600 Year-Old Mysteries in Caves in Laos. Any POW Evidence?

600 Year-Old Mysteries in Caves in Laos. Any POW Evidence?

Above Photo: Some of the limestone mountains around Tha Khaek in Khammouane Province, Laos. 

No-one has any idea what the millions of caves honeycombing Laos’ karst mountains might contain, but I’m certain, in the future, people will find evidence that American POWs were held in some of them, perhaps long after the war ended.

Limestone mountains in Laos - honeycombed with caves.

Limestone mountains in Laos – honeycombed with caves.

That, in part, is what my novel BACK explores, and recently I visited some items that had been hidden in a cave in Laos for a lot longer than forty years.

The mountain containing Buddha Cave.

The mountain containing Buddha Cave.

It was only in 2006, that a man near Tha Khaek in Laos climbed 15 metres up a vertical 400 metre cliff face using jungle vines that trailed down the mountain. He’d seen bats coming out of a cave and planned to catch a few for dinner.

Inside Buddha Cave.

Inside Buddha Cave.

When he squeezed through the small cave mouth, he discovered an amazing cavern in the limestone, with stalactites and stalagmites cascading in fountain and waterfall-like structures in a fairy grotto setting.

And in amongst them were 229 bronze Buddha images, up to one metre in height, sitting staring at him. They’d been there for six hundred years. Who put them there, and why, nobody knows, but for them to have only been discovered in 2006 is remarkable.

What lies inside?

Visiting this cave again made me wonder what other, war-related secrets might be lying in Laotian caves, waiting to be discovered by the adventurous.

I also wonder whether the US have ever, overtly or covertly, sent teams into the caves in Laos where it is reasonably believed US POWs were held during and after the war, to see if any of them left messages or signs that they’d been there, such as names and markings scratched into walls.

SOme of the Buddhas inside the cave.

Some of the Buddhas inside the cave.

I can think of one particular cave of interest in the search for evidence of incarcerated POWs. It’s in northern Laos and I may visit and see for myself, next year.

Our new film, M.I.A. A Greater Evil. Set in the jungles of Laos and Vietnam, the film deals with the possible fate of US servicemen left behind after the US pulled out of the Vietnam War.

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  1. TACAN

    Some are still living in Laos right this minute. The problem is the ongoing cover-up. In 1989 a Thai man working in Laos found and negotiated the release of POW William Milliner, but US officials blocked the deal. Milliner was sighted again in 2007 by an American doctor.

    Anyone who does not believe POWs were left behind must read the book, An Enormous Crime, by Congressman Bill Hendon.

    Peter, if do find what your looking for you’re going to have to be very discreet in the way you get them or their message out. This is a secret being held by both governments, which makes involement by third parties difficult.

    You’ve got the American people who want to deal with the Vietnamese and Lao for their release. The Vietnamese/Pathet Loa government who want’s to deal with the US government. And then you have the US government who wants to pretend the whole thing doesn’t exist.

    It’s maddening to say the least…


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