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Tham Xang (Elephant Cave), Vang Vieng
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At Tham Xang (Elephant Cave), 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 Xang (Elephant Cave) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Vang Vieng using our Vang Vieng family vacation planner.
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  • Hired a bike and decided to go for a random cycle and discovered this cave quite by accident. I had to pay 10,000 kip for my entry to the cave and then a Laos man followed me in. He showed me around (...  more »
  • Toward the same cave. Yanam to the caves, it's like it's already steep thap wae pictures fron the keypad. How many นร้ there is no cave. Just which go into the stands, swivel it left-right spin cycle then cave.
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  • And the elephant cave? It is actually looks at the top right of the entrance form of rock. Speaking at the Japan water dripping on the entrance of the sacred? At the shitani and were hung from the head. Sleeping Buddha statue, but somewhat small. But I think very few people come in here, and.
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