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Chiang Dao Caves are situated approx 70 kms north of Chiang Mai on a good highway through rolling hillsides. The Caves are one of the main attractions in the Chiang Dao National Park. The Caves form an approximately 12-kilometre tunnel and cave system and feature limestone stalactite and stalagmite formations which have formed due to dripping water. The air inside the caves is extremely humid.

Steps ascend to the cave entrance and then descend into a large cavern where there are numerous sacred Buddha images.

The first thing you see in the cave is a small chapel built into one side of the cave. High above the roof opens to the sun and some of the light makes its way down into the recesses of the cave. On its way down, it reveals statues placed high up cracks and on small ledges. The statues are all but hidden if you aren’t paying attention. Below them is the chapel. A short series of steps (guarded by a stone serpent) takes you up to it. Eight Buddhas line one wall. There are golden spots on them from flecks of a kind of sticky gold leaf. The front of the chapel features a number of Buddha statues. The closest and lowest one (on the left of the frame) has gold leaf covering almost all of it

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