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Tham Chang, Vang Vieng

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Cave
At Tham Chang, you'll see a small enshrined cave featuring various Buddhist sculptures, as well as rocks carved to resemble elephants. According to local legend, the cave one housed a rock formation resembling the face of a monster, which was blamed in 1956 for bringing bad luck and illness to locals. Fearing that their fate was brought upon them by the evil face, the villagers resolved to destory it with dynamite, and miraculously a form resembling an elephant appeared in a different section of the cave. From then on their luck changed and the caves were enshrined. Nowadays, you can sprinkle water on the elephant's head to bring good fortune. You'll have to climb many stairs to reach the cavern, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and bring plenty of water with you. Arrange your visit to Tham Chang and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vang Vieng using our Vang Vieng family vacation planner.
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  • In the cave there is a shape in the rock which looks like a elephant. Quite a peaceful place with a nice reclining Buddha.  more »
  • This is not really a cave, more like a hole in a rock face. It has a rock shaped sort of like an elephant and a Buddhist Shrine. Only worth visiting as you walk right past it on your way to the much m...  more »
  • Was on our way. Interesting natural rock formation. Not worth making a special trip for. The ladies outside weren't fond of us taking photos  more »
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  • This place was so beautiful! It's 2000 for the bridge and 15000 for the cave. The stairs are steep but it's pretty quick up them! I would not recommend this for an older person with bad knees or a bad heart - even young fit people were panting like crazy at the top. We were surprised that there weren't more people - several times were completely alone in different passages. It's well lit and has flat walk ways, which is nice. One sad thing about this place, and many other beautiful places in SE Asia, is that there's garbage. It's not a ton but it's always enough to piss us off. Before you leave, at the bottom of the stairs to the right there is a few bridges that take you to a nice shady swimming hole. There's also a Buddha tucked in a shallow cave here that we were surprised to see! Really nice spot to cool down after sweating buckets on the stairs.
  • It looks daunting to climb but it's not that bad. Once you're in, go to left side til the end and you'll see almost all of Vangvien. There's also a tiny lake at the bottom before the cave's ticket office. It's 15,000 kips to climb the cave. Or you can save it to swim in the cold little lake. It's slippery. Be careful
  • Worth it, just 15.000 and most beautifull and clean cave in Vang Vieng.
  • It costs 15,000 + 2,000 for the bridge access but is worth it for reasonably well maintained impressive cave.
  • Used to be free..walk up stairs to lime stone caves..all through to other side of mountain. Great photos for scenics