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Why Lusi and Pha Poak cave is special ?
Pha Poak cave is halfway up a mountain across the river from Vang Vieng and view from the top of the mountain is incredible and worth the 10,000 kip entrance fee. Lusi cave is about a 20 minute walk from Pha Poak. It’s a rather large cave filled with interesting rock formations. The cave is primarily famous for a lagoon inside in which you can swim in the pitch dark.
It is very quiet and easy to be alone. Lusi Cave is three kilometres from town and 1.8 kilometres past Pha Poak so to get to Lusi Cave, follow the directions to Pha Poak.
What to explore at Lusi and Pha Poak cave?
There are guides at the mouth but they usually leave around 4ish. The entrance fee is 10,000 kip to see just the cave or 20,000 kip to reach the in cave lagoon. The entrance fee includes the guide and a head lamp. It’s a rather large cave filled with interesting rock formations.
At the free bamboo bridge at the southern end of the little Saysong island, where Otherside/CliffView/Banana bungalows are, there's a path marked "Lusi Cave", which squeezes between them. This leads into padi fields, and the path is marked with white flags leading first to Pha Poak cave, where a villager will collect 10k kip for entry. This is a small, dry cave on the way up a little knoll with orange peak flag, approached via a dirt/rocky path/bamboo stairs. All the way up requires some scrambling and climbing for nice views and a sense of achievement, suitable for reasonably fit/healthy adventure.
Continue following white flags for about 30 minutes through shady or open ground will lead to Lusi cave, where it's best to pay for the guide as they are familiar with the path so it's quicker and safer. Some reasonably nice limestone features (but not spectacular) and 20 minutes later, a (calcium-rich) pool for swimming, then the long hike back to town.
- Beautiful massive cave
- Impressive structures
- Great scenery and walk
- Nice cave with pool
- Very interesting experience
Vang Vieng, Laos
Tips for you
- would not be advised for anyone who isn't sure of foot or afraid of heights. - We definitely saw a snake hiding behind a rock that we used to climb up so be very careful while climbing. - the ground was so slippery and there were many places to fall into you have to use stalactites and stalagmites as handrails. -Sometimes it’s very slippery... don't go with flip flops!Safety
Awesome place, with a small lake deep inside the cave. Sometimes in the rainy season also a small river flowing through the cave. You can walk to the cave from Vang Veing or take a motor bike, but this is not really even needed, as it is max 3-4 km. from town.