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Adventure caving/spelunking?

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Adventure caving/spelunking?

We like to spend a day by walking, crawling etc through the caves.

Have done guided trips in Borneo and Thailand which were just incredible.

Are there caves in Laos that we could explore with a local guide that would take us more then 4 hours?

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Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon
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1. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

You could spend 2 full days exploring the caves in Vang Vieng.

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2. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

Would those caves be large so that one can spend several hours inside exploring or are they small ones just for half an hour?

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3. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

Some are quite large, I don't know how much experience you have but some of them are very deep and are could be dangerous. Whne I was there in March 2012 they said a Japanese guy went missing in one. Both my friend & I had headlamps/ flashlights but still there is a bit of clambering up and over big rocks and it is VERY dark when you get walking for awhile. We spent over anhour inside that big cave when we went, you could explore much further, as it seemed it went on endlessly...I have a few photos here (you'll have to scroll down)

http://bit.ly/16h1bR5

Most of the people who go into the caves hang out near the mouth of the cave as they are too afraid/unprepared to venture much further. Some of these caves are massive and are definitely worth exploring. The large cave in my photos (the vey deep one) is Tham Phu Kham. There is a "Blue lagoon" at the entrance where you can swim. It is a 10-minute climb up steep rocky steps to the cave entrance.

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4. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

I must admit I loved exploring the Tham Phu Kham cave, I spend a good 1 1/2 hours there. But make sure you have a good torch with you.

Maneki, if I return to VV I probably need to do a bit more research about some of the other caves then...seems there are a few

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I took my Lao friend into about 5 of them in one day, he was utterly exhausted. Unfortunatley, there are some farmers that are advertising caves on their property. Myself and several others I ran into later on went out looking for them (after paying 5000 kip "admission") and we must have cycled and walked through field after field 40 min.~1 hour and still couldn't find them. I was with a Lao friend and he asked for detailed directions but the guys just said "over there" and pointed. Upon our return I asked for my money back, and was adamant until I got it. Just then I ran into a Japanese guy who was suckered into paying US$10 by these guys to be guided to a very small cave en route (we stopped by there too, but it was no bigger than a small apartement room and there was no walking around in it!) Oh, I found the sign to the fake cave scam thing, here it is

http://bit.ly/16kCUa4

According to my notes, the cave with the reclining buddha (& Blue Lagoon) is Poukham Cave, I mistakenly said it was Tham Phu Kham above. Admission to Phoukham is 10,000 kip for foreigners, 5000 kip for Lao.

Edited: 17 August 2013, 23:47
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6. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

Would you have a suggestion how to find these caves, we are planning to rent a bike and explore.

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7. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

In Vang Vieng You can easily find the main caves - especially Tham Phu Kham (Tham means cave in Lao). This is not set up for caving trips and spelunking though - it has not been mapped and are full of rubble, large boulders and deep fissures when you get past the entrance and out of sight of daylight. It is good fun to explore but not in the sense I think you mean - proper 1/2 to full day guided caving. Someone did indeed dissapear a few years ago in this cave - take a backup torch. As Manekei says there are many other smaller caves signposted by landowners looking to make a $. Some caves are maked on this map

http://hobomaps.com/VangViengAreaMap.html

There are also many caves in the Kong Lor area 100km north of Thakhek. Some agencies can give you a tour of these - or you can do it by yourself on motorbikes - but again it is not a safe guided caving trip like you could get in other larger countries. Maybe in the future?

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thank you again for the relies

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9. Re: Adventure caving/spelunking?

Just back from Vang Vieng and can report that the adventure caving can be organized there. We did a day trip to Tham Hoi organized through VLT travel, spent 5 hours crawling through mud, swimming in the caves river and explored the passages of this stunning cave. I think we were the first ones to undertake such trip , beside the French caving expedition, and it was quite a great experience, our guides were local Khmu who have visited the cave before.

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