Viking Cave, Ko Phi Phi Don

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The old cave paintings of Viking Cave remain a mystery even today, as depictions of old European boats and Arabic iconography raise the questions of how and why they got there. Due to the population of nesting swallows in the cave, the locals now gather the valuable commodity of bird nests (made out of the swallows' saliva) from the walls. The abundance of scaffolding, people, and birds in the area mean that entrance into the cave is rarely permitted. Most likely, you’ll by passing by via boat and your guide will recount the history of the cave. Put Viking Cave and other Ko Phi Phi Don attractions into our Ko Phi Phi Don trip builder site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • It's a cave......you can't enter. It's a short stop on most tours of the islands. This is a collection site for nests for bird's nest soup. You can see many stalactites and ladders that are in the cav...  more »
  • On the boat trip between islands on Kho Phi Phi navigates-impersonating this Lair where at most there is the point and register photos. The Viking's Lair (known as Tham Phaya Nak in Thai) is located at the bottom of a limestone cliff. The Viking Cave should your name to the paintings found on the walls of the Lair: they portray various types of boats, including what resembles a Scandinavian drakkar. According to local guides these paintings are fresh, and possibly carried out by sailors who took refuge in the cave during any climatic instability. The site is not open to tourism in order to protect the paintings and nests of native birds.
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  • Unfortunately we only seen from outside with the boat but it would have been nice to see her in from outside is wonderful very intriguing.
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  • People are not allowed to get in there any more. So basically you just swing Past and see from outside. It is a nice view, but I would see what’s really in there. Still worth to go past in a tour. As usual, hope you are not crowned from other boats otherwise you won’t be able to get a good view of it.
  • As shared by others reviews, the public is no longer allowed. There are some locals with permits to go in and harvest birds nests for soup, but that's about it. You can go on a boat tour which will take you past the entrance and have a little stop and explanation by the guide. Nothing special.
  • The public is no longer allowed to actually go into the cave so as a tourists you only get to float by and see it from the outside. Many tour packages will sell this as a stop on their tour of the Phi Phi Islands. Yes, it is a stop but it is hardly anything in my opinion. You just float by and look at it and take a few pictures. That's it.
  • Visiting the phi phi islands this is a likely stop over on your speedboat or ferry trip. The caves themselves are rather interesting in that birdsnest (delicacy- banned in Australia) is sourced from the bird population dwelling within the caves. However from both speed boat and ferry stops I would say the photos of the cave are about as interesting as being there in person. The caves are closed to tourists and there is verry little you can do once here other than take more photos of the same cave entrance.
  • The boat driver that we were with only spoke very basic English, so we knew that we were passing by the Viking Cave, but couldn't understand why this is a famous nor why we couldn't go in. He mentioned something about the birds' nests, told us to take photos, and that was about it. It would be great if we can walk around the cave, but it seemed pretty dangerous to dock there anyways.

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