Around 2,500 caves have been surveyed in Thailand and over 300 have been identified by the Tourism Department and open to visitors. Of these, around 170 are located in national parks and forest parks under the supervision of the National Parks, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation Department.
Within our region, the Phraya Nakhon Cave is one of Thailand’s most beautiful and most photographed caves. A popular tourist attraction, the giant limestone cave has trees reaching for its rooftop openings and the sunlight streaming through is a stunning sight. However, for a very different underground experience, a trip of around 140 kilometres from Hua Hin to the Khao Bin Cave in Ratchaburi Province may be just as impressive.
The cave is located about 22 kilometres from the Ratchaburi city centre. It was one of these stalagmites in the shape of a majestic giant eagle with its wings outspread which gave the cave its name found at the end of the cave. It was opened when the Forestry Department blew an opening to the cave with explosives in 1982.
The interior of the caves covers an area of five rai (8,000 square metres) and about 300 metres deep into the mountain. The cave is organised into eight chambers, each characterised by special features. Inside the cave there is a mineral spring and pond which villagers believe is sacred with healing powers. Illumination by coloured lights helps enhance visitors’ view and enjoyment.
Khao Bin Cave is rated as the 7th most beautiful cave in Asia. As soon as you enter, you will be immersed in a land of stalagmites and stalactites. It’s really humid inside, you will start sweating from your first step, but it’s totally worth it. the admission fee is just 20 baht. It takes about 30-45 minutes to walk through the chambers inside.
Khao Bin (ถ้ำเขาบิน) is reached on highway 3087, which branches off from Phetkasem highway to the west near the town Ratchaburi.
Note: Stalactites descend from the cave roof (they hang on ‘tight’), stalagmites rise from the cave floor.