Palawan’s Subterranean River

Palawan's Subterranean River

Palawan tourism officials love to love their not-so-world-famous subterranean river. Although if they have their way, that is about to change. Nominated to compete in an online competition to choose the New Natural 7 Wonders of the World, Filipinos and foreign visitors are racing to see this piece of marketing mania for themselves.

Heralded as the ultimate underground river journey, I think we can safely say that this wasn’t even the nicest underground river journey we have made this year. But perhaps, this is somewhat unfair.

To be honest, Palawan’s subterranean river is a beautiful place. The entrance, situated on a picturesque blue lagoon, is strait out of a tropical dream. Boating through the cavern’s interior, visitors encounter Continue…

Cave Collage

Laos Caves

Thomas and I have been crawling (and boating) our way through the caves of Laos, including: Kong Lor, Tham Phu Kham, Thom Pha Thok, Bank Cave, and Kao Rao. The country is full of caves. In fact, quite often while hiking through the forest, we’ve felt huge gusts of super-cooled air shooting out of the growth revealing yet another system of unexplored caverns. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much in the way of an organized spelunking infrastructure with experienced guides or caving classes. Too bad, because we would love to really get into this!

Khong Lor

If I needed one specific reason to come to Laos, that would be Kong Lor. Picture a river that twists and turns through rice paddies on its way to a jungle-covered, karst escarpment, a jagged wall of soaring peaks. Entering the jungle, the river heads straight towards the massive limestone walls where it suddenly disappears through a cave opening.
Those who dare boat in through the opening into the pitch-black world within winding their way along 7 kilometers (4.2 miles) of underground river through a series of caverns until the river reemerges on the opposite side of the escarpment into the Phu Hin Bun National Protected Area. ├é┬áReminiscent of Jules Verne’s greatest journey, Kong Lor beckons the adventurer with the lure of a boatride into the underworld and visions of epic adventure beyond.

If I needed one specific reason to come to Laos, that would be Khong Lor. Picture a river that twists and turns through rice paddies on its way to a jungle-covered, karst escarpment, a jagged wall of soaring peaks. Entering the jungle, the river heads straight towards the massive limestone walls where it suddenly disappears through a cave opening.

Khong Lor

Those who dare boat in through the opening into the pitch-black world within winding their way along 7 kilometers (4.2 miles) of underground river through a series of caverns until the river reemerges on the opposite side of the escarpment into the Phu Hin Bun National Protected Area. Reminiscent of Jules Verne’s greatest journey, Khong Lor beckons the adventurer with the lure of a boat ride into the underworld and visions of epic adventure beyond.