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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  • We stumbled by chance on the Panel at the edge of the road as we walk in scooter - we are arrived at the big house - restaurant we tried to ask questions to the Lady in English but the conversation has been very limited... I asked if l a cave was easy access or small she just said ok ok - telling us just enough time to visit = 30 min go + 1 h + 30 min return visit. The Lady tells us then I call the guide happens in 10 min - 10 min later people, but another group of 3 arrives - she tells them in 10 minutes - finally after 20 / 30 min a gentleman (may be the husband of the Lady) rises a sofa or he looked at his series and starts from the path - the Lady said we go! go! Oh so that's guide - which leaves even we say hello - and we go into the jungle, and it's really sport! And above all we must absolutely be equipped! Real walking shoes and if possible long pants - climbing in wet rock - scale vertical bamboo and everything that has a rhythm more than supported hands... not a word of the guide who made clear the mouth. After a big climb and not without fear of falling... we are in front of a tiny entry black between several rocks - for my part, I stopped here given the size of the entrance and above all I didn't know at all what to expect due to the lack of info I pref era wait group 45 min in the Woods alone with ants :-) - when my friend said to the guide that I stayed out the guide has same returned not - but it is not very serious - my friend to appreciated inside but told me that clearly it prop well sport t and should have good shoes, and do not be afraid of the dark, holes and getting dirty crawling... once the visit finished we left to return with mouth always also broke descents and not a word of the guide! So the place must be very beautiful but it must fall on the right guide and have the right shoes and a minimum of appetite for this kind of experience that is not public and beginner!
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  • Some people say there's no good air here, but according to my experience in caves around the world, this thing is a bit of a gas. First walk half a hour to reach the cave the time to go to the caves is less than an hour. And then come back along the road to buy their skid shoes on a small town. It's worth it. There is no imagination in the cave. Please be sure to try it out but there is a movement inconvenience or the elderly children advice not to go
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  • The cave is a to do for me on the island. I have visited them for the second time and was again enthusiastic. Because the cave part of the as a part of the national parks in the cave is and without guide not feasible, I find bath per person it the 300 really alright. For people who are not good to walk and have also no standard fitness, I would advise against. The way to the cave, as well as in the cave, it has in itself. You must climb a bit, run over ladders made from bamboo, through boards and footbridges and should therefore relatively power in the legs and the arms have to keep himself firmly. Whether that's for children, depends on the child. It should be fit and fun at the climb I have no problem but also to the guide can hear, see, and. You should have just as footwear and clothing shall be quiet dirty. Also a small backpack with drinking and the roller if necessary spare clothes, because you really very much sweat and the temperature in the cave and also in the forest is very high. We were then really completely wet. I'd let the spare clothes but in the roller or there. Less luggage you take makes it more fun. We had an elderly man as a guide. He was pretty fix on the go and not all train spraechig. Since we were fortunate to make the tour, only two of us we found it also not bad. He has shown us much (animals, stalakniten, stones, water fall in the cave, and much more) and head anstoßen or wobbly stones drawn our attention to dangers. As well, I found it very nice, he took whatever my camera by itself to photos by make. During the tour of the cave, there are some narrow passages where you need. A little bit, we had by seals. So consider yourself whether you want to do that. There is also a small lake where you can swim at high water level in the cave. For us, it was however too low.
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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!
  • I really enjoyed the trip, especially due to our awesome guide, a short track trough the jungle, a bit of "climbing" and than a preaty awesome and large cave. Worth the 300 bath ☺️
  • 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!
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