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  • Uncut
    Neusaess, Germany46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the drive to a beautiful cave.
    It is quite a distance from Pai towards the cave, but the drive is adventurous and quite a lot of fun with your own bike. There are also some view points on your way to the cave and you are most likely to drive around 1 hour. There is also an entrance fee (August 2023: 1 cave = 300 Baht, 2 caves = 500 and 3 caves = 600 for a group of three people). Unfortunately, we arrived during a time only cave #1 had opened. However, that cave was huge with a lot of bats and was a unique experience for those, who have not been in a cave just yet. Yes, it kind of smelled and a lot of poo from the bats laid on the ground / way. That’s nature, though. Guides are friendly and wait for you in-case you want to make some pictures. It has been a fun day for us and I would recommend driving to the cafes few miles further at “Ban Jabo”, I guess - for a nice view and soup / coffee.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
  • eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
    Singapore, Singapore1,214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice view at the end of the cave tunnel
    To visit the 3 caves including bamboo rafting, you would need to hire a local community guide. This would cost B600 as of writing this review. Cave 1 is known as Column Cave, Cave 2 is Doll Cave and Cave 3 is Coffin Cave. The guide would point out the various shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites as we trekked inside the caves. Cave 3 is a steep upclimb to see a pre historic coffin. Thereafter, we board a bamboo raft to sail down the caves. We saw big fishes and bats along the way. Our guide suggested we hiked back to the visitors centre. It was a easy walk of 15 minutes.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 December 2023
  • Stephen N
    Hong Kong, China356 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth to pay for a visit
    When you visit this cave, you have to employed a guide with you and he/she will lead you to the cave entrance and rode a bamboo boat into the cave. The cave was huge and there're a lot of bats inside the cave. Inside the cave, it's not really much to see but the view of cave entry was really stunning.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Jeep
    1,433 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great underground adventure.
    This activity needs a local guide and a lantern, since there is no electricity inside the cave. After paying a fee (600 bath per group with maximum of 3 persons), your guide will lead you to the entrance of the cave where he/she will light the lantern. Don't forget to buy some fish feed as there are thousands of fish to feed during this activity (we also fed many fish at the entrance of the cave while we were waiting for our guide lighting the lantern). This interesting cave called "Tham Nam Lot", where the Nam Lang creek runs from the cave mouth to the other side of the mountain, resulting in beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is about 1 km long and consists of three huge rooms. The walking tour begins with "Tham Sao Hin Luang", a large cave full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The most prominent feature is a few large limestone pillars of up to 20 metres. Next, trek into "Tham Tukkata", the most expansive and longest in all 3 rooms, is lined with small stalagmites, shaped like dolls of different sizes. Then, have a ride on a bamboo raft (and feeding fish) to "Tham Phi Man", the last room that contains stone tools, ancient utensils, prehistoric wooden coffins, human bones dating back over 2000 years (this room is full of bat droppings and stairs are quite steep, be careful). Such an amazing activity. Highly recommended!
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 December 2023
  • Jörg Fischer
    Berlin, Germany514 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Somthing you should absolutely do
    Das sollte man sich unbedingt anschauen. Hier begeht man die 3 Höhlen noch mit einem echten Grubenlicht. Die Höhlen sind wunderschön. Das besondere Highlight ist die Höhlefahrt mit einem Bambusflos. You should definitely check this out. Here you can walk through the three caves with a real miner's light. The caves are beautiful. The special highlight is the cave trip with a bamboo raft.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Susan K
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic
    So glad we decided to go here from Pai. You pay 300 baht each for the one and half hour ride to the caves. It is then 600 baht for 3 people. This gets you a guide with a lamp, gets you into all three caves. The last cave you get to by going on the bamboo raft thru a vast cave full of bats. Such an amazing sight. Would not be good idea if you are not good on your feet, as it can be slippery in the caves and there are lots of steep wooden steps, which help you gain entrance to the caves.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 December 2023
  • Hoody M
    Toronto, Canada139 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    not to be missed
    What a fantastic place !!! If you are in the area do not miss the tour of these caves (Yes there are 3 caves) Get the local guide (Who always has a lantern with them), so you can see where you are going and the amazing stalactites @ stalagmites. Even better if you bring your own lantern or a good flashlight.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2024
  • Belle B
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cool!!
    The caves are pretty cool!! I’d recommend going in a three as it’s only 200 baht each and you need 3 people for the bamboo rafting. The caves are amazing but the tour guides don’t give you much info on the actual caves, they just take u round. I would say worth a visit tho.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 April 2024
  • LET GO LEASH • Alecia
    253 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Felt like you were riding down the river Styx.
    I have gone spelunking in many different caves all over the world, and this one was very special. It had an energy about it that was unlike any other. You enter the mouth of the cave and thousands of bats are active and flying around the mouth of the cave over the water. There are also thousands of black fish swimming about in the very clear water. There were 4 of us that went, so we had 2 tour guides. They each had a kerosene gas lantern that let off heat and sound and was the only other thing besides the bats you could hear in the cave. We went into 3 different parts of the cave, including an old burial site where you see calcified bones and an old wooden coffin. The best part of the tour was taking a small narrow bamboo raft on the river through the cave. Only 4 people total (the person "rowing", the guide, and 2 guests) can fit on each narrow boat, and you sit in silence as you slowly ride between the bats above and the fish below. It was a spiritually chilling experience. So magical! This cave and nature park is a little less than 1 hour from Pai. I would suggest going as early as possible in the morning. Have a quick breakfast beforehand and make sure you bring water. You'll be back in town for a late lunch in the early afternoon.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 June 2024
  • Pankhi
    Bengaluru, India15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ride the raft with the cat fish
    Visiting Lod Cave in Mae Hong Son, Thailand, was a memorable experience. It is vast and 3 caves are inter connected. Full of deposits of stalactites and stalagmites, and is divided into three main sections: Big Column Cave, Doll Cave, and Coffin Cave. The highlight was the bamboo raft ride along the Nam Lang River inside the cave, sweet locals ride the raft giving a serene view of the cave's interior and its bat population. Not to forget the millions of cat fish like fishes in the lake. The Coffin Cave, with its ancient teakwood coffins and swamp ground was a beauty. Carefull of touching any hand rails- its full of bat poop. Overall, Lod Cave is a must-see for its unique blend of natural beauty and history, making it a killer destination in northern Thailand.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 June 2024
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Peter G
Chard, UK197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was our first proper Thai show cave. Within walking distance of Cave Lodge the cave swallows the river running past Cave Lodge and disgorges it 800 m away at a lower entrance. It is possible to kayak through the cave in the rainy season and in the dry season visitors are ferried through part of the cave on bamboo rafts. The cave is full of huge dry stalactite formations and thousands of swifts roost near the lower entrance where very ancient wooden coffins can be seen in high level passages. There are several very steep flights of stairs to negotiate to see all the cave. One can exit at the lower entrance or return through the cave. The guides carry powerful Tilley lamps and are nearly all women. Prices are reasonable and you can buy food to feed the large carp like fish that live near the cave entrances. A visit to Tham Lod is a must if you are in the area. There are a number of other 'wild' caves in the area that can be visited.
Written 25 January 2020
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Oscardog16
Adelaide, Australia1,952 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We visited using a one-day pass for numerous attractions in the Pia district. The pass was 200 THB per adult and then some attractions charged extra for a guide and parking. We paid 210 THB for two adults to enter the cave with a guide on a bamboo raft, this included parking for a car (I think it was 50 THB for the car). You can purchase the pass at any of the attractions and do them in any order within one day.
Written 29 September 2022
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Jeep
1,433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
This activity needs a local guide and a lantern, since there is no electricity inside the cave. After paying a fee (600 bath per group with maximum of 3 persons), your guide will lead you to the entrance of the cave where he/she will light the lantern. Don't forget to buy some fish feed as there are thousands of fish to feed during this activity (we also fed many fish at the entrance of the cave while we were waiting for our guide lighting the lantern).

This interesting cave called "Tham Nam Lot", where the Nam Lang creek runs from the cave mouth to the other side of the mountain, resulting in beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is about 1 km long and consists of three huge rooms. The walking tour begins with "Tham Sao Hin Luang", a large cave full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The most prominent feature is a few large limestone pillars of up to 20 metres. Next, trek into "Tham Tukkata", the most expansive and longest in all 3 rooms, is lined with small stalagmites, shaped like dolls of different sizes. Then, have a ride on a bamboo raft (and feeding fish) to "Tham Phi Man", the last room that contains stone tools, ancient utensils, prehistoric wooden coffins, human bones dating back over 2000 years (this room is full of bat droppings and stairs are quite steep, be careful).

Such an amazing activity. Highly recommended!
Written 23 December 2023
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Reslimpan
Rayong, Thailand3,444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
The caves are about 1.25 hours away from Pai a bit of a stretch on a motorcycle in my humble opinion. In typical Thai fashion foreigners pay 500 baht whereas Thai get away with 300 baths. The money pays for a guide and a raft tour. Each guide only gets one ride per day - how much out of the fee that goes to her, I don’t know. I tipped 100 baht. The caves as such are very nice. The raft tour incredible. This place is worth a visit.
Written 29 December 2021
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Belle B
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The caves are pretty cool!! I’d recommend going in a three as it’s only 200 baht each and you need 3 people for the bamboo rafting. The caves are amazing but the tour guides don’t give you much info on the actual caves, they just take u round. I would say worth a visit tho.
Written 4 April 2024
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore1,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
To visit the 3 caves including bamboo rafting, you would need to hire a local community guide. This would cost B600 as of writing this review. Cave 1 is known as Column Cave, Cave 2 is Doll Cave and Cave 3 is Coffin Cave. The guide would point out the various shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites as we trekked inside the caves. Cave 3 is a steep upclimb to see a pre historic coffin. Thereafter, we board a bamboo raft to sail down the caves. We saw big fishes and bats along the way. Our guide suggested we hiked back to the visitors centre. It was a easy walk of 15 minutes.
Written 1 December 2023
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Uncut
Neusaess, Germany46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is quite a distance from Pai towards the cave, but the drive is adventurous and quite a lot of fun with your own bike. There are also some view points on your way to the cave and you are most likely to drive around 1 hour.

There is also an entrance fee (August 2023: 1 cave = 300 Baht, 2 caves = 500 and 3 caves = 600 for a group of three people).

Unfortunately, we arrived during a time only cave #1 had opened. However, that cave was huge with a lot of bats and was a unique experience for those, who have not been in a cave just yet.

Yes, it kind of smelled and a lot of poo from the bats laid on the ground / way. That’s nature, though. Guides are friendly and wait for you in-case you want to make some pictures.

It has been a fun day for us and I would recommend driving to the cafes few miles further at “Ban Jabo”, I guess - for a nice view and soup / coffee.
Written 25 August 2023
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Stephen N
Hong Kong, China356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
When you visit this cave, you have to employed a guide with you and he/she will lead you to the cave entrance and rode a bamboo boat into the cave. The cave was huge and there're a lot of bats inside the cave. Inside the cave, it's not really much to see but the view of cave entry was really stunning.
Written 17 December 2023
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LET GO LEASH • Alecia
253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I have gone spelunking in many different caves all over the world, and this one was very special. It had an energy about it that was unlike any other. You enter the mouth of the cave and thousands of bats are active and flying around the mouth of the cave over the water. There are also thousands of black fish swimming about in the very clear water. There were 4 of us that went, so we had 2 tour guides. They each had a kerosene gas lantern that let off heat and sound and was the only other thing besides the bats you could hear in the cave. We went into 3 different parts of the cave, including an old burial site where you see calcified bones and an old wooden coffin. The best part of the tour was taking a small narrow bamboo raft on the river through the cave. Only 4 people total (the person "rowing", the guide, and 2 guests) can fit on each narrow boat, and you sit in silence as you slowly ride between the bats above and the fish below. It was a spiritually chilling experience. So magical!

This cave and nature park is a little less than 1 hour from Pai. I would suggest going as early as possible in the morning. Have a quick breakfast beforehand and make sure you bring water. You'll be back in town for a late lunch in the early afternoon.
Written 4 June 2024
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PeterJo2013
London, UK92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
1 hour 15 mins drive from Pai.
Really interesting caves. Lots of stalagmites
My wife broke her shoes and our lovely guide Gunyarut leant her own and went barefoot. So kind of her
Written 28 February 2020
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