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Phu Wai Cave

Phu Wai Cave

Phu Wai CavePhu Wai Cave is located among high and complex limestone mountain in the area of Phu Toei National Park. The cave is large and spacious with stalagmites and stalactites in different forms, such as chedi and batshtub. There are also signs indicating positions and names of the rock forms. The entrance to the cave is on a mountain slope which is approachable on foot. The cave is airy as there is a cavity opening to the other side of the mountain inside.There are up to nine types of batss living in Phu Wai Cave, which are fruit bats, Thomas’s Horseshoe bats, Andersen’s Leaf-nosed bats, Black-bearded Tomb bats, Great Himalayan Leaf-nosed bats, Large Bent-winged bats, Dobson’s Horseshoe bats, Horsfield’s Leaf-nosed bats, Orchid tip-winged bats. This is one of the caves with most variable bat types in Thailand. Visitors can ask for a guide at the entrance. The tour takes about an hour. Behind the cave, there is Thep Mali Cave or Phaya Nak Cave, which is a small and rather deep cave. Stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave are naturally beautiful. Phu Wai Mountain Top is 700 metre above sea level, offering a wide and beautiful landscape to visitors. The mountain ridge is covered with fertile dry dipterocarp forest. It is vital to use flashlight because it is very dark inside the cave. Guides are recommended.To get there from Ban Rai District, drive along Highway No. 3011 (Ban Rai-Phu Bon route) past the curve of Chao Phor Khao Rak Shrine. At the t-junction where there is a signpost for Ban E-Loom-Ban Khao Phu Toei, turn right and drive for about 6 kilometers. Drive past the entrance to Wat Tham Khao Wong for another 3 kilometers to arrive at Phu Wai Cave.