Caving Tours and Caving Guides in Thailand

I often get asked whether there are guides or tour companies offering proper, non-tourist caving trips in Thailand. There are very few specialist cave guides or companies running 'proper' caving trips.

Listed below are the companies that I know about. I would be very interested to hear from any other guides or tour companies and I will happily add your details to the the list.

NOTE: these tour companies have not been vetted, checked or endorsed. I can not guarantee the quality of the tour or the safety standards of the operators. Caveat emptor.
 
In the north of Thailand the best bet for advice on caving is probably Cave Lodge in  Ban Tham, Pang Ma Pha, Mae Hong Son. This is run by a very experienced Australian caver who can rent you equipment, advise on the caves to visit and arrange guides if required.

At Tham Mae Lana, also in Pang Ma Pha, the local villagers run a guiding service into the upstream entrance of Tham Mae Lana and other nearby caves such as Tham Pakarang. In December 2021 local guide Mam Supannee (0833212230) was offering 2 hr trips at 300 baht/person, 4 hr trips at 500 baht/person or the 12.7 km, whole day, through trip at 1,500 baht/person plus a shared 1,000 baht for the van to get back to the start.
 
In Chiang Mai there is Chiang Mai Rock Climbing Adventures. They offer caving courses, but will also arrange guided trips if requested. These caving courses are currently held in Lampang province as Crazy Horse Buttress near Chiang Mai city is closed (as of January 2022).

In the south of Thailand the options are more limited. Manatthawut Chusaeng is a guide based in Ao Luek who includes many caves on his tours - he is best contacted through Facebook. At Tham Klang more adventurous trips beyond the normal show cave tour can be arranged with the guides. 

January 2022