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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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  • A big or it is not simple for y happened, especially if it has rained recently it more d a big cavitated or housing of boudhas rather than a cave.
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  • Came here as part of a tour but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it. There's a little statue and there is a small rock shaped like an elephant  more »
  • We stopped by the Elephant cave as part of a tour to the cave for the tubing. Stopping by here was a 5 minute detour and was quite underwhelming. Not worth a trip out just to see this, when compared t...  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
  • 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
  • ... possible just swim in cave, no need to pay and go to caves.