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.
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.
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.
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