Huppatat (Jurassic Park Cave)
Huppatat is a large valley, in Uthai Thani, with an area of about 48 square kilometres. The mountain range surrounding the valley is a limestone range. Part of it is Khao Huai Sok and Khao Pla Ra. The locals sometimes call it the ‘Jurassic Park Cave’. Once you’ve seen it you’ll understand why.
First you’ll have to walk up a stairway to the entrance of the cave. In the cave it is completely dark. As the ground is not flat, you do need a flashlight if you want to walk out of there without any injuries. Using a flashlight you’ll see beautifully formed stalactites.
When you arrive at the valley you look upon the beautiful golden yellow color of the limestone and behind it there is a colorful unspoiled nature. It is a breathtaking creation of nature.
The highlights of Huppatat should be palm plant fossils found in the limestone valleys and the “Pink dragon millipede”. I did miss the palm plant fossils, but I didn’t look for them, because I found the “Pink dragon millipede” in the nature. (I’m sorry I seem to get distracted by animals.) The “Pink dragon millipede” is one of the rarest animals in the world that can only be found in Hup Pa Tat. It is a spiny and toxic millipede named for its vivid pink color. I don’t know how toxic they are, but I wouldn’t worry about it. I think you’d better worry about not trampling them. You should always mind where you walk, walking in the nature, so you should see the flashy pink color that is in contrast with the dark brown path.
The cave is open from 8am untill 5pm. You have to enter before 16:30.
Thai price: 20 baht for adults and 10 baht children. Foreigner price (Farang price): 200 baht for adults and 100 baht children. (Click here for the definition of ‘farang’)
Address: Thong Thind Uthai Thani Rd, Lan Sak, Uthai Thani (I advise you to use google maps as it has many unnamed roads surrounding the cave.)