Interview with karst specialist and cave explorer - Erin Lynch.
"....Often the stories we are told are that somebody’s grandfather went to this cave and came out in a totally different village many years ago. Or you can go into this cave for three days… I know that in Laos there are often temples in caves. Here sometimes you will see little shrines for ancestors in caves but that is very uncommon. I think mostly people think of caves as of economic resources here. You’ll see that many villagers hope, when they see people coming to explore the caves, that maybe the caves would be developed for tourism. And they also want to get the water from the caves. So they think about how it can be useful for their lives. And of course you’ve seen all the nitrate pits in the caves. 70-80 years ago they were extracting this material and making money from that...."Read More