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“Excellent Wat Cave”
Review of Erawan Cave

Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Erawan
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Reviewed 21 March 2015

We drove from Loei. Once again on this trip, google maps let us down. It directed us down route 2138. Not once was there a sign for this famous temple on that road so we knew we were in trouble. It then told us we'd reached our destination, in the middle of nowhere!! Luckily we were able to ask and follow the correct directions the rest of the way.

The CORRECT way is south out of Loei on route 201, turn east on route 210 and signs will get you there. Just before the turnoff for the temple, on the right, there is a very nice large coffee shop / restaurant called 'Green' something...lovely iced latte.

The cave itself is excellent. Up 615 steps to the cave mouth. Take it easy, it's not too steep or difficult and many salas to rest in on the way up.

Bring a torch. The cave is reasonably well lit and with good paths but a torch helps.

Walk through the cave as far as possible and it goes through to another smaller cave and some steps up to an exit for a lovely view. Above that exit there's a big bees nest with the honeycomb easy to see under the bees.

Make your way back the way you came to the wat carpark.

Well worth a visit and exceeded our expectations.

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Reviewed 23 February 2015

This buddha monument is placed to the entrance of a cave which is perched on top of a hill. There is in excess of 600 steps to negotiate before you get there so do not attempt this unless you are of reasonable fitness. On the way there is good views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. I wouldn't like to attempt this in the middle of the day during the hot season.

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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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