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Review of Erawan Cave

Reviewed 25 December 2014

The Erawan Cave is around 55kms from Loei - an easy drive of just under an hour. Take the main road south out of Loei and then at Wang Sapung turn left towards Nong Bua Lamphu. After around 30 kms keep an eye out for signposts to the cave. Turn left and in 2 kms park at the large temple at the foot of the limestone outcrop. There is no entrance fee, and in the grounds of the temple are stalls with refreshments and local food and fruits for sale, as well as basic toilet facilities.

To get to the entrance of the cave, there is a steep climb up around 600 steps. There is a large Buddha image in the mouth of the cave, from which there are great views of the surrounding countryside. The opening of the cave is large - probably 20 meters high at least. From there, the entranceway extends downwards for around 100 meters, past a Buddhist shrine, before opening into a very large cavern. There are a couple of openings in the roof of the cavern, which I estimate to be 100 meters long and 40 meters wide. The air inside is cool and fresh, and the pathway is adequately lit. Taking a good flashlight along would be good - the stalactites and stalagmites and other structures in the cave are beautiful. Walk to the end of the cavern and there is a small opening which leads to a connected cave in which there is a very steep set of steps up to another large opening high up in the side of the mountain from which one has views to the north.

We managed to cover everything in about 75 minutes. The main thing is that plenty of physical exertion is required - climbing up to the entrance is just the start.

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Reviewed 30 March 2013

It's a hike up to the Buddha statue at the entrance to the cave, especially when it's hot, but to me it was worth it. The air inside is cool, the trail is walkable and well lit, and the light coming through from the hole in the roof of the cathedral-size cavern is pretty.

This cave is not comparable to great or popular caves elsewhere, but it's worth a morning if you're in Isaan with time to spare, and it's free - although a small donation is suggested at the bottom of the stairs.

There is a national park in Thailand called Erawan, where there also are some caves; I believe none of them is called Erawan Cave. The cave this review refers to is in Nong Bua Lam Phu province, near the Loei line. The stairs are easily accessible on a paved road from the highway, and there are signs pointing toward the cave all over the region.

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Reviewed 4 January 2013

We drove ourselves but ask your driver to drive up the hill after visiting the Erawan Falls. Up the hill is the Erawan Cave. Your Erawan Fall ticket is also valid here.
It takes 600 steps up through the rain forrest and a very small entry hole, but the cave is beautiful and well lit. A guide will take you through the caves and it depends whether he speaks a few words English but that does not matter the rocks speak for themselves.

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Reviewed 24 September 2012

Many visitors head directly to the beach regions or numerous islands or to the North. North-East Thailand (Isaan) is not that frequented by the tourists which is really pity. The landscape there is on the average not that spectacular as in the North but theer are some hidden gems which are definitely worth seeing. The cave of Erawan far exceeded my expectations. I was hoping to see a few square meters with some statues but the cave could accomodate a big village! For those leaving Luang Prabang in Laos towards Thailand, I would recommend instad of the classical Vientiane-Non-Khai route to head towards the province of Loei and visit the Erawan Cave and Phu Kradeung National Park.

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