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Address: Viengxay, Sam Neua, Laos
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Over a hundred caves in the area

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The caves at Viengxay were worthwhile experience

Once you pay for admission you automatically get an English speaking guide. The whole experience gave me additional knowledge and perspective about the Lao side during the Vietnam... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Once you pay for admission you automatically get an English speaking guide. The whole experience gave me additional knowledge and perspective about the Lao side during the Vietnam war. I went with another traveler that I met on the van coming up from Phonsavan (Plain of Jars). We were the only two westerners in Sam Neua and at the caves.... More 

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Carmarthen, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The tour starts from the ticket office where you are equipped with audio machinery to use at strategic spots in the tour. You also meet your guide who in my experience was well prepared and flexible as well as engaging. The tour itself is quite breathtaking. It covers a lot of ground - political, environmental and sheer military. Definitely take... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

Extraordinary set of caves and very hard to imagine how a large group of people could have hidden out for 9 years. They had everything there, school, hospital, army barracks, theatre in an attempt to keep life as normal as it could have been during such a long war. We were on tour with our own guide who knew this... More 

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Thank Thecatsmum4
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Vieng Xai and Sam Neua has the karst mountains of central Laos with a unique historical perspective. The guides speak English and the headset guided tour was informative and very well done. It is well worth getting out of the usual places and coming here.

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Thank Alison H
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

A must see if you make it out to this region. The Audio tour is exceptional. You listen to accounts of the secret war in Laos - it is unbelievable that people lived in this cave system for 9 years. There was a hospital, school, stores, bomb shelters, living quarters and headquarters of the Pathet Laos movement. We learnt so... More 

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Thank Tammy T
Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

I didn't expect that the Caves would be so interesting and modern (audio guides are available). So many historic caves to visit!

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Montfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

The audio tour gives you lots of information, the English speaking guide that'comes along, makes sure you don't get lost in all the caves surrounding Vieng Xai. The Cave Visitor Center has friendly staff as well and good information.

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Thank Dionne S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

I'm so happy we made the trek out here to take this tour. It's worth it to rent a scooter because you end up saving money between tuk tuks there and back. The tour is so informative and some parts moved me to tears. As a US citizen I'd say it's imperative to come here and learn about the strife... More 

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Bangkok
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2016

A visit to the caves provides opportunities to learn about Laos' history in the latter half of the 20th century. Tours are only offered at 9am and 1pm. You have to pay extra for different times. A guide accompanies the tour that is an audio. 18 locations are listed, but only a few are reached during the tour.

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Thank DrMcinBKK
Tubingen, Germany
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Vieng Xai is not on the "normal" tourist route through Laos. But if you have time to make a detour - do it! We visited the caves in march 2013. We took the morning bus from Sam Neua to Vieng Xai (plan extra time as the bus is not leaving punctuel if it is not full) and then took the... More 

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