Chiang Dao is a town situated about 70km north of Chiang Mai. It’s major attraction for visitors is the caves under a mountain which houses a buddhist temple. Chiang Dao means “city of stars”
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About Chiang Dao caves
The cave of Chiang Dao is located 70 kilometres north of Chiang Mai on the road to Fang. The Chiang Dao Caves penetrate in to the Doi Chiang Dao which is a massive outcrop of rock rising to a height of 2,175 metres to be the third highest in Thailand. The mountain is usually shrouded in cloud and the area is home to Lisu, Lahu and Karen villages.
The Caves have had a significant presence for the locals for over 1,000 years as is evident by the ancient Shan Chedi near the entrance and the folklore surrounding the Caves. The caves are venerated by the Thai and Shan people as is evidenced by the offerings, statues and decorations present at the entrance and inside. At various locations within the Caves are small temples and statues of the Buddha. The caves also offer a plethora of stalactite and stalagmite rock formations
One legend holds that the caves are inhabited by an Indian recluse who has lived there for more than one thousand years. Another, more complex, tradition tells how a group of hermits who live in the caves once called a meeting of deities and angels to create seven sacred objects. A demon called Chao Luang Kham Daeng Khun Yak was appointed to guard these sacred artefacts which are hidden beneath the mountain.
It is only possible to see the illuminated areas without hiring a guide. However, this still allows you to see a great deal as you can go about 1km into the cave network. Moving away from the lit areas without a latern carrying guide would be suicidal. It would take very little time for you to get lost.
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