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Why Tham Chang Cave is special ?
Tham Jang is a cave just to the southwest of Vang Vieng, Laos. Approached by a bridge over the Nam Song River and then a long flight of steps, a spring is located about 50 metres (160 ft) inside the cave.
The cave is said to have been used as a refuge during the 19th century from Chinese Haw bandits and this explains its name: chang meaning 'loyal' or 'steadfast'.
Walk over a cool bridge, take left and you'll see the stairs up to the cave and the nice green/blue water on your left. The cave itself was quiet and interesting for tourist to discover. Inside the cave, the location of the Buddha (virgin statues) with the lights shining just on it is wonderful view.
Entrance is via Vang Vieng resort south of town. For your entry fee you get into the caves and the lighting system will be turned on. Although the cave is not the most magnificent, it serves as a superb lookout point.
What to explore at Tham Chang Cave?
There was a small pool near the entrance where you could swim and the water felt quite warm. Just down from the cave there is a patch of grass where you could have a nice picnic or read by the river. Besides, one of the paths leads to a view point outside the mountain where you can enjoy stunning scenery of the countryside.
There follows a series of chambers all well lit and easy to take photographs in. As is usual with caves there are lots of legends and shapes attached to structures in side.
Look out for an elephant, the monk's chair and a hole where a naga lives. There is also a stalactite which you should tap three times and make a wish.
How to get to Tham Chang Cave?
The Chang cave is situated on the Southern side of Vang Vieng. If you just follow the Nam Song road (road on the river) and follow the signs to Jam Mee guesthouse. When you pass Jam Mee guesthouse you follow the road till you get to the gate of Vang Vieng resort. Here you have to pay 2000 kip per person for crossing the bridge.
- Beautiful views from the top
- Stunning scenery of the countryside
- Easiest cave to visit in Vang Vieng
- Amazing adventure
- Lovely blue-water pool
Vang Vieng, Laos
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had an amazing adventure. The caves were amazing and the tour told us traditional stories about Laos and the people absolutely suggest doing it!