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How to arrange caving in Chom Ong cave, Oudomxay area?

Posted by boleslav on 5/10/2013 at 13:26

We would like to engage a travel agent to help organize a caving trip to the Chom Ong cave.

Would you have any recommendation where to start, who to contact?
thank you for any advice.

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Posted by Geer1 on 5/10/2013 at 20:44

If you google it you will see a couple tour operators. Prices are quite high but I doubt there are cheaper options, I found most tours in Laos to be expensive and they almost never group you with other people to reduce costs.

Not sure where all you are travelling but if you are going to Vietnam make sure you see Paradise Cave. I can't say definitively but I am pretty sure it is nicer then Chom Ong, it was one of my trips highlights.

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Posted by boleslav on 7/10/2013 at 16:13

Geer, did you visit Chom Ong?
I am waiting for the proposals form some companies, but they are based in Luang Namtha. I was hoping to find someone from Oudomxay

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Posted by Geer1 on 7/10/2013 at 17:34

No I had looked into doing so but financially it made no sense especially since I was a solo traveller.

http://www.tourismlaos.info/oudomxay/thing_to_do/Trekking/3_day_2_day_exploration_of_Chomng_Cave.html
http://www.oudomxay.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=97&lang=en

Here is a report of someone who did it without tour. Doesn't mention costs or all that much detail about how to do it.

http://gijsbos.com/2011/04/05/omg-chom-ong-cave-part-i/

If you are really set on going and don't want to pay tour prices then something like he did is likely your only opportunity. I found Laos makes it very difficult to try and experience things like this on your own, it was really hard to get reliable information I think because they want you to pay their outrageous tour prices.

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Posted by boleslav on 11/10/2013 at 13:42

I exchanged few emails with this guy and he spent just ouple hours inside the cave, so I am afraid that something like that will not justify a flight from Vientanne and then backtracking to LP.
thanks for the help

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Posted by Geer1 on 11/10/2013 at 14:35

As I mentioned if you are going to be in Vietnam check out Paradise Cave. It was awesome.

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