The most attractive caves in Laos

Besides numerous spectacular peaks and mountains and the large mighty Mekong River, Laos also attracts tourists by the majestic and unique beauty of many caves located throughout the country. For adventurous travelers, they consider the cave system in Laos as a natural gift from heaven and the ideal place to get out of busy daily life.

Kong Lor Cave
Situated inside the National Park of Phu Hin Bun and belonged to Khammouane province, Kong Lor cave is considered to be one of Laos's natural treasures, and it extremely deserves its reputation. Stretching on the length of 7 km with the flow of the Nam Hin Bun River, it is a great experience to explore the cave on a boat following the instructions of the local guide.
Inside the cave, you'll find ceilings up to 300 feet high, impressive stalactites, and special limestone formations. It is really dark outside the light from the boats and the headlights that you carry which make it becomes a dramatic discovery.
It often takes 2 hours to complete the cave tour or more if you would like to spend time exploring the beautiful landscapes of the national park as well.
 
Pak Ou Caves
Dipped in the limestone cliffs along the riverside formed thousands of years ago, Pak Ou Caves proudly owns more than 4,000 sacred Buddha statues. Serene numbers of all sizes, colors, and positions lined up on floors and walls. Cobwebs graciously old characters while brightly decorating the latest decor.
To get to Pak Ou Cave situated around 15 miles from Luang Prabang to the north, you need to take a boat down the Mekong river. Once arrival, step on the wooden pier and walk to the first, and more well-known, of the 2 caves. Inside, the soft light illuminates an amazing collection of Buddha statues.
Next, you should follow rocky steps up a cliff to reach the second cave which is quieter and smaller than the first but still resembles Buddha statues. You will need a flashlight to explore beyond the entrance. The ideal time in a day to explore Pak Ou Caves is in the afternoon. Morning crowds tend to lose the cave spiritual atmosphere.

Pak Ou Caves

Vieng Xai Caves
The spacious Vieng Xai cave complex, which has been a refuge for more than 20,000 people during the war with the United States, is a true underground city, a military barracks for Communist forces, a hospital, shops, etc.
Exploring the cave, you can slowly walk through the system and imagine life in the war of Laos people. If you want to get more knowledge about this historical site, organized tours and a great audio guide are also available.
 
Tham Nam, the Water Cave
Vang Vieng is well-known for not only the untouched natural beauty but also the interesting outdoor activities. Visiting Vang Vieng, you should not miss the chance to discover the Water Cave which is situated just 4 miles north of the town and is a perfect place to hide away on hot summer days.
Before entering the pool to explore the flooded cave through the narrow passage following the guide’s instruction, you need to rent an inner tube, headlight, and water-proofed bag for your precious belongings. When the dark cave lighted only by your headlight combining with the laughing of tourists, it creates an exciting atmosphere for the cave tour.
Come early to avoid the crowds and wear shoes that you might get wet - you'll have to wade through water to place your tube through shallow patches. The most perfect time to visit the Water Cave is in the early or late dry season due to the suitable water level for exploring by inner tube.

Tham Nam Water Cave

Piu Cave
Belonged to Xieng Khouang province to the north, Piu cave is remembered as one of the most heavily bombed sites in the world. The visit to Hang Piu, where the devastating missile attack occurred, is an important reminder of the war victims. A single attack of the enemies on the cave caused the deaths of nearly 400 local villagers when they sought shelter. The explosion burned down the living, collapsed the cave walls and no one survived.
Today, a small museum gives visitors a conscious view of the consequences of a rocket attack. At the foot of the path up to the Piu cave is a memorial temple: a statue of a man with a grimaced face hugging the lifeless body of a child.
Steep staircase, with rickety handrails you should use cautiously, leading up through a golden Buddha image, landmark, and bomb pit before reaching the Piu cave. The ceiling was pitch black because of the strike, and debris was scattered on the floor where locals lit incense for the dead. The strength of the Lao people before the miserable tragedy was extremely painful and inspiring.
Piu Cave is less crowded during the rainy season from May to October. The most crowded time here is on the 24th of November, the anniversary of the missile attack.

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