Tham Chang, Vang Vieng

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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. To visit Tham Chang on your holiday in Vang Vieng, and find out what else Vang Vieng has to offer, use our Vang Vieng trip website .
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  • Completely disappointed we s wait a a nice cellar... well well not... A recess in the rock with a sculpture and a rock reminding an elephant. ... 5 000 kips per person very disappointed
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  • Not worth a visit. Really small and it is really a waste of time. For those not use to seing this in Asia, maybe good to go, otherwise, don't.  more »
  • It is interesting to look at the temple and the whole caves, most of the time, you are offered with all tours and the "guides" to tell a lot about it. Once to look at this completely sufficient.
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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

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A frequently visited eco-tourism spot, Vang Vieng offers a variety of budget and mid-range accommodations and basic tourist services. Most of the lodgings sit between route 13 and Nam Song, with boutique hotels tending to sit closer to the main road and low-key options grouped around the market. Bungalows on the river island are popular among young visitors traveling in groups, although you should ask to view the room and the bathroom before you pay, as these accommodations aren't always in top condition.
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