Photo: Late light over the Mekong.

Introduction

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The provincial capital of Khammuan province, Tha Khaek sits on the banks of the Mekong River across from the Thai town of Nakhon Phanom. While Tha Khaek is not the most exciting town in Laos, it’s on the tourist map as the jumping-off point for explorations of the province’s mesmeric landscape and stirringly beautiful natural wonders, the highlight being Konglor Cave.


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Tha Khaek means “guest landing”, a reference to the town’s past as a pier and trading post, a role that continues to this day as host to the third Thai-Lao Friendship bridge, just 13 km north of town; Lao visas on arrival are available and the border is easy to cross by public bus.

Take a stroll in the countryside. Photo taken in or around Tha Khaek, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Take a stroll in the countryside. Photo: Cindy Fan

With the bridge, good roads connecting to Vietnam and hydroelectric projects dotting the province, the town is establishing itself as a commercial centre (and a notorious hub for the illegal wildlife trade). Sadly tourism isn’t the main priority, and one need only drive a few kilometres east along Route 12 to understand Tha Khaek’s enormous tourism ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)


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