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Khong Lor river cave

Posted by rayc101 on 14/1/2012 at 23:41

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

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Posted by Rufus on 15/1/2012 at 00:32

There will certainly be too much water in July.

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Posted by stoneman on 31/1/2012 at 22:51

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 1/2/2012 at 03:28

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.

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Posted by rayc101 on 1/2/2012 at 04:07

Thankyou all for your replies.
They have been very helpful

Cheers
R

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Posted by MADMAC on 1/2/2012 at 05:08

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.

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Posted by altmtl on 1/2/2012 at 05:17

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

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Posted by altmtl on 3/2/2012 at 09:38

Can anyone help me on this?

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Posted by Rufus on 4/2/2012 at 01:37

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.

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Posted by MADMAC on 4/2/2012 at 05:18

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

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