Laos is full of natural beauty and one small town is not short of a particular type of natural beauty – Caves. Vang Vieng in Laos in midway between the Capital Vientiane and the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang. If you’re a nature lover and adventurer then you have to give yourself some time here to explore the abundance of caves. Here we have managed to narrow down the top caves for you to visit.
Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon
A short drive just out of Vang Vieng the cave and lagoon is a great day out. The cave is great for exploring, it’s very open, unlike most caves in the area which are very tight, it also has a reclining buddha, various rock formations which are stunning, and the place is lit up by the sun beaming through a hole in the cliff but be sure to take a torch with you as there are some dark areas inside. The lagoon itself is beautiful and great for swimming. It has two jumps built into a tree, including a rope swing. There is plenty of grassy areas to enjoy a picnic and relax. If you after for a bit more adventure there is also zip lines and ATV’s available.
Tham Nam (Water cave)
A unique way in which to explore a cave – exciting, adventurous, daring yet safe. Here you explore the cave by being seated in a tube and navigate your way through the dark by pulling yourself along a rope which leads you the way from start to finish. You are provided with a headlight so you have opportunity to see the fascinating rock formations inside the cave.
Tham Chang Cave
A few kilometers south of the town this easy to navigate cave is great for everyone to explore. There is also a small lagoon where you can take a refreshing swim, the water is clear and you can also see an array of beautiful fish. You can climb to the top of the cave where you get amazing view of the mountains and river in the valley below. If you are looking to relax and enjoy the views then this is the place to come.
Lusi and Pha Poak Caves
A great cave for those who enjoy walking and hiking as it requires some uphill walking for around 30 minutes but along the way you are treated to some stunning views and once you get to the top you’ll feel a sense of achievement as here you have reached Lusi cave. Stop awhile and take in the magnificent views before you enter the cave. The cave has some reasonably nice limestone features and further along the cave you are welcomed by a refreshing pool for swimming.
Tham Xang (Elephant Cave)
On the way to the more popular Tham Nam (Water Cave) it is set in a beautiful location and well maintained as it visited by many locals. It is one of the least visited caves for tourists so you will most likely get to enjoy it all to yourself. The cave is full of Buddha statues and an elephant like stalactite (hence the name). There is also a bell which is made from the remnants of a bomb from the Vietnam war.
Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves
A fun and enjoyable set of caves to visit especially if you are a nature love as you can take a delightful walk through the countryside to get to these caves. Inside there are very impressive caverns and the stalactites formations are stunning and the glittering deposits beautiful.