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Konglor Cave

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The Hinboun river flowing out of a nondescript opening at the base of a towering cliff hints there may be something wondrous inside. It is in fact 7.5 kilometres of wonder—a river passage through solid rock, and travellers can traverse the entire length to the other side on an exhilarating boat ride. This is Konglor Cave, a highlight of Laos.

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Hop into a wooden sampan, the boatman pulls the motor’s rip cord and off you go, plunging into the inky void, aided only by a meagre spot of light from a head torch. For nearly eight kilometres the canoe races along the serpentine river, the boatman managing to slip around every corner and every hazard—and there are many hazards.

Who knew! Photo taken in or around Konglor Cave, Tha Khaek Loop, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Who knew! Photo: Cindy Fan

It’s hard to reign in the imagination, which vividly plays out the boat and your brain suddenly dashed upon a rock. Soon your eyes adjust and focus on the incredible: immense chambers—one vaulting up to 100 metres—spooky formations that beg the mind to find figures and faces. Feel the spray of the water, the chill of the air, the thrill as you storm up rapids with rocks that the boatman handles with ease yet you shudder to think that just one inch to the left or ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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