Our friendly cave guide
To visit the Diamond and Gold Mine Cave we had to continue by feet. The cave guide took us on a one km stream bed walk, rough and at times shady. But the forestry scenery was so beautiful. Crossing the beautiful green paddy fields and continue our way through the steer limestone rocks. Here was the entrance of the cave. We all got a flashlights with battery pack. . .
This photo was taken inside the Diamond and the Gold Mine water cave nearby Vang Vieng - Laos. This friendly man was our private cave guide. Previous tourists did donate his glasses. He couldn't see clearly anymore and proudly showed us the letter of the tourist who send him his new glasses. He was happy to see clearly now.
. . .It was very slippery inside the cave and our private guide suggested us to enter the cave by bare feets. So we did. Once again the naturalness of life here in the tropics crept up and I found myself knee deep in water in a pitch black cave slowly creeping along, avoiding jagged rocks covered by water, escalating vertical mud walls, crawling for what seemed like miles through tunnels that barely fit me… slowly. My kids and wife were much faster. One hand in the mud, pulling my stomach and feet along. Trying to avoid the numerous spiders, with their jewel eyes, gleaming against the walls. These spiders are the size of my hands. I felt like I was smuggling myself through an underground tunnel into China. But our friendly guide showed us all the wonderful natural stalagmines and stalactites of this cave. it was quite an adventure to walk and sometimes the guide carried our daughter Samantha having to go across ponds, slippery rocks and sticky mud! We got out covered all in mud. We even went back to an underground river inside the cave. Just swimming and cleaning ourselves. The kids jumping in and out the water. Being there in the water in the dark was a good thrill. It was an exciting adventure but for me no more caves!!!! There wasn't any gold or diamonds either ;-)