Thai motocross bikers go spelunking, damage historic Krabi cave

A motocross team went hot dog through an ancient cave in the Thai south, and while they’ll always have footage of their rough ride, they may end up with a legal headache.

Local officials today were cataloguing the broken stalactites and wheel ruts left in Krabi province’s historic Tham To Luang Cave, saying they would file a complaint against the motocross bikers who decided to stage a race inside.

The most damage was found on the first and second of the cave’s three levels. Footage showed about 10 dirt bike riders attempting to navigate the treacherous cavern paths. They can be seen using their feet to push off from stone formations and are heard cheering each loudly.

Local forest official Wirat Yoopensuk said the cave has been registered as a historic site since 2016 after an ancient wall painting was found there.

Residents told reporters that one of the bikers was a local politician, and the gang of bikers had been seen entering the community on Monday.

Vinit Pheungra, a top local official, said they didn’t seek any permission to bring the bikes into the cave, and it never occurred to them that someone would do such a thing.

Investigators suspect the bikers may have come from Krabi as well as Phuket.

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