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Can't believe ! there beautiful caves are in Laos !!!
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Would it be possible to register this cave for the new heritage of nature for the world ?



A cave explorer stands before an imposing stalagmitemade of mineral depositsnear an entrance to the Xe Bang Fai River cave in central Laos.

An expedition in February 2008, co-led by veteran caver John Pollack, comprehensively mapped and photographed the 5.9-mile (9.5-kilometer) length of the little-known cavern for the first time.

The spelunking team encountered some of the largest rooms and most impressive structures of any river cave on Earth, Pollack said.

A river cave is any cave with an active water source flowing through it.

Everything about the cave is bigfrom its towering entrances to its phobia-inducing spiders, which can be 10 inches (25 centimeters) across, Pollack added.

"It's also extremely well decorated with spectacular formations," Pollack said.



The Xe Bang Fai River cave's gaping downstream entrance was used as a daily staging point for the February 2008 trip, funded by the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council.

The cave has two known entrancesone upstream and one downstream.

The exploration team spent ten days surveying and photographing the cave, communicating in the darkness by walkie-talkie, and traveling by lightweight, inflatable kayaks.

The adventurers' longest day in the cave lasted 17 hours.




The Xe Bang Fai River cave is crowded with outsize features, such as this large natural promontorya rock plateau jutting about 440 yards (400 meters) from the entrance and rising some 75 feet (23 meters) above the river.

First traversed on a bamboo raft by a French explorer in 1905, the cave, known locally as Tham Khoun Xe and occasionally visited by tourists, went unstudied for 90 years as war and political turmoil in Laos kept researchers out of the Southeast Asian country.

A French team returned briefly in 1995, but little useful data was gleaned. Caver John Pollack staged his first expedition to the site in 2006.




A spelunker is dwarfed by draperies made of calcite deposits about two miles (three kilometers) from the Xe Bang Fai River cave's downstream entrance.

Caver John Pollack's 2008 team consisted of four Canadian and four American researchers aided by several Laotian guides and assistants.

The expedition's photographer Dave Bunnell shuttled mounds of photographic equipment into the caves.

"He'd spend all day setting up flashes and strobes, sometimes shooting the same shot 18, 20 times over," Pollack said.



Calcium carbonate formations (above) called gour or rimstone pools, form in the rainy season as water seeps in and collects in ponds, over time leaving complex deposits.

Explorer John Pollack's team found cube-shaped "cave pearls" in some of the cave's gour formations that were up to 12.6 inches (32 centimeters) in circumferencepotentially a world record, he said.

Pollack's team chose February, the middle of Laos's dry season, for its 2008 expedition to the Xe Bang Fai River cave.

Still river levels reached 12.8 cubic yards (9.8 cubic meters) per second.

During the August-September monsoon, the Xe Bang Fai River roars through the cave at up to 1,300 cubic yards (1,000 cubic meters) per second.



Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/10/photogalleries/river-caves-photos/index.html/index.html

-- Edited by samakomlao at 04:35, 2008-10-21

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If it is as described in this article, then it should be registered in the natural World Heritage List.  I think more study is need and I would love to see more photographs.  biggrin

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Oh wow. My God, a very spectacular cave in Laos.

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Oh my god!!! I never knew our country have a beautiful cave like this!

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Beautiful cave, i want to go there and show you guys more photos

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Can't believe it, there are spectacular caves in central Laos.

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Can I see a map? How to get there?
Give me a map pls..... many thanks.

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This place should be an attractive destination of Tourists.  It will bring more visitors from near and far.  More money will be brought into our economy.


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just wanted to start out by saying hi to everyone here....Hi..My name is jay i am an American and i visited Laos last year for 8 weeks.
Believe it or not i was trying to get to this cave is February of 08..the same time they where exploring it. I learned about it from a Englishman who had a loas wife ,he was working on the new dam project. i met him in thakhek.he called the cave non ping..the name of the village near the cave.
so my girlfriend and i set out on motorbikes... There is a relic of a government guesthouse and a large government presence to match in a town relatively near the cave. We stayed at the guesthouse for the night.
We went about trying to find a little info about the place we where at, and if anyone new anything about the cave.
Well the next day we where informed by a local that the local governor wanted to have a meeting with us....ok...now it was getting interesting ,(mind you we did not offend anyone ,and we had already made a few friends in the town) well we had the meeting...very little English was spoken and my Laos is not good at all..well a long story short..they took our passports for a day..gave them back the next and forbid us from going any further saying we did not have the proper permits to be there at all.. so we where respectful and did not attempt to ride the 40 miles more to the cave...but this year im going to be in laos again,,,going to give it another try...

any suggestions for me..ill be in laos feb 5th through till mid march...any lao persons want to go along for the ride?
I have come to love laos and it people,and would like nothing better than to spend as much time as i can exploring the country and its people.

thank you

jason
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just realized no one has posted here in a while...i would really appreciate any feedback... thanks again...


jjason

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Hi! Jason! my name's Thong thank you very much to interested and explored in my motherland I'm laocanadian living in Canada,   you know in what City that gave? so may be i can contact with some friends to help you out,   WOW!! you are very good man i was born in Laos but i have no Idea where's the gave many of them are in VANGVIANG but this on is very  beautiful.

Wishing you HAPPY NEW'S YEAR and All the best on 2010 JASON!!

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Thong ,

thanks for your reply. i would love any help you could give ...i know the location of the cave and the name of the towns and villages in the area...but i am a little hesitant about posting the names of these places...i mean with some research you can figure it out on your own..so let them do the research! ;) i would rather discuss this over email....my address is jpq1010@gmail.com please email me as i am very interested in learning about you , your country, and would love to meet some of your friends....

on a different note i met a Laos-Canadian man in Pakse..he was visiting some family..he was very nice. I didn't realize so many Laos people emigrated to Canada. Ii live in newport RI ..and actually Rhode Island has a large Laos population and have actually made friends with a woman who owns a small shop that sells Laos food products..i might actually stay with her family in Vientiane.


i look forward to your email and speaking to you about your beautiful homeland.


Jason

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The first pic look alike the Sivalingum of the coc k of God Siva hahaha so huge coc k

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well.....very constructive comment.....a beautiful treasure of Laos looks like a giant ****....nice...real nice

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FOR MORE DISCOVER BEAUTIFUL CAVE IN LAOS WAIT TO COME

LAOS A LOT OF MOUTAINS!



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this cave makes kong lor cave look small!!

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I like the mountains and scenery in the cave.

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Is this Thum namlod(water pass thru cave)?

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Great! Wow, that cave is nothing but magnificent!!! Where is the exact location? Id like to visit it in 2010. When is the best time to visit?

Thanks to anybody who can give the details. Thanks a lot!

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you will have to do the research yourself..  wink the info is out there... i found out where it was last year while i was in Laos...and i didn't even use the internet..
The last thing i want to see when i go back this year is a hundred falang ruining the place! What is so great about Laos is that if you get off the beaten track,even just a little, you will be greatly rewarded..

good luck..

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jpq1010 wrote:

you will have to do the research yourself..  wink the info is out there... i found out where it was last year while i was in Laos...and i didn't even use the internet..
The last thing i want to see when i go back this year is a hundred falang ruining the place! What is so great about Laos is that if you get off the beaten track,even just a little, you will be greatly rewarded..

good luck..



Hey I understand what you mean about getting off the beaten track. Im not the type that "ruins" though. Im just really interested experiencing the beauty of that place. Problem is Im a busy bud and I will probably spend only 2-3 days there to visit some friend and for some side trip.  I dont have time to research. Im not sure if my friends are also aware of this place otherwise they shouldve recommend it to me when I went there the last time. Any clue where I can find it? Province and district name would suffice. wink Thanks Jason!

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Here a hint; It's in Khammuan Province.

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Kong lor cave...

My dad's home town in Manaxay and there are plenty of caves there where they used to lived in for 8 years hiding secret War bombing.

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Anonymous wrote:

Here a hint; It's in Khammuan Province.




that's all he gets.......smile Finding it is half the fun!!!



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jpq1010 wrote:

Anonymous wrote:

Here a hint; It's in Khammuan Province.




that's all he gets.......smile Finding it is half the fun!!!




 OK I know a place where you can go fishing for yout snake head. But Im not gonna tell you where unless you tell me where the cave is.... its a trade off,  he he.



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Anonymous wrote:

 

jpq1010 wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

Here a hint; It's in Khammuan Province.




that's all he gets.......smile Finding it is half the fun!!!




OK I know a place where you can go fishing for yout snake head. But Im not gonna tell you where unless you tell me where the cave is.... its a trade off,  he he.

 




lol!!!! thas a good one....smile Tempting......hmmmm



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jpq1010 wrote:

Anonymous wrote:

 

jpq1010 wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

Here a hint; It's in Khammuan Province.




that's all he gets.......smile Finding it is half the fun!!!




OK I know a place where you can go fishing for yout snake head. But Im not gonna tell you where unless you tell me where the cave is.... its a trade off,  he he.

 




lol!!!! thas a good one....smile Tempting......hmmmm




 Oh yeah, LOL. I have a friend who also does game fishing in Laos. He he



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Anonymous wrote:

 

jpq1010 wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

jpq1010 wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

Here a hint; It's in Khammuan Province.




that's all he gets.......smile Finding it is half the fun!!!




OK I know a place where you can go fishing for yout snake head. But Im not gonna tell you where unless you tell me where the cave is.... its a trade off,  he he.

 




lol!!!! thas a good one....smile Tempting......hmmmm




Oh yeah, LOL. I have a friend who also does game fishing in Laos. He he

 



now....i dont know about that one ....lol!!!

 



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You have to believe it.

More beautiful caves in Laos, if you like see them just visit Laos and go to Tham Nok Ain in Muong Nane, Province Luang Prabang, Tham nam gnoy in Xiang Main, Luang Prabang and Tham Meu Nang ( Her Hand ) in Xiand Hung Sayaboury.

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