Kong Lor Cave, Phoun Hin Boun

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See the hidden gems underground at Kong Lor Cave, tucked away in the heart of a national park. Ride a boat to reach the entrance of the karst limestone cave, which goes 7 km (4.3 mi) deep into the ground. Inside lies an emerald pool, whose color locals believe resembles that of Hindu god Indra. Wander among the stalactites and stalagmites to appreciate nature's slow creation process. The cave ceilings rise high, so you won't feel claustrophobic upon entering. To plan Phoun Hin Boun vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.
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  • I visited a few caves in Asia and Central America but this is by far the biggest I've seen. It costs 130.000 kip for 2 people in a private boat (low season prices) to cross the cave. A must do when do...  more »
  • We just visited Kong Lor Cave in early April 2018. Note that the prices have just changed for entrance to the caves and a boat ride. We read the reviews that referred to the previous structure, which ...  more »
  • Yes, that's the first thought that rushing to the lips... 6.5 km of river underground it's not nothing. It's big, it's high, it's monumental but we there thing not big voiy... The headlamps that lets use us are low, those powerful but boat drivers they sweep the surface of the water and the walls to the revheydes barriers and benchmarks so little useful for us. It's better if there are several boats at the same time that intersect or follow because it gives a concentration of lights. In the dark we feel the exhaust from multiple embarquations and engine noise fills the cavity. The traffic can be dance. In the middle of the trip you don't on the sand and then you go up to see a route between some beautiful rock formations, lit with thankfully not too colorful bulbs. You descend further and continue the journey in the dark. There are two options to visit the cave: and return what do 95% of tourists-back to the village at the entrance of the cave. It takes 2 hours with a stop Coca on the other side. Alternatively, one-way - this is the version I made. The interest that is out of the other side and take a stony, hilly, also mountainous road at the end to join the great loop between Thalang and Nakei... 70km of unforgettable road. It will take 1 hour. Of course you take with your bike. What you'll see on the way will be sufficient if return you won't have the chance to have more lights. The boat takes the bike and one passenger for 250000 kiats... Otherwise the boat has three max costs 120000 kiats. If you go just do it until noon and on a day without rain because the road becomes quickly impractical.
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  • Amazing cave. Biggest cave I've ever been in. Endless and such amazing visuals. The water in the cave is beautiful as soon as you get to the mouth the water is so clear.
  • Not the flashiest cave, but it's a long trip through the mountain and the jungle at both ends is impressive!
  • Amazing and thrilling experience! Really worth the money. Try to come with 3 persons since that is the maximum per boat which will save you some money. Also there is the possibility to hike back after reaching the end of the cave rather then taking the same boat back. We did not know this before going so we missed out since we did not take our hiking shoes. The hike has to be done with a guide and takes 5-6 hours.
  • Really cool cave, biggest I've been in. You park outside the gates and pay 2k kip for entrance, walk for a couple of minutes and then pay for the boat tour. Maximum 3 people per boat and around 130-140k kip per boat, you might be able to find other people by the ticket office to save money. Deposit of 50k to rent a headlight. It was alright to wear flip-flops, att least when we were there (beginning of March). Boat ride was great! We had to get out of the boat to walk and help drag the boat over some shallow water. On the other side there is sort of a camp by the river with some places to buy food/snacks.
  • This is the current hot spot and number one destination for those visiting Central Laos/Khammouane Province. Most do it as part of the THAKHEK LOOP TRIP but for those on a tight schedule, and a not so tight budget, GREEN DISCOVERY LAOS – with a booking desk at the INTHIRA HOTEL, THAKHEK – does single day tours to Khong Lor Cave. Transportation, to and from, is by way of minibus and prices are dependent of the number of people going for the day. Whichever way you choose to do it, it’s certainly a trip to remember. The full trip through the 7.5 kilometer cave is done in a long tail boat. During the dry season (December – April) the river can be quite shallow in places and you may be required to get out and wade for a few meters while the boat team push the boat across sections they’re unable to motor through; wear shorts and sandals or footwear you can afford to get soaked. Distance from Thakhek to Konglor Cave: 186 kilometers via highways # 13 and # 8 Approximate travel time on a motorbike: 5 – 6 hours Approximate time for cave tour: 2 – 3 hours For in-depth info on Kong Lor Cave and other caving tours in Laos, check my travel blog: megaworldasia dot com - S.E. Asia's off the beaten track specialist
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