The Chiang Dao Cave is a natural attraction in the namesake district of Chiang Mai province. Based at the foot of Doi Luang Chiang Dao Mountain, the cave boasts a stunning interior full of stalactites and stalagmites sculpted by the hand of Mother Nature in a range of fascinating shapes. The cave is a magnet for both local and foreign visitors.

With a flash of torch light, one can see the glittering surfaces inside the cave, changing form depending on the observer’s imagination. Cool water flows from inside the cave, emptying into a pool with small and large fish, and creating a refreshing ambiance under the canopy of overgrown trees.

Visitors can gain access to the Chiang Dao Cave by trekking the 360-metre route through the Phra Non Cave, the 734-metre path through the Kaew Thamnan Cave or the 735-metre path through the Mued Thama Yao Cave. The Kaew Thamnan and Mued Thama Yao routes are unlit, and visitors must book a guide and bring along a lantern to go there.

The lighting in Phra Non Cave is carefully controlled as an excess of light can lead to the growth of shrubs and trees which obscure views.

The Chiang Dao Cave holds historical significance as the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej paid a royal visit there on April 9, 1958.

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