Thailand cave reopens to visitors after 16 months

Thailand has reopened the cave where 12 young footballers and their coach were trapped last year in a rescue saga that captivated the world. The Tham Luang cave had been closed to visitors since the Wild Boars football team were rescued after nearly three weeks inside the grotto’s waterlogged corridors. But the world-famous cave in northern Chiang Rai province was re-opened on Friday, drawing some 2,000 tourists in a single day, a local conservation official said. “We have allowed visitors to see the mouth of the cave,” said Kamolchai Kotcha, director of the local conservation office. Guests are not allowed beyond the entrance for now, where they can peer into the cave opening, but officials said they were considering allowing people deeper inside after surveying the safety of the route. Some of the rescue equipment left behind — including telephone wires, hoses and zip lines — could be exhibited inside the cave for visitors to view in the future, Mr. Kotcha said.

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