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Address: Route 6, Houphan Province | Near Vietnamese Border, Laos
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+856 64 314 321

A series of caves that served as the base of the pathet lao during the...

A series of caves that served as the base of the pathet lao during the revolutionary war in Laos / Vietnam war. Open as a "museum" with first rate audio tour.

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It took a bit to get here but so worth it

An amazing part of my journey through Laos. Vieng Xai is a tiny village with a grand history. Take the audio tour of the caves, eat at the local Indian (the only) restaurant- all... read more

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing part of my journey through Laos. Vieng Xai is a tiny village with a grand history. Take the audio tour of the caves, eat at the local Indian (the only) restaurant- all the food is made super fresh so it takes time, and see the town. Although you will only need a day here, it is so worth... More 

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

It is a fair climb up to the cave by concrete steps curving up the hillside. The cave contains sad little cairns. You should take a strong torch if you want to explore deeper. I didn't but didn't fancy it anyway! The museum at the base is worth visiting before and indeed after your visit. If you see lots of... More 

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Reviewed 1 June 2016 via mobile

Beautiful area. Very interesting audio tour. Definitely worth learning about this forgotten piece of history

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Hoi An, Vietnam
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Reviewed 17 May 2016

This is one of the best examples of why the americans were defeated in the fight against Communism. The caves were a refuge to thousands during the horrific 9 year bombing campaign in the US secret war against the Pathet Lao and communism in general. The brilliant audioguide is very clear in its facts and it was a very sobering... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed 2 March 2016

Visiting these caves was the highlight of our trip to Laos. Tours start at 9am and 1pm with an English-speaking local guide and the best audio guide I've ever used. The caves were occupied by about 20,000 people for 9 years during the Vietnam War, and the numerous clips (translated) of locals describing their experiences were sobering; background sounds of... More 

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Reviewed 22 January 2016 via mobile

Where the Pathet Lao leadership hid during the Second Indochina War (American Vietnam War). Way off the Tourist Trail (it IS remote!).

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Derby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 November 2015

Getting there - we stayed in Xam Neua and hired a taxi for the day to take us there, stay with us (you need transport between the caves whether it is bike, motorbike or motorised vehicle) and take us back - Kip300k arranged at the Xam Neua tourist office. The tour itself is so informative. I can't honestly say the... More 

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Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal
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Reviewed 27 October 2015

totaally worth the trip to arrive to vieng xay which is mot easy. there are guided tours at 9 am and 1 pm. we took our own motorbike but you can rent a bike there, this way more caves can be seen. the audioguided tour is great and they did a great job with historical context. Is not easy to... More 

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Reviewed 27 August 2015

Yes i a long trip to get here, but its so much worth it. it was the highlight of my trip to Laos. Sleept in Sam Nua. the next day we wanted to rent motorbikes but no one in town rented them out, so we ended up taking a taxi for 3 people for 250.000kip including taking us around. We... More 

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Reviewed 7 August 2015

I visited the caves from Sam Nuea by moped. The route was very scenic and easy, barely any traffic with lots of karst formations on the way. The whole Vieng Xay area is beautiful and the tour (must be done on a bike if you want to see everything on the tour in the allotted time) was excellent. The audio... More 

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