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Visit Tham Khao Luang Cave (Phetchaburi)

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Tham Khao Luang Cave

Thai name : ถ้ำเขาหลวง

GPS : 13.13566833,99.93326833 (See on the map)


4 kilometers from Khao Wang and Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park, Khao Luang mount is also populated by some monkey and has a set of caves and tunnels in which a temple with several Buddha statues and altars is settled. From the parking lot there is a small tourist information point at the right end after the shops. From there ,you climb a staircase of twenty steps leading to the entrance of the cave. Once down, you arrive quickly in the first room where a big sitting Buddha and a lot of other smaller statues stand blow a skylight where sometimes sunbeams venture making the scene very photogenic. Further on the left before the small porch of the second room, a reclining Buddha follows a Fat Buddha image. The second room has many statues and also a skylight. Then a set og galleries and a staircase leading outside (when we were there, the top was blocked). You will be as well impressed by the immensity of the cave as by its opening to the sky and statues. The place was very popular with the King Rama V who ordered the main Buddha had odered the restoration of several others to pay homage to his ancestors.
For those who do not yet know cave temples in Thailand, it is one of the most interesting one. With Phra Nakhon Khiri, Tham Khao Luang is one of the two most famous attractions in Phetchaburi.

Practical information about Tham Khao Luang Cave

No admission fee
It's really not far from the city, easy to access by bike except the last meters of ascent to the parking lot.
This is a particularly pleasant visit to do in the hottest afternoon hours.

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Rules to respect when visiting a temple

Tham Khao Luang Cave 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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