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“Cave or temple - does it really matter ? One great spiritual place”

Tham Khao Luang Cave
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Private Petchaburi Half-Day Tour from Hua Hin
Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Phetchaburi
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Reviewed 9 April 2013

Went to this place few years back with a friend when staying in Hua Hin (found the place on a map and wanted to explore it). Did not regret the effort to drive up all the way from Hua Hin to the 'Cave', which in my opinion is more a real spiritual place than anything else - and I liked it a lot !
We arrived in the late afternoon (almost at closing time), however, the daughter of the banana and drink seller near the entrance was nice enough to bring us down and around the huge caves.
On the way there we fed the waiting monkeys with the bananas, we bought from her father at the entrance and that way we could enter without being followed al the time by monkey hordes.
Arriving down there in the first cave (and it was empty, except us, due to the late arrival) it became a extreme calming and spiritual place, you were surrounded by plenty of Buddha statues in different shapes and sizes - and with different meanings - one of the biggest one is the reclining Buddha. As you stroll around in the different caves, seeing once in awhile daylight from above through some holes in the ceiling of the caves, you can feel the cool air as well as the quietness which automatically lets you forget, at least for the moment, the hustle and bustle of the outside world. The statues and the entire place are all well maintained.
Would always make a trip to this place again if in the Phetchaburi area. We tipped he daughter and we paid for the bananas but it was not expensive at all !

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Reviewed 10 March 2013

This attraction is fairly dull really. Once you struggle down to the floor of the "cave" you are confronted with lots of concrete. The "cave" is really an ancient subterranean river that has changed its course. There are lots of Buddhas in there and a statue of a 'hermit". Its unusual that this place is run by Buddhist Nuns. Not seen very often. Their attitude to men is not very good. Then you climb back up top. There are lots of monkeys about but you are warned not to make eye contact with them. The toilet "facilities" in the carpark are disgustingly filthy. Don't use them.
You need to be fairly fit to do this place!

Thank PeteS333
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

There are better caves and things to do in Phetchaburi. The caves aren't to impressive, filled with concrete, odd statues. The parking lot in front is enormous but empty. it seems the city invested a lot in an attraction, which is not that big. To complete the desc, there are two main caves once can visit.

Thank Wolszczak
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

This is a cave that was turned into a temple. There are a number of Buddha, including a large reclining Buddha, and other religious relics located inside. Reasonably safe stairs take you into the cave.
There are a number of monkeys near the entrance, and bananas to purchase to give to them. The banana sellers offered to get the monkeys to do some tricks but we declined.
Also at the entrance are some guides. For $5 they will take you into the cave and provide an okay explanation. For the price it's probably worth it.
This place is worth a trip if you are visiting the other attractions in Phetchaburi.

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Reviewed 8 April 2012

The atmosphere early boring - before buses arrive - is calm and spiritual. Especially when the first light beam are coming thru the upper cave opening. The nuns taking care are very smiling and it's simple interesting watching them in the morning to clean the stair case and ground in front of huge Buddha statue. I return late afternoon and the light is creating with each new time a new atmosphere. Opening is 9 am to 5 pm and try to by either early or late to avoid the crowds.

2  Thank Roman J
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