So, we awoke major early, had breakfast at the guesthouse and then said goodbye to Dave as we probably wouldn’t see him again. Then we made the 15 min walk through the village down to the river where the cave was. We paid our fees for the boat (maximum of 3 people per boat) and then followed our guide down to the opening of the cave. Because the water was quite low and the rapids quite vicious we could only get the boat from inside the cave. So after walking across a bamboo bridge, of which half was submerged in water, and walking 10mins down to the cave, we had to help push our boat to where it was easier to get in, and trapse through water and rocks to get into the boat. Once in we began our journey through the spooky huge 7.5km long cave. After about 10mins we stopped off at the main part which was illuminated in funky colours like the one in Halong Bay so you could see the stalagmites/stalactites. We got out of the boat and walked through this with our guide, taking some jump photo’s in the process (luckily, we are all obsessed with jump photos), before returning to our boat which was moored up on the other side.
We then continued right to the end of the cave where it opened up into a beautiful mountainous setting where the river continued on to another village. The ride through took us around half an hour and was very spooky and dark. At the end where the cave opened out were some wonderful rapids, which our drivers made us get out the boat for, stand on some very unstable rocks while they pushed the boat up the rocks until it was safe for us to get back on. In the process Devyn stepped into a massive black hole of water and we almost lost her to the depths of David Jones Locker! We were however awarded with the most amazing scenery of limestone crags and bright green forest at the end – Laos is just stunning at every turn and constantly taking us by surprise – we made some photos here and then turned back around for our spooky journey back, which took another half an hour and we actually rode the rapids back woop! I scared the girls deep in the cave, as I was at the back so could creep up without them knowing!
Once back we grabbed our stuff and waited for the tuk tuk to take us back to the other village, we decided to watch The Dictator on the TV to bide the time, expecting to have to cut it short for the tuk tuks arrival...we watched it to the end and the tuk tuk STILL hadn’t arrived! But about 1.45pm, 45mins late, Devyn managed to flag it down, by which point it was already full of people. So we dumped our bags on the roof, the girls went up front with the driver and I situated myself at the back of the tuk tuk, legs hanging over the edge and off we went...picking up more locals and their produce along the way, including a bag of live frogs. By the end we had 18 people and one baby in the back of this tuk tuk, plus bags of frogs, rice and other things and 8 large baskets of mushrooms!
We arrived in Tha Khek around 7pm, where we managed to buy