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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