Tham Nang Aen Cave

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Hari
Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand23 contributions
The Tham Nang Aen Cave
Feb 2020
This cave is worth visiting. It has been well lit up and the walk ways are good. The boat ride requires 2 hours. So though I had planned to go for one, I could not do it due to lack of time. If one is visiting Thakek, this is a must. There is a good resort, recently developed near it, which again due to shortage of time, I could not visit, on ther Mekong.
Written 12 February 2020
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Jay P
Sarasota, FL73 contributions
The cave?
Sep 2019 • Solo
I found it interesting.Except they charge you 30,000 kip which suppose to include a noat ride.There was know boat ride offered.Beware there is two signs showing where the exit is located.Don't take the second one if you think you are getting out.Please follow it to the top but remember you cannot get out by the second exit.I think they are playing tricks,but it is worth seeing it though.Just remember it is slippery .
Written 17 September 2019
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Chris
St. Albans, UK4,414 contributions
Worth a Visit
May 2019 • Solo
Entry price is 30,000 Kip, or I believe for 50,000 Kip you can take a boat ride on the underground lake. I didn’t do this as I had too much electrical equipment with me and I read online that you have to get out of the boat and heave it over some rocks to continue through the cave. I didn’t fancy that.

The cave itself is absolutely enormous. The concrete stairs and rails reminded me of Hogwarts. There’s plenty to explore if you don’t want to do the boat ride. Parts of the cave are lit up with different coloured neon lights which bought out the jagged edges of some of the formations on the ceiling of the cave.

At the entrance there’s a tunnel made out of fairy lights which you have to walk through to get to the main cavern.

A thoroughly enjoyable experience on the Thakhek loop.
Written 2 May 2019
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Katelyn W
2 contributions
Highly recommend!
Feb 2019 • Friends
Would highly recommend this cave! Tickets are 30,000 kip for entry or 50,000 kip for entry & boat ride and after reading reviews on trip advisor recommending the boat ride we decided to take this option, and this was definitely a highlight of the cave visit!
Allow for about two hours in the cave, we arrived at 3.30pm and left at 5.15pm, as I understand they close at 5.30 but I could have easily spent a bit more time exploring!
It took about half an hour in a tuktuk to drive out there and the tuktuk driver waited for us.
Written 3 February 2019
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FreddieAndJill
London, UK63 contributions
Visiting the cave and boat trip is a must!
Dec 2018 • Couples
After reading the description in the guidebook, we weren’t convinced about visiting this cave, however as we had a spare day in Thahkek we decided to go. We are glad we did as it turned out to be the best cave we’ve ever seen. Entrance fee is 30,000 each and includes entry to the east side of the cave (not that amazing), however for a further 20,000 per person you can take the boat ride to the west side of the cave. This is a must!!! The boat ride is spectacular (700m) and once you get off the boat on the west side, the guide gave us a tour of the cave (about an hour and a bit walking) which was incredible. It was also super quiet and we were the only tourists there so we had the whole cave to ourself! If you do one thing in Thakhek, do this!

Written 22 December 2018
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befrank1
San Antonio, TX176 contributions
worth a visit
Feb 2018 • Friends
Hotel provided transportation to cave at 60,000 kip (~8 dollars). Outside cave was a fantastic coffee shop and ok gift shop. Entrance to cave is 50,000 kip and worth it. Cave itself is fairly large and has a river running through it. The entrance fee includes a paddle boat for a short 10 min ride followed by 1 hour hike. Hike includes some steep stairs and a sketchy bridge. Worth a visit.
Written 15 February 2018
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Cvon_Drapery
Holt, Australia259 contributions
A good cave to start with...
Feb 2018 • Couples
After a long drive from Vientiane we decided the Thamnang Ene cave would be our first cave to visit before heading back into town for dinner. As others have stated, the road to this cave is probably the best out of all the caves around Thakhek to explore. It is about 18 kms out of Thakhek and you continue on past the turn-off to the Buddha caves.

As usual, entry fee is cheaper for Laotians (20,000 kip) as opposed to foreigners (30,000 kip).

At the entrance of the caves a guide was allocated to show us around. Inside the caves, it was interesting to note is quite well developed for visitors with steps and hand rails on most of the difficult parts of the walking trail. The mult-coloured lights were a bit cheesy. As you keep walking to the back of the cave, you can then turn left to get to the underground lake where you need to pay extra to ride the small boats to go further. Go to the right, and you see more of the cave's rock formation, eventually ascending some steps to come out to a viewing platform to view some spectacular scenery of the mountain ranges and the areas below.

As it was getting late we decided to skip the boat trip as we were planning to take the underground river trip at the Khonglor caves anyway.

Our guide had a good knowledge about the cave and always willing to take some group shots for us. After exiting the cave, there are some stalls around to buy some souvenirs or some grilled produce eg sweetcorn etc. There is also a coffee shop and whilst the coffee was nice, none of the girls offered a hint of a smile.
Written 11 February 2018
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Bever007
Arnhem, The Netherlands260 contributions
do the boat trip!!
Dec 2017 • Couples
Entree fee was a bit steep at 30.000 KIP. Wouldn’t say it’s really worth it, cave isn’t that big (it is nice though). However, you can book a boat trip at the ticket office in front of the cave for 20.000 KIP per person. This is ABSOLUTELY worth every single KIP. Not only the boat trip is very nice, the part of cave where you are brought to (not reachable in any other way) is very beautiful. The boat man guided us around, showed interesting spots and let us drink water from the holy well (“holy”... for us it was just mountain water ;)).
Written 26 December 2017
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megaworldasia360
Phuket, Thailand486 contributions
Definitely do the boat trip and the rear section of the cave
Nov 2017 • Friends
Nang Ene Cave is approximately nineteen kilometers from traveler central in Thakhek. From the town square cross highway # 13 then continue on along Highway # 12, past the turn off to Buddha Cave, and you’ll eventually see the turn off to Nang Ene Cave on the right. The entrance to the Cave is much closer to the main road than Buddha Cave – less than a kilometer. At base of the cliff face there’s rest area for those wishing to partake of a cold drink, or some local food, at one of the small restaurants tucked into the shade provided by the large stand of trees. The entry fee for the initial section of the cave is 30k LAK. Pay 20k LAK more and you will be able to do the entire cave system, which includes the boat trip through the underground river and the walk through the far section of the cave which is actually the highlight of the cave. If you are pressed for time then just do the front section but if you have 2 - 3 hours then do the boat trip because I can seriously say the rear section of the cave (which opens to the jungle and mountains behind) is just so much much better, words don't do it justice. The difference in price (a mere USD 2.50) is nothing when one comperes the visual experience of both sides of the cave. The upstream side is just so much better. NOTE: Nang Ene Cave is always busier on weekends due to an increase in locals and Thai visitors coming to pay their respects to the cave guardian (the lady Ann) so try to go on a week day as the numbers of visitors are much less. The entire cave system including the river passage and parts of the rear section are illuminated by internal lighting so the trip is a reasonably safe experience. NOTE: there are often power outages in Laos so as a precaution, take a back-up flashlight (torch) if you are making the boat trip. The rear section of the cave also has a solid cement stairway and steps along the entire route.
Written 10 November 2017
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LAO HORIZONS TRAVEL
Vientiane, Laos148 contributions
It's a good place to bring family for a picnic if you have no place to go.
May 2017
Nang Aen cave is one of the beautiful cave in Khammouan province, located about 20km a way from Thakhek. Visitor can travel along Road #12, after seeing the big sign. Turn right and drive further in about 3km then you will reach the entrance of the cave. Entrance fee is 20.000k/ person which includes entering into the cave. It's worth to visit the cave. Here you do not need a guide as there are lights on inside the cave.
Written 2 July 2017
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