Khun Kong Leng Lake

Khun Kong Leng Lake

Pinch yourself

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Sure, pinch yourself, but this blue lagoon isn’t a mirage—the cold spring waters of this deep swimming hole really are the colour of gemstones, so clear you can see right to the bottom.

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Just wow! Photo by: Cindy Fan.
Just wow! Photo: Cindy Fan

It isn’t on the beaten track for western tourists (contrast that with the blue lagoon in Vang Vieng, overrun with people and ugly construction). This is an undeveloped local spot, busier on weekends when friends gather for barbecues and beer.

The biggest obstacle to visiting is the 20 kilometres of dirt road once you turn off Route 13. It’s a doozy, especially during and in the months after rainy season. If you’re not an experienced rider, hiring a tuk tuk, minivan or arranging a tour with the tourism office are all good options. For something more active, the lagoon is a stop on their incredibly scenic 2-day/1-night trek.

To get here, head east out of town to the highway, then travel 30 km north on Route 13 to Houay Aek village, turning right/head east on the dirt road. After 2 km, turn right. Follow the road, it’s 17 km to Ban Na Kue village and from there another kilometre to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 100 words.)

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Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you’ll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.

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