Kong Lo Caves

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Flag of Lao Peoples Dem Rep  , Khammouan,
Saturday, May 8, 2010

.....Kong Lo caves. Our group split and a couple lassies from Vancouver and I decided to hit the Kong Lo caves en route to the 4000 islands.  A complete pain in the ass to get to but definitely one of the highlights of Lao. We had to get a bus to Tha Kheak and then take a day trip 200Kms North (coming back on ourselves) to get to them. In hindsight there was probably a better way to get to them but we hadn't thought that far in advance. All it cost us was a cheeky million too! The bloke who organised it for us undercut the hotel that he was associated with so it was a bit of a clandestine operation which was pretty amusing. Kong Lo caves are a 7km tunnel through one of the limestone mountains that houses underground caverns that reach up to at least 100m high which are awe inspiring.  My flashlight’s beam didn’t even reach the top in places. It’s an unnerving experience being driven through the these caves especially when the driver of these little long tails lights go out and you’re drifting through the darkness ( I had to turn mine off too obviously, just for shits and giggles). The locals use it as a way to move tobacco from the fields to the caves but it all feels a bit like a bunch of drug runners doing their thang. Also some huge lizards were scurrying around in amongst the shadows which I thought was hilarious and wanted to see more but apparently they’re a bit vicious so maybe i’ll think twice in the future. No time to waste to jumped on a very local overnight bus down south to Pakse and then a horrific cramped three hour sawngthaew ride to the 4000 islands.
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