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Explore Krabi’s Best Cave in 2024 – Khao Phung

Kow Phung cave, Krabi, Thailand
Several caves can be explored here at Khao Phung and there are geckos and other animals to find. ©KrabiNature.com

If you want to do a tour of Khao Phung Cave in Krabi, fill out the form below!

(Also known as Kow Phung, Kow Pung, Kow Phueng, and Kow Pheung Cave)

Info: This is NOT part of the Khao Phanom National Park. This is a cave on public land that you can visit without a guide if you want, but a guide is recommended. There are sometimes 1-2 women who are deaf and mute who will insist you use their tour service and charge you from 500 to 1,000 THB per tour per person. This is not necessary if you want to go yourself. She may have lights, but they are not good and you are MUCH better off to book with us below or bring your own good lights and sense of adventure.

Hours: 7:30 am. to 5 pm. Outside of these hours, there are dogs that will not tolerate people in the palm tree plantation or at the caves. Dogs in Thailand bite. Please be very careful about this.

Bring: Flashlight or headlamp. Bring an EXTRA too. Without light, you can be stuck in the cave. Don’t risk it. Bring long sleeves and pants, a hat. Mosquitos can be crazy here. You will sweat and get dirty. Bring a towel if you have a rental car. Good shoes! Running shoes are ideal. Trail shoes. Some climbing on slippery hill. Don’t wear flip-flops. Don’t wear open-toed sandals like sport sandals. Only close-toed shoes.

Khao Phung – Krabi’s Top Cave

Khao Phung cave is in a small mountain that is filled with caves along the ground level and, if you’re adventurous you could climb up into other levels that are higher.

There was a walkway at Khao Phung cave as you can see by the photos, which takes you around about half of the mountain. One “Y” intersection will take you to a small stream where locals like to swim. There is a small dam made of sandbags so it’s not exactly picturesque.

The caves at Kow Phung are fairly deep. If you are going to do the tour with us you’ll have high quality headlamps by Petzl, NiteCore, and AceBeam that will give you plenty of light (we bring backups!).

If you don’t have a good torch (headlamp/flashlight) and at least one backup, please don’t go into this cave. You could be lost in there if you have no light. It could be dangerous as well.

No sense in getting caught a couple of hundred meters inside a dark cave without a flashlight (torch). Can you IMAGINE THAT?  That would be a serious nightmare and you might not get out anytime soon either.

A large cave in Krabi is Khao Phung Cave.
Outside of some of the caves at Khao Phung. © KrabiNature.com (we owned SeeKrabi.com in the past)

There are some HUGE rooms inside as you can see from the photos – but, you’ll need a flashlight – and bring a couple just in case the one you have dies.

A dirt path on a treacherous hill leading to Khao Phung Cave in Krabi, Thailand.
A somewhat treacherous path to reach some of the cave openings. Not recommended for people with injury or health issues. Quite steep. © KrabiNature.com

Khao Phueng cave is part of the national park that contains Huay Toh waterfall which is basically beside it. There is no charge here for the cave, but Huay Toh will charge foreign adults 200 baht and children 100 baht. 

There is sometimes a Thai student or a couple of senior women who sit outside the entrance to this cave. They can charge very high prices for walking you through the caves. The lights they provide are not good quality.

Occasionally, some students are at this cave during non-school hours to make some extra cash for taking you through the cave or renting you some flashlights for 100 baht each on top of the fee for the tour.

A crevasse to walk through in Khao Phung Cave in Krabi.
Once inside the cave it isn’t that difficult to get around but there are some small obstacles. © KrabiNature.com

One caveat, the mosquitoes here are off-the-hook and you’d do well to bring some DEET 28 or stronger bug spray to keep them off you. I had 28 all over me and they still found some sweet meat to eat.

More sections of Khao Phung Cave, there are several rooms to explore.
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Directions:  From Krabi town – the police checkpoint by the river, go upstream away from town and toward the mountains. At the traffic light make a right turn. On your left within 1km, possibly 1.5km is a sign or multiple signs for Huay Toh Waterfall – take that left-hand turn and go the WHOLE way up the road – 16-18km until you see the sign on the right for Kow (Khao) Phung Cave which is almost next to the Huay Toh Waterfall.

In length, the Khao Phung boardwalk is maybe 200 meters. There are sections of dirt trail through the jungle as well and it gets messy since it’s rainy season from May to November.

Another shot where I just stuck my camera into a small opening and shot blindly. There must be a lot of places to explore here. I’ll be back with a flashlight when I can.

2 Options for Exploring Khao Phung Cave

  1. Provide your own transportation and drive there yourself. You will need your own headlamp/flashlights and backups to be sure you don’t get stuck there. You can take a chance that someone will be there to guide you, but it is very rare after COVID that anyone is there.
  2. We can provide a ride to pick you up from Ao Nang Beach or Krabi Town. If so, we also provide a guide to walk you through the caves. We have high-quality headlamps you can use too. Let us know of the caves you are interested in by submitting the form below.

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