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    The Tham Luang Caves | Chiang Rai District
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    The Tham Luang Cave and the Doi Nang Non Mountain Range

    ​The Doi Nang Non mountain range consists of a long hill tract tlocated on the west side of the highway between Chiang Rai and Mae Sai. The greater part of the range is in Mae Sai District, extending west and southwest of Pong Pha along the border with Myanmar. The mountain range is an unusual land feature when seen from a distance, as its silhouette takes the shape of a sleeping woman with long hair. Its highest point is Doi Tung, which corresponds to the belly of the lady.

    There are a number of caves in the range area, the largest and best known is Tham Luang Nang Non (Great Cave of the Sleeping Lady), a semi-dry limestone cave in the Doi Nang Non range. It is over 10 kilometres long, and has many deep recesses, narrow passages and tunnels winding under hundreds of meters of limestone. There are numerous stalactites and stalagmites in some parts of the system.

    In 2018, Tham Luang was the site of a massive rescue operation which was followed by millions all over the world. Twelve boys aged 11 to 16, all members of a local junior football team, and their 25-year-old male assistant coach were stranded in the cave for 18 days, when floodwater prevented their exit.

    They were rescued in a huge joint operation between the Thai government, the Thai military, and a group of international experts and cave divers. British divers found them on a slipery ledge in darkness more than 4 kilometres from the cave entrance nine days into their ordeal. The effort to save their lives was a global operation followed by millions around the world. More than 90 divers including 50 foreigners, helped to rescue the group. An ex-navy diver died during the mission when he ran out of air, having placed air tanks along the route to the boys. The Authorities have repaired damages from the operation and prepared the national park for an increasing number of visitors from all over the world.

    Khun Nam Nang Non (Headwaters of the Sleeping Lady) is a natural pond into which water flows from the rocks above. This water is said to be the tears of the legendary lady’s ghost. One of the legends goes that in ancient times a beautiful princess fell in love with a stable boy and became pregnant. Knowing their love was forbidden, they fled and went in the cave to rest. When the boy went in search of food, he was caught by the princess’ father’s army and killed. The distraught princess stabbed herself to death and the legend says her blood became the Mae Sai River and the water that flows through the cave, while her body is the surrounding mountains, said to look like a sleeping woman. The locals only dare to enter the cave after paying respect to the princess at the small shrine next to the entrance.
    • Address: Unnamed Road Pong Pha, Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai 57130, Thailand
    • Business Hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Length: 10.3 kilometres (6.4 mi)
    • Depth: 85 metres (279 ft)
    • Access: Tours available (November – April)
    • Geology: Karst cave
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    Infamous Tham Luang caves reopened after monsoon season

    Tham Luang caves, where 12 boys and their football coach were dramatically rescued in 2018, reopened to the public today. The site had been closed since July 1 to weather the monsoon season. In late June 2018, a young football team exploring the caves became trapped when heavy storms brought flash floods that filled the cave with water.

    The caves in Khun Nam Nang Non forest park closed for three and a half months to avoid any similar incidents during the rainy season. Now opening again to tourists, the chief of the Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai where the caves are located presided over a merit-making ceremony yesterday to celebrate the reopening.

    The cave shot to worldwide infamy when the students were trapped, an ordeal that has now been depicted in several movies and a recent Netflix series. Crowds flocked to see for themselves the caves where the 12 boys and their coach were trapped. But during the pandemic, the site had to be closed several times due to Covid-19 outbreaks.

    With those closures though, park officials used the time to make improvements for future visitors. An easier road was put in to help those with disabilities and elderly visitors. The landscaping in the whole area was redone. And a road was created to link the caves to Sa Morakot, a nearby natural pond.

    Visitors to the caves will see several new features as well. A free tram will help settle visitors to the complex. And a memorial has been built to commemorate the rescue mission and the officer who died during it. Saman “Ja Sam” Kunan was a 37 year old Petty Officer first class who lost his life attempting to free the children and is now remembered with a sculpture outside the entrance.​

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    • #3
      What to do in Chiang Rai: Unmissable attractions for your itinerary

      Chiang Rai, a beautiful city in Northern Thailand, is the underrated neighbour of Chiang Mai. While tourists and expats have been flocking to Chiang Mai for many years, Chiang Rai has only been getting the attention it deserves quite recently. And we love to see it! Thanks to its natural beauty, awesome historical attractions, and mouthwatering local dishes, the laid-back city is well worth visiting. If you’re not sure what to do and see in Chiang Rai, then this article is for you. Below, we’ve compiled the best places to visit and things to do in the Northern Thai city.
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      Explore the famous White Temple
      The White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun, is undoubtedly the most famous tourist attraction in Chiang Rai. The dazzling all-white temple is not an ancient temple. It’s a piece of art built with a temple in mind, designed by the Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. As you explore the temple, you’ll be left in awe by its intricate carving and detailed ornamentation. It’s a very unique temple that combines classic Thai architecture with contemporary elements. Although the temple is simply breathtaking any time of day, it especially sparkles on a sunny day. Be sure to see the inside and walk around the ground instead of just snapping a picture of the temple’s exterior. Everything is impressive, you won’t regret spending your time here. Many visitors only come to Chiang Rai to see this temple, so be prepared for a crowd. If you want to escape the swarm of tourists, come early in the day. Also, be sure to wear modest clothing or bring a shawl with you.

      Visit the vibrant Blue Temple
      The Blue Temple is a little less popular than the White Temple, but it’s absolutely a must-visit. Also known as Wat Rong Sear Tean, the temple will blow you away with its vibrant colours of vivid blue on the walls and bright yellow on the roof. Both the outside and the inside of the temple are designed with careful attention to detail. Outside, you’ll find many blue statues like guards and dragons, each one as intricate as the other. Inside, there’s a glorious giant white Buddha. Like the White Temple, The Blue Temple is not an ancient temple. Still, it has a long history and is very important. Therefore, you should always be respectful.
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      Go for a refreshing dip at the Khun Korn Forest Park Waterfall
      Wondering what to do in Chiang Rai to satisfy your need for a nature fix? Then you should explore the waterfalls near the city. One of the best to visit is the Khun Korn Forest Park Waterfall. The waterfall is hidden inside a bamboo forest, and you’ll need to walk for around 30 minutes to get there. The walk is pretty easy, but it can be slippery, so be sure to wear good shoes and watch your step. The lush bamboo forest is an experience in itself, and as you’re approaching the waterfall, you’ll hear it before you actually see it. Standing at 70 metres, it’s the tallest in the area. Moreover, the force of the water is intense, so make sure to bring waterproof gear for your gadgets to protect them from the spray. Don’t forget to bring swimming clothes as well if you want to enjoy a refreshing dip in the pool underneath the waterfall.

      Taste delicious food at The Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
      The Chiang Rai night bazaar might not be as big as those in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. However, it’s still a great place to visit, especially if you want to sample authentic Northern Thai delicacies like Khao Soi (curry noodle soup) and Sai Oua (Northern Thai Sausage). In addition to scrumptious food, you can find many stands selling all kinds of souvenirs, from clothes and jewellery to wooden objects. Several tribes from the surrounding mountains also sell their handicrafts here. You can even get relaxing Thai massages and foot massages for an affordable price, too. Furthermore, the night bazaar often gets livelier later in the evening with live music and dancing.

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      Breathe the fresh air in Doi Mae Salong

      If you love tea and you want to relax among lush greenery, then you shouldn’t miss Doi Mae Salong. Situated in northwestern Chiang Rai and only 6 kilometres from Myanmar, it’s home to numerous ethnic villages, as well as fruit, coffee, and tea plantations. You can hike up the mountain to enjoy incredible scenery and breathe fresh air. Make sure to visit tea houses and try Yunnan food while you’re here as well. Furthermore, you can visit the Padong Long Neck Hill Tribe and learn about their culture if you take a tour. The most popular time to visit Doi Mae Salong is between December and February. During these months, the hills are alive with flower blossoms. Prepare warm clothes if you’re planning to visit since the temperature can be very low, especially at the top. Whether you’re visiting Chiang Rai for a day trip or you’re staying for a few days, be sure to add these incredible attractions to your itinerary.
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        Chiang Rai opens skywalk with panoramic views of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos

        A new skywalk has opened in the northern province of Chiang Rai at the meeting point between Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar– also known as the ‘Golden Triangle.’ The “Three Lands Skywalk” stands about 486 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of mountains, forests, and the Mekong River.
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        The new attraction is located about 400 metres away from the Mekong in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district, near the auspicious Phra Borommathat Buddhanimit Chedi. The skywalk has two lanes made entirely of glass connected by a walkway. At the end of each lane stands a glorious cherry blossom tree.

        Up to 100 tourists are welcome on the skywalk at any one time and are required to wear the shoe protectors provided. The skywalk opens from 7.30 am – 6 pm. A shuttle from the temple costs 30 baht and the skywalk’s entrance fee costs 40 baht per person. Although, it’s not clear whether foreigners will be charged more.

        The skywalk cost 32 million baht to construct and was entirely funded by donations raised by Wat Phra That Pha Ngao temple. Buddhist monks and Tourism Minister Khamphon Uitakul presided over the opening ceremony of the “Three Lands Skywalk” today. The nation’s favourite artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed the famous White Temple in Chiang Rai, also attended the ceremony.

        The skywalk opened to tourists for three days prior to the opening ceremony, in which more than 20,000 tourists ascended the skywalk to see views of the Golden Triangle. Other popular tourist destinations in the province include the White Temple, the Blue Temple, Wat Huay Pla Kang, Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Khun Korn Waterfall, and Doi Mae Salong mountain.

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        Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost city and is famous for its beautiful scenery and interesting Lanna culture. It can be accessed by flying into Mah Fah Luang Airport. Don’t miss out on these unmissable attractions. Skywalks in the Isaan provinces of Leoi and Nong Khai offer views of the Mekong at the Laotian border. Mountainous views can be found at Kanchanaburi’s Khao Laem Skywalk.

        In Bangkok, some of the best views of the City of Angels can be found at the Mahanakhon Skywalk.
        Last edited by Barfly; 10-27-2022, 11:03 PM.

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