After a good night rest, all thanks to the comfortable bed, working aircon and a quiet room, we got up early to have breakfast before setting off to do a bit of sightseeing. Breakfast is complimentary and it was the usual fare of baguette with eggs, pancakes, fruits and juices.
Another pretty staff, Joy, recommended us to go to the Jang Caves as we have ruled out kayaking and other strenous activities. According to her, Jang Cave is a comfortable half-an-hour walk from the hostel. Sounded good to us and off we went.
Our self-walking tour did not get up to a great start – it was a dusty start to say the least. Each time a vehicle passed by, may it be a small or big one, a huge cloud of dust will arise to envelope us. Fortunately, the tissue papers helped tremendously to prevent dust from getting through our nostrils. So if you are planning to walk around the villages in Vang Vieng, do bring a face mask.
It was a pleasant walk and we lost our way briefly but was directed to the right path by some villagers. The idyllic countryside lifestyle unfolded before our very eyes and it was obvious that modernisation is creeping in but there is still a long way to go. I was liking it as the villagers looked serene and going about their daily lives in a no-rush manner.
When you are at the entrance whereby you need to fork out 2,000 kips for crossing fee over the red bridge, then you are heading towards the right direction. This bridge is built over the Nam Song River and if you have time, you should walk along the river as the views are spectacular. You will see tourists tubing down the river and kayaking the vibrantly coloured kayaks.
You will have to walk up a long long flight of stairs to reach the caves but if you are moderately fit, it should take you not more than 15 minutes.
The view is not too shabby once you reach the top and there are benches for you to take a breather before you enter the cave.
Put away your fancy torches cos the cave is well lit. The only thing that you should be careful is the walkway. Good shoes are imperative to prevent slipping as the pathway is damp. The cave is a welcoming reprieve from the outside heat. If you walk in towards the light shown in the photograph above, there is a nice balcony where you will find fantastic views from there.
You can easily spend an hour or two exploring the cave, gawking at the views from the cave balcony and a great excuse to enjoy the coolness and tranquility. Try to go there early before the arrival of other tourists, as we did, to have the cave all to yourself.