These stunning caves aren’t part of some fairy-tale world or horror movie – they can be found in some of the world’s most remote places in Asia, North America and Europe.
Some of these caves form when water seeps down through cracks in limestone rock. The limestone rock dissolves into the water bit by bit, forming cracks and openings. Over millions of years, these openings, and the limestone left behind by dripping water, can form the majestic caves you see here.
Other caves were formed over millions of years by being gradually worn away by lake or sea water.
If you’re thinking of rushing off to visit one of these caves, hold your horses. Although some of the caves are open for public, like Phraya Nakhon Cave in Thailand, the majority of them are only open to extreme adventurers who have to get their passes in advance. As you can see from the pictures below, the people who get the chance to explore these natural beauties are equipped with some special equipment.
Fortunately for us, almost all expeditions to the caves are joined by professional photographers. Their precious photo shoots allow us to learn about those mysterious places on Earth that are still untouched by humankind.
1.Son Doong Cave, Vietnam
Imagine trekking straight into the depths of the world’s largest cave on an expedition unlike any other. A cave that can fit a 747 flying through its largest cavern – a truly foreign landscape, with enormous stalagmites and statuesque stalactites, hanging from the ceiling and rising from the ground like an alien species.
A jungle within a cave, that’s almost so unreal that you have to see it to believe it. Misty clouds enveloping the whole scene, evidence of the cave’s own weather system. Fossil passageways that give proof of the cave’s ancient existence!
There is no rush on this tour and there is plenty of time for photography and to enjoy the cave. However you need to be very fit, and have previous experience trekking (but not necessarily caving or climbing) to enjoy this adventure tour.
2.Ice Cave Near The Mutnovsky Volcano, Russia
The half-mile long cave was formed by a stream that flows through glacial fields at the bottom of the volcano. Bud’ko wrote that the passage is usually too small to enter, but light snowfall and an unusually hot summer created these massive caverns with a nearly transparent roof, reminiscent of a stained-glass cathedral.This cave looks like is from another planet when you enter inside. Its something that can not be explain by words. So i highly recommend.
3.Batu Caves, Malaysia
Batu Caves is a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples in Gombak, Selangor, Malaysia. It takes its name from the Sungai Batu (Batu River), which flows past the hill. It is the tenth (Pattu in Tamil) limestone hill from Ampang. Batu Caves is also the name of a nearby village.The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside India, and is dedicated to Lord Murugan. It is the focal point of Hindu festival of Thaipusam in Malaysia.
Batu Caves in short also referred as 10th Caves or Hill for Lord Muruga as there are six important holy shrines in India and four more in Malaysia. The three others in Malaysia are Kallumalai Temple in Ipoh, Tanneermalai Temple in Penang and Sannasimalai Temple in Malacca.It is also near Selayang where a famous and large wholesale market in Klang Valley located.
4.Glowworms Cave, New Zealand
World renowned and a magnet for both local and overseas visitors, the Waitomo Glowworm Caves occupy a high placing in the New Zealand vacation wish-list.
The glowworm, Arachnocampa luminosa, is unique to New Zealand. Thousands of these tiny creatures radiate their unmistakable luminescent light as our expert guides provide informative commentary on the Cave historical and geological significance.
Waitomo Glowworm Cave are a must see for any traveller. Enjoy the world famous boat ride under thousands of magical glowworms and become a part of over 120 years of cultural and natural history.
5.Tham Lod Cave, Thailand
The 1,666 meter long Tham Lod Cave is about forty minutes away from Pai, in Soppong. We were joined by a group of four other girls and had a nice time getting to know each other and swap travel tips along the ride, which was also broken up by a stop at an overcast scenic viewpoint.
Arriving at the park, we were delighted to find all kinds of silly photo ops, including but not limited to a sign announcing we were in the land of Pee Man. (We’d later find out the local Shan people believe much of the caves contents were created by a spirit called “Pi Man.”)
6.Kyaut Sae Cave, Myanmar
This enigmatic cave is that was believed to have been a hiding spot for those wanting to avoid assaults and attacks from the Mongols during the 1200s CE. Today you will find a Buddhist temple built inside the cave that serves as a pilgrimage and place of rest for monks. It is located in the town of Burna, Myanmar.Even though Kyaut Sae Cave caught my attention I have to say there is not much out there on this place (not even on Wikipedia). Then today a friend suggested to me today that I consider visiting Myanmar (Burma). So with two ideas of Myanmar floating near me, I naturally, have to make a post about it.
7.Reed Flute Cave, China
With its location five kilometers northwest of the downtown of Guilin, the Reed Flute Cave is a brilliant cave marked on almost all travel itineraries. The cave got its name from the verdant reeds growing outside it, with which people make flutes. Inside this water-eroded cave is a spectacular world of various stalactites, stone pillars and rock formations created by carbonate deposition. Illuminated by colored lighting, the fantastic spectacle is found in many variations along this 240-meter-long cave. Walking through the serried stone pillars, tourists feast their eyes on changing spots, feeling they are in a paradise where the Gods live.
Tourists enter the Reed Flute Cave and then take a U-shaped sight-seeing route to see different spots, whereupon they exit it from another cave quite near the entrance one. One trip lasts about one hour.