Mae Usu Cave
Mae Usu Cave
Mae Usu Cave, which is situated along the border of Thailand and Myanmar, is considered the longest cave in the country. Many have wondered if they can reach the Myanmar Sea if they walk far enough. Old people believe it even so. The small stream that goes through the cave makes the place even more mysteriously alluring. These are wonders waiting to be explored in this longest and most eccentric cave of Thailand. In the past when people visit Taak, a place they could not afford would be Rim Moey Market at Mae Sod. Today, however, the major tourist attraction is Tee Lau Su, the biggest waterfall of Thailand situated in Umphang. Mae Moei National Park in Mae Sod and Mae Song Yang Districts offers the mesmerizing Mon Krating, where you can relish the mountain mists and Mae Usu Cave.
Usually tourists would shake their heads thinking of climbing in a narrow, dark, uncomfortable cave. Yet Mae Usu Cave is quite spacious with a high ceiling. The air is not too stuffy and it is not too dark either so there should not be any problem. You first need to prepare to get wet however since you need to wade through the stream from the mouth of the cave. Assistants of the national park are ready to guide you and the path inside is not too rough to walk. Inside, with the temperature at 16-17 degree Celsius, you will find three big limestone halls. Mae Usu stream 450 meters in length, rushes to the cavern in the southeast and bends to Moei River at the back. The cave entrance is twenty meters wide and six meters tall and is amazingly decorated with wonderful stalagmites and stalactites. The most superb time to visit the cave is at midday when the sunlight creeps in from the crater and reflects the most amazing shimmering walls.
You can take a short trip of four hundred meters and visit two halls. This takes about thirty minutes round trip. Another trip will lead to a farther path and takes about one hour. Another attraction of Mae Moei National Park is Mae Salid Noi Waterfall where tourists need to walk from the National Park Office for three kilometers. It is a middle-size waterfall and the origin of Mae Salid Noi Canal that passes the office in beautiful levels. Trekking lovers will surely be thrilled.Mae Moei National Park also offers cozy houses for rent. For a closer contact with nature, camping and rental tents are also available. For Mae Usu Cave, the best time to visit is summer and winter since the water level in the cave is not too high.