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Vieng Xai Cave City

Route 6, Houphan Province | Near Vietnamese Border, Laos
+856 64 314 321
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Great Restaurant for Indian food

We had a fascinating tour of the caves. Stayed overnight in Sam Neua having arrived on the bus late... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2017
calfette
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
via mobile
History and stunning scenery

Vieng Xay seems to be completely off the tourist path which is such a shame considering the rich... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2017
katietkh
,
Toronto, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Route 6, Houphan Province | Near Vietnamese Border, Laos
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+856 64 314 321
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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

We had a fascinating tour of the caves. Stayed overnight in Sam Neua having arrived on the bus late the night before from Luang Prabang. So we missed the early morning tour and ended up doing the 1:00 tour. We needed to grab a bite...More

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Reviewed 27 September 2017

Vieng Xay seems to be completely off the tourist path which is such a shame considering the rich history and stunning landscape. The town is small, but spread out, and surrounded by limestone peaks and cliffs that have hundreds of caves. 7 caves are open...More

Thank katietkh
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Reviewed 6 July 2017

The tour at Vieng Xay caves was one of the most interesting things i saw in Laos. While the dual pricing is somehow way too much (60000 kip for foreigners while only 10000 for locals), the visit itself provides a deep insight - of course...More

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Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

(The address as in the TA's listing is confusing - neither Vieng Xai nor the caves are directly on road 6.) The tour includes six caves and takes about there hours (on the bikes). Don't expect any stalactites or so...the caves sometimes even look rather...More

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Reviewed 13 April 2017 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...More

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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...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

Thank Kaspar B
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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....More

2  Thank Ruth D
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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,...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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KimGales
5 January 2018|
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Response from katietkh | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the super slow response, but hopefully this will help others: 1) Mandatory Tour Guide - Yes, you need to register for an official tour of the caves at the Vieng Xai Visitors Centre. They run two tours a day: 9AM... More
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Janinechina14
7 July 2017|
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Response from micpk | Reviewed this property |
yes you need to go via Phonsavan. From Phonsavan is around 7-8 hours by bus. the bus is leaving in early morning so from vang vieng you should get to phonsavan and spend at least one night there!
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