Saturday, March 10, 2012

One day trip, Mahidol University, Second stop: Tham Khaobin Cave, Ratchaburi Province

This entry shows photos about the the second stop of the trip arranged by Mahidol University. This stop was at Tham Khao Bin, at Ratchaburi province. It is said that Ratchaburi is a very old city going back to the ancient era. And it has an historical importance inasmuch as it was a town of the Suwannaphum Kingdom.

Perhaps Tham Khao Bin is the most striking cave throughout Ratchaburi province. It is located 20 kilometers from the town along the route to Amphoe Chom Bueng and 2 kilometers along an access road. The route to this cave is in quite conditions that anyone can access to it through car, bike or motorcycle.

My first impression was as if I was coming into the hell.  By the way, the name Khao Bin means ‘flaying dove’ , which refers to the rock formation depicted to the right which with some fantasy resembles a flaying dove.

It seems the shadow of someone  on bended knee, but it is optical illusion only!

This cave is bigger than Batu caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. However, Batu caves is higher that Tham Khao Bim. Click see to see picture of Batu Caves, Malaysia. Khao Bin is about 200 meters height.

Inside the cave, the temperature gets hotter and hotter, and increases the humidity as well. Thus taking photos could become a tough game.

We spend around 45 minutes in the cave. Of course never is enough time to enjoy the beauty of this breathtaking place.






The cave extends 300 meters from the entrance and offers truly amazing and gloomy scenes of plentiful stalactite and stalagmite formations. The lighting in this cave is spectacular, suitable for astonishing photographs, as long as you carry a tripod. In my case, I haven’t.





Finally, my Japanese friend awaiting her turn to cross the suspension bridge.

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