f you’re looking to get off the beaten path in Laos, Matador Travel has an excellent recommendation: a visit to Kong Lo Cave in Phu Hin Bun National Park.
About 7 hours away from Vientiane if you’re lucky, Kong Lo Cave was carved from the surrounding rock by an underground river. For a fee, you can tour the cave by boat, descending into the bowels of the earth and coming out the other side about 7 kilometers later. This video shows the end of one such boat ride.
Matador describes the ride into the cave as “like entering a mouth — stalactites like teeth, and the feeling that you’re going inside, riding inside, the body of the earth, organs frozen rock-hard. My torch casts a feeble glow into the black; mist rises from the water like ghosts.”
On the other side, if you’re so inclined, you can get off the boat and stay in the remote village of Ban Natane. There are no hotels or guesthouses here- instead, you’ll stay with local families in their homes. It’s a great way to experience traditional Lao culture.
Before you get to the cave, though, you’ll have to get into Laos. That means getting a Laos visa. If you plan to stay in the country for less than 30 days, you can get a visa on arrival at certain airports and land crossings. If you’ll be entering the country by plane, it’s best to check ahead of time with your airline to see if you can get a visa when you land. You can also apply before you leave the US.
Here’s what you need to get a Laos visa if you’re visiting as a tourist:
- 2 application forms for a Laos tourist visa
- 3 passport-sized photos
- A copy of your itinerary
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