Tham Pha Kouang


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Location: 500m from Ban Pakbak towards Nong Khiaw. At the main road between Nambak and Nong Khiaw, short footpath to the cave. Ngoi District. (N 20° 34' 57,7", E 102° 35' 30,4")
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Classification:  Karst cave.
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Bibliography: no author (n.y.): Amis Laos Caving Expedition 2000, pp 70-71, survey 2 photos.
Expedition report of the first Dutch caving expedition in Lao P D R.
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Last update:$Date: 2013/04/25 23:02:06 $

History


Description

The entrance of Tham Pha Kouang is situated right next to the main road between Nambak and Nong Khiaw, about 500m past Ban Pakbak in the direction of Nong Khiaw. The entrance is clearly visible from the road. A short footpath leads to the cave.

The cave has been known to the locals for a long time. It was used during the Vietnam war by the Lao resistance as a shelter and weapons storage. By means of precision bombing the Americans managed to drop a sizeable bomb through the entrance. The effect was disastrous: large rocks were blown out of the cave, and parts of the entrance are still charred from the blast. Nowadays, the cave has a religious function, and Buddha statues can be found in large numbers throughout the entrance chamber.

Do not enter the rest of the cave, there are very high CO2 concentrations.


Text by Tony Oldham (2005). With kind permission.


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