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Vieng Xai is a city located in Hua Phan Province in Laos, lying 30 kilometres east of Sam Neua close to the Vietnam border, Vieng Xai is one of the hardest to reach corners of Laos and is also home to one of the country’s most important historic sites, the Vieng Xai caves.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Vieng Xai is between October to February, when the weather is not hot, and the humidity is manageable. It is excellent weather to be outdoors to enjoy the caves.

Check the below table for the general idea of Vieng Xai weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 25.6 18.6 11.2
Feb 28.9 21.2 11.8
Mar 30.7 23.6 14.6
Apr 31.9 26.2 18.7
May 31.8 27.1 20.8
Jun 30.4 26.8 22.4
Jul 29.3 26.1 22.3
Aug 29.8 26 21.9
Sep 30 25.9 21.3
Oct 29.1 24.4 18.8
Nov 27 21.4 15.4
Dec 25.1 19.1 12.7

Vieng Xai’s current weather and 7-day forecast


The caves are the main reason for visiting Hua Phan Province. 

The only way to visit the seven caves in Vieng Xai is by booking tours. Contact us to get more information

Tour Duration: 3 hours.

Timings: Twice a Day 9 AM and 1 PM

Entry Fee: 60,000 LAK per person (Foreign Tourists)

Trips can be taken during other times with a guide for an additional 50,000 LAK for a group. An audio guide consisting of 18 chapters is your best guide, which has excellent details about every part of the caves. You get it along with your entry tickets and is available in English, French and Laos. Make sure the audio guide works by testing it before you start the tour.

You need a motorbike, bike or a taxi to explore all of the seven caves as they are located far away from each other. It is not possible to walk and cover all the caves, so it is recommended to opt for any mode of transport. Bicycles are the cheapest at 15,000 LAK per person.

A full tour of the caves covers Kaysone Phomvihane cave home to the former meeting room of the communist officers, Nouhak Phoumsavan cave, Phoumi Vongvichid and Khamtay Siphandone sites. The most notable is Xanglot cave site, the largest natural cave complex, which houses a giant theatre which is still used today for political assemblies and Souphannouvong cave, which consists of a garden, houses and schools.

Vieng Xai is a truly remarkable part of the country and makes a compelling case to journey to this remote frontier.

Sabaidee Odisha Indian restaurant

Indian & Laotian dishes, all very good & reasonably priced. Veg. & non-veg. available. 

Don't be fooled by the less-than-impressive exterior, cement floor and bare walls of this hole-in-the-wall joint, for the food is terrific. Prepared fresh and with care, it comes with a smile and the menu offers different levels of spiciness. As well as Indian, there are rice dishes and láhp. You'll be mopping your plate with the pillow-soft naan.

The owner is a rare English-speaker in town and will happily help lost tourists find the caves or sort out motorbike rentals. It's in the northernmost corner of the Vieng Xai market, facing the main road.

Also can exchange money & rent motorbikes & bicycles there. Near the ATM that is nearest the T-junction formed by the main road through town and the east-west "highway."

Thavisay hotel (+856 20 5665026) 

A two storey hotel, all rooms have private hot-water bathroom, a fan and a double bed with a mosquito net. Simple but the setting is pleasant, and the owners are very friendly. 

Price: 50,000 – 60,000 kip

Xailomyen Guesthouse

A large timber guest house on stilts over a small lake. All rooms have a mosquito net, there is also a restaurant and beer. 

Price: 50,000 – 60,000 kip

Naxay Guesthouse

The cute wooden bungalows have mosquito net, hot water bathroom and a fan. Located near the Caves Visitor center. 

Price: 50,000 – 70,000 kip

Thongnakay Guesthouse (030 99907206, 9120250)

A new building, all the six rooms have a fan, double bed with a mosquito net and private hot-water bathroom. 

Price: 50,000 – 60,000 kip

Get in

From Sam Neua

Bus at 9-45 , 20,000 kip.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

Tuk-tuk 150,000 kip one way regardless how many people you are. 250,000 for return ride.


Get around

You can hire a bicycle from the caves' visitor centre.

Prices are:

Standard bicycle: 10,000 kip / tour or 20,000 kip / Day
Mountain bike: 15,000 kip / tour or 30,000 kip / Day

Get out

Sam Neua – between 12:30 - 14:00 there is a bus on the main road (1 km from the market to the North)

Na Meo (Lao/Vietnam border) - 07:15 approximately - a songthaew that departs from SamNeua at 06:45. You should wait on the main road from Sam Neua to Na Meo (approximately 1 km from the town centre). 2.5 – 3 hours, 22,000 kip.

Vietnam - the minibus departing from Sam Neua to Thanh Hoa should stop at the junction next to Sabaidee Odesha Restaurant (confirm from your GH or the restaurant) approximately one hour after the departure, 7-8 hours, 180,000 kip.

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