After a lovely 5 hour ride in a half empty bus with leg room (yeah!), we were told the bus wasn’t going any further. All of us jumped out of the bus to see why it had stopped. As we stood there in the rain we saw that the road twisted up ahead and was flooded as far as we could see. The town of Thom Kong Lo lay just 45 minutes away and beyond that Kong Lor cave; the whole reason for our visit to this part of Central Laos. A 7.5km-long subterranean tunnel, 30m wide and between 20 and 100m high, located in the National Protected Area Forest Area of Hinboun Mountain (the cave was formed by the Nam Hinboun river), this seemed like the perfect place to get just a bit more off the beaten path. But wait, there’s more!