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Best Time: October to February Read More

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Vieng Sai

"Caves, Hiking and Laotian Village Life"

Vieng Xai Caves Tourism

Vieng Xai is a city located in Hua Phan Province in Laos. It is known for the hidden city - seven huge ancient caves amidst scenic Karst mountains that sheltered people and officers of Pathet Lao during the American war. It is one of the most visited caves among tourists visiting Laos for its rich natural beauty and interesting history.

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Vieng Xai Cave tours

The only way to visit the seven caves in Vieng Xai is by booking tours. You can book the tour at Vieng Xai Caves visitor centre, open between 8 AM to 12 PM.
Tour Duration: 3 hours.
Timings: Twice a Day 9 AM and 1 PM
Entry Fee: 60,000 LAK per person (Foreign Tourists)
Trips can be taken during other times with a guide for an additional 50,000 LAK for a group. An audio guide consisting of 18 chapters is your best guide, which has excellent details about every part of the caves. You get it along with your entry tickets and is available in English, French and Laos. Make sure the audio guide works by testing it before you start the tour.

You need a motorbike, bike or a taxi to explore all of the seven caves as they are located far away from each other. It is not possible to walk and cover all the caves, so it is recommended to opt for any mode of transport. Bicycles are the cheapest at 15,000 LAK per person.

A full tour of the caves covers Kaysone Phomvihane cave home to the former meeting room of the communist officers, Nouhak Phoumsavan cave, Phoumi Vongvichid and Khamtay Siphandone sites. The most notable is Xanglot cave site, the largest natural cave complex, which houses a giant theatre which is still used today for political assemblies and Souphannouvong cave, which consists of a garden, houses and schools.

Vieng Xai Cave History & Significance

Vieng Xai was the headquarters of Pathet Lao, the former communist organization in Laos. The region is surrounded by limestone mountains and cliffs, which are home to many natural caves. These caves sheltered the officers of Pathet Lao during the second Indochina war. They established a hidden city in these caves housing more than 20000 people.

For nine years between 1964 and 1973 people lived in darkness, mostly due to the massive bombing. The caves had military barracks, theatre, a radio station, schools, hospitals, government offices and markets. In 1973, Vieng Xai became the capital of Laos and remained so until 1975, when the capital was shifted to Vientiane.

Tips While Visiting Vieng Xai Cave

  • There are few ATMs or currency exchange centres in Vieng Xai. Carry sufficient cash for all transactions before arriving.

  • Accommodation options are limited in the town and can get booked during the hiking season. It is recommended to book hotels and guesthouses in advance.

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The nearest town to Vang Xieng is Sam Neua. There is a bus available from Sam Neua leaving at 9:45 AM every day, which costs about 10 USD per person. You can also reach by taxi for about 45 USD for a return trip that can be shared or get there by renting a tuk-tuk for about 25 USD per person(lesser if shared).

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