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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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  • It's just a shallow hole wall with a stone like structure that does look like an elephant. Very easy to access. 
  • We were on a day tour and this is just a little side show on the way to caving and kayaking etc. It is a smallish cave where there is what used to be a very large stalagmite which looks a lot like an ...  more »
  • Without being anything too special, we imagine the figure of an elephant in this cave converted into a Buddhist Chapel
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