Photo: Shopfronts in Tha Khaek.

Things to see and do

Route 12 Caves and Swimming holes

You can hire a tuk tuk from anywhere in town or head out on your own by motorbike. Touring the route on a locally-rented bicycle can be a bit of a nightmare due to the distances involved, but if you've got a good bike of your own and know how to handle the dirt sections, it's doable but not without a battle. Take note that most of the caves are known by a dizzying variety of local names -- we've ... Read more about Route 12 Caves and Swimming holes .

Wat Pha That Si Khotabong
8 km south of town

The distinctive thaat is regarded as one of the most important in Laos, but you wouldn't think so looking at the state of things. When we last visited, the entire site looked like a rubbish dump with thousands of plastic bags and other bits of rubbish floating across the fields and within the grounds of the temple. Perhaps due to the recent festival, we anticipate that the rubbish will have ... Read more about Wat Pha That Si Khotabong .

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Tha Khaek? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Laos.

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