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Ban Kônglo

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  • Day145

    Kong Lor

    September 11, 2015 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Dragonflies whipped overhead and as cockerels sang out their morning chorus as the sun made its way over the Karst Mountains, which stood as a stone curtain, shielding the peaceful farming valley from the rest of the world.

    The purpose of our visit to Kong Lor was to explore its nearby cave. Legend has it that the cave was first discovered in the 7th century when a villager lost some ducks and located them on the other side of the mountain. The villager then took a boat into the cave entrance and discovered that it stretched 7km right through the mountain's base.

    To explore it ourselves we took a motorised canoe from the side closer to Kong Lor village. From a distance the cave's mouth appeared small in comparison to the sheer black mountain towering above it. However once inside we were quickly dwarfed as the ceiling lifted away into caverns twice the height of cathedrals.

    We and our driver entered the black abyss, our way through lit only by our headlamps. The only sounds were the rasp of the canoe's engine and the lick of water against the shallow wooden hull. The air was cool and moist, tasting stale upon our lips.

    We starred in amazement as we rounded rocks as large as 4 story buildings, the light of our headlamps tracing the shadowy shapes. At times the lights would fall short, sitting faintly in the dark, the walls and ceilings of the cave's hallways too gigantic for the light to meet its edges. In other places the way would narrow so the rock with its stalactites hung closer to trickling our backs with water as we past by.

    As it was wet season the water level was high meaning that we rode over most of the rapids but at one point we clambered out of the boat to walk up a sandy beach and along a man-made path through an eerie landscape of stalagmites and stalactites lit by coloured electric light.

    It was almost with surprise when we eventually found daylight shining back at us from the mouth of the cave's exit. It had taken approximately an hour to get through the cave. After a short break on the riverbank we completed the return journey to then swim in the river by the original entrance.

    For dinner Keo arranged for us to eat duck Lao-style, both barbecued and as a curry. He and a friend also prepared a Lao duck-blood salad, which Alex tried. It was a tasty meal involving a lot of sticky fingers, which even a brief power cut that left us in the dark could not distract from.
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  • Day144

    Stray - Vientiane to Kong Lor

    September 10, 2015 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    We left the capital in a haze of traffic and dust for another long day of travelling along the winding and bouncing roads of Laos. Our destination was the remote village of Kong Lor, which would allow us access to an enormous cave that stretches 7km from end to end.

    We passed large groups of school children cycling amongst as the ever present scooters. Our bus moving in and out their stream whilst avoiding pot holes and on-coming traffic. School yards here are full of bicycles and scooters neatly lined up under corrugated iron shelters or trees.

    We stopped briefly at Wat Prabat Phonsone, a temple containing what is said to be the footprint of the Buddha. After viewing another such footprint on Mount Phousi in Luang Prabang, we could not help but question in our minds, how many such footprints are said to exist around Laos and even South East Asia? Nevertheless we learnt more about the diverse and colourful Buddhist faith, which Kim admitted she would like to learn more about once we are home.

    We made an impromptu roadside stop, where a woman boiled whole ears of sweet corn in a black iron cauldron under a weathered wooden shelter. The steam bellowed out of the cauldron when she pulled ear after ear from its depths, placing them into a plastic crate for Keo to select. We ate the hot bright yellow corn in the bus as we drove on, not wanting to lose too much time with our long journey.

    We eventually arrived at Kong Lor village, slowly down an uneven single dirt road that only last month had been impassable by car or bus due to the heavy rains. It was with relief that we could stretch our backs and legs as we clambered out of the bus' confines. Looking around, we found ourselves surrounded by the limestone Karst Mountains that create a bowl within which lies the village and stretches of rice fields that it's people work. We walked around the muddy tracks as the sun blushed on its descent behind the mountains. The sound of chipping crickets building as the light departed for another day.
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  • Day404

    Bootsfahrt durch die Höhle Kong Lor

    February 6, 2017 in Laos ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Die Höhle Kong Lor ist eine der Hauptattraktionen von Laos. Dafür geht es recht beschaulich zu.
    Leider gibt es auch heute keinen Strom, so dass wir die Höhle mit Kopflampen besichtigen. Das ist auch sehr schön. Wir fahren mit dem Boot durch die 7km lange, nun stockdunkle Höhle, ein bischen beleuchtet nur durch unsere Kopflampen. Wir setzen häufig auf, anscheinend haben wir doch nicht genug abgenommen. Da in der Trockenzeit der Pegel recht niedrig ist, müssen wir zweimal aussteigen und die Boote schieben.
    Eigentlich wollten wir am Nachmittag schon weiter fahren, aber da uns Lars versichert hat, dass der gesamte "Loop" durch den Nationalpark inzwischen geteert ist, haben wir keine Eile. Moggi hat uns geschrieben, dass er für uns eine Spiegelreflexkamera dabei hat und wir werden ihn in drei Tagen in Thakhek treffen. Daher macht es gar keinen Sinn eher dort anzukommen.
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  • Day40

    Konglor Cave, Laos

    March 26, 2016 in Laos ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Konglor Cave, was breathtaking, the first ever real cave I've been too and it was huge! Maybe the biggest in Laos? It's filled with water so we got into 3's and hopped in a boat. Minimal lighting whilst on the water so we had head-torches to admire the place, the boat took us through the mountain and out the other side onto a backdrop of sheer mountains covered in greenery whist we're in the middle of a jungle river. Epic. On our way back they set us ashore inside the cave and we wander through looking at the formations, stalactites and stalagmites. The nerd in me was proper geeking out! Would definitely return and do Konglor motorcycle loop so I could explore the surrounding area and lesser caves as well.Read more

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