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Vieng Xai

Travel Guide Asia Laos Houaphanh Province Vieng Xai

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Introduction

The town of Vieng Xai in Laos' Houaphanh Province is sandwiched between rows of limestone peaks and equally impressive caves; some of which were once homes and bases of the Pathet Lao leaders and their followers. The town itself is small and peacefull, and defintely worth a day or two's exploration (for the caves in particular) or just a rest from all that travelling.

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Sights and Activities

Most travellers visit the town to view the Pathet Lao leader's caves. However, it's also a good stopping off point for heading into Vietnam via the seldom-used border at Na Maew in Laos and Nam Xoi in Vietnam.

To visit the caves you'll need to head straight to the Kaysone Phomvihane Memorial Tour Cave Office so you can pay the entrance fee (about US$3). You'll also need a guide - these are mandatory, but sure do know their stuff! You should be taken to about 3 or 4 caves, but make sure you get to see the following, which are by far the most interesting:

  • Tham Than Khamtay - a hideout for up to 3,000 Pathet Lao folllowers
  • Tham Than Souphanouvong - has an interesting concreted crater in it's gardens from a 230-kilogram bomb
  • Tham Than Kaysone - most of the former president's possessions can still be seen in this cave, including clothes, books and a portrait of Che Guevara.

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Events and Festivals

Same as those celebrated nationally, so check the Laos Events and Festivals

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Getting There

By Car

There is a regular Sawngthaew that runs between Sam Neua and Vieng Xai and should only set you back by about $1. The journey should take about an hour. Some guest houses in Sam Neua can also arrange private car transfers if you fancy a bit more comfort and can afford the high prices.

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Getting Around

By Car

It may be worth catching a tuk-tuk or Sawngthaew to the caves.

By Foot

Vieng Xai is pretty small, so most sites can be visited on foot.

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Eat

There are not many options for food in Vieng Xai though the Thavisey Hotel has a decent, cheap restaurant overlooking a man-made lake.

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Drink

There aren't any bars or clubs in Vieng Xai but most hotels and restaurants can fulfill your Beer Lao needs.

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Sleep

Budget

  • Naxay Guest House - $3-5

& Thavisay Hotel - $5-7

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