Chiang Dao Cave Trekking Tour (Join-In)

Explore the caves of Chiang Dao, a spectacular system of stalactites and stalagmites less than two hours’ drive from Chiang Mai

Although the town of Chiang Dao is famous for its Elephant Training Center, several adventurers have come to these parts for another reason altogether: cave trekking. The Chiang Dao Cave (Wat Tham Chiang Dao) is without a doubt one of the area’s more fascinating sites. Five limestone caverns invite one to uncover its beautiful stalactites, stalagmites, Buddha statues, and votive offerings from faithful pilgrims.

We’ll drive around 88km (55mi) north of Chiang Mai to reach the starting point. Before venturing inside, explore the beautiful grounds outside dotted with scenic ruins, temples and roadside stops.

After paying a small entrance fee, you can then begin the journey through a system of interconnected caverns extending over 10km (7 mi) into the heart of the mountain. Expect cooler air in here, although hot days may create humid conditions at times.

Two to three of the caves make for an easy visit on your own, as they’re illuminated by electric lights. You’ll find Buddha statues here, including a 4-metre (13 ft) reclining one. Don’t miss the row of five seated Buddhas in the first cavern, as many travellers find them particularly impressive.

If you want to venture further, we would advise hiring a guide with a gas lantern to help navigate the unlit sections. The flashlight of your phone would come in handy here! While the main caves are large and open with soaring ceilings, the offshoot parts can get narrow with low overhangs. Climb, squeeze and duck through the passageways and rock formations, perhaps a bat or two flying above you. Fun!

After our cave adventures, we'll head to the Chiang Dao market to gorge on delicious local meals before making our way to the Buatong Sticky Waterfall. While waterfalls are notorious for being slippery (and quite dangerous!), one impressive feature about this natural wonder is the sticky mineral deposits that allow visitors to actually climb up the waterfall without falling off. Feel free to appreciate the scenic landscape while you're at it as well.


  • 08:00am - Pick-up from Hotel (within free pick-up area)
  • 09:00am - Departure from the meeting point
  • 10:00am - Arrive Chiang Dao Cave
  • 10:30am - Meet cave guide and equip lanterns
  • 11:00am - Explore the limestone caves
  • 12:30pm - Lunch at C'Dao Market
  • 02:30pm - Drive to Buatong Sticky Waterfall where you can climb to waterfall
  • 04:30pm - Return to hotel/meeting point


6.5 Hours
Only within Free Pick-up Area
Voucher Type
E-Voucher, present to guide/driver
Not Allowed
Not Allowed

What You Get


  • Pick-up and Drop-off at Hotel (within free pick-up area)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Tour Guide (English-speaking)
  • Entrance fees (Chiang Dao cave)
  • Drinking Water
  • Insurance


  • Personal expenses
  • Food and drink
  • Fee for Guide with Lantern in cave (THB 300/group of 4)
  • Lantern Fee (Only needed if you wish to explore the cave very deeply)

Insider Tips

  • Things to bring: Clothing that your covers arms and legs, Trekking clothes and shoes/sandals. Swimsuit, Towel, Flashlight/torch
Additional Information
  • Free pick-up and drop-off only for customers located in the central city of Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas of the Old City Wall in Chiang Mai Province including Chang Klan Road, Thapae Road, Wualai Road in zones of the Night Bazaar, Lam Yai Market (Kad Luang), Sunti Tham, Nimmanhaemin Road, Super Highway Road from Rin Come Square to Kuang Sing Square Pass Road, Arkhet Transfer Station, Railway station and Chiang Mai Airport, Areas within 2km from the city area (Muang District) 
  • The driver will contact you the evening before your activity date to confirm the exact time. Please be at the lobby 10 minutes before the pick-up time provided
  • If your hotel is outside of the free pick-up area (mentioned above), the designated meeting point is the Thapae Gate in Chiang Mai Old City. *Please be at the designated meeting point 10 minutes before the pick-up time provided
  • You will be joined together with a small group of max. 5-8 people for this tour
  • Kindly be at the meeting point/hotel lobby at least 10 minutes befire the stated meeting/pick-up time. The tour guide will only wait a maximum of 10 minutes for your before proceeding to the next stop. If you are headed to the meeting point, we would like to stress that heavy traffic in the mornings is expected, and can vary greatly when compared to the travel time stated in navigation apps. Please make sure to consider leaving with enough time to reach your destionation. 
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the driver to verify before proceeding to board the vehicle
  • If your hotel is within the free pick-up area, the driver will contact you the evening before your activity date to confirm the exact time. Please be at the lobby 10 minutes before the pick-up time provided
  • If your hotel is outside the free pick-up area, the designated meeting point is the Thapae Gate in Chiang Mai Old City. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the pick-up time provided in the itinerary
How To Buy
  • If you are staying within the "free pick-up area", kindly email the following details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg
    • Lead Name
    • Hotel Name
    • Contact No

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly


  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given
Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Per Person (Staying within Free Pick-up Area)
Per Person (Meeting Point)

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If you are staying within the "free pick-up area", please refer to "How To Buy" section below and email the necessary details to Changi Recommends.