The sun rays crept into the cave through the openings above, lighting the entire cave. Right in the middle of the cave sat an altar, draped with a pink cloth over it. The altar was positioned on top of a little hill, with ropes surrounding it suggesting we could not enter. The cave was damp with stalagmite and stalactite around. The only light source was from the opening in Phrya Nakhon cave, illuminating the altar.
We hired a car for a day and he drove us to the start of Phrya Nakhon cave. We could have taken the boat to reach the other end of the hill, but we decided to hike instead. The sets were made of roughly cut stones, but it wasn’t too tough a hike. There were actually gorgeous looking crystals on the ground, but we decided not to take them. And I’m pretty sure we saw a snake too. Yikees
Being full of nonsense as usual, we saw a structure made out of lots of huge rocks, so we went to climb on it. The rocks had very sharp edges and it hurts to climb. Nonetheless, we made it on the rocks to take pictures.
The Other Side
Arriving on the other side, it seemed so different. It’s like some countryside in Europe because of the coniferous trees.
We had absolutely no idea where the cave was so we just walked aimlessly, looking for signs in the vast land. We finally saw the huge sign and though we were near.
Uh nope. Phrya Nakhon cave was 430m above and we had to hike a little more. The pictures really do not do justice to the place. After hiking the steep walkway (as steep as those in Discovery bay’s stairs in Hong Kong!), we finally reached the first stop. We were in awe when we saw the place.
As we were about to go down to a cave before reaching the Phrya Nakhon cave, a group of French tourist came up. They looked rather old but were still hiking. I hope I will be as fit as them when I’m old. There was also a couple with a baby hiking. The father carried the baby on his back with a chair-like thing while hiking. Wow, that’s some really cool stuff.
The next destination was even cooler. Eyes-pop-jaw-drop kind of cool. It was a cave but there were 2 holes above, due to the weather and erosion. The 2 holes above are separated by only a small bridge, which they call the devil’s bridge. It is so thin that it will erode off soon too. There are vegetation in the cave only because the holes gave way to allow sunlight in and cultivate an ecosystem inside.
Phraya Nakhon Cave
Then we finally went inside. It’s quite scary because it’s dark and damp.
There used to be a waterway in the cave, which explains the dampness. The cave was a popular place for the kings in the past. The 3 kings, King Chulalongkorn, King Vajiravudh and King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Oh and on that day, Queen Lisa also visited the place.
You remember when you’re young, you’ll always write “Lisa was here” on anywhere you find? The kings did that too. They wrote their names on the walls of the caves. As you can see, the royals are not too different from us 😉