Viking Cave

  • LOCATION: thailand,koh-phi-phi
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Viking Cave, or in Thai, Tham Phaya Nak, is a cave on the eastern side of Phi Phi Ley, the smaller of the two major islands of the Phi Phi archipelago. The cave's Thai name Tham Pya Nak was given by King Rama IX when he visited Viking Cave in 1972. There is a particular boulder in the cave the resembles the head of a great serpent in Buddhism, the naga, and he named the cave after this peculiar shape. Tham Phaya Nak is more popularly known as Viking Cave. It got this unusual name not because it was visited by ancient Vikings, but due to the ancient cave painting found there that depict long boats resembling those of the Viking. The drawings are located on the eastern and southern walls of the cave. There are wall paintings of elephants as well as various boats, including European, Arab and Chinese sailing ships, baroques, motorboats, and steamships. In all likelihood, the paintings are fairly recent, are were probably executed by sea gypsies or pirates who stopover in the cave to she

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