The Viking Cave is another notable attraction on Phi Phi Island, specifically located on the northeastern side of Phi Phi Leh Island, which is adjacent to Phi Phi Don Island. The cave is named after the paintings and drawings found on its walls, which were mistakenly thought to be made by Vikings. However, it is now believed that the paintings were made by local sea gypsies who used the cave as a temporary shelter.
The Viking Cave is primarily known for its role in the collection of bird nests, specifically the edible bird’s nests made by swiftlets. These nests are highly prized in Chinese cuisine and are believed to have various health benefits. Local collectors, often known as “bird’s nest harvesters,” climb bamboo scaffolds inside the cave to retrieve these nests.
Due to the commercial value of the bird nests, access to the interior of the Viking Cave is restricted, and visitors are usually not allowed to enter. However, many boat tours and excursions pass by the cave, allowing visitors to observe the exterior and learn about its significance from the tour guides.
Apart from its cultural and historical importance, the Viking Cave also offers a picturesque sight with its towering limestone cliffs and stunning coastal scenery. It is often included as a part of boat tours around Phi Phi Islands, allowing visitors to admire its natural beauty and learn about its fascinating history.