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“A cave and a swimming hole” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon

Tham Phu Kham Cave and Blue Lagoon
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“A cave and a swimming hole”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

It's 7 km from the toll bridge crossing the Nam Song. Most people arrive by tuk-tuk, motorbike or bicycle. The road is flat, but very rocky, so if you come by bicycle, be prepared for a sore butt. We decided to walk. The road is well-marked with signs both in Lao and English, but beware of signs attempting to sidetrack you to other caves. These other caves might be perfectly charming, we didn't have time to investigate, but the signs you want to follow are clearly marked "Blue Lagoon." The road is very dusty, and walkers are low men on the totem pole, so we were pretty ragged by the time we arrived. An entrance fee of 10,000 kip is the price of admission.

The lagoon is indeed very blue. On one side there is a rope tied to a large tree. You can climb the tree or swing on the rope to plop into the lagoon. Nearly every doing this was a Westerner in his/her 20s. On the other side of the lagoon, there are mostly Asians wading in the water and looking with amusement at the fleshy farangs cavorting in their skimpy bathing suits.

Running across the center of the lagoon is a foot bridge leading to a restaurant and the path to the cave. The climb up the mountain is very steep and treacherous, but there are bamboo hand rails throughout. When you reach the cave entrance, you will have had about 20-30 minutes of strenuous aerobic activity. If you didn't bring your own torch, you can rent one for 10,000 kip before you enter the cave. After climbing over some very slippery rocks you reach the center of the large cave with a small reclining Buddha. This part of the cave is bathed with natural light. If you want to explore further you can continue to the other side of the cave. We didn't do that because it was too slippery for us.

For our return trip, we decided to hire a tuk-tuk. There were several parked in the shade near the lagoon. The price was 100,000 kip to return to town, or 80,000 if you get off before the toll bridge.

Visited December 2013
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Lima, Peru
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2013

Really good, chilly blue water, great caves and scenerary. Has fare jumps from the trees. Go biking or by bike, really near to the city.

Visited December 2013
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“great but tough cycling to blue lagoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2013

the blue lagoon is located opposite the river nam song and we can avoid paying the bridge toll if we cross the river via another old and broken bridge 50m further upstream. it take about 1 hr cycling to the lagoon. the water is bluish green and is chilling but sunny. Tarzan swing and free 10m jump into the water from a tree are great fun. There is also a picnic area where food are sold.

Visited November 2013
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“Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013 via mobile

Rent a scooter put on your bikini or shorts and drive to the blue lagoon. Its lovely for a day out just relaxing. Its not to full (not when i was there) with tourist. On the way back take some timeto stop in the villages thats worth it.

Visited November 2013
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“nice swimming place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

The blue lagoon costs 10.000 KIP entrance fee and if you do not have a flashlight, you have to charge 10.000 KIP extra for a light before entering the cave. The cave is nice, but not overwhelming.

The blue lagoon is a great swimming place. It is a lot fun to spring into the nice blue water from the tree. Enjoy it!

There is also a restaurant at this place - so you do not need to take food or drinks with you necessarily

Visited November 2013
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