I snapped these photos (see below) of Chiang Dao cave while on a very enjoyable Chiang Mai hill tribe tour. Chiang Dao cave is a cave system which comprises a series of large caverns. Inside the cave there are examples of Thai and Burmese Buddha’s. The Burmese Buddha’s, which were left in the cave after the Thais drove the Burmese invaders out are quite somber looking. The Thai Buddha’s, in marked contrast appear to be happy and contented.
How to photograph Chiang Dao Cave: The only lighting inside Chiang Dao cave is artificial fluorescent lighting. It is very effective and highlights the cave’s features, but it is quite dark. Unless you are going to use a tripod you will need a decent camera which can take photos at around ISO 1600. I was hand holding the camera for these photos, and using shutter speeds around 1/8th to 1/16th’s of a second. It is possible to use your mobile phone camera, and the photos look good on a mobile screen, but when viewed on a monitor or T.V you will most likely notice a lot of grain.