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Udon Thani & Nakhon Phanom in north-eastern Thailand; across Mekong river to Laos, Hin Boun river, Konglor cave, Heup cave, Lao Luang villages, Savannakhet, Pakse, Tad Fane waterfalls and re-enter Thailand at Ubon Ratchathani: 05 - 13 Nov 2007

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Tham Huep cave downstream entrance
Tham Heup cave downstream entrance

Nam Heup stream flows through the cave and enters Hinboun river from opposite side of Ban Na Kok village. In November when we went there the water was low and it was impossible for a boat to enter. So we walked the roughly 800 meters long passage inside the cave. At some points we had to wade waist-deep through the water, at other locations we walked over stones and rocks. There were some rock writing inside.

We emerged out of the cave from upstream entrance
We came out of Huep cave from upstream entrance

Later we emerged into the day light in the valley from the rocky upstream entrance of Huep cave. While we were in the cave at a point the guide pointed out the location where local people tried to block the passage with rocks and rubbles so as to deny the enemy the access to the valley during the Indochina war in the 1960's and 1070's.

Ruins of Aryan people town in the valley
Ruins of so-called Aryan people town in the valley

We walked about 20 minutes to the ruins of so-called Aryan people town. There were brick works looking like walls and columns with overgrown trees and roots. Local people going us were able to tell us only little information.

Ruins of Aryan people village
Ruins of Aryan people town

From the shapes of the ruins it looked like it could not be a small village. But where are other remains? There maybe many more to be discovered if proper extensive study and excavation could be done.

We emerged out of the cave from downstream entrance
We came out of Huep cave from downstream access

We came back to the cave after a while between the ruins. We walked again the same dark passage over the sand, stones and through the water back to the light of the other side of the world. It was amazing or rather strange to feel the feeling of being back to somewhere after a time in the another side of the mountain through underground tunnel.

Savannakhet
Savannakhet town

We continued our boat journey further down the river to a place where we got car transport took us to Savannakhet.

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