome little adventure! 300bath for a guided tour (who could be very talkative or not at all) they give you one head light each just before going inside the tunnels! 30min walk into the jungle with some climbing to get to the cave, about 1 hour inside, pitch dark, warm and slippery, some big spiders and a bat cave at the end. You need to be a little fit and wear some good shoes and old clothes to really enjoy the path: we felt like Indiana Jones! It gets very narrow so you literally need to crawl in the last passage before the exit, which is a little scary but very exciting! After walking back you can enjoy some really cheap meal and drink! Definitely suggested!
  • What a great adventure, after visiting most popular islands in Thailand, this cave is one of the best adventures I had. Definitely worth the time and effort if you are into climbing and hiking. About 30 mins walk to cave and about an hour inside. Have some proper shoes and be ready to get wet and dirty and of course enjoy the tour although the guide may not be very informative but still you will love this cave :)
  • Very nice experience, very beautiful Walls, spiders and bats, dont miss it! We had a funny guide named "Sun". He talked and helped much. The ways up, back down and in the cave are quite hard and slippery, i sweat at the hole body, take your drinks with you! I recommend trekking or Sportshoes. Also the space in the cave is in places very narrow with diameter less than 1m.
  • Best desicion to spent our rainy day at the cave, funny guide, was very authentic! Lot's of fun!
  • I can say only one word about this: WOW! This wasn't like a normal boring cave trip where you just walk through the cave; for me this was an adventure! The entrance, guide and a flashlight cost 300bht so it was very cheap especially because the cave is quite deep in the jungle and trust me; you can't find it by yourself. The whole journey requires quite good physical shape and it can be rough for some people especially because there's lots of climbing and going down and the oxygen levels are quite low in the cave. The guide we had was good, he spoke English well and was talkative. We also saw few spiders and at the end of the tour we entered a cave full of bats. It was really an adventure and I can recommend it for all!

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