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    The first hall of Phraya Nakhon cave in Thailand has a “frozen” waterfall of stalactites and stalagmites. The ceiling of the second hall collapsed during an earthquake in ancient times. Its walls are covered with plants and stalactites, and there are steps along the walls which tourists can use to go down 65 meters. At certain hours, sunlight enters the cave, illuminating a small temple built by King Rama V (reigned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries).

    Sombre, mysterious, bizzare, yet captivating - all these epithets can be applied to the intricate and almost unearthly world of caves that are truly unique and worthy of exploration.

    Caves have always attracted humankind, first as a shelter and home for our early ancestors, and later as a place of worship or as a burial ground.

    Nowadays, caves have also become popular tourists spots because of their unique ecosystems and mysterious atmosphere that evokes images of hidden treasures, mystical creatures and peaceful solitude.

    Have a glimpse at this planet's most stunning and unusual caves in a photogallery compiled for you by Sputnik's team.

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