Catagorize: Caves , National Parks & Marine Reserves
Contact: Mu 3 Amphoe Baanrai, Uthai Thani
Tham Khao Wong Forest Park is situated southwest of Uthai Thani and is part of the Western Forest next to Phu Toei National Park in Suphan Buri. High, varied peaks of limestone cliffs with slopes of over 35% dot the park. The park is also the source of water, flowing through Amphoe Ban Rai, Uthai Thani.
Interesting attractions include Tham Phu Wai, a large cave, with a spacious area boasting stalagmites and stalactites in various forms, such as pagoda and basin. Visitors must climb up to its entrance, situated on the mountain slope. The air is fresh and well-ventilated as there is a hole leading through to the opposite part of the mountain. It takes about an hour to walk through the hole, and guides are available. Behind Tham Phu Wai, there is yet another small cave: Tham Thep Mali or Tham Phaya Nak, a deep but with beautiful stalagmites and stalactites. There are splendid views from atop Khao Phu Wai, which is 700 meters high, and the unspoiled deciduous dipterocarp forest on the mountain ridge is a pleasure.
To get there, from Amphoe Ban Rai, take Highway 3011, Ban Rai-Phu Bon route, passing the bend in front of the Chaopho Khao Rak Shrine until getting to the intersection with the direction sign of Ban I Lum – Ban Khao Phu Toei. Turn right and go on for about 6 kilometers. Drive past the entrance of Wat Tham Khao Wong for another 3 kilometers before arriving at Tham Phu Wai cave.
Operating hours are 8.30 am-5.30 pm daily.