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Presentation Erawan Cave (Tham Erawan)

Thai name : วัดถ้ำเอราวัณ
My opinion:
Located in the east of Loei province , just before the border with Nong Bua Lamphu province, Wat Tham Erawan is not very well known. Yet its Erawan Cave perched in the mountain above the temple is very photogenic with its large seated Buddha at its entrance. The cave itself has a main chamber divided into smaller rooms each with stalactites and stalagmites and a few more Buddhas images but if you don't have a powerful flashlight you won't be able to venture very deep as there is no lighting (well, there is but it does not work). The flashlight function of your smartphone will be insufficient (I tried). So be prepared because there is apparently an opening with a beautiful view at the back of the cave.

The cave is accessed from inside the temple grounds via a staircase. The ascent is actually quite quick and not that steep. It took me less than 15 minutes to go up to the mouth of Tham Erawan and its seated Buddha. On the way up or down you will have some pretty views over the valley through the trees. The rest of the temple is less interesting but I noticed a pretty golden sitting Buddha under a tree.

Practical information about Erawan Cave (Tham Erawan)

No admission fee
Note that if you are looking for an original place to have lunch, there is the Pha Nang Rafting 2 kilometers away which offers meals on small floating huts that they pull up in the middle of the lake. These types of places are quite common in Isan and always nice to go and often crowded on weekends.

How to get to Erawan Cave (Tham Erawan) ?

There are no public transport to go to Wat Tham Erawan but buses between Loei and Udon Thani can drop you off on main road 210 at the closest intersection. I don't really recommend this way to get to Erawan Cave because you will still have 3 kilometers to walk to reach the temple and after that, catching a bus on the side of the amin road will not necessarily be easy. But it is a possibility. The trip between Loei and the closest junction takes a little more than an hour and 2.5 hours from Udon Thani.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Erawan Cave (Tham Erawan) is a temple and when you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :

  • Dress properly (knees and shoulders should be covered)
  • Take off your shoes when entering the buildings
  • Be quiet
  • Don't hug or kiss
  • Don't point your feet to Buddha's image
  • Don't smoke

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