Tham Phu Kham cave is located to the northeast of Ba Na Thong village with Blue Lagoon in Vang Vieng, Laos. This cave owns the largest bronze Buddha statue in Indochina.
Tham Phu Kham Cave has a dangerous warning sign in the entrance so tourists need a local tour guide to move in this cave. There is no stair to climb the hill, they must follow a hiking trail to reach Tham Phu Kham Cave. The cave is a labyrinth of chambers, galleries and crevices filled with stalagmites and stalactites; the air is cold and moist.
Past the entrance is the first large chamber which is well lit. A hole in the ceiling allows the rays of the sun to come in. The chamber contains a large bronze reclining Buddha, lit up by the sunlight. Local Buddhists come to light incense sticks and pay homage to the three meter long gold color Buddha image.
While some of the chambers are quite large and relatively easy to navigate, venturing into other parts of the cave means climbing over ledges, crawling through low crevices and in some places wading through the water.
At the bottom of the track to the cave is the blue lagoon, a beautiful pool with crystal clear waters. The cold turquoise waters provide a chance to cool down and wash of the cave’s dust. Next to the pool is a tree with ropes hanging down from its branches to swing off from and jump in the water.