Phu Ma Dang cave is another hidden gem of Kanchanaburi Province. It is known only by the locals and doesn’t feature on any of the tourist itineraries. The cave sits near the top of Na Kon Mountain on the main Kanchanaburi – Sai Yok highway and can be reached by a very steep climb through bamboo forest. The arduous climb might just be the reason that the cave remains virtually unknown to the outside world. As for me, laboring up a steep mountain side for half an hour in 40 degree heat and 80% humidity is part of the adventure, that makes the entire experience all the more worthwhile.
The coolness of the cave is a welcome relief from the moist heat outside. There is pretty much just one chamber in the cave, but it is quite vast and thankfully it hasn’t suffered much damage from local souvenir hunters. The floor, the walls and the ceiling of the cave are covered with surrealistic calcium formations; some resembling snow and corals others – broken glass and ice sculptures. The variety of shapes and colors is spectacular. The most unusual is the floor. In many places it is composed of small irregular triangles that defy the concept of there being no straight lines in nature.