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Konglor

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Konglor (sometimes spelt as Kong Lor) is a small village that is slowly becoming more famous for the Konglor Cave. The village has a number of homestays, a few guesthouses which have thier own onsite restaurant, and a couple places that bill themselves as resorts.

Get in[edit]

There is no ATM or bank in Konglor. Be sure to have enough cash for your stay.

There is a daily bus from Vientiane that leaves from the North Bus Station at 10am and cost 80,000 kip (Oct. 2016). This a local bus with a weak struggling AC system. The bus ride includes one stop for lunch and takes about 7-8 hours to reach Konglor. From downtown Vientiane go to the Central Bus Station and take the number 29 local bus (green and white) to the South Bus Station (which is actually north of the city centre). The number 29 bus cost 3000 kip (Oct. 2016).

The road to Konglor is manageable but a car with low suspension may risk some damage. The road was paved once but lack of maintance has led to serious degridation of the road and there are many pot holes and ruts. The valley riding into the town has krast mountains on both sides and stunning fields of rice and tobacco. Ban Nahin village on route 8, about 42 km from Konglor, has several guest houses and some motor bike rentals.

The following needs to be confirmed: There is a Songathow from Ban Nahin that cost approximately 25,000 kip and takes about 3 hours to complete the journey.

Get around[edit]

The town is very walkable as it is quite a small place. The roads around town are mostly dirt and while the main road into town was once paved it is full of pot holes and hasn't been maintained well. Driving around by motorbike shouldn't pose any major challenges, as long as you go slow. The roads, especially the one leading into town, will be tough on any suspension system for any larger vehicles.

Do[edit][add listing]

Konglor Cave - A river that runs through a cave for some 7.5km which can be navigated in full. The river cave system is one of the longest (if not the longest) in the world. Motorized long boats take visitors through the cave to view the caverns and limestone formations. One section is undertaken on foot and is lit up while the rest is viewed with miners' lamps. The lamps are provided and the boat hire cost will cover this. The far end emerges into a lush valley where in peak periods locals sell products. In the dry season you might also have to get out while the boatmen drag the long boat over the shallows. In the wet season (and often at other times) there will be water dripping from the roof so you should wear appropriate clothing and be prepared to cover your cameras. Lifejackets will be provided and they will insist you bring it with but will not make you wear it. The cave is situated in the Phou Hin Bun National Park. The longboat (round trip) through the cave costs 65,000 kip per person (3 people max. per boat) and there is no additional fee to enter the national park. There is an additional parking fee if you drive right up to the entrance, but you can easily just park further up the road and walk down.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kounmee Restaurant Location: On the main road just north of Konglor Eco-Lodge. Hours: 6:30am to 11pm. This small resturant serves a few breakfast options including toast, eggs, bacon, and pancakes from 15,000 to 20,000 kip as well as instant coffee or Lao style coffee. Various Laos style dishes with rice, vegetables, chicken and pork are on the menue from 25,000 to 40,000 kip per dish. They serve cans of coke for 6,000kip and large Beer Lao for 12,000. They also have wi-fi with a slow but strong connection (good enough to use Skype, without the video).
  • Chantha House, Main Road, 150m Before Eco Lodge on the way in. Chantha is a family run guesthouse which also has fantastic lao food. Open 630am-930pm. Meals from 18k-35k, serving size quite generous. If its busy you may need a wait a little time for food as everything is made fresh. Well worth the visit even if only for lunch before you ride back to Thahket should you not be staying the night. Big Beer Lao 12k.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There is no ATM or bank in the town, be sure to come with enough cash for your stay.

  • Konglor Eco-Lodge Private double bed rooms with fan and private bathroom. On walk-up in October 2016 this cost 50,000 kip compared to their listing of over 100,000 kip on Agoda. It is suggested to show up in person to get a lower price. They have a small on-site restaurant that serves breakfast including: a banana pancake for 15,000 kip or a full english breakfast with coffee for 25,000 kip.
  • Chanta Guesthouse This place has some wi-fi, private double and twin rooms with fans. A private double room, with a fan, ensuite bathroom and towels cost 60,000 kip as of Oct. 2016 (walk-up pricing). They offer breakfast for an additional 18,000 kip.
  • Spring River Resort A more upscale option.

Get Out[edit]

A bus runs to Vientiane leaving everyday at 7am from in front of the Konglor Eco-Lodge. The bus ride takes about 8 hours and will include some quick stops to pick up and drop off passengers. As of Oct. 2016 the bus ride cost 80,000 kip.