Viking CaveCave of the Vikings
Cave of the Vikings
The Viking Cave is one of the most remarkable places on Koh Phi Phi Phi Leh. Situated at the foot of a high rock of lime on the north-eastern side of the isle, it will take about 30 min. to get there by longtail from Tonsai Bay (the principal pike of the Phi Phi Islands).
The Viking Cave, known as Tham Phaya Nak in Thai, takes its name from the pictures on the east south-facing wall of the cave: they depict various kinds of vessels, among them what looks like a Nordic draccar. They are certainly quite new and may have been done by seafarers who found refuge in the cave during a thunderstorm.
A visit to the Viking Cave will allow you to explore one of the most lucrative sectors of industry: bird nest shooting and picking. These eatable cavies, which are particularly appreciated in China cultur, should support good nest conditions and be particularly good for the human skull. According to a folklore, long ago seamen got stranded in a stormy weather without eating on one of the lime stone islets at the Phang Nga Bay estuary.
One cave on this isle was home to a swifts crew and the men could live by feeding on their nest, which gave them enough strength to await salvation. Harvesting bird's eggs is rather a dangerous task: scaffolding is constructed with trellises, on which the hunter climbs in the dark to gather these valuable objects.
Birdhouses sell for an avarage of $2,500 per kilogram! Rent a long-tail from Tonsai or Laem Tong and you will pay about 2.000 Bahts for the whole days and you will be able to explore the most interesting places around the Phi Phi Phi Archipelago.
Cave of the Vikings
At the north-eastern tip of the isle the Viking Cave is an important gathering place for impudently precious swifts' huts, the main ingredients of the specialty bird's broth from China. Quick gatherers cavort on the delicate skeleton of the cave's top to collect the caves. This cave takes its deceptive name from the 400-year-old boot engraving made by the crew of China's seafaring villages.
During the research period, the cave was closed to the public, but most excursion vessels are slowing down for a good view.