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Six Singaporian men and us in a cave

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One of the only things we wanted to do whilst up here was to visit a cave recommended to us by Felix and Sarah - Cave Lod. It took over an hour on more twisty roads to get to the site of the cave, where we then had to try to barter with the lady at the gate to get in (lady - it says on the sign how much it is, we're not that stupid!). Then a short wander through the forest to the cave mouth - massive!

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We had to enter the system by bamboo raft. With Tam and me perched just above the water level on this rather unstable floatation device we began to hear the occassional eerie splash around about us. Obviously our first thoughts went to horror films (or Harry Potter!) and dead things in the water about to snatch us from our raft! The splashes turned out to be a lot of large fish all trying to get near the "boat" for food. Off the raft and in we went for a wander through a number of huge caves. They were truly cavernous with some amazing formations and ancient cave drawings in them. They also housed 50,000 swifts and bats, so the stench was something in itself! But the sights we saw were completely worth the smell and the endless steps! It was quite spectacular!

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Home for a chilled out afternoon followed by a wander around the streets at night. Whilst waiting for some freshly made pad thai from a street stall, we ran into some people we met in Chiang Mai. We spent the rest of the evening with them and ended up in a cafe with some live music for a few (non-alcoholic - I know, shocking!) drinks. And now it's bed time - we're both feeling a bit under the weather.... clearly slowing down our travelling schedule is dangerous to our health!!!

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Jo xxx

Posted by Tam-Jo 02:44 Archived in Thailand Tagged pai

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