Climbing Caves in the Dark

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 09, 2013

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

22-23rd Jan - Tha Kheak

The journey to Tha Kheak was an interesting one. It consisted of us getting up at 6:30 to find a tour office to book a bus.  We hoped we booked a quick one that takes about 6 hours... We didn't: we booked the local bus that took almost 10 hours and, no exaggeration, stopped about 30 times.  The first time we stopped about 15 women poured in selling food such as sticky rice and kebabs for people to buy and eat on the bus.  We didn't get anything this time as it was early and waited until lunchtime.  But we didn't again see the yummy kebab meat so I resorted to crisps.  Laura had a sweet sausage and rice and Lara had a mango (served with chili salt!) which was delicious (minus the salt for me).  For the majority of the trip the TV are the front was on showing Laos music videos that consisted with of love or heartbreak.  The one that made me laugh the most was a boy and girl messaging through fb; she posted a picture of a heart made from food, but his laptop broke and after 2 days and 3 comments on her behalf, she had given up all hope.  But then he managed to find an internet cafe and 'liked' her photo.  The end of the song was her seeing the 'like' and holding her phone to her heart!  Oh the woes of relying on fb!

Once finally in Tha Kheak plan A for accommodation failed as they had no way of booking tours but plan B worked out amazingly and we sorted our trip to the caves for tomorrow.  A waste of a day really but hopefully worth it for tomorrow.

The day commenced at 7 ordering breakfast.  It finally arrived at 7:45 when our tour was mena be starting at 7:30!  We got the biggest bowl of muisli which was yummy.  We finally set off at 8:30 for our 3 hour drive :(  We arrived at 12ish and had lunch straight away: noodle soup which was really tasty :)  Then it was time to go into Kon Lo Cave finally.  This meant walking into the entrance then then the 3 of us getting into a long boat and being driven through the kilometres of river through the cave.  Was pretty breathtaking as well as really eerie!  To be honest it was quite similar to the caves we saw in Halong Bay apart from we were on water and whilst it was pretty amazing and a good day trip, not sure it was worth the 22 we paid.

We got back to the hostel at 6:30 to wait...the only way we could get the night bus we wanted to Vientienne was to wait until 10pm to see if there was space to then get on the bus at 1am.  But we soon thought about how tired we were and the fact none of us would stay awake until 1, so we got a room and decided to get a bus the next day.  We also decided to miss out Vientiene altogether because its known for its temples and we're trying to avoid them at the moment as to make China better.  So another day on the bus to get to Vang Vieng via Vientiene.  A bit of a waste / non-descript 2 days really :(
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Sarah on

...'decided to get a husband the next day'?! A typo, or something else amazing about Laos that you're not telling me?! Seriously though your last few days look absolutely awesome and I'm very jealous of your time in the treetops, although perhaps not of the bits with the rats! x

Dad on

Hi Cath Cath, long time no speak! Enjoyed reading your blogs, tree place sounds amazing (apart from the rats!). What was that about a husband?!!
Looking forward to speaking to you at the weekend. Luv Dad

cats-adventures on

Just went to the shop that.morning and picked out one.. As you do!

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