The Khao Luang limestone cave is in Phetchaburi Province, easily done as a day trip from Hua Hin just about an hour drive away. Housing hundreds of Buddha statues, it is one of the most important caves in the area because one of the Buddhas was built under the command of King Rama V to show his dedication to King Rama IV. Studded with stalactites, the cave has natural openings on the roof, mimicking a skylight effect where sun rays shine through, illuminating some of the Buddhist statues within the cave.
There are many monkeys around the cave so do not leave anything unattended because the monkeys are very curious at you and your belongings.
There is a 10 minutes uphill walk, before descending into an underground cave.
The cave’s ceiling is dotted with stalactite formations and made extremely solemn with Buddha statues of various sizes within. I like the cave because the statues are not obtrusive to the cave. With the dimly lit cave, the statues are in harmony with the cave rather than set up to be a prominent feature of the cave.
This part of the cave has some natural light streaming in, which is similar to the Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, creating a mysterious and godly sensation.
The cave felt a bit lonely. There was just 2 cave keepers, me and a few visitors though you can see the worship ritual is still practiced because the statues’ hands are covered with gold foil, as an act to wish for good health.
I hired a cab for the day from Hua Hin to Phetchaburi. Usually the cabs will take you around 3-4 attractions within the same vicinity. Price is 1500 Baht per cab.