I was just browsing some old photos and found few interesting ones from my hometown Photharam. It was from Bat cave that is, like all tourists spots in Ratchaburi, still pretty unknown for wider audience. Photharam district is just 30 mins drive away from Ratchaburi city and is really small town with real authentic Thai culture guaranteed.
Bat Cave is located right next to temple Wat Khao Chong Pran. It is open every day. Visiting temple is free of charge, although donating some small money for the monks and maintaining temple is appreciated.
What makes this place unique to visit? It is the bats of course, and there many of them. Some estimates that i saw was showing that cave is home for 3 million bats in total. The action starts a bit before 6pm when sun is going down. You can see bats flying out of the cave and it looks like smoke but its not… Its bats and more bats coming out from same little cave up the hill and going to hunt out for food. You can see the chain of Bats coming out of the cave for 20-30 mins.
Right next to the Bat cave, on top of the hill, is another temple. You can walk up the stairs to the temple if you are fit to do it. It takes at least 15-20 mins to climb up so its definitely not for everyone. It has amazing views over the surroundings.
Right next to the area is also night market with loads of food for cheap prices. It is just 200 meters away from temple area down the mainroad towards Ratchaburi.
You cannot visit cave next to the Wat Khao Chong Pran but there is alternative for it close by and i really recommend you to visit it. Just 20-30 mins car drive away is cave called Khao Bin cave which is open for visitors. It has small entrance free (20THB) but it is definitely worth it. The cave you can visit is roughly 300 meters long and has several different halls in it. They have also added some colorful lights inside so you can actually see something lol.
That’s all for now, stay tuned for more!
PS. Here are the map links to places mentioned in this blog post:
Khao bin cave: https://goo.gl/maps/SNQHZAbzMWy
Temple next to Bat cave: https://goo.gl/maps/rwyRCbjbg8t