Our epic journey to Kong Lor is in order to visit the famous Kong Lor Cave, which is not exactly a cave but an underground river than runs completely underneath a limestone mountain. It’s 7.5 km long and it takes an hour to get from one side of the mountain to the other by boat.
It’s spooky approaching the mouth of the cave, and I have to have a stern word with myself about my slight claustrophobia. But actually the cave is really huge; 100m tall in places.
We spent the money we’d saved on transport on a couple of nights’ stay at a nice hotel overlooking the river. It was a beautiful setting in the middle of nowhere and the only noises were the sounds of the birds and insects echoing off the surrounding mountains.
After two nights, we moved on to the capital of Laos, Vientiane. You’ll be pleased to hear that the yellow bracelets are still doing their stuff. The owner of the hotel was going to drive us to Bin Na Hin 40km away to pick up a bus there. But as we drove along the dirt track from the hotel, we spotted a bus on the road before we’d gone a mile. We honked, they stopped, we asked if they were going to Vientiane, they said yes, we hopped on. Air conditioned bus all to ourselves – three cheers for the yellow bracelets!
More photos from Kong Lor are on Mr Beet’s flickr page.