The town isn't a mainstay of the banana-pancake trail, so any farangs that stop here are made to feel incredibly welcome.
People on the street wave at you and smile. The Sorng-taa-ou drivers are happy to give you walking directions, rather than hassling you.
Over and over again locals stopped to offer advice and support, whether I was having trouble crossing a busy road, finding the bus station, or fending off the attentions of wild dogs or monkeys.
You feel like you're being looked out for. It's nice, y'know?
|The main chamber at the Khao Luang Caves|
|The view from outside the Khao Bandai-It cave sanctuary|