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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave Trekking Full-Day Tour

4.6 / 5

14 reviews

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Dao Cave Trekking Full-Day Tour

From US$ 48 per person

Explore the caves of Chiang Dao, a spectacular system of stalactites and stalagmites less than two hours’ drive from Chiang Mai. See the five limestone caverns beneath the mountains and climb the Buatong Sticky Waterfall.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Hotels in Chiang Mai city center
Private or small groups available


  • Discover the caves of Chiang Dao
  • See the five limestone caverns beneath the mountains with gas lanterns
  • Climb the Buatong Sticky Waterfall and appreciate the scenic landscape
  • Enjoy a small-group or private experience
Full description
Get picked up from your hotel in Chiang Mai city center and head off on a day trip to Chiang Dao. Begin with a visit to the Chiang Dao Cave (Wat Tham Chiang Dao), which is without a doubt one of the area's most fascinating sites. Five limestone caverns invite visitors to uncover the beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, Buddha statues, and offerings from faithful pilgrims. After paying a small entrance fee, the tour begins through a system of interconnected caverns extending over seven miles into the heart of the mountain. Expect cooler air in here, although hot days may create humid conditions at times. Some of the caves are illuminated by electric lights. Here you'll find Buddha statues, including a 13-foot reclining one. Don’t miss the row of five seated Buddhas in the first cavern, which many travelers find particularly impressive. After the cave adventure, the next stop is the Chiang Dao market to gorge on delicious local meals before heading to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall, one of the most unique waterfalls in Thailand. One impressive feature of this natural wonder is the sticky mineral deposits that allow visitors to actually climb up the waterfall without falling off, with the help of a safety rope. This is definitely a great way to cool off after a long day of your trip. Afterward, relax on a complimentary transfer back to your hotel in Chiang Mai city.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fee to Chiang Dao Cave
  • Insurance
  • Food and drink
  • Fee for local guide and lantern in the cave (to be paid on the spot in cash)
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with claustrophobia
  • People with heart problems
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Cash
  • Flashlight
  • Long pants
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Trekking gear

Know before you go

  • Solo travelers pay the same price.
  • Exact pickup time depends on participants' respective locations. Your driver will contact you the evening before your activity date to confirm the exact time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the activity date, or if you don’t show up on the date, no refund will be given.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 14 reviews

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It was quiet season so I got driven there by myself in a private guide the guides name was called Sunny who is as very professional - he called the day before to make sure everything was ok and even spoke to my hotel to make sure I got the message - he was there on time in the morning and very helpful through out the day - top guide!!

February 22, 2020

Nicy was an excellent and knowledgeable guide. I had a great time asking all kind of question, which she answers for. The cave was beautiful and a great possibility to escape noisy Chiang Mai.

February 4, 2020

For people who love nature, it's very interesting! I loved the “sticky” waterfall!

January 9, 2020

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