The Kong Lor cave is without doubt one of the natural wonders of Laos. The Nam Hin Bun river disappears into the cave and runs 7km in virtual darkness before exiting into a stunning landscape
Our journey through the cave was taken on a long tailed boat which was skilfully navigated by two locals, one at the bow and one at the stern, both wearing powerful headlamps. Around halfway through we pulled over to a bank where we walked through a spectacular grotto of stalactites and stalagmites
After getting back into the boat it ran aground on the riverbed on a couple of occasions when we had to get out to help move it into the next stretch of water (I like to think this was due to the low water level rather than excess weight!)
In some stretches the cave is nearly 100m high and 50m wide making the whole experience slightly surreal. After the journey back we then had the opportunity to swim in the natural pool just outside the mouth of the cave with multi-coloured butterflies flying low along and across the river
All in all a truly magical experience!