The many choices of Chiang Mai caves are a natural wonder you won’t want to miss in Thailand. The unique topography of the region creates fascinating limestone caverns that often wind for miles below the surface. Chiang Dao cave is the most famous of the region.
Planning a trip to visit Chiang Dao cave doesn’t have to be difficult. We’re here to help make sure you get the most out of your visit. Read the top 7 tips below to get the most out of your trip to the cave.
You will never forget the feeling of being in the mysterious and beautiful underground caverns. They have taken millennia to form stalactites and stalagmites, complex formations carved by dripping water, and unforgettable spaces that defy imagination. Many of the passages also have intricately carved statues, often denoting Buddhist deities, that are rich with meaning, history and cultural significance.
Chiang Mai Caves Tip #1: Pack the right equipment
You won’t need professional caving equipment to visit Chiang Dao cave. But it will make your trip much better if you pack the right clothing. Make sure you have good hiking shoes and a sweater and light jacket. You can bring your own torch, or rent one while you’re there.
Here is a suggested packing list:
- Warm pair of long pants
- Good socks
- A pair of hiking shoes with ankle support
- A sweater
- A light wind breaker
- Torch (or rent one in the cave)
Chiang Mai Caves Tip #2: Know The History
People have been visiting Chiang Dao cave for over 1,000 years. The cave is rich in interesting history and legends. Prepare for your trip down under the earth by reading up on the best bits here.
Read our history guide here.
Chiang Mai Caves Tip #3: Consider A Tour
If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, it’s a good idea to consider taking a tour to Chiang Dao and the cave. We recommend some of the best tours here.
Another alternative is to pay some of the tour guides within the cave itself. They have torches and can take you to some of the deeper parts of the cave that are otherwise closed to tourists.
Read our review of the tours here.
Chiang Mai Caves Tip #4: Visit The Temples
No trip to the cave can be complete without seeing Wat Tham Chiang Dao, a natural temple at the mouth of the cave. There are impressive Buddhist shrines throughout the area. Many lie within the cave as well.
Read our temple guide here.
Chiang Mai Caves Tip #5: Find The Best Way To Get Here
Whether you prefer bus, private car or driving yourself (on a scooter, motorbike or in a car) the trip is not far. 70 minutes north of Chiang Mai city on a well-maintained highway takes you to the cave.
Read our maps and getting here guide.