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Found it found Chiang Dao Nature Trail

Saturday, 16 May 2015Thailand


Another FTF in Thailand 2015. This makes number 3 or so... LoL. It took no time to locate the big sign but finding the second sign onto the trail took some time. It's not logically placed... After that we were wondering if this was a footpath or a river run off. It's a bery poor quality walkway, let's keep it at that...
So, we followed the trail till the GPSr warned us we were where we needed to be. The search began, and we came up empty handed. We widened our search. I did a couple of T:5 things but still no cache. The spoiler picture (insert rant about the silliness of spoiler pictures vs textual hints when in a foreign country without mobile Internet) made things worse. We widened even further, I found a cave like construction right behind the cache (T:7 to get there), but no cache. Disappointed we stood and contemplated a while, sweating like the white folk do in 38 degree temperatures. I decided to go back along the trail, Inge went further up. At 25m off where we were warned by the GPSr, I saw a loose rock inside a rocket about 2m of the trail (T:2), and indeed! It was the cache. And indeed! We are first to find.

We took both tb's, and left nothing, because my guess is, this cache is not going to be found many times per decade... As a suggestion you may want to add a good hint to the listing.. Something like, when you see the rock face on your left, start looking immediately. Gps reception is sketchy and running around these woods can actually lead to disaster.


Final thought and a small warning to visitors to the cave complex a litle down the road. You have to pay 40 baht per person for the "short cave". If you want to go into any of the other caves you must rent a guide at 100 baht per group. Our guidebook suggest another 100 baht tip per person, but that's completely ridiculous; on average a Thai makes 300 baht per day, so a tip of 100 is outrageous. Besides, tipping is an American invention the rest of the world should not follow. Anyway. The caves close at 17:00. If you arrive at 16:50 they will still make you pay 40 baht per person, and than sort of chase you out of the cases. We got into an argument about that, and got a refund. Which originally they were not going to give. So, beware: it's all about the money at the Chiang Dao Cave. The Thai are beginning to act like capitalists for whom foreigners are walking ATM's.

Having said all that : thanks for the cache, and keep hiding them, so we can keep finding them.

infoThis is the original cache type consisting, at a bare minimum, a container and a log book. Normally you'll find a tupperware container, ammo box, or bucket filled with goodies, or smaller container ("micro cache") too small to contain items except for a log book. The coordinates listed on the traditional cache page is the exact location for the cache.
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