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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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  • Another Buddha. A small cave. The story about elephants resting here in the past doesn't made it more interesting. The elephant stone neither. 
  • This is a very small cave with an engraved elephant figure and of course a Buddha statue. If you miss it it is ok, if you are nearbye it's ok to have a look. 
  • Unlike some nearby caves, you get the hoards of tourists. It's a very open cave, so if you get claustrophobic, you don't have to worry about this cave.