The Most Stunning Cave to see in a kayak
Laos is a country with beautiful scenery and temples but as well as the beauty on the surface what lies beneath is perhaps even more spectacular.
The amazing Tham Khoun Ex caves which are more commonly known as Xe Bang Fai River caves are home to a fantastic stalagmitemade of mineral deposits.
The orange and white calcite is the most featured deposit inside the caves. This is in stark contrast to the heavy forested area at the mouth of the cave, which gives no clue as to what lies ahead.
The river passages connect to form over 15km of stunning caves and open water – truly a hidden gem to be paddled.
We will be adding this to our bucket list for sure . . .
The Xe Bang Fai River cave in central Laos is considered to be one of the largest known river caves in the world. Find the upriver entrance — which is a forest-covered sinkhole, mind you — and you’ll journey on an underground river about four miles long, snaking through cave passages that can be more than 390 feet tall and over 650 feet wide.
The caverns are filled with hanging stalagmites, subterranean gardens, fossil passages and foot-long cave pearls made from minerals.
Source : text – Huffington Post, photos – David Bunnell