The Kong Lor Cave

Boarding the boat to begin the trip down the cave

Boarding the boat to begin the trip down the cave

I’d heard from several people that the Kong Lor cave in central Laos was a highlight of their trip in Southeast Asia, so I knew I had to make it a priority. For a place that is on so many “must see” lists, I was surprised on how truly rural and undeveloped the area around the cave is. The town of Kong Lor is just one long street that has a handful of guesthouses and restaurants, no internet access, and hardly anybody who speaks English. It was a very pleasant and peaceful place to spend a few days.

It wasn’t too difficult to get to, as I took a direct tourist bus from Vientiane that I booked through my hostel. The bus dropped me and the four other westerners off in front of a guesthouse about a kilometer away from the cave.

The cave itself is truly magnificent. It’s nearly 8 kilometers long and pitch dark. There are immense stalagmites and stalactites that photos don’t do any justice to. When the boat comes out on the other end there is a tiny little village where you can buy handicrafts and snacks. There is apparently a real town on this side of the cave, Ban Kong Lo, where you can do a homestay. I had planned on going there, but I had lost my ATM card in Luang Prabang a couple of weeks prior and still had not activated my new card (a bit of a convoluted story there), and I didn’t have enough cash on me to pay for the homestay, the boat trip back, and a bus to civilization. So as it was, I just got back on the long boat and made the return trip the same day.

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