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Khong Lor river cave

  • rayc101

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    Hi all,

    Re Khong Lor river cave

    I have been unsuccessful in finding advice about water levels in the cave during the wet season, and whether navigation through the cave ceases during this period.

    I would appreciate some advice on going through the cave in July.

    Cheers
    R

    #1 Posted: 14/1/2012 - 23:41

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  • Rufus

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    There will certainly be too much water in July.

    #2 Posted: 15/1/2012 - 00:32

  • stoneman

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    I researched everything I could online in 2009 about Konglor Cave, transport etc. I did not read anyone commenting that the cave has been closed for any reason. I had intended to visit in July, 2009 but decided when I was in Vientiane to give it a miss because of the time you spend on local transport to get in there and out again plus minimum of 2 nights accom. to connect with transport.

    You can always confirm with your intending accom. that the cave is open to tourists.

    #3 Posted: 31/1/2012 - 22:51

  • MADMAC

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    Stoneman
    The cave isn't "closed" - that would indicate it's being managed by some authority. As Rufus says, the water levels at the height of the rainy season can bring the river too high to access it safely.

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 03:28

  • rayc101

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    Thankyou all for your replies.
    They have been very helpful

    Cheers
    R

    #5 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 04:07

  • MADMAC

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    That depends. Savanakhet is certainly a lot bigger and offers a lot more than Tha Khek - which is the size of a postage stamp. The city is an atrophying mess, dusty, dirty - but it has a little bit of charm to it. Probably worth a night to break up the trip if you are not pressed for time.

    #6 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 05:08

  • altmtl

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    I'm planning to go there in a couple of weeks, so any info on local transport from Thakhek would be will be useful, I'll be coming from Pakse... The area is Khammouane Limestone NBCA - There are also the Mahaxai Caves... From there I will go to Vientiane... Is Savannakhet worth a stop?

    Do I stay in Ban Viang Kham, Ban Nahin or Ban Kong Lor? Ban Nahin (aka Ban Kheun Kham) - I'm confused? - lol

    #7 Posted: 1/2/2012 - 05:17

  • altmtl

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    Can anyone help me on this?

    #8 Posted: 3/2/2012 - 09:38

  • Rufus

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    Savannakhet is a charming and quaint place. I really like it. Stay in Tha Kek as your accommodation options are much better. It is easy to arrange transportation to the caves.

    #9 Posted: 4/2/2012 - 01:37

  • MADMAC

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    Rufus
    Tha Khek has better hotels than Savanakhet? I guess I'm a little surprised, since Tha Khek is so small.

    #10 Posted: 4/2/2012 - 05:18

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