We spent the next morning at Buddha Park near Vientiane, located on the Mekong River and looking across to Thailand. Apparently this large park full of Buddhist and Hindu figures came from a guy who wanted to integrate the two religions and wanted all of the figures to look ancient. However, most were made of cement and were a bit on the creepier side.
|Biggest Buddha EVER!|
After hiking the 3km back, we drove to the Kong Lor Cave and ate noodle soup overlooking the Hinboun River. We then got into a boat (more like a motorized canoe) to ride on the underground river, which went through the cave for 7km cave. Because it is dry season, the water was very shallow at many points, and we actually got out to walk and push the boat several times. It was strange to be unable to see your surroundings; while we rented headlamps ("torches"), they didn't work very well to see much of the cave. Luckily, the guys driving the boat had much stronger "torches" and we could see when they shined their lights ahead.
Afterwards, we re-sun screened for a 2 hour boat ride down the Hinboun River to the eco-lodge where were going to spend the night. The van with our stuff was going to meet us there, so it was perfect. We passed beautiful scenery, small villages, gardens, and tons of kids fishing and bathing in the water.
|The blue tube is a local irrigation system that uses water from the river to irrigate the tobacco and rice crops.|