Thai cave famous for football team rescue now a tourist hotspot

Visitor numbers to the area around Tham Luang cave and park have soared since it reopened, while work is under way on a museum dedicated to the rescue

The park and cave complex in northern Thailand where a youth football team were trapped for 17 days over the summer has become an unlikely tourist hotspot since it reopened this month.

Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non forest park in Chiang Rai province was a sleepy backwater until the rescue mission of the 12 young Thai footballers and their coach made headlines around the world in June. Since the cave complex in the park reopened, on 16 November, it has received thousands of visitors, and though people are still not allowed inside Tham Luang cave itself, where the boys were trapped by flood waters, more than 100 stalls selling souvenirs, T-shirts and food have sprung up along the road that leads to it, near the town of Mae Sai.

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