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Vieng Xai Cave City, Houaphanh Province: Address, Phone Number, Vieng Xai Cave City Reviews: 4.5/5

Vieng Xai Cave City
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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.
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Rosie F
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Can anyone remember the film name?
Aug. 2019 • Friends
A very interesting tour and definitely a very important part of history that shouldn't ever be forgotten. We rented the bikes which was really good and the audio tour was very informative. Can anyone help? In the last cave we visited at the end we saw the stage that was the theatre/film screening area. I wrote down the name of the film that was played there each week as I thought it would be really interesting to see but cannot find it anyone. Can anyone remember or knows what the name of it was? Thanks
Written 13 July 2020
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BenRosie
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Well worth the effort
May 2019 • Couples
Part of the intrigue of this place is in the adventure getting there. We took an 11 seater plane from Vientiane to Sam Neua with Laos Skyway which leaves every morning at 8am. Best to ask someone with a Laos sim or your hotel to book as you cannot through their website.
We stayed in Sam Neua and hired a motorbike to get to the caves. No wing mirrors or speedometer but at least the fuel gauge worked! It’s a beautiful scenic drive up around mountains and on sweeping roads.
Once you’re their, the audio tour is excellent and the caves are well preserved. It’s amazing what happened here and it’s worth a trip to see just how resourceful the Laos people were.
Written 5 May 2019
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Stu L
Chiang Mai, Thailand11 contributions
Imagine living in a cave for 9 years!
Dec. 2018 • Couples
This cave tour stretched my ability to empathize. Imagine living underground - I mean going to school, hospital, work, etc - in caves for 9 years to protect yourself from US bombing raids.

Make sure you take the audio tour: a first class well produced audio journey which conjures up very graphic images in your mind.

And speak to Mr Si Pan, the director of the museum if you get a chance. Fascinating (and horrific) personal experiences.

This alone made it worth the very challenging ride to reach here.
Written 14 January 2019
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calfette
Las Cruces, NM21 contributions
Great Restaurant for Indian food
Oct. 2017 • Friends
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 and found this lovely place. Curry dishes were well prepared. The owner also spoke English. His place is small and easily missed. Sabadee.

Do rent bikes. Gives you more time in the caves.
Written 4 October 2017
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Katie H
Toronto, Canada90 contributions
History and stunning scenery
Sep. 2017 • Solo
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 to the public and a guide will take you around, accompanied by a very informative audio guide. My guide spoke great English, answered all my questions, and we were able to take things slowly since I had a motorbike to get between sites. Tours run at 9AM and 1PM unless you want to pay more for a tour off the regular time. Highly recommend for people wanting to learn even more about the Secret War and how Laotians continued their lives and war while living in caves for 9 years.
Written 27 September 2017
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micpk
Taunggyi, Myanmar4 contributions
Hidden city and Hidden gems
Jul. 2017 • Solo
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 not propaganda-free - of the recent history of Laos and the hard struggle people went through during the "Secret War". Also, some of the caves are stunningly large. Beside the cave tour itself, the area around Vieng Xay is truly beautiful, dotted with limestone peaks and paddy fields. I had the luck to make friend with the teacher of a little english school for local students (hmong and lao), and i really reccommend to go and visit this place if you have one or two hours to spare. Anytime is fine since the school has also a dormitory for the students and there's always people around. The students are always happy to practice their english chatting with foreigners, and the teacher Bronglee is very welcoming and a very interesting person to talk to and gives a lot of information about local culture, both hmong and laos. The school is just a 2 minute walk off road 6, coming from Sam Neua get past the junction to the caves, and take the second little dirt road (going a bit uphill) on the left hand side after the big petrol station.
The visit to the caves (and the school as well) can easily be done as a 1 day trip from sam neua, but there are also plenty of accommodations and possibly better food in Vieng Xay itself.
Written 6 July 2017
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sedasek
Jihlava, Czech Republic70 contributions
It's more about history than the caves itself
Apr. 2017 • Couples
(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 like hangars, having concrete walls and a roof. It's actually more about the history...

The English audio guide is well done. There could be less details and stories about the politicians...many things you'll likely forget just after having them heard.

The tour guide was nice local young guy with good level of English. His mother lived in the caves when she was young.

It's a few kilometers to go between all six caves, so the bicycles are necessary for that... The bike rental in the center is quite rip off though - two old crappy bikes for 3 hours cost more than half day motorbike rental in Thailand...
Written 1 May 2017
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Destination451239
11 contributions
It took a bit to get here but so worth it
Sep. 2016 • Solo
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 see the town. Although you will only need a day here, it is so worth it.
Written 13 April 2017
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ShotleyGate
Ipswich, UK49 contributions
Worth a visit
Feb. 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 base is worth visiting before and indeed after your visit. If you see lots of tiny pin holes in the sand in front of the cave this is made by an insect which looks like a sandy coloured tick and can only move backwards!
Written 1 March 2017
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Kaspar B
140 contributions
Loaded with history
Jun. 2016 • Couples
Beautiful area. Very interesting audio tour. Definitely worth learning about this forgotten piece of history
Written 1 June 2016
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