Tham Chang Cave Vang Vieng is super easy to get to and is one of the most spectacular caves in Vang Vieng. It’s also known to have been used as a bunker during an invasion during the 19th century. Additionally, there is an incredible blue spring that you can swim in!
How to get to Tham Chang Cave Vang Vieng
To get to Vang Vieng, we used 12Go to book a van from Luang Prabang. 12Go is a super cheap and reliable way to get around Laos and other popular Southeast Asian countries.
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Tham Chang Cave is less than a 10 minute drive from the Centre of town. You can rent a motorbike to explore Vang Vieng for 50,000 Kip ($8 AUD) per day. However, if you’re only planning on visiting this cave, you can save the money by walking or cycling as it’s not far. You’ll have to pass through a resort and you’ll come across an orange bridge which is where you’ll park the bike. Walk across the orange bridge and follow the path on the left. This will lead you to the ticket booth at the bottom of the cave.
Where to stay
There are plenty of cheap accommodation options in the town of Vang Vieng. In the centre of town is where you will find the guesthouses and hostels, while the nicer resorts are slightly further away located along the rice fields. A popular and central hostel in town is the Real Vang Vieng Backpacker Hostel. If you’re looking for something more private, Molina Bungalows also offers cheap private rooms in the centre of town. If you have the budget, Vien Tara Villa is the perfect getaway in Vang Vieng as it overlooks the incredible rice fields. We definitely recommend checking this place out.
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Tham Chang Cave Vang Vieng is open from 8am – 4pm.
Entrance into Tham Chang Cave costs 15,000 Kip ($2.50 AUD) per person. You’ll also be charged 2000 Kip per person to pass through the resort and an additional 3,000 Kip for motorbike parking if you’ve driven.
What to expect at Tham Chang Cave Vang Vieng
Head through the entrance and you’ll notice the large stone stairway leading up into the mountainside where the cave entrance is. Once inside, the cave opens up to a variety of pathways leading to different sections of the cave. Additionally, the temperature inside the cave drops so it’s the perfect spot to cool off from the daytime heat.
It doesn’t take long to walk the whole cave so you can take your time and explore the different pathways. You can follow the pathway to the left which will lead you to a viewpoint outside the mountain. It’s the perfect spot to view the town and to get a better view of the surrounding landscape.
The various chambers and well lit pathways are also perfect for taking photos. Additionally, the stalactites or weird rock formations, look pretty epic as they hang from the ceiling walls.
A bonus and unexpected feature of visiting Tham Chang Cave were the blue pools that are located just before the entrance. Be sure to check out the Tham Chang Blue Pools after or before you explore the caves.