Hidden in the mountains of northern Laos, the Cave of Teeth (or Tham Khieo as its known locally), is shrouded in mystery and rarely visited. Possibly a cave used by the Pathet Lao during the Indochina War, rumours include that it may have been used to house American POWs. Containing old display cases included both human and animal teeth, the cave itself is also worth exploring as it winds its way down into the mountain. Check out these two videos for a first-hand experience.
Caves of Laos
The Cave of Teeth is located approximately a one hour drive outside of Luang Prabang in northern Laos. The Cave of Teeth is just one of the many caves worth exploring in Laos.
Caving highlights in Laos include an 8km long cave that you can kayak through from one side of a mountain to another, sacred caves containing thousand of Buddha images inspiring annual pilgrimages and scenic caves containing challenging rock-climbing routes.
But head to Houaphanh Province in the far north east of Laos and you will find the Viengxay Caves and the remnants of the Hidden City. A network of over 400 caves and tunnels which provided shelter for more than 20 000 people from the incessant bombs dropped by the Americans during the Secret War.
The Viengxay Caves includes caves dedicated as schools and a hospital, foreign embassies, one was as a printing press, a radio station, and a theatre. It was from within these caves that the Pathet Lao leadership emerged to become the communist leadership of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.