Washington, District of Columbia
February 15, 2002
Stop at the entrance and collect a required guide with lantern for 100 Baht and hike a short trail to the entrance. A river runs through the cave and a ride on a bamboo raft will be offered. It costs extra but is well worth it as the footing is slippery and you can gape at the stalagites and rock formations without worrying about slipping. You will make several stops along the way to climb up into various caverns to see strange rock formations, old wooden coffins perhaps up to 2000 years old, and other interesting sites. They will offer round trip on the raft but a better option is to get off at the other end and follow the trail back to the entrance, the entire route is a large circle. The hike along the trail is pretty and there is a small Burmese style temple and farms along the way. There is a museum at the entrance area containing the majority of the ancient artifacts found in the caves which is worth a look. This main circuit will take about 90 minutes total and if you ascended by motorbike taxi the drive will wait and take you back down. If you are just passing through Soppong this is worth the couple of hours and you can hop back on a bus continuing to either Pai, 1.5 hrs to the East or Mae Hong Son about 2.5 hrs to the West.
From journal Caves around a small Thai Village