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Tha Khaek

Population: 70,000 (2007)
State: Khammuan
How to get there: by bus is the best option

Tha Khaek, the archetypal somnolent Lao riverside town, has gone from a charming bit relatively boring place to the base for an ever-growing range of adventure travel in centre Laos.
Idling attractively on the east bank of the Mekong River 332km south of Vientiane, Tha Khaek means 'guest landing', believed to be a reference to its earlier role as a boat landing for foreign traders.

Many people gather on the banks of the river to eat and drink and for the good views of Thailand that can be seen.
Walking around Tha Khaek is a rewarding experience as surprises wait around every corner.
Explore the network of narrow lanes and you will soon come across the large open market, where it is literally eat or be eaten.
Almost every type of animal seems to be on the menu here including snakes, squirrels, bats and frogs.
A good way to explore this interesting area is to hire a bicycle or moped and simply cycle away.
It can be a good choice to having a short trip here for the Laos travellers.

Many people visit this are in order to explore Konglor Cave, where you can take a boat ride along the 5 mile river that flows through the cave. Lush scenery surrounds Tha Khaek and as you cycle you will pass by paddy fields, dense jungle and fields full of rich brown or dark red earth. If you need to cool down, pay a visit to Tha Falang, which is a swimming area in the river. Splash around here for a while before following the river to the small cave known as a Tham Xiengliab.
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