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Why Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon is special ?
The Blue Lagoon is a little lake in front of a cave where clear water comes out of the mountain. The water has a nice blue color, hence the name Blue Lagoon. It is a popular destination for people who want to chill out a day in Vang Vieng. There Is a tree which has multiple levels you can jump off into the water, small cabanas to escape the sun and relax in the shade. The Blue lagoon is situated 7 kilometers from town across the river at the Tham Phu Kham cave.
The main cave chamber contains a Thai bronze ¬reclining Buddha, and from here deeper galleries branch off into the mountain.
What to explore at Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon?
Tham Phu Kham cave
A hiking trail on the forested hill leads to the Phu Kham cave’s entrance, about halfway up the limestone cliff. The 200 meter climb is quite steep at places; the trail is equipped with handrails at the steepest sections.
The cave is a labyrinth of chambers, galleries and crevices filled with stalagmites and stalactites; the air is cold and moist.
First chamber with reclining Buddha image
Past the entrance is the first large chamber which is well lit. A hole in the ceiling allows the rays of the sun to come in. The chamber contains a large bronze reclining Buddha, lit up by the sunlight. Local Buddhists come to light incense sticks and pay homage to the three meter long gold color Buddha image.
Galleries and chambers deeper into the mountain
Red direction arrows have been painted on the rocks to mark a trail. After a while the arrows disappear and there is no clear path to follow. From the main cave several galleries branch off deeper into the mountain. Past the first chamber there is absolute darkness and a torch or flashlight is essential to see where you are going.
While some of the chambers are quite large and relatively easy to navigate, venturing into other parts of the cave means climbing over ledges, crawling through low crevices and in some places wading through the water.
Take great care wandering deeper into the cave. There is no clear marked path to follow, the floor is slippery and uneven and there are many drops and falls. It does not take much to loose your footing and slide down the slippery rocks, especially in the dark. Make sure to wear good shoes and have a flashlight if you go past the first well lit chamber.
At the bottom of the track to the cave is the blue lagoon, a beautiful pool with crystal clear waters. The cold turquoise waters provide a chance to cool down and wash of the cave’s dust. Next to the pool is a tree with ropes hanging down from its branches to swing off from and jump in the water.
How to get to Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon?
The Blue Lagoon and Tham Phu Kham cave are located near the village of Ban Na Thong, at the end of Tham Poukham road around 7 kilometers West of Vang Vieng town. You can get there by tuk tuk or songthaew from Vang Vieng. Alternatively, rent a bicycle (10,000 Kip) or mountain bike (20,000 - 30,000 Kip) for the day. Make sure you have directions right, since there is incorrect signage along the way.
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Vang Vieng, Laos
Tips for you
The road to here is extremely bumpy, a mountain bike or a cross motorbike is almost needed. There is a beautiful blue lagoon in which you theoretical could swim, but nowadays it's all crowded by Chinese tourist who swim with life jackets. So the ground is awful, right. But the cave is amazing. I was already satisfied with its stunning size and was almost ready to leave before I realised that this was only the hallway! It gets very deep into the mountain and you can have it completely for yourself, but bring a good and charged torch with you, otherwise you can't excess it. And be careful to remember the way you came because there are almost no signs in the cave. Really nice experience!