Getting to know Viang Xai

The region’s other major attraction is the many war caves at Viang Xai, near the Vietnam border. The caves were only opened to visitors in 2006, and before turning into a tourist attraction, the caves were used as homes and headquarters of the Pathet Lao during their 30 year strife with colonial forces.

In the past only a few brave travelers made it to this destination because of poor roads, lack of information, and poor communication lines. However, these are about to change with the marketing of the caves as a destination due to the newly opened Vietnamese border crossing at Nong Het or Na Maew. The opening of the border has greatly reduced travel time and tourism is most likely to boom in the next few years, but don’t expect a fast food chain to open anytime soon!