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Friday, November 11, 2011

25 Days of Laos (Part 16)

This is a journal of our 25-day trip around Laos on a rented Honda FTR that we fondly called Mustafa. It starts with a long bus ride from Hanoi to Laos and ends with a longer bus ride back to Hanoi.

Day 21: Kong Lor Cave
We woke up to find a breath-taking view outside. The dark shade of the karsts that lined the river blended well with its blue-green waters. The terrace was an amazing place to do my morning yoga. 

Although it would've been great to just chill on our terrace, I didn't want to miss going to the Kong Lor Cave and seeing its underground river. The Nam Hinboun River flows through the 7.5-kilometer cave. After a fifteen-kilometer drive, we got to the park and paid for the entrance fee, the guide and the long tailed-boat and boat man that would take us through the cave -- around 100,000 kip for the both of us.

In the cave, the boat stopped and we were asked to walk into a dark cavern and I spent some time groping in the dark as the flash light that they provided us was quite useless in the dark cave. And then, the cavern was suddenly flooded with lights. Apparently, electricity had been installed in the cave. Some blue lights were installed around some stalagmite formations, enhancing them.

After our trip through the cave, we had lunch at a nearby restaurant and headed back to the Sala Hinboun and spent most of our afternoon there.

Quick Travel Tips:
The Kong Lor Cave. It's around 15 kilometers from the Sala Hinboun. You'll need around 50,000 kip to pay for the entrance fee as well as the boat.

The Journey Continues:

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