Kong Lor: Escape From The Beaten Path

By , June 21, 2010 9:47 am

Most of our research usually comes from the Lonely Planet and Internet. After flipping some local pamphlet, we discovered the Kong Lor Cave. It peaked our curiosity but it was not so convenient to get to. After mapping the location, we decided we would take the local path. From Vientiane, we took a local bus to Vieng Kham, then a songthaew (a pick-up truck with benches and a hood) to Ban Na Hin, and then another songthaew to Ban Kong Lo. The total trip there took us one whole day.

On our last hop, we were packed in with people, a hand bicycle, and two large containers of gasoline. During the ride, the gasoline was leaking all over because the plastic containers were melting due to the heat. If that was not enough, one guy aboard was about to light up his cigarette until we screamed and jumped on him.

Our driver was nice enough to show us and the two other westerners aboard, several lodgings. We all decided to stay at the same place. It was a great night of dinner and drinks with our new friends.

The next morning, we did a 2-hour boat exploration through the entire limestone cave that spanned 4.5 miles long and up to 300 feet high. While inside, it was too dark to get any great shots. However, it was a nice relaxing ride through the impressive cave.

After our journey through the cave, we wandered through the village. Many of the residents were in their home sleeping or lounging, as it was a very hot day. The homes were made of bamboo and there was just enough material to have walls and a ceiling. The residents seemed to be self-reliable as they grew what they ate and even had cable.

Overall, Ban Kong Lo is a quiet place to escape to. There were only a few tourists including the helicopter that flew in filled with tourists who did not want to do the local trek in.

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7 Responses to “Kong Lor: Escape From The Beaten Path”

  1. Jessi says:

    Hey Guys!!! I love the Photographs. Great eye.

  2. Jen Boscacci says:

    Whoa! were those butterflies on the tennis shoes!?! Crazy!

    Drove past shotwell and thought of you both! Miss you so much!

    Glad to see you’re having a great time!

  3. Jerome says:

    On y etait il y a deux semaines ou un peu moins 😉 Excellent la grotte, j’ai bcp aime, et la vallee pour y aller est magnifique ! La on est a Luang Prabang depuis hier soir, avant ca on etait dans un ptt village touristique mais sympa, mais on s’est fait chourer nos 2 sacs a dos !!!(sont entres dans la chambre on ne sait pas comment). On les a recup le lendemain avec quasiment tout, sauf nos ordis :( (on avait nos papiers + thunes + app photos sur nous) On a retrouve un disque dur ou il devrait y avoir nos tofs, mais pas de cable pour le connecter du coup on n’a pas pu verifier qu’il marchait. Vraiment une drole d’histoire, un peu chelou, on a appris qu’il y avait plein de vols dans ce village apres, et puis tout le truc avec la police c’etait bizarre, enfin, c’est la life du voyage, heureusement que c’etait pas des macbooks 😉 Le seul truc un peu relou c’est qu’on n’a pas recup nos chargeurs de batterie d’app photo, du coup pour l’instant no picture ! Bon allez j’espere que ca roule, nous on va glandouiller quelques jours a L Prabang… A plus !

  4. Boris says:

    DĂ©solĂ©, c’est vraiment la loose ca. Heureusement que vous avez retrouvĂ© le reste des vos affaires… Pour l’instant on ne s’est rien fait volĂ© mais on reste sur nos gardes.

    A Luang Parbang, allez Ă  Utopia, c’est un cafĂ© super. Aussi, faite le sauna aux herbes et massage a la croix rouge.
    Il parait que les cascades sont super bien aussi mais on a pas eu le temps d’y aller.


  5. Boris says:

    The butterflies were drinking the water from my wet tennis shoes.

  6. Jerome says:

    Ouais Utopia vraiment cool. Les cascades, c’etait hier en becanne de loc, vraiment magnifiques, et c’est bcp dire car je ne suis pas trop fana des cascades d’habitude, mais la… Je vous que vous avez fait les 17827000 iles, nous on a skippe, on pensait qu’on n’aurait pas assez de temps, vu qu’on devait etre a Hanoi le 3 juillet. Ca avait l’air sympa… Bonne route !

  7. Boris says:

    Vous avez pu prendre des photos? Comment vous faites pour poster sur votre blog maintenant?

    Je suis content que ca vous ai plus et un peu deg’ d’avoir ratĂ© ça.
    C’est quoi le programme aprĂ©s Hanoi? Si vous allez en Chine j’aurai une tonne de conseils pour vous…

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