Natural

 

Trekking

Ban Phakeo Trek:

Embark on a two day trek to a remote Hmong village and one of the country’s most serene jar sites, experience the locals’ mountain life, and inspect war-time architecture.


Make Spoons Not War Trek from Namkha to Naphia:

See how the distant Hmong Namkha Village solves its energy needs watch Naphia residents turn war scrap into spoons on this easy one-day trek.
Link: http://www.ecotourismlaos.com/

 

Caves

Piu Cave

ThamPiu Cave stands as a solemn monument to hundreds of innocent villager killed in a 1968 us missile attack. Today, the statue of a man, straining to hold his anger as the carries a lifeless child, call for an “annual Day of Remembrance”. First, go to the visitor centre and contemplate the display of photographs and history behind the bombings. You’ll read about the single shell that his the core of Piu Cave and claimed the lives of a reported 374 locals seeking shelter inside.

Then, climb the upper staircase, which passes a golden Buddha, grave markers, and bomb craters, until your reach ThamPiu, a sad hillside hole with the rubble floor. Inside, locals light incense to play tribute to the dead. Back outside, the stairs descent to small restaurants, which after a respite for reflection.

Location: Take Route 6 north from Kham town for 2 km to Ban Bouam, turn left (west), and follow to the road the end.

   


Thamxang Cave

Limestone peaks covered with forest s from the beautiful landscapes around the ThamXang Cave areas. Hidden in these rocks is a network of tree caves which was used by the PATHET LAO movement as shelter during the second Indochina War. Inside the cave complex they set up the hospital, an arsenal and drug depot. Evidence can st3ill be seen. Beside its war history the residential cave is worth visiting to see its gorgeous cave features.

Different dripstone features, called speleothems, can be seen inside. The most familiar formations are stalactites-handing downwards. And stalagmite-growing upwards. Sometime the drip water will flow down the walls and over the cave floor creating flowstone or rim stone deposits the from around pool of water like rice terrace. In some areas damage caused by humans, such as broken speleothems, which cannot by put back together, and graffiti at the walls, can be seen. (the Hmong community of Ban Ta take care of the caves and offers a local tour guide service).

   

 

Rivers

Nam Ngum

A short, wild river through deep gorges that challenges the most skilled hardshell kayakers. Located just north of Vientiane at the site of the country’s first dam, it is advisable only for whitewater experts although several short raft-based trips are offered.

 

Waterfalls

Kha Waterfall

Nestled in spectacular limestone karts this impressive waterfall run down in cascading step for more than 100 meters, alternating with sleep falls, and with abundant water flowing all year round.

Location: Take Route 7 from Kham to Nong Het. Turn right at KhangPhanieng Village. Follow dirt road for 3 km, then take the trail to the lift. Walk another 30 minutes to reach the top of the fall.


Tad Lang Waterfall

Tad Lang is located near Jar site 3 just 700 meters off the road to Ban Nakang cascading down approximately 800 meters. To enjoy its whole beauty follow the trail down to the bottom of the valley. It’s a good picnic spot, but because you must cross a river to reach it, access is difficult in the rainy season.

 

Hot springs

hot springs

Ban Nyai

Hot springs can be visited in the vicinity of Muang Kham off Rte 7. The big hot spring Baw Nyai, 67 km from Phonsavanh, has been developed as a resort with bungalows and indoor bathing facilities. You can walk through the forest to the spring source, but swimming in the pool is not possible. The Jar Site of Ban Nam Hom is just a 2 km walk away.


Ban Xang

Ban Xang village and hot springs are located around 50km north of Phonsavan and just 3km east of Kham District Town, off paved Route 7. You can soak in pools that mix the hot springs with the cooler water from the Mat River, and go for an herbal steam bath. See Khmu and Tai Phuan handicrafts being produced and eat at the local restaurant. Overnight accommodation is available in the village tourist lodge. You can also embark on a challenging 3 to 4 hour trek along the river valley and up Xang Mountain to Plain of Jars Site 42.

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