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“Good history”
Review of Patok Cave

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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Little away from Nong Khiaw, but easily accessible by bike or scooter. Very quiet (was the only one there), there are 2 caves. one of the local guys hanging around there, guided me through them and told a bit about the history (local people took refuge/shelter here).

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Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

I was here in 2013 and the signs within the caves were much better now you have to pay 10,000 kip entry and it's it a much worse state of repair.
Where is that money going you ask, we'll probably on the horrifically loud sound system pumping out Thai pop music from the restaurant just after the bamboo bridge.

Thank Billy W
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Reviewed December 4, 2017 via mobile

About 20 minute walk from the bridge. The cave is interesting and the views are nice. Although there is some kind of scam running there. I paid the 10k kip entrance fee after which 2 boys, each about 10 years old, started walking with me to the cave. They point their flashlights at some (often random) points in the cave. Afterwards they ask for a tip. I saw on my way there that the boys were with some adult (who just sits there smoking and looking pretty suspicious). They are obviously being used to get some money out of tourists. DON'T SUPPORT THIS. This doesn't help the children and has no good effects on the local people except that shady adult.

1  Thank LightPacker742954
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Reviewed November 19, 2017

The cave was used as a secret hospital and munitions dump (good mix?) during the Vietnam War. An interesting view for those who don’t mind confined spaces from time to time (crawling only in parts). The cave runs into the hillside some 300m and 50 year old canned goods and supplies are still visible in the deepest part of the cave. It could be improved with improved access but if you want to work hard and go deep be prepared to get a bit grubby.

Thank Martin O
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Reviewed November 6, 2017

From town, you'll have to cross the Nam Ou bridge and continue up the road for about 2 miles through the winding roads. You'll eventually see a sign for the caves on the right. Entrance fee is 10,000 kip per person. There isn't a whole lot to see, but the surrounding area is beautiful. The cave itself is bigger than I imagined, but they can be explored in a matter of minutes. This is not a must-do activity, but if you're passing through, I'd recommend stopping by. The history of the site is interesting enough.

Thank Rich S
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