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Khammouan

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  • Day191

    Easy Rider

    January 26 in Laos

    WUNDERSCHÖN! Viel mehr lässt sich über diese bezaubernde Strecke wohl nicht sagen. Heute bin ich 160 km bis nach Konglor gefahren. Meist war ich auf diesen atemberaubenden Wegen alleine unterwegs und musste höchstens auf die Hühner, Kücken, Kühe, Ziegen, Schweine und zahlreichen Schmetterlinge achten, die ab und an meinen Weg kreuzten. Nagut, den ein oder anderen Slalom um ein Schlagloch musste ich schon fahren, aber selbst das hat Spaß gemacht.Read more

  • Day190

    Von Thakhek ging ea heute morgen los auf den berühmten Loop. Zunächst musste ich einen vertrauenswürdigen Scooter finden und ich bin ziemlich zufrieden mit meiner Wahl. Zum Glück habe ich auch noch den letzen, vernünftigen Helm mit Visier bekommen und auf gehts 😊.

    Eigentlich war ich ja auf der Suche nach nem Travelbuddy oder einer Gruppe an die ich mich hängen kann. Obwohl mir das noch nicht gelungen ist, bin ich wirklich stolz auf mich, dass ich auch alleine gestartet bin. Auf dem Weg und in den nächsten Hostels, finden sich wahrscheinlich eh noch Leute.

    Und es macht so viel Spaß! Die Landschaft hier ist schon auf der ersten Etappe (110 km) ein Traum. Vorbei an einer tollen Bergkulisse, auf zum Glück vernünftigen Straßen, schraube ich langsam die Serpentiemen hoch. Immer wieder mit Zwischenstopp an einer schönen Höle oder einem Wasserfall zum abkühlenden Bad. Vorbei an schnuckeligen Dörfern, an winkenden Kindern, bis nach Tha Lang. Jetzt genieße ich am heutigen Ziel noch den Sonnenuntergang über dem See Nam Theun und morgen gehts dann weiter.

    Vielleicht ist zum Abendessen auch noch Platz für ein Beer Lao 😉.
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  • Day191

    Konglor Cave

    January 26 in Laos

    Ein Naturwunder von großartigen Ausmaßen. Um durch die 7,5 km lange Höhle zu fahren steigt man in ein kleines wackeliges Bötchen. Die größte Ausdehnung erreicht die Höhle mit 90 Metern Breite und 100 Metern Höhe.

    Nach sowiel Programm entspann ich gemütlich in meiner Hängematte und genieße die tolle Aussicht auf die Berge.

  • Day145

    Kong Lor

    September 11, 2015 in Laos

    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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  • Day84

    Kong Lor

    December 15, 2014 in Laos

    We had another travelday as we made our way further north to the small village of Kong Lor whose surrounding nature we'll go explore tomorrow.

    But today we didn't use a coach but travelled like the locals do - or at least almost. We took a songthaew from Tha Khek, for which we probably overpaid a little. That means of transport is basically an open pick-up taxi in form of a large tuktuk where you can hop on or off along the way. We were lucky cause our ride was unscheduled and probably unlicensed so we had the vehicle to ourselves for most of the way. Usually they are filled to the last spot.

    The best part of the trip were the landscapes through which we passed. Absolutely breathtaking and not only because we rode behind an ammonia truck for 10 minutes. Karst-shaped rock formations through which the beams of the setting Sun were falling, interesting vegetation and a mesa (=Tafelberg).

    We probably won't have too much time to explore much of it but it was already worth it just taking the ride here.
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  • Day144

    Stray - Vientiane to Kong Lor

    September 10, 2015 in Laos

    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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  • Day86

    Kong Lor

    December 17, 2014 in Laos

    We had planned on hiking extensively in this region but we had to cut our visit to central Lao short in order to get to Vientiane. There we are now, standing in line and waiting in halls cause Claire needs a Thai visa if she wants to enter by land and stay longer than 15 days - which she does.

    So we had only time to visit THE attraction in Lao, the Kong Lor Cave. You rent a boat with up to 3 people, put torches on your head - makes taking pictures difficult - and drive into the 7 km long cave through which the local river runs. After being awed by several giant rooms you get off the boat and can walk through an area where the stalakmites and -tites are illuminated. Then you get back into the boat and drive for another 40 minutes to get to the end if the cave. That thing is just gigantic! There are rapids in the cave through which your captain has to steer. At one point he headed full speed right towards a wall just to rip the boat into the right direction at last second. Like this he had enough speed to get the boat literally up a stoney step.

    The most beautiful thing is when you get out of the cave n the other side and get stunned by the landscape again. Definitely worth a visit, this cave!

    On the way to the capital a little girl in the bus was just constantly puking for like 7 hours. And then she just dangled a clear plastic bag full of barf from the hanger on her seat for everybody to see. Lovely!
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  • Day146

    Stray - Kong Lor to Thakek

    September 12, 2015 in Laos

    Today was more about getting to our lunch stop than it was the destination as by Keo's own admission there was not a great deal to do in Thakek. Instead our lunch-stop was at the Khoun Khong Leng Lagoon, also known as 'The Blue Lagoon' because it's bright blue waters, created by the natural springs from which it is formed.

    Picking up a takeaway lunch of stir-fry in styrofoam boxes, we undertook a bruising 21km ride in the back of a 6 wheeler tuk tuk over a red dirt road gouged by heavy rains. We were thrown upwards and sidewards from our bench in the back of the vehicle as it rolled and jolted over the road as if on a rough sea.

    Just as we were questioning the wisdom of the endeavour we arrived at the lagoon. Once the cool water hit our skin to revive us all was forgiven. The lagoon is a popular attraction for locals but its remote location has so far limited the number of foreign tourists. This was noticeable by the reaction of villagers we drove past; children calling out and waving whilst adults stood and stared. Stray has only recently established this as part of their itinerary and we were the first group to enjoy it.

    We ate our lunch on the wooden pier by the lagoon before losing ourselves for an hour or more in the blue waters. We jumped in from a tree and swung above on seat swings. We also found a rope swing to swoop over the lagoon and plummet into the water, cheering each other on as we went.

    With playtime over it was back into the tuk tuk and onto Thakek, where we drank beer on the bank of the Mekong River, which shimmered in the lights of Thailand that lay on the opposite side.
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Khammouan, 캄무안 주

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