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- A very interesting and a difficult hike. Climb has no build steps was a path that had got created by people hiking. The view from the to was fantastic.Written 16 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Admission to the general area is 5,000 kip and then admission to the cave itself is 15,000 kip. The cave is up quite a lot of stairs which got tiring at the top. We enjoyed walking around the cave for around half an hour or so, and it makes for some cool pictures. Worth a visit for a quick trip if staying nearby.Written 8 March 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I enjoyed it and had a relaxing time tubing through the caves.
It’s not an absolute spectacular thing to do but was fun and refreshing.
I did it independently hired a motorbike and went myself it’s was extremely unorganised and no one there to show you or explain anything to you. I think they only care about tour companies to be honest.
Lucky a private tour guide that was showing 2 Germans around said come with us and he organised getting in tune etc. No staff approached me at all?
When you get on time with your helmet/light you pull yourself through the cave on ropes that are hooked up,
It’s simple and easy and any age group can do it, not an absolute must while in Vang Vieng but a nice fun experience.
Cost is about 20.000kip with entry, parking etc so fairly cheap.Written 7 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Well done Judocarli! That’s the way to raise intrepid kids! We followed your advice and hired the head torches from the stall at the foot of the steep scramble “path” to the cave entrance. Very glad we had them. Otherwise pitch black beyond the first huge chamber and the picturesque Buddhist shrine. Phone torches completely inadequate. Like you we followed the sometimes difficult to find arrows to the far end of the mind-bogglingly huge cave (at least twice the volume of St Paul’s Cathedral in London). We too had a bit of a melt-down when we couldn’t find the next one on the return route. Unlike your wife, we still couldn’t find it after a few minutes searching, but luckily we managed to improvise and find an eventual link to the entry route. More arrows would have been welcome. Other caves have better formations, but this one is mightily impressive simply on account of its huge scale. Blue Lagoon 1 was busy, commercialised, and great fun. Lots of people, but still plenty of room for a refreshing swim.Written 19 February 2023
- There is a bit of a lack of precision on TripAdvisor on which Viewpoint is which. For example, there are quite a few photos with the motorbike on this page, but to the best of my understanding, that didn't reflect the viewpoint I was at! Which I think was called Pha Ngern Big Top.
So, a more general comment - great views! The hike is worth it!!Written 1 August 2023
- This place is so cool. I first went to Blue Lagoon 1 and it was packed. I guess that's because it's the closest to town. The vibe at Number 3 was so much more chill with maybe only a total of 50 people there. There is a diving platform, a rope swing, a zip line and a balance beam for you to have fun in the water. You can paddle the bamboo pontoons around or laze in a tube with a beer. Everybody there was in a super good fun mood, and when people did somersaults or tricks off the equipment they got cheers and scores along with the people that fell spectacularly getting cheers and laughs.Written 29 March 2023
- Despite the fact that there were at least two signs saying that the falls were closed my driver insisted that they were open. There were substantial roadworks, new concrete being laid and bridge at the end of the road under reconstruction. None of this detracted from the experience in fact it was interesting. At the start of the walk to the falls there was some tourist infrastructure, buildings shelters signs etc, but these were all unoccupied. There was noone around except the roadworkers.
The walk to the falls through the bush was charming and on a newish path in good condition apart from where it had been washed out at a stream. I met one other tourist on the path and two at the falls themselves. I managed a quick shower under the falls, couldnt really swim as it was too small. Made a nice contrast to blue lagoon 1 and 2 which I had visited earlier in the day as they were packed with tourists. I enjoyed the walk and the falls were quite charming. I also enjoyed the drive through the countryside to get there. If you're going to swim/shower bring suitable footwear.Written 27 November 2023
- This is one of the many caves around here.I was with a guide and driver. The best way to visit these caves is with a guide and have power full torch.Written 6 December 2018
- This is a beautiful Buddhist temple is in the city centre. You will not miss this Buddhist temple when you are going around town.Written 6 December 2018
- We have just come back from doing Pha Poak climb, and overall it was alright. It really is a dangerous climb with old ladders and nothing but sharp rocks to climb onto most of the way up (which I actually found quite fun climbing). However after successfully climbing up and down, and then visiting the cave nearby, on our way back the man selling tickets called us over to him.
To begin with we weren’t quite sure what he wanted but then we could hear a girl on the hill screaming and falling down the side of it. She had gone off path and he had told her to go back but it was too late. We had to translate for him and call to the girl who sounded OK but was stuck, as every time she tried to walk she fell further down the cliff. The man selling tickets insisted we go climb and help her, which we were very apprehensive about in case we also fell and got stuck. We ran up part of it to try see if we could communicate with her easier or see her but she was too far round for us to get to.
We ran back down and the man said he would go and get his friend, who then ran up the climb with a rope to try and find her. After a while the man told us it was OK and it sounded as if his friend had made it to the girl, but it made it pretty obvious that if you do fall and get stuck it could turn very ugly if you fall somewhere unreachable.
If you plan on visiting please be careful. There is no path and it is very easy to fall at any point if you’re not confident in climbing up or down steep rocks. And make sure you stick to the path, not that there really is one...Written 9 March 2019
- Awesome place! When we arrived there were only some children swimming here. So not touristy at all, but really beautiful and nice. It is super clean water and there is a cool zip line and swing. The food was very good and it’s a good place to chill. After we went swimming, we got a tour into the cave, which was a great experience! I would definitely recommend this place if you do not want to go to the super touristy blue lagoons.Written 30 July 2019
- Located about 2 kilometres south of township easy to walk to in 20 minutes.
Enter to area is 5.000kip then 15.000kip to enter caves.
Before you enter the steps are to caves (very steep) to the left you see some small orange bridges cross the and you come to a little cave that’s a temple.
Cave themselves are spectacular but good to see caves are not massive so you can easy see caves in 30 minutes.
Being so close to town and only costing 20.000 to see you worth it for me.Written 5 January 2020
- Nice small cave, no tourists and the option for swimming. Do it on your own with good shoes (slippery ground). We took a guide for 15 minutes and they charged us 50k after return. By doinig it on your own you can walk much deeper inside the cave. We recommend bringing an own torch.Written 21 September 2019
- Difficult to rate if you have been traveling through SE Asia as compared to Myanmar and Thailand Wats this would be a minor temple.
Nice and peacefully Wat only a few hundred metres from city centre.
Has some great details to it and a nice large golden Buddha.
If Laos your first stop than you will really enjoy it if you have seen many others then this will be a little boring for you.Written 6 January 2020
- We had bought our car across the border from Thailand and had a free day, and on the advice of some expatriate Frenchmen we had met the day before, we set off to the outskirts of Vientiane to find the Elephant Village.
It was not that hard and within 40 minutes had navigated to it.
There were about five adult elephants in the elephant corral, with two calves and their mother in another enclosure.
The adult elephants were kitted up with houdas, but even though elephants have been domesticated for thousands of years, I do not like the idea that we should subject these majestic animals to our tourist whims by riding them.
Instead we bought heaps of bananas and sugar cane and amused ourselves for half an hour feeding them.
The calves were particularly voracious, poking their trunks through the railings and trying to snatch whole bunches of bananas from our hands. The adult elephants thumped the wooden staging floor with their trunks demanding their share.
Here's an interesting fact that I bet you did not know. Elephants have more than 40,000 muscles in their trunks. Humans have a grand total of 639 in their whole bodies. Remember that one for your next trivial pursuit contest.Written 23 March 2019
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