The Tham Lod Cave features colourful stalactites and stalagmites. It is made up of three connected caves, with the first one being a grotto, the second one containing pre-historic paintings of deer, and the third one containing pre-historic canoe shaped coffins. There are mandatory guided tours to all the three caves which also includes an awesome boat ride to the third cave. A girl from my dorm said that it was one of the best caves she’s ever been to and she’s really into caves and outdoors stuff so we trusted her opinion.
After feeling a little more comfortable riding the scooters I decided to ride my bike to the Lod Cave. Everyone said it was better to just ride there as it was about an hour and a half away and would be better than paying for a tuk tuk. In the morning there were about 10 other people who were going to go so Amber, Lindsay and I decided to join them. You know, security in numbers.
The drive to the cave was crazy!! Way harder than I expected as there were tons of sharp curves, hills on steep inclines and declines and half way through I really felt like turning around. But we had gotten this far, so I kept reminding myself to just be careful, drive safely and make it to the cave.
When we arrived at the cave we grabbed some lunch before hiring our guide. It was a total of 150 baht per person to enter the cave, hire the guide and get the raft through the cave. The money goes towarad the community so I felt good about it and 150 baht is only less than $6 CDN. The cave experience was amazing. Our guide lit her latern and navigated the cave without a hitch. She spoke english but not too much, and pointed out the cool figures created over time in the cave. After reaching the water, we got on a bamboo raft in groups of 3. The water was filled with hundreds of fish and the water was only a few inches deep! It was so cool and weird. We got to the other side of the cave, explored some more and then made our way back to the front. Looking out from the inside of the cave was an incredible view.
After completing the cave tour we regrouped and got ready to do the crazy ride back to Pai. Going back was a little better because we knew what to expect and the scenery on the way were so breathtaking. Unfortunately I was too busy trying not to die to really take them all in but when we stopped I did and it was beautiful.
Tham Lod Cave is definitely worth the drive up there, but if you’re a scooter beginner, just go with a tour group. After we did it I saw one company who had it for 500 baht, which is totally worht it for having peace of mind and arriving there safely!! Seriously, the anxiety getting there and back was real! and the ride is so long, it’s not a happy ride for beginners. I’m still happy I did it, but wouldn’t recommend beginners ride there if you can avoid it.