Mae Sot’s recently discovered cave set to be the newest attraction

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Mae Sot's recently discovered cave set to be the newest attraction

A recently discovered cave in Tak province is set to be the newest attraction for domestic tourists to the western Thai province bordering Myanmar, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand.

The cave, known locally as “Tham Pha Khao Morakot”, lies in the mountain ridges of Taksin Maharat National Park in Mae Sot district.

The cave is noted for its beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites.

Cave and waterfall visits are popular with domestic tourists many of them urban residents who join overland tours to enjoy natural attractions, mainly in national parks.

They are rarely a priority for international visitors except for adventure travellers who visit the sites as part of treks or outdoor activities such as mountain bike excursions.

Mae Sot town stands on the banks of a river that marks the border with Myanmar. It has an airport served by daily flights from Bangkok.

Tak governor, Somchai Hatayatanti, said a limestone chamber inside the cave was large enough to accommodate several thousand people. The cave was named Tham Pha Khao Morakot as the rock formations in the cave glow like a diamond when a light shines on them.

The cave is open only to visitors who pre-book their visit by calling the village committee office at Poupae (082 882 3196). A tour guide will be provided by the village committee during weekdays.