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

4.8 / 5

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Activity provider: TripGuru Thailand

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

Activity provider: TripGuru Thailand

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.

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup for hotels in 2 km radius of Tha Pae Gate. Please be ready in the lobby of your hotel 10 minutes before pickup time. The guide will be waiting for you with a sign.
Small group
Limited to 9 participants


  • 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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Important information

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

4.8 /5

based on 18 reviews

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A must-not-miss tour for adventurous travelers who love collecting unbelievable experiences! We visited a local market and ate fresh local food, then walked inside the incredible caves. It’s about 25 minutes of walking within the cave and they ask you to cover your legs (but have wraps available for rent if you are in shorts). We then went to the sticky waterfalls which was also incredible - needs a bit of muscle so best for travelers with a good amount of energy! We both wore water shoes which made it easier to hike up but others were barefoot. Our guide was AMAZING and answered all of our questions in wonderful English! 10/10 recommend - one of our favorite experiences of the trip!

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May 16, 2022

This tour exceeded our expectations. the cave was siiiiick - best cave we’ve been in (as city-dwelling singaporeans haha). the sticky waterfall was one of our trip highlights - it was so much fun to play in the falls and climb up like monkeys/spiders, really brought out the inner child in us :) Sam was a wonderful guide, full of information and explanations on what we were doing. Having him around in the market was especially useful to help us better understand the Thai peoples lives through their fresh produce! He even came to meet us after the tour ended to return our portable charger! And for what we enjoyed the most. The entire waterfall experience!, the caves, shopping at the market in the morning, and of course the drive to these places - chiang mai is beautiful so this is expected of course!

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May 9, 2022

My wife and I had such an amazing time. Our tour guide Non, was very friendly, easy to talk to, professional, and big on hand sanitizer. We learned a lot about the people, food, and history of Thailand as well as some Buddhist concepts. We always appreciating learning more about the culture and history of destinations we visit. The temple in the cave was very interesting with all the different statues in different areas of the cave. Our highlight was going down and running up the sticky waterfall. Great way to cool down during the hot day. It was so much fun.

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April 8, 2022

Product ID: 318513