Several Tourists knows, Laos is a popular tourist destination famous for its attractive scenery and ornate temples, though not many persons venture below the surface and discover that what is underground is perhaps even more spectacular. The wondrous “Tham Khoun” Ex caves is so beautiful they don’t look real at first, which is maybe why locals have faith in that spirits inhabit the underground wonderland. These photographs are capture by John Spies, a photographer who believes in real natural beauty, would like to take pictures of sheer magnificence of the vast, yet intricate, underground wonderland. Tham Khoun Ex caves, usually famous as “Xe Bang Fai River caves”, feature imposing stalagmite made of mineral deposits. More than 9 miles magnificent passages and wide expanses of water make it really one of Lao’s hidden treasure. Although there’s even a lively forest thriving at the upstream entrance to the caves, the lush green color contrasting with the massive white and orange banks of terraces flowstone that decorates the walls. Visitors are able to kayak through the waters, or explore adjacent chambers on foot. The cave is only able to be safely accessed during the dry season from Nov to April and during this time the water is crystal clear and deep with a rich green hue. For some of the grander shots, a team of four equipped with powerful LED lights and walkie-talkies helped to light-paint this massive cavern for this long exposure shot.

Therefore; in 2008, an expedition, co-led by veteran caver John Pollack lead to the secretive caves being mapped and photographed for the first time. What the explorers discovered about the infamous cavern was a vast river cave, which means a cavern with an active water source flowing through it. All about the cave is big-from its towering entrances to its phobia-inducing spiders, which can be a big 10inches across.

A blue-tinted glow from outside illuminates the entrance chamber of the cave

A blue-tinted glow from outside illuminates the entrance chamber of the cave

A cave explorer amongst giant stalagmites in the Stairway to Heaven area of the cave. The cave is formed by the Xe Bang Fai river, a major tributary of the Mekong

A cave explorer amongst giant stalagmites in the Stairway to Heaven area of the cave. The cave is formed by the Xe Bang Fai river, a major tributary of the Mekong

American cave explorer Dave Pierce marvels at giant cave pearls which grow like pearls in an oyster with concentric layers of calcite slowly building up year after year

American cave explorer Dave Pierce marvels at giant cave pearls which grow like pearls in an oyster with concentric layers of calcite slowly building up year after year

Enormous banks of terraced flowstone decorate the walls of the cave in many places. This slowly growing mound of white and orange calcite is one of the larger deposits along the river passage

Enormous banks of terraced flowstone decorate the walls of the cave in many places. This slowly growing mound of white and orange calcite is one of the larger deposits along the river passage

Floating on clear deep water and reflections near the cave entrance, visitors can either bring their own kayaks or rent boats from the local community to paddle deep inside the cave and marvel at its wonders

Floating on clear deep water and reflections near the cave entrance, visitors can either bring their own kayaks or rent boats from the local community to paddle deep inside the cave and marvel at its wonders

Giant Gour in the Oxbow area of the cave is 196 feet long and is probably one of the world's largest rimstone basins. The pool is filled with water during the wet season.

Giant Gour in the Oxbow area of the cave is 196 feet long and is probably one of the world’s largest rimstone basins. The pool is filled with water during the wet season.

Heading into darkness, a visitor paddles a small canoe near the downstream entrance. In the dry season from November to April, the water is clear and deep with a rich green hue

Heading into darkness, a visitor paddles a small canoe near the downstream entrance. In the dry season from November to April, the water is clear and deep with a rich green hue

Hidden secrets Massive formations abound in a newly discovered fossil section of the cave, 50 metres above the river level. This is one of several higher passages that lead to jungle s

Hidden secrets Massive formations abound in a newly discovered fossil section of the cave, 50 metres above the river level. This is one of several higher passages that lead to jungle s

Sunlight streams into the mist-filled fossil passage near the sink of the Xe Bang Fai River. This section supports a verdant garden of ferns and other low light plants

Sunlight streams into the mist-filled fossil passage near the sink of the Xe Bang Fai River. This section supports a verdant garden of ferns and other low light plants

Suphaporn Singnakphum stands amongst lush low-light plants in an underground garden in a huge fossil passage that adjoins the inflow entrance of Tham Khuon Xe

Suphaporn Singnakphum stands amongst lush low-light plants in an underground garden in a huge fossil passage that adjoins the inflow entrance of Tham Khuon Xe

The Giant Gour in the Oxbow area of the cave is 60 metres long and is probably one of the worldís largest rimstone basins

The Giant Gour in the Oxbow area of the cave is 60 metres long and is probably one of the worldís largest rimstone basins

The subterranean passage of the river is spectacularly decorated with calcified formations

The subterranean passage of the river is spectacularly decorated with calcified formations

The upstream inflow entrance of Tham Khoun Xe has a verdant forest inside a huge collapsed doline. It is possible to kayak from the resurgence to here and back in one full day

The upstream inflow entrance of Tham Khoun Xe has a verdant forest inside a huge collapsed doline. It is possible to kayak from the resurgence to here and back in one full day

This gigantic section, is also not yet open to tourists, is one of several higher passages that lead to jungle shrouded entrances

This gigantic section, is also not yet open to tourists, is one of several higher passages that lead to jungle shrouded entrances

Visitors to Tham Khuon Xe can rent canoes or kayaks and paddle upstream to view the stunning calcifications on the cave walls

Visitors to Tham Khuon Xe can rent canoes or kayaks and paddle upstream to view the stunning calcifications on the cave walls

Water painting with kayaks and submerged LED lights near the downstream entrance of the cave 2

Water painting with kayaks and submerged LED lights near the downstream entrance of the cave

Water painting with kayaks and submerged LED lights near the downstream entrance of the cave

Water painting with kayaks and submerged LED lights near the downstream entrance of the cave

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Originally posted 2015-04-07 22:13:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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