PAK OU CAVES
Visit the Pak Ou Caves on this classic Luang Prabang tour experience. The caves are one of the main attractions in Luang Prabang and are located 25km north upriver from the city.
For centuries, Buddhists from far and wide have been making the pilgrimage to Pak Ou Caves, leaving effigies as spiritual offerings. Thousands of Buddha’s varying in size and stature are scattered across every inch of space within the two caves, creating a phenomenal display of religious artefacts. The caves hold great religious and spiritual significance for the people of Laos, and are also commonly referred to as the “Buddha Caves”.
Your tour departs from the capital of Luang Prabang where a tour guide, a traditional Lao slow boat and its captain will be waiting to take you to visit the Pak Ou Caves. Enjoy the magnificent views of mountainous landscapes as you embark on a relaxing 2-hour cruise to Pak Ou. As you approach Pak Ou, you’ll already be able to get a glimpse of the caves from the riverside. Your guide will lead you into the caves, ascending the grand staircase leading to a cavernous chamber where you’ll have full view of the mass of Buddha effigies covering the cave floor. To explore the upper – and larger – of the two caves, take a 10-minute climb up a stairway where you’ll find beautiful rock formations within the caverns and a few more Buddha statues sitting meditatively in the silence. We’ll return to the boat to start the cruise back to Luang Prabang after an hour or less of exploration time at the caves. As we cruise back down the Mekong river, you may choose where to stop off for a walk about in a local village or two, if you wish (and time permitting).
PAK OU CAVES
WHAT TO EXPECT
DEPART LUANG PRABANG
Meet your English-speaking boat captain and tour guide at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 2-hour cruise up the Mekong river to Pak Ou.
ARRIVE PAK OU
Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the caves with your local guide.
CRUISE BACK TO LUANG PRABANG
Depart Pak Ou and begin cruising back to Luang Prabang. Make stops along the way as you wish (time permitting) to visit the local villages on your route. If lunch is included, you may stop at a scenic spot to enjoy your lunch or simply eat on-board the slow boat as you coast along the Mekong.
ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG
After a 1.5-hr cruise, you’ll arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be ready to take you back to your hotel.