Thailand is one country full of hidden gems worth exploring. One place travelers looking for a unique adventure should check out is Petchaburi, a small town located in the southwest of Bangkok.
More known as Muang Phetch among the locals, the place is where the Khao Luang Cave exists. The historic park of Phra Nakhorn Khiri can also be found here.
The Khao Luang cave is considered the biggest in the province of Petchaburi. In the middle of the 19th century, history has it that the royal family visited the place frequently to meditate and go on a picnic.
The cave chamber is located very deep about 90 feet beneath the ground. Its ceiling has many openings that let natural light to get in creating a nice effect while inside the cave.
What makes this cave an attraction are its unique stalactites and stalagmites. Buddha statues are also in place and spread in the three different chambers. The largest statues are the 16-foot reclining Buddha and the 12-foot high Buddha. They were cast during the reign of King Rama V.
To reach the cave, visitors need to take a taxi or rent a motorbike. Fares are negotiable. Just be careful upon arriving at the cave’s entrance as there are wild monkeys around which can be very unfriendly.
Entering the cave is free of charge but if you want somebody to accompany you, there are locals available to tour you inside for a small fee. Snacks are also available at some stalls outside the cave.
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