Phu Pha Phet Cave: Satun Thailand

This huge cave is located at Tambol Palm Pattana Amphur Manang Satun Province in Southern Thailand. It is about an hour and 30 minutes from Hatyai City by a private car.

Phuphaphet Cave was previously called “Lod Cave”, “Yao Cave”, “Phet Cave”, and later “Phuphaphet Cave”. It is so named Phuphaphet because the stalactites and stalagmites sparkle like diamonds.

Its wondrously vast land area of 50 rai holds some amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations which incite superstitious belief among locals.  Some of these formations include what they call the “crystal curtain” because of the drapery-like effect to which the stalactites hang from the ceiling of the cave.  Another are the “river crystal” and “upside-down lotus” but the most intriguing is the stalagmite formations that resemble a male genitalia. Locals believe that this protects them from any harmful spirits that bring about diseases and misfortunes.  Visitors are prohibited from touching because they believe that by doing so, it will stop “growing”.

Aside from its strange geological formations, archaeological artifacts from ancient humans who found shelter inside the cave were also retrieved.  And also, they have found traces of fossils of ancient sea creatures. These have earned them some points in UNESCO World Heritage.

There you go.  Enjoy your trip to the cave.

It’s quite dusty inside so if you are asthmatic be sure to bring a mask.

This is a raw video going inside the cave.

Have you been to Phu Pha Phet Cave or to any cave? How was it?


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17 thoughts on “Phu Pha Phet Cave: Satun Thailand

  1. I am travelling to Hat Yai next month and I am dying to visit the Diamond Cave you have shown. However I am not able to find any Private drivers. Would you happen to have any information for drivers to recommend?

    1. Hi. It would have been great if there’s Uber here, unfortunately none. However there are other ways, one is to charter a ride from the hotel or accommodation you’ll be staying in. If not, you could avail this service from a travel and tour agency. SB Travel and Tour is located near Lee Gardens and right in front of Central Plaza. Here’s a link to the place’s map,!1s0x304d28451dd52411:0xe760e76c6355e269!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4s/maps/place/sb%2Btour%2Band%2Btravels%2Bhatyai/@7.005949,100.4707048,3a,75y,19.81h,90t/data%3D*213m4*211e1*213m2*211sTh9YiMc2ek-aiqSRumzigg*212e0*214m2*213m1*211s0x304d28451dd52411:0xe760e76c6355e269!5ssb+tour+and+travels+hatyai+-+Google+Search&imagekey=!1e2!2sTh9YiMc2ek-aiqSRumzigg&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjF1o60qrHbAhXMfisKHaxtCWwQpx8IdjAK

  2. I’m adding this fascinating cave to my bucket list of must see places. I can only imagine what it’s like up close.

  3. I haven’t been to this cave but I have been to a cave in Malaysia which is also under protection. I agree that everyone should put efforts to protect these natural sights and not pollute them with our selfishness and carelessness!

  4. I love caves! At least going in with a group. The stalactites and stalagmites are really awesome to behold! 🙂 Makakarating din ako dyan! 🙂

  5. Thanks for the video, that shows the amazing place you’ve been into and those cavern in that cave just makes you stunned to see how and what natures can do.

  6. The only cave I have been in is Macahambus Cave here in Cagayan de Oro City. It was not as complex looking as Phu Pha Phet Cave but it was dark and quite big for soldiers to hide during Philippine-American War. Now, it houses a lot of bats in which I am more afraid that caves. Hahaha…

    Phu Pha Phet Cave looks like a good place to have an adventure with the family but I think not recommended for younger kids.

  7. I have visited Thailand but I have never checked this Cave out. The only cave I went to was the one located in Bohol. I am not a fan of caves because I am scared of closed spaces.

  8. I am not sure if I will ever be in this part of Thailand. Very interesting about the fossils of ancient sea creatures. I have been to big caves with rock formations in Sagada and they also show connections with ancient sea creatures, which is really fascinating.

  9. Wow! A couple of months back I was at a cave in India that has Stalactites and Stalagmites. Isn’t it just awesome to be reminded of what you studied in school and see it in reality!!!

  10. Wow!
    The only cave I got to explore was the one from Cagayan Valley. My family and I had the chance to see the beauty of region 2 for 3 years. And this certain cave, you can only explore it on foot. I love to visit this place one day. Thank you for sharing!

  11. I suffer from claustrophobia so I have never been a fan of caves, but, I’d brave it and would definitely check out this cave if I ever find myself in Thailand. 🙂 It’s amazing!

  12. Thank you sharing your story about Phu Pha Phet Cave (so cute name). Is there a limit of guests that could enter the cave?

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