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Tham Pa Fa (Buddha Cave)

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Tham Pa Fa (Buddha Cave)

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nicolanz wrote a review Aug 2019
New Zealand80 contributions16 helpful votes
Was so peaceful there. You come off main road in to dirt road. You have to pay 3000kip to park bike another 3000 for Lao skirt for women and then entry to cave. Some steps up to cave. Very beautiful inside. No photos allowed.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Chris wrote a review May 2019
St. Albans, United Kingdom4,402 contributions778 helpful votes
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Unfortunately one isn’t allowed to take pictures or film inside the Buddha Cave. I am almost certain that this is to do with both the fact that some religious folk believe taking a picture of them steals part of their soul and that it is actually someone’s home. Some of the Hmong Tribespeople believe this and I assumed that the lady and gentleman inside were Hmong tribespeople as the lady appeared to be wearing traditional Hmong dress. I sat in here and cooled down for a short time as the kind lady provided me with a fan - and in 40C heat outside it was most welcome. You have to remove your shoes and climb through a very tiny hole to enter the cave which, if you’re on the Thakhek Loop and have a travel bag on your back, is not the easiest thing in the world. Watch out for the concrete steps on the way down. I think there’s flint in the concrete and it was certainly very uncomfortable stepping on it. There’s plenty of Buddha statues dotted around the small cave. If you go toward the metal fence and look right you will see a makeshift rebar cage covering a hole. Look down this and you can see a lovely clear, green pool of water. I spent about half an hour in total in here, I was the only tourist until I ascended the stairs and someone else came in.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Raymond W wrote a review Feb 2018
Chengdu, China4,429 contributions2,626 helpful votes
Tham Pha is a peaceful cave which is located about 3 kms from the village of Nong Tang, which is also known as Muang Sui. It is about 50 kms from Phonsavan, the provincial capital along a sealed road. Set in an attractive area of forest and limestone peaks, it will appeal to both natural and history lovers. The main attraction inside is a huge seated Buddha, which is alleged to be up to 1200 years old. It is in very good condition, so I suggest it has been restored many times or is not as oid as is claimed. There is also a maze of well-lit tunnels for visitors to explore, which contains some lovely limestone formations, antique Buddha statues and occasional wall paintings. Entrance costs a reasonable 10,000 kip.
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Date of experience: February 2018
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LAO HORIZONS TRAVEL wrote a review Jul 2017
Vientiane, Laos148 contributions34 helpful votes
#ThamPha (Buddha cave) and #Tham PaFa is located approximately 12km away from #Thakhek. There are two ways to reach the Buddha and Thampafa caves. I would recommend you not to turn left at big sign on the left, this is after 4km from Thakhek, but go on along #12 road approximately over 6 km away from #Thakhek and make the left turn over there, This road was just finished 2 weeks ago and there is no sign which directs you to the cave at the moment. however, it will take you approximately 15mn to the entrance of the Buddha cave. when you follow this road, it will lead you to cross the new concrete bridge, then you will meet T-junction, from there make the right turn and follow that main dirt road you will reach to the parking lodge as well as souvenir stores. From there to the Buddha and Tham PaFa cave will take you about 5mn walk. Entrance fee is 5000K/person. Please bear in mind that women is considered to wear Sinh(local traditional skirt) and photo is prohibited inside the cave, what a pity.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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Annabelle L wrote a review May 2017
Honiara, Solomon Islands63 contributions13 helpful votes
No photographs inside is a downside. But then again, I sat inside for awhile - there were around 10 locals with various offerings for sale - they seemed pretty comfortable, and it was intriguing watching other Lao people come in and offer their prayers/alms. No pressure, but not a lot of freedom to explore either! I did get my prayer and my blessing (for a nominal 2,000 kip). Certainly a genuine Lao experience of Buddhism.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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