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Visit Muang On Cave (Chiang Mai)

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Muang On Cave

Thai name : ถ้ำเมืองออน

GPS : 18.78665219,99.23805103 (See on the map)
Chiang Mai

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Muang On Cave is located in San Kamphaeng district about 30 km from Chiang Mai, just before San Kamphaeng Hot Springs. From the car park, there is a 180 steps Naga staircase to climb before reaching the entrance to the cave which is surprisingly closed by a door. There, you can rent a flashlight, although it is, in my opinion, not really necessary, contrary to what the first meters of the cave can make you think. Inside, you will see large caves on 2 floors with an impressive height, especially on the lower level. This is the most interesting floor with a huge stalagmite and a 10 meters long reclining Buddha. Above the statue, it is said that there is a fossilized dinosaur skeleton. I must confess that I did not notice it.

Very few people do it and I must admit that the view is a bit disappointing but by taking the staircase that goes to the right of the entrance of the cave, you can climb to the top of the mountain where there is a chedi. I am not convinced that the view rewards the effort of climbing the more than 600 steps but it is up to you.
Note that if you are hungry, in the parking lot, there are several food vendors and you can sit at a small terrace with a nice view over the valley. Oh yes, I almost forgot, there are monkeys living on this mountain. Personally, I mostly saw them at the parking lot but it is part of the assets of the place. I advise you to stop at the Muang On cave before going to San Kamphaeng Hot Springs, the cave is really impressive and like that you keep the relaxation for after visiting the cave. After the effort, the comfort as people say!

Practical information about Muang On Cave

Admission fee: THB 30
Torch rental fee: 20 THB
It is not possible to come to Mueang On Cave by local transport, you must either have your own locomotion or privatize a red car from Chiang Mai. I did not tried but maybe by negotiating with the driver of the yellow cars that connect the Warorot market in Chiang Mai to San Kamphaeng hot springs, he will agree to take you there for some extra money.

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