This is a relatively easy hike with only one difficult passage. A very steep climb in trackless terrain along a gorge. Gaining altitude of 100 meters at a very short distance. The rest of the hike takes place on roads in open farmland.
Track to the two caves (image by Chan)
Total distance about 13 km Altitude at start/ end: 453 M Highest point: 888 M.
Start/End The 2 Caves Hike GPS: 18°46’34.11″N 98°51’15.34″E
Meeting point GPS: 18°44’33.53″N 98°55’47.66″E
Estimated Time: 6 H (includes sightseeing 2 caves 2 hours
The hike starts at Samueng Rd, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from The Night Safari . We walk up in the agricultural landscape until we reach the foot of a high plateau, where the dirt road ends. A path leads us thru a gigantic bamboo jungle to the first cave. . It is a real bat cave. Thrilling is that this cave is not on any cave maps. We have our rope and we will do a safe climb down in to the deep cave. After the trail ends and we have to follow a very steep ravine in a bamboo jungle up to the high plateau. It is a difference in altitude of 100 meters at a very short distance. But the bamboo terrain is quite open, so there is no major problem. Up on the plateau, we will have our lunch in a farmers hut. Now we walk on the high land in an open landscape. This time of the year it is full of sweet corns and chilies crops. Amazing views. The second cave is a government project that seems to have been abandoned. Old signs and equipment’s. The cave is quite large ,with huge cathedral’s. Details say 600 meter deep, and with the help of our flashlights we can get far inside. After we walk back a bit on the same dirt road we came. Folds down towards a mountain village with Mhong people. Here we encounter the mountain road that leads us down to Samueng Rd. The road winds down through the countryside. Stunning views of Doi Pui / Doi Suthep .
Can hereby proudly announce that we have found an easier way up to the high plateau after the first cave. We do not need to climb in this difficult steep area. Instead of attacking straight up, we found a path running zigzag uphill. Slightly longer distance, but easy to hike. We even had time to climb down into the first cave. Here we found a new thrilling area. A narrow passage leading up to the sunlight. Maybe some daredevil in the group can test…. At top of the high plateau, we canceled the visit to the second cave. We did instead a shortcut downhill in a beautiful sweetcorn valley, down to the mountain road.
Important, bring your own flashlight .For your own safety and your pleasure. Option: Snacks, food and drinks at The Idol Café near Night Safari.
Hike leader: Richard.
If you want to join:
just turn up at the meeting place on the day and on time.
We cannot accommodate groups.
Time & Meeting Place
08:00 Am at the Night Safari Rd. The Mini Market before the big round- about. Car Pool 08:10 Am up to the start point, 20 minutes’ drive. Please see the map below (click to enlarge it).
Remember: You are responsible for your own safety at all times
Please bring :
YOUR OWN PERSONAL FLASHLIGHT!!
- Gloves for gripping the rope down to the Cave
- at least 2 litres of water/re-hydration drink, snacks and lunch
- strong footwear, sunhat, sunblock, insect repellent and rain protection.
- Stick/trekking pole?
- energy, enthusiasm and a good sense of humour.
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