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Thakhek Loop Adventure Day 3 (Part 3)

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Arriving at Nahin bus station from Laksao, I immediately hit the road again on my bike and ride towards the direction to Konglor Cave after getting on information on how to get there from people at the station. Over at Nahin, the roads here were good and paved. The structure of the road is flat, so its easy to ride a bike on such road condition. From Nahin to Ban Konglor, the distance is 40 kilometres. The road to Konglor Cave is the easiest to ride with the flat road structure, though there were parts of the road which were riddled with potholes and some damages. Overall, the ride should be pleasant and safe as the small road that leads all its way up to Konglor Cave was without any heavy vehicles that ply the road since the ultimate end of the road was to Konglor Cave which signals the final destination. There are dozens of villages dotted the road that leads up to Konglor cave. On the left and right direction of this small road, most of the areas were covered with rice fields, so, you can imagine how massive the areas being filled with rice fields on this road that span over 40 kilometres. For those whom are not into strenuous bike ride to cover the Thakhek Loop, just by biking on this 40 km road to Konglor cave from Nahin and back again from Konglor cave would just be as interesting and satisfying. Apart from the rice fields, the landscapes were covered with limestone hills on the background of those villages and paddy fields. The views were as good and beautiful just as those over on route 12 and 1E of the Thakhek Loop. As I reached Nahin at 2pm, the afternoon heat caused the ride to be slightly uncomfortable while the views, in comparison to the early sunrise time, may not be too picturesque though they are still stunning. It took me approximately 3 hours ride on the road to finally reached my ultimate destination on this loop adventure, the Konglor Cave. I checked into Chanta Guesthouse on this final day of biking. Chanta Guesthouse is a unique place to stay because the view from the rooms provide guests with the privilege of the limestone hills and paddy fields view. The luxury of staying in Chanta House is the ultimate experience for one to get a real taste of a countryside living. With the calm, beautiful natural surroundings and and breathtaking landscapes, one would never want to leave Ban Konglor and just feel plain sad to bade farewell and the end of the day. I was tired at the end of the ride but I was glad that it was finally completed. It was not easy and the whole adventure provided me with lots of memorable experience and such experience would be something that I could cherish on till the end of my life. The people here were nice and the greetings "Sabaidee" (good day) would be heard from the villagers whenever you see them on the road and the school children would be happy and curious to see you and provide their greetings of sabaidee like the adults. Let me share some of the beautiful views and natural landscapes on the road to Konglor cave.

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On the road again to cycle 40 km to Ban Konglor from Nahin

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This way to Konglor Cave. The small signboard that shows the direction to Konglor cave

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The starting point of the road to Konglor cave which is a 40 km long narrow road with nice view on paddy fields and limestone hills

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The 40 km journey to Konglor cave

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The starting point to Konglor cave

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The distance to Konglor Cave on this road

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The road to Konglor cave

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Chanta Guesthouse, Konglor Cave

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A view from Chanta Guesthouse

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Dinner on Day 3 of the loop at Konglor Cave

Posted by kidd27 10:31 Archived in Laos

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