The best time to visit Laos is in the wet season if you want to visit the Tham Jang Caves, (the most famous)which are located southwest of Vang Vieng in Laos. You need to go up over a bridge (you have to pay a small amount to cross the bridge) to the Nam Song River then climb up over a long flight of steps which take you to a breathtaking spring about 50 meters inside the cave. The steps can be a bit tiring but worth it.
The interesting history of these caves is the fact they were used as bunkers in the early 19th century during the Chinese-Ho invasion. The cave is well lit and you have a fantastic view over Vang Vieng. Entering the cave you can see crystal clear water which runs out of the mountain into the river. You are allowed to snorkel (for free) so I highly recommend taking your snorkel gear and making the most of this Laos adventure. The water is so clear and you can swim about 80 meters into the cave, amazing! Once you pay your admission fee the caretakers will turn on the electric lights inside, which is quite spectacular.
I recommend spending at least a couple of hours at these caves and there is a lot to explore and take in, plus you can go snorkeling. It’s one of the great Laos adventures.
The wet season has definitely been the best time to visit Laos for me as I enjoy the waterfalls the most and this is when they are at their fullest and most spectacular. I enjoy learning about the history and exploring the caves is a lot of fun. Make sure you take your camera as you will get some amazing photos here. It is easy to see why these caves are so popular with tourists.
A great time was had exploring and swimming; I spent a total of 3 hours at the caves and loved every second of this Laos adventure. Time to call it a day and head back to the hotel where I am looking forward to sitting down to a nice dinner and a glass of wine while I watch the sun go down over this beautiful town. Looking forward to the next day’s adventure. It is hard to sleep at night, (although tired) with so much excitement and Laos adventures coming up. It’s a hard life!