About 60 km south of Hua Hin, coordinates 12°11'54.78"N 100°00'19.81"E, is Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, the park with 300 mountain peaks. From Hua Hin all kinds of day trips are organized, often with lunches, visits to pineapple plantations, caves, etc.. A few years ago, we did not drive a car ourselves in Thailand, we have done that one time. We would be picked up at our hotel, and make a day trip with a van and a few other people. Picking up seemed to go well, but then we were told, that the van was actually too full, if we wanted to go with a jeep and a private driver and guide. Nice, but it took a while before everything was settled. The guide suggested not to go to the pineapple plantation that was not interesting for us, we agreed with that. So directly to a cave, which would be very nice but which turned out to be closed, then to another cave, also closed.
Only then to the cave, which was actually included in the trip
namely Tham Phraya Nakhon.
The problem turned out to be that the fastest way to the cave was by boat,
and the guide thought the boat would not sail
with only four people, he was right.
During our last visit, in 2012, we did go by boat, the path over the hill was hard to find and it was hot.
We started walking over a hill and then along the beach,
it was not even far from the place where the boats
unloaded their passengers on the beach.
And from there it was climbing, more than half an hour, and on a difficult path. And then down again into the cave.
There is a sign with the text 450 meters at the beginning of the path, but what that means we do not understand, it is much further walking.
The effort is worthwhile. The cave consists of two chambers, both with a collapsed roof. In the second, largest chamber there is a sala, a resting place, which was built for King Chulalongkorn. There are also growing plants and trees, we found it well worth the strenuous climb.
And then down again, harder than going up.
Mountaineering is the only way in and out from the cave.
Halfway we met a group of weary visitors climbing up, who hoped that the bus would be waiting on the top.
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