Khao Luang hill is only about ninety two metres high and is approximately five kilometres north of Khao Wang. What makes it special is the Khao Luang cave. The Khao Luang Cave is one of the most popular attractions of the old town of Phetchaburi. It is noted for the beautiful statues of Buddha which adorn it. Located in the Hua Hin province, the cave was once a picnic spot favoured by King Rama IV. After King Rama V rose to power, he ordered the casting of the images of Buddha found in the cave and dedicated them to his predecessors, King Rama III and King Rama IV. There is over a 150 statues inside, each a work of art.
The cave itself is an impressive structure, dark and brooding, with giant stalactites hanging down. Large openings allow natural light to stream in, illuminating the cave during the daytime. The entrance lies at the foothills of the mountain, where a staircase made of concrete lead to the cave opening. To the right hand side of the entrance is the Wat Bunthawi. Formerly known as Wat Tham Klaep, the beautiful monastery is a repository of many interesting artefacts. The ornate woodwork is a testament to the skill of local artisans. Wild monkeys are found around the entrance. They are used to humans and are completely harmless if left alone.
There is no entrance fee, although one can pay for a guided tour. Do not accept the suggested fee as some bargaining is expected. As there is no public transport to the area, the best way to get here is by taxi or by renting a vehicle. Phetchaburi is only sixty six kilometres from the beach resort town of Hua Hin. Hua Hin has been a popular tourist spot long before Phuket was formed, and is a very traditional place with very modern facilities.
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