Cave climbing can be particularly adventurous. Even when they’re decently lit, every shadow, every pocket, seems dangerous. You don’t know what’s inside the cracks and crevices you’re sticking your hand in — living or dead.
Maybe it’s perfectly safe. Or maybe it’s one of the many bats, spiders or lizards that live there. This fear of the dark unknowing makes any beginner climb in a cave as terrifying as the hardest route in broad daylight.
It’s not just once you get in there, either. Getting to the caves is somewhat mysterious as well. Welcome to cave climbing in Thailand.
First you enter through tiny little holes in the rock.
Then you walk through dimly lit corridors.
And past things that look like aliens that want to eat you.
Eventually, you end up in vast expanses of openness and formations like you’ve never seen.
Sometimes the lighting is decent.
Other times, you consider a headlamp.
And you realize you’re not alone.
But in the end, it’s one of the coolest experiences you’ll ever have climbing in another country.
Because when else will you be able to feel this small while underground?
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