If you want to travel to a country in Asia where you can enjoy nature every day, Laos is certain right up your alley. It also is the perfect destination to head to for anyone who enjoys outdoor and nature activities.
From hiking and trekking to kayaking, rafting, and tubing, there are a number of land and water activities you can do. For those who like to go underground, Laos also has something to offer in you.
In fact, it has home to a handful of caves that you can explore to your heart's content. Here are five of them.
Buddha Cave (Tham Pa Fa)
Officially, this cave is known as Tham Pa Fa, but it has become popularly known as Buddha Cave as well. Why? It's because of a discovery made in 2004.
A man named Bun Nong ended up a narrow cave mouth. Inside, he found 229 bronze Buddha images! Unsurprisingly, the cave became a popular tourist attraction once word about the discovery got out. However, the locals have taken it upon themselves to guard the cave and the statues every day.
Kong Lor Cave (Tham Kong Lo)
If you are up for the challenge, then why not try what is known as Tham Kong Lo. Otherwise known as Kong Lor Cave, it is located in Khammouane and 7.5 kilometers (approximately 4.7 miles) long.
However, to get to this cave, you need to go off the beaten track and travel via public transport for a day. Yes, you read that right. When you get there, however, you can enjoy a nice boat ride right through the main cave.
Pak Ou Caves
If you are looking for another cave that Buddhist statues in it, then the Pak Ou caves fit the bill. Pak Ou refers to the Ou river, which is near where the caves are located.
Spelunkers two caves: the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave). There are hundreds of Buddha statues both inside and outside in a variety of positions.
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Elephant Cave (Tham Chang Cave)
A cave that ended up becoming an important Buddhist shrine is Tham Chang Cave. It is otherwise known as the Elephant Cave due to an area of the cave that formed to look like an elephant's head.
According to local stories, the cave used to have a limestone formation that looked like an evil monster's head. When the residents of the nearby village began to fall sick, it was decided that this limestone formation should be destroyed with dynamite. However, once it was destroyed, the villagers discovered a new formation in the shape of an elephant's head as the people's health improved.
Viengxay Caves (Vieng Xai Caves)
If just one cave is not enough for you, then you are due for a visit to Viengxay Caves in Houaphanh. Believe it or not, you will find hundreds of caves here.
These cave networks has a historical significance to Laos. A good number of these caves were used by Pathet Lao, a political organization that ended up conquering the country in 1975. Eventually, they were able to establish a "Hidden City" amongst these caves that became home to around 20,000 people.
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