Naka Cave

Hi Friends, do you hear about The Naka Cave is a new attraction that was discovered near Tham Chai Mongkol Temple this – year, 2020. It has rock formations similar to the giant snake known as “naga” in mythology.

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Naka Cave

Naka Cave is found in Phu Langka National Park in Thailand, and in Thai it means snake. There is a genuine explanation behind this, the cave resembles a giant snake. The texture of the stones seems to take after the scaled skin of a snake. Over the years there have been many articles distributing counterfeit news about Naka Cave. Some attempt to show that the stone arrangement truly is the fossils of a monster snake . However, when you investigate into it carefully you find that the photos they use are really from a different rock formation in Laos.

Numerous people have recommended the weird rock patterns are the ancient fossils of a giant snake. The remains of the largest snake that ever roamed the Earth, known as the Titanoboa. The Titanoboa was a snake that crawled around during the Paleocene era, it is estimated they were 42 feet long and weighed more than 1,000 tons. However, while these snakes were indeed massive creatures it is thought they only grew 2 feet wide so that wouldn’t explain the cave.

Most historians today believe it was humans that carved the patterns into the cave, a sort of pattern homage to the mythical serpents.

Lot of people have suggested that the strange developments inside the cave –  and the patterns of the rocks outside – are indeed the fossilised remains of a giant snake. Not necessarily a nāga from Buddhist mythology, yet rather the remains of the biggest snake that ever wandered the Glob  – the titanoboa.

Though the snake was indeed enormous, it only grew to just over 2 feet wide, which is a far cry from the rock formations found outside the Naka Cave. Meaning, of course, that the rocks cannot be the fossilised remains of Titanoboa. Of course it’s logical that rock which covered a dead snake would form a shell thicker than the snake itself, but it would never retain the scaly pattern, as discovered on the Naka rocks.

As per authorities from the Phu Langka National Park, the “snake scales” are sun-cracked rocks and are about 100,000 years old. The sharp temperature difference between day and night causes the rock to expand and contract and then crack. The water dissolved the edges of the cracks, making the rocks look like a snake scales. Geologists states that the nature of the phenomenon is a geological phenomenon called sand cracking, sandstone has expanded and shrunk by changes in temperature varying between day and night since the past. Break into a square on the surface like a snake scale.

Bhuddist Mythology

As indicated by Buddhist lore, nagas are half human and half serpent creatures that reside in the afterlife but sometimes take a human form to walk on Earth. Legends are saying, it has been protecting water and will live by damp caves at a water’s edge. Folklore has it that two naga kings slithered through northeastern Thailand creating the famous Mekong River. Which today is essential for the Phu Langka National Park.

Entrance to stairs Two Naka guard the route to the cave Photo Credit Maggie’s Jour

Naga Cave has a significant role in Buddhism because in Buddhist mythology snakes are apparently creatures sent by the gods. Snakes can be regarded as guardians or as spiritual gateways, meaning they have historically been seen as a symbol of power and strength. You can find numerous statues of Buddha sitting on a curled up cobra. As a result, if you ever do find the joy of visiting the cave, you will find many embellishments and artworks of Buddha inside.

Are you sitting comfortably?  Good, because we’re going to tell you a story. It all happened long, long ago, in the mystical Kingdom of Rattapa Nakhon, on the shores of the Khong Long Lake.

According to the Locals, the story revolves around a King Ue-Lue and consists of a pretty amazing series of events. We journey back few million years, to the time when Dinosaurs walked the earth, and we find a very massively spread Kingdom called “Rattappa Nakhon”. As most stories about a Royal Kingdom goes, there was a very respected King, called King Ue-Lue and his beloved, Queen Gaewganlaya. They created a wonderful little daughter together and named her Kiewkam. As she grew older, she was married to King Sampanta of the neighboring Kingdom. They had a very handsome son and called him Fahoong. Fahoong became very popular among the two Kingdoms due to his intelligence and charm

One day, while roaming around the valley near the outskirts of the Royal Palace, Fahoong caught a glimpse of a beautiful young lady. He didn’t waste any time in asking her what she’s called. She told him her name is Nakkarintrani. Nak-Rani was so attractive that Fahoong fell head-over-heels in love with her in the first meeting itself. When asked where she’s from, she told him that she is not from around here but came to visit a relative.

As time passed, both started to meet up and have deep conversations of dreams and desires. Fahoong took her to many of his most favorite places around the Kingdom. Shortly, Nak-Rani reciprocated his feelings and thus started a beautiful relationship between the two. It seemed as if they have known each other since way before. Like their souls recognize one-other.

Not waiting for much longer, Fahoong proposed to Nakkarintrani and even told her to stay with him in the Royal Palace till eternity. But Nakkarintrani had a confession to make before anything happens. Fahoong was all ears when she told him her reality. She told him she’s not a human, but a Naka or a Serpent. She told him that while crawling near the forests, she once saw him and fell for him at the exact moment. To make him love her back, she transformed herself into a beautiful woman and ran into him.

This shocked Fahoong quite deeply. He didn’t know how to respond and left. But you know the power of Love, right. He returned in just a few days and told her that he accepts her. That he loves her too much to let her go.

Nak-Rani became really happy and immediately went to her own Kingdom called “Nakarat Kingdom” or the Kingdom of Serpents to tell her father, the King of Serpents about her love story.

The Naka King was worried about his daughter’s choice to marry and live among the Humans, but like most fathers, his daughter’s happiness was of utmost importance. He agreed to get the love-birds married.

Everyone was happy. And the wedding was arranged as a huge ceremony of 7 days in both Rattappa Nakhon and Nakarat Kingdom. The Naka King even gifted King Ue-Lue a gem-engraved shining crown.

No one in Rattappa had a clue about the reality behind Nakkaritrani being from a Serpent Kingdom. Things worked out pretty well and 3 years passed.

Three years passed and the Kingdom along with King Ue-Lue started to get suspicious as to why Nak-Rani and Fahoong couldn’t bear a child. Nak-Rani started to fall sick due to the stress of the situation.

One day, she got so sick, that her powers started to weaken up and she transformed back into a large serpent. One of the servants of King Ue-Lue saw this and got frightened and fled from the scene.

King Ue-Lue was informed about this and he got so much angry for the deceit. He wrote a letter to King Naka telling him to take his daughter away. King Naka loved his daughter too much and couldn’t see her being humiliated like this by the entire kingdom. Fahoong went into deep depression due to everything as he was helpless and couldn’t do anything to make it all right.

King Naka came to take away his daughter and also the crown he gifted King Ue-Lue along. But King Ue-Lue denied having it as he used it elsewhere. This enraged the Naka King so much that he swore he will return and burn the kingdom down to ashes.

The same night, he returned to Rattappa with his Serpent Army and destroyed most of the kingdom with the magical powers. No one could fight the Naka Army and the whole kingdom was drowned and submerged into large amounts of water.

It is said the Kingdom used to be at the same place where now, the Khong Long Lake exists.

At last, the Naka King cursed the King Ue-Lue to turn into a large snake monster and be stuck in the place till eternity. According to the Locals, the Snake Formation at the Naka Cave is no other than the proof of existence of King Ue-Lue.

There you have it. The Legend of the Snake Rock.

The world is packed with many legendary places, people like you and us don’t know about yet. We will keep looking for them and try and tell you all about them and the legendary stories it hides within.

Where is Naka Cave, Thailand ?

Naka Cave (or Nāga Cave) is located in Phu Langka National Park which is in the Bueng Khong Long District of Bueng Kan Province, Thailand

To access the cave, you start at the Chai Mong Kon temple. From the grounds of the temple, you must first ascend a stone staircase, protected by gaudily decorated nakas on either side. The top of the staircase gives way to some rudimentary steel steps and eventually a dirt path, which takes you to the cave entrance , spanning over 1.5 kilometers. It takes more than 2 hours from the entrance to Wat Tham Chai Mongkhon to reach the cave.


The Naka cave is about 3-4 km from the Tad Wiman Tip waterfall in PhuLangka National Park in Bueng Kan province, Thailand Link:


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