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Go for a thrill in the second cave

The main cave is average, as far as caves go. Not particularly beautiful, not especially large, not... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2014
Orniii
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Small but nonetheless impressive

Arrived by cycling from the town to the cave which took about 10 minutes, the cost was 5,000 kip... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2013
Mel D
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Reviewed January 13, 2014

The main cave is average, as far as caves go. Not particularly beautiful, not especially large, not really exciting. I figured it was just about worth the 5,000 kip entry fee. Do take the small trail to the left though, as it leads to a...More

Date of experience: January 2014
2  Thank Orniii
Reviewed December 10, 2013

the Patok caves or Tham Pha thok is located about 5 km from the village centre. It can be reached by bicycle and is a great way to travel in Nong Khiaw. A short walk from the main road and crossing a stream will lead...More

Date of experience: December 2013
1  Thank Jamestankee H
Reviewed December 2, 2013 via mobile

You can go to this cave by foot, its easy to find on a 30min walk. But it's a small one and not very spectacular. there were also two kids at the entrance that wanted to guide me thru the cave.

2  Thank 13albert
Reviewed November 30, 2013

As there is not much to see in the area, the caves were pleasant enough, but felt a little underwhelmed. However, if you're feeling up for a hike, go up to the peak. If you're walking back from the cave, towards town, there is a...More

Date of experience: November 2013
3  Thank Cluelessduo
Reviewed November 23, 2013

This is one of those sights that gets better if you try and explore a bit. There are actually three caves - I guess most people are referring to the one in the middle. This one is nice, but frankly, a bit boring. For people...More

Date of experience: November 2013
1  Thank MichaelHansson
Reviewed November 14, 2013

Arrived by cycling from the town to the cave which took about 10 minutes, the cost was 5,000 kip each and we were guided to the entrance of the cave, the "guide" took us into the cave and gave some history about the cave but...More

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank Mel D
Reviewed September 28, 2013

We cycled there, it was about 2km from the bridge, on the side away from the bus station. There was a sign saying 5000 kip entrance fee, but there was no one there other than a local boy who led us in. We waded through...More

Date of experience: September 2013
Thank Iuncus
Reviewed July 6, 2013

Yes the history behind the caves is what makes them interesting. The site is poorly managed with only a rickety ticket shack and very little signage or explanation in or around the caves. Best to bring your own tour guide or information beforehand. When we...More

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank mmmsoymilk
Reviewed May 2, 2013

As part of the secret war in Laos, I think it is very important to visit places like this...nobody can hide the history...it just happened...

Date of experience: April 2013
Thank Alejandro H
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Granted, the cave itself isn't the most spectacular. But if you do a little research and understand the history behind it, it becomes a lot more fascinating as you stand inside, looking out into the fields that would have had American helicopters reigning down on...More

Date of experience: January 2013
Thank DavidSaulFineberg
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