On the way out to the bus station we meet a European backpacker making her own way to Tha Kek, the closest city to our destination Konglor Village. She is going for the famous Tha Kek Motorbike Loop, which includes the cave that has compelled us to visit. We are split on to two different coaches at the bus station. Her’s actually has a motorbike secured to its roof! I suppose it’s too mountainous for low bridges here.
The 7-hour journey direct to the cave is much smoother than the 12-hour trip to Vientiane. A big coach means room to breathe and spread out and, despite the twisting roads, the contents of everyone’s stomachs stays in everyone’s stomachs.