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Laos’ Famous Limestone Beauty Shines Brightly over at Kong Lor Caves

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There’s a whole other world out there. Just three hours from Vientiane lays the spectacular Kong Lor Caves, an amazing network of 7.5 km of limestone caverns, carved out by the Hinboun River. The cavern is a huge piece of limestone masterpiece located in an equally impressive natural masterpiece in the National Protected Forest Area of Hinboun Mountain. If you are an avid outdoorsman, then what are you waiting for!? Let’s head out there!

Your drive to Sala Hinboun takes you through awesome Lao countryside scenery. The whole country is pretty much like this; green tropical trees, rolling hills and smooth meandering rivers. If the weather is right (usually during the May-October rainy season when the water rises), you can do all this on slow boat instead.

Just to let you know: the caves are only reachable by boat. That means that you will slice through the area on a peaceful boat ride and be treated to some spectacular views. After that, enter Kong Lor Caves. The cavern is a seven and a half kilometer long subterranean limestone tunnel network and can be anywhere between 30 and 90 meters wide and about 100 meters high.

While you are in the cool interior of the caves, check out the stalactites and various other limestone formations. They never cease to amaze! Just so you know, Kong Lor is still used by local fishermen today as a route around the region and beyond. There are also some great picnic locations riverside. We’ll take you there for lunch. Afterwards, swim in these pristine Hinboun River waters and cool off from the always hot and humid Laotian weather.

Many people overlook Laos when traveling in Southeast Asia. Big mistake guys! This is an up and coming country, filled with natural wonders, glittering temples and colorful hilltribe folks. Take a look at our Laos tour page for some ideas into the country. All our tours can easily be combined with each other, including our Laos day trips.

Now that you have an idea of where to go and what to do in Laos, are you thinking of creating your very own unique tour? It’s possible. Just fill out the tailor-made form and send it to us. We’ll work with you to build you your perfect holiday.

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