After breakfast, meet with the guide (08:00) for the drive outside of Vientiane. The first leg of the journey takes around 3 hours and makes a quick stop at Wat Prabath Phonsane (‘Temple of the footprint of Buddha’).
After visiting the temple, leave the main road and enter the Phou Hin Poun NPA (National Protected Area). The scenery quickly becomes much more spectacular, featuring limestone karsts, forests, and rice paddies. From leaving the main road to reaching the destination will take approximately 2 hours.
Enjoy a picnic lunch brought by the guide from Vientiane. After lunch, and on arrival to the small town of Ban Kong Lor, check in to the hotel, freshen up and depart for the famous Kong Lor Caves.
Donning life jackets and headlamps, begin towards the entrance of the cave. Upon entering the cave, board a longtail boat, which will provide transport through the length of this spectacular cavern along an underground section of the Hin Boun River - a length of 7.5km without daylight!
The river flows all year and reveals vast formations of stalactites and stalagmites, some of which may be seen from the boat, others which can be explored on foot (with the help of a guide.)
Upon reaching the other side of the cave, stop for refreshments and walk to local villages, enjoying the scenery and observing a more simple way of life (the distance of the walk is up to personal preference.)
Return by boat, traveling ‘downstream’ through the cave, to Ban Kong Lor.
Overnight in Ban Kong Lor