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  • Uncut
    Neusaess, Germany12 contributions
    Well worth the drive to a beautiful cave.
    It is quite a distance from Pai towards the cave, but the drive is adventurous and quite a lot of fun with your own bike. There are also some view points on your way to the cave and you are most likely to drive around 1 hour. There is also an entrance fee (August 2023: 1 cave = 300 Baht, 2 caves = 500 and 3 caves = 600 for a group of three people). Unfortunately, we arrived during a time only cave #1 had opened. However, that cave was huge with a lot of bats and was a unique experience for those, who have not been in a cave just yet. Yes, it kind of smelled and a lot of poo from the bats laid on the ground / way. That’s nature, though. Guides are friendly and wait for you in-case you want to make some pictures. It has been a fun day for us and I would recommend driving to the cafes few miles further at “Ban Jabo”, I guess - for a nice view and soup / coffee.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
  • eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
    Singapore, Singapore774 contributions
    Nice view at the end of the cave tunnel
    To visit the 3 caves including bamboo rafting, you would need to hire a local community guide. This would cost B600 as of writing this review. Cave 1 is known as Column Cave, Cave 2 is Doll Cave and Cave 3 is Coffin Cave. The guide would point out the various shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites as we trekked inside the caves. Cave 3 is a steep upclimb to see a pre historic coffin. Thereafter, we board a bamboo raft to sail down the caves. We saw big fishes and bats along the way. Our guide suggested we hiked back to the visitors centre. It was a easy walk of 15 minutes.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 1, 2023
  • Stephen N
    Hong Kong, China338 contributions
    Worth to pay for a visit
    When you visit this cave, you have to employed a guide with you and he/she will lead you to the cave entrance and rode a bamboo boat into the cave. The cave was huge and there're a lot of bats inside the cave. Inside the cave, it's not really much to see but the view of cave entry was really stunning.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 17, 2023
  • Jeep
    1,154 contributions
    Great underground adventure.
    This activity needs a local guide and a lantern, since there is no electricity inside the cave. After paying a fee (600 bath per group with maximum of 3 persons), your guide will lead you to the entrance of the cave where he/she will light the lantern. Don't forget to buy some fish feed as there are thousands of fish to feed during this activity (we also fed many fish at the entrance of the cave while we were waiting for our guide lighting the lantern). This interesting cave called "Tham Nam Lot", where the Nam Lang creek runs from the cave mouth to the other side of the mountain, resulting in beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is about 1 km long and consists of three huge rooms. The walking tour begins with "Tham Sao Hin Luang", a large cave full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The most prominent feature is a few large limestone pillars of up to 20 metres. Next, trek into "Tham Tukkata", the most expansive and longest in all 3 rooms, is lined with small stalagmites, shaped like dolls of different sizes. Then, have a ride on a bamboo raft (and feeding fish) to "Tham Phi Man", the last room that contains stone tools, ancient utensils, prehistoric wooden coffins, human bones dating back over 2000 years (this room is full of bat droppings and stairs are quite steep, be careful). Such an amazing activity. Highly recommended!
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Jörg Fischer
    Berlin, Germany422 contributions
    Somthing you should absolutely do
    Das sollte man sich unbedingt anschauen. Hier begeht man die 3 Höhlen noch mit einem echten Grubenlicht. Die Höhlen sind wunderschön. Das besondere Highlight ist die Höhlefahrt mit einem Bambusflos. You should definitely check this out. Here you can walk through the three caves with a real miner's light. The caves are beautiful. The special highlight is the cave trip with a bamboo raft.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 26, 2023
  • Susan K
    17 contributions
    Fantastic
    So glad we decided to go here from Pai. You pay 300 baht each for the one and half hour ride to the caves. It is then 600 baht for 3 people. This gets you a guide with a lamp, gets you into all three caves. The last cave you get to by going on the bamboo raft thru a vast cave full of bats. Such an amazing sight. Would not be good idea if you are not good on your feet, as it can be slippery in the caves and there are lots of steep wooden steps, which help you gain entrance to the caves.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 27, 2023
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Too Yi
Singapore, Singapore38 contributions
Apr 2022
Lod Cave (or Tham Lod) is a cave between Mae Hon Song City and Pai City. Its about halfway between the two and around 1-2 hours motorcycle from either direction. I think you can easily book day trips here with the tour organizers in Pai, but going on your own is also easily done.

There are three caves here, with a tiered prices depending on how many you want to do. I would recommend doing all three since you're in the area and the third cave is the coolest (you get to take a raft!). I think its 500THB for foreigners per group of 3. We had 4 people, so its 1000THB for two groups. Since it was low season (in April), we didn't see any other tourists to tag along with at the entrance.

If you like feeding fish, the entrance counter sells bags of fish food that you can scatter into the water at either the entrance or on the raft to the third cave. I bought two (though I cannot remember the price, I don't think it was much more than 50THB a bag).

The first two caves are nice, with stone and cave formations resembling various animals and other things (like a boob, for reals, the guides will take pains to point it out while giggling). The third cave involves boarding a bamboo raft that is poled down a river by a boatman. the river has catfish and other species that you can feed as you float along.

The cave has some prehistoric painting and coffins from 20,000 years ago that might interest the history buff too.

As all caves are, its somehow cooler, yet incredibly humid, so you sweat more inside. I would also STRONGLY RECOMMEND bringing and wearing a hat inside the cave. (Hear me out guys.)

The cave has thousands of swallows and bats roosting in the natural rafters and the floor is literally covered in guano and droppings. I don't envy combing poo out of my hair, so do as the guides do and wear a hat. It saved one of my family members' hairline and reputation by deflecting an accurately aimed ball of poo from the crown of his head. Thank God.
Written May 11, 2022
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand3,814 contributions
Feb 2023
Lod Cave is a bit of a drive from Pai (only 50 kilometers, but at least one hour because of the many curves), but is well worth the trip! They present the cave as three separate caves (Big Column, Doll, and Coffin), but in reality, they are all just sections of the same cave. Visitors pay 600 baht for a group (up to three people) to have a guide with a lantern and visit to all three sections of the cave, including a wonderful bamboo raft ride inside the cave. The local community benefits significantly by providing guides and raft operators in the cave, which is a nice positive aspect; there is a sharing of the revenue among the guides, rafts operators and administration. We were quite disappointed, however, in the guide assigned to us as she seemed totally uninterested in our questions, failed to spend any time in highlighting attractions with her flashlight, refused to speak English (even though she clearly knew some English), and generally seemed eager to just get the tour over with and get rid of us. Despite this, we found the cave itself to be beautiful and impressive. The most enjoyable part was riding the rafts through the large chambers with bats squeaking above us in the dark and then approaching the large cave opening. The ancient coffin was also interesting (although in poor condition), as these pre-historic coffins are found in various places throughout Southeast Asia. We very much enjoyed the visit to the cave and highly recommend it, especially to nature lovers. We only wished they would improve the standards and performance of their guides.
Written February 11, 2023
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Griff
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Jan 2020
We were staying in Pai and decided to stayed a extra day as there was so much to do. We decided to go up to Lod cave on our last day and it turned out to be one of my favourite trips i have done in Thailand. So there is no national park fees but you need a guide. For a single person it is 150 Baht but you will only do the first two caves. You can pay 450 Baht for a group being 1-3 and you will get a round trip through al three caves and a bamboo raft trip inside the cave (really coo). The town just out of the caves also have a few restaurants you can enjoy some lunch after your. Really worth the trip.
Written February 4, 2020
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Peter G
Chard, UK200 contributions
Jan 2020
This was our first proper Thai show cave. Within walking distance of Cave Lodge the cave swallows the river running past Cave Lodge and disgorges it 800 m away at a lower entrance. It is possible to kayak through the cave in the rainy season and in the dry season visitors are ferried through part of the cave on bamboo rafts. The cave is full of huge dry stalactite formations and thousands of swifts roost near the lower entrance where very ancient wooden coffins can be seen in high level passages. There are several very steep flights of stairs to negotiate to see all the cave. One can exit at the lower entrance or return through the cave. The guides carry powerful Tilley lamps and are nearly all women. Prices are reasonable and you can buy food to feed the large carp like fish that live near the cave entrances. A visit to Tham Lod is a must if you are in the area. There are a number of other 'wild' caves in the area that can be visited.
Written January 25, 2020
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Oscardog16
Adelaide, Australia1,229 contributions
Sep 2022
We visited using a one-day pass for numerous attractions in the Pia district. The pass was 200 THB per adult and then some attractions charged extra for a guide and parking. We paid 210 THB for two adults to enter the cave with a guide on a bamboo raft, this included parking for a car (I think it was 50 THB for the car). You can purchase the pass at any of the attractions and do them in any order within one day.
Written September 29, 2022
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Jeep
1,154 contributions
Jan 2023 • Family
This activity needs a local guide and a lantern, since there is no electricity inside the cave. After paying a fee (600 bath per group with maximum of 3 persons), your guide will lead you to the entrance of the cave where he/she will light the lantern. Don't forget to buy some fish feed as there are thousands of fish to feed during this activity (we also fed many fish at the entrance of the cave while we were waiting for our guide lighting the lantern).

This interesting cave called "Tham Nam Lot", where the Nam Lang creek runs from the cave mouth to the other side of the mountain, resulting in beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites. The cave is about 1 km long and consists of three huge rooms. The walking tour begins with "Tham Sao Hin Luang", a large cave full of beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. The most prominent feature is a few large limestone pillars of up to 20 metres. Next, trek into "Tham Tukkata", the most expansive and longest in all 3 rooms, is lined with small stalagmites, shaped like dolls of different sizes. Then, have a ride on a bamboo raft (and feeding fish) to "Tham Phi Man", the last room that contains stone tools, ancient utensils, prehistoric wooden coffins, human bones dating back over 2000 years (this room is full of bat droppings and stairs are quite steep, be careful).

Such an amazing activity. Highly recommended!
Written December 23, 2023
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Reslimpan
Rayong, Thailand3,093 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
The caves are about 1.25 hours away from Pai a bit of a stretch on a motorcycle in my humble opinion. In typical Thai fashion foreigners pay 500 baht whereas Thai get away with 300 baths. The money pays for a guide and a raft tour. Each guide only gets one ride per day - how much out of the fee that goes to her, I don’t know. I tipped 100 baht. The caves as such are very nice. The raft tour incredible. This place is worth a visit.
Written December 29, 2021
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eVe 🇸🇬🇸🇬🇸🇬
Singapore, Singapore774 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
To visit the 3 caves including bamboo rafting, you would need to hire a local community guide. This would cost B600 as of writing this review. Cave 1 is known as Column Cave, Cave 2 is Doll Cave and Cave 3 is Coffin Cave. The guide would point out the various shapes of the stalactites and stalagmites as we trekked inside the caves. Cave 3 is a steep upclimb to see a pre historic coffin. Thereafter, we board a bamboo raft to sail down the caves. We saw big fishes and bats along the way. Our guide suggested we hiked back to the visitors centre. It was a easy walk of 15 minutes.
Written December 1, 2023
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Uncut
Neusaess, Germany12 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
It is quite a distance from Pai towards the cave, but the drive is adventurous and quite a lot of fun with your own bike. There are also some view points on your way to the cave and you are most likely to drive around 1 hour.

There is also an entrance fee (August 2023: 1 cave = 300 Baht, 2 caves = 500 and 3 caves = 600 for a group of three people).

Unfortunately, we arrived during a time only cave #1 had opened. However, that cave was huge with a lot of bats and was a unique experience for those, who have not been in a cave just yet.

Yes, it kind of smelled and a lot of poo from the bats laid on the ground / way. That’s nature, though. Guides are friendly and wait for you in-case you want to make some pictures.

It has been a fun day for us and I would recommend driving to the cafes few miles further at “Ban Jabo”, I guess - for a nice view and soup / coffee.
Written August 25, 2023
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Stephen N
Hong Kong, China338 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
When you visit this cave, you have to employed a guide with you and he/she will lead you to the cave entrance and rode a bamboo boat into the cave. The cave was huge and there're a lot of bats inside the cave. Inside the cave, it's not really much to see but the view of cave entry was really stunning.
Written December 17, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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