The Elephant Cave also belongs to the famous group of Tham Sang triangle. It is named after an elephant-form stalactite and its fossils of wild elephants found inside the cave. Tham Xang’s most significant feature is the small cave’s collection of Buddha figures and a Buddha’s “footprint”.
Additionally, visitors can also be impressed by Tham Xang’s grand golden bell made of an American bomb since the fierce war between Vietnam and America (1964-1973). During this war, in an attempt to destroy the Viet Cong’s supply through the Ho Chi Minh Trail, the U.S. dropped more than two million tons of bomb on Laos. This is the equivalent of a planeload of bombs every 8 minutes, 24-hours a day, for 9 years. Until now, Laos still known as the country of the most bombed nation per capita in global history.
The best time to fully enjoy Tham Xang’s beauty is in the morning when light enters the cave and the Buddha statues become wonderfully dazzling under the sunlight.