Supported by the LNTA-ADB Mekong Tourism Development Project
Kong Lor Cave is an amazing 7.5 km-long limestone cave that was formed by the Hinboun River which still flows through the cave year-round. You can take a boat ride right through the main cavern, which is up to 90 meters wide and 100 meters high. The Konglor Cave can be reached via a 40 km overland trip from Ban Khoun Kham , the ‘Gateway to Konglor' or by taking a slightly longer but more adventurous boat trip up the Hinboun River beginning in beginning in Napouk Village. Homestay accommodation is available in both Kong Lor and Natan villages. On route to Kong Lor, stop at Na Hin for a walk to That Mouang and That Namsanam waterfalls. Tours to Kong Lor and Na Hin can be arranged from Thakek through the Khammouane Guide Service Unit or directly with local guides stationed in Na Hin Village.
Traveling in a Group from Thakek with local guides
Day 1: Transfer and forest walk
Departing Thakhek by local transport, an English speaking guide will accompany you on the three hour trip to Na Hin Village, the gateway to Konglor cave. After checking into the local guest house, your local guide will take you to the protected forest and visit two striking waterfalls. The guide will teach you about the forest and its wildlife and will organize a picnic lunch for you. In the late afternoon you will return to your guest house for an overnight stay in Ban Na Hin, with time to explore the local market and town.
Day 2 : Konglor Cave / village homestay
Following breakfast travel by local transport to Konglor village, a journey of three hours. After exploring the village, you now walk to the cave entrance. Using a local boat you will travel the 7.5 km through the cave to the valley beyond, stopping to observe stalactites and other limestone formations. The cave is still used by local villagers as an communication route. Following a picnic lunch you will continue onto Ban Natan (or
return to Konglor) for your overnight homestay. There will be ample time to wander around the village and observe traditional activities such as weaving and rice polishing. In the evening the villagers will organize a traditional baci ceremony for you.
Day 3: Return to Na Hin
Leaving the village you will return to Ban Na Hin where you guide can assist with you onward travel.
- Contact the Khammouane Guide Service Unit at +856-51-212-512
- You may also contact Mr. Jan Burrows, advisor in Khammaoune,
Accommodation & Food
Lodges with one common room.
Common bathroom facilities available. Public bathing (women need a sarong)
Local Lao cuisine. Typical meal includes chicken, soup, sticky rice, vegetables
Vegetarian food is available upon request.
Level of Difficulty & Safety
Easy: Light walking involved. Tour added safety, tour companies should bring life vests for their guests, especially for children, elderly people and those who cannot swim.
What to Bring
1 change of clothes, sandals for village, good shoes for hiking, sarong for bathing (required for women), mosquito repellent, flashlight, sunscreen/hat, camera, money to purchase handicrafts. Please wear long pants and shirt with sleeves during the trek.
Local meals, water, accommodation, transport to/from Khammouane, local guide(s) &
English speaking guides, baci ceremony and permit fees.