Spelunking Phu Pha Phet Cave, Satun Thailand

This is a raw video going inside the cave.

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.

On a personal note:

Derick and Summer were the youngest in the group of tourists in Phu Pha Phet cave. I thought they won’t survive the two hour walk inside the cave, well I thought wrong. As a matter of fact they enjoyed it, Summer got so fascinated by the things she saw and Derick, oh well, because it’s so dark and he gets to use a flashlight – his favorite thing at the moment – he felt it was totally a great adventure.

We came as a side trip since the cave is within the vicinity of the Wang Sai Thong waterfalls we went to earlier that day. Although unprepared it turned out successful. They love it and are looking forward to spelunk again.

This time though we have to prepare some things before-hand like.

  • Face mask especially if your kids are asthmatics. It might be dusty inside from loose soil or bat droppings.
  • Tiny backpacks for water bottles, face towel, and the likes
  • Comfortable rubber shoes are definitely better than open loose slippers
  • Long stretchy pants would be comfortable and it would be easy to crawl or duck if there is a need to.
  • Wear mosquito repellent lotion for protection.

 

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