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Why Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves is special ?
Both caves are interesting and rich with stalactites and stalagmites, the walk itself pleasant crossing cultivated fields. Moreover, they are pretty cool and one of them seemed to extend a few kilometers into the hillside. Overall, it was a fun afternoon visit exploring the countryside.
Nearby Tham Loup is a cave reached by climbing up the lower reaches of the cliff then descending some wooden stairs into a cavern in the darkness. Both caves have unique stock formations.
The interior of two caves are filled with stalactites and stalagmites, and many formations that look like melting candle wax. The Tham Hoi is completely dark once you progress away from the entrance. At the rear of the initial cavern it was possible to climb through some tight squeezes to another cavern behind. Tham Loup is very pretty inside with cool atmosphere.
What to explore at Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves?
Inside the cave is a golden reclining Buddha with statues of worshippers standing around it. At the far end of the cave is another large and impressive Buddha. From there it is possible to walk across the rice fields to another large cave that stretches kilometres into the mountain. It can be slippery inside this cave and a guide is recommended for about 15,000 kip. Admission is 10,000 kip (plus 5,000 for bridge toll).
How to get to Tham Loup & Tham Hoi Caves?
Tham Loup, Tham Hoi better known as the Water and Elephant caves. Follow the dirt track to the village where the entrance to the Elephant Cave is.
- “Interesting caves to explore, better signage needed”
- “Beautiful but watch your step”
- “Gorgeous stalactite and stalagmite formations”
Vang Vieng, Laos
Tips for you
We visited both of these caves during our stay in Vang Vieng. They were an easy motorbike ride from the town, just don’t miss the sign which was hidden in some foliage. There is a place to park the bikes on one side of the river and you can cross the bridge to the other side for a small fee. We didn’t find any signs to the caves – perhaps because so many people arrive on package tours they aren’t necessary? At any rate, after paying the small fee for the “toll bridge” one of the locals started to walk with us to show us the way to the cave – for a small tip (of course), we assumed. We were a bit surprised when he then claimed that his “tour-guide” services were 200,000 kip. Be careful of scams like these and don’t be afraid to hand over a tip and walk away. Both caves were pretty cool and one of them seemed to extend a few kilometers into the hillside, although we certainly didn’t get that far. Overall, it was a fun afternoon visit exploring the countryside.