Pak Ou Caves – Bounmi Cruise


A Scenic & Cultural Experience

Cruise to Pak Ou Caves and learn about Lao culture and history while taking in spectacular scenery on the 25km journey north of Luang Prabang.

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 artifacts. The caves hold great religious and spiritual significance for the people of Laos, and are also commonly referred to as the “Buddha Caves”.

Nava Song

20m Custom Slow Boat

7 Guests

Pak Ou Caves


Pak Ou Caves

Nava Thip

45m Custom Slow Boat

40 Guests

Pak Ou Caves


What To Expect


Your English-speaking guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for transfer to the boat.


Meet your captain at the docks. Depart Luang Prabang and enjoy the 2-hour cruise up the Mekong River to Pak Ou.


Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the caves with your local guide.


Depart Pak Ou and begin the 1.5-hour cruise back to Luang Prabang. Make stops to visit the local villages along the way, as you wish and time permitting. If lunch is included, you may stop at a scenic spot to enjoy your lunch or simply eat onboard the slow boat as you cruise along the Mekong.


Arrive back at Luang Prabang. Transportation will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.


Additional Information

Boat Options & Information

Nava Thip ~ 45m Custom Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks, chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, water, tea & coffee.

Meal Services: A delicious experience served buffet-style with comfortable seating throughout the boat. Pick your view! Upon request.

Bar Services: Bar area with an open layout, bar tops & stool seating. Bar menu available.

Day Beds: 4

Lounge Areas: 2

Dining Area: 1

Bathrooms: 2

Music System & Karaoke: Yes

Onboard Cooking Facilities: Yes

Safety Equipped: Yes

Water Filtration: Yes

Solar: Yes

Nava Song ~ 20m Custom Slow Boat 

Complimentary: Traditional Lao snacks, chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, & water.

Meal Services: A casual and comfortable affair with bamboo tables, traditional Lao cushions & bean bags. Upon request.

Onboard Provisions: Glassware, serving dishes, wine & ice buckets, trays, coolers & Bluetooth speaker.

Bathroom: 1

Safety Equipped: Yes

Food & Beverage Services

Traditional Lao Cuisine & Appetizers

Delight in traditional Lao dishes prepared fresh by our experienced, local chef, Ms. Bountan. Vegetarian options available and spice levels can be adjusted. Do let us know of your food preferences or if you any special requests.

Wine & Champagne

Enjoy a selection of wine & champagne by the bottle. Provisioning upon request.

Bar Menu (Nava Thip Only)

Import & local beer Lao, house wine by the glass, Torresella Prosecco (by the bottle), cocktails, spirits, coffee drinks & juice. Provisioning upon request Nava Song or Nava Noi.

The Crew

Licensed English-Speaking Tour Guide

Bounmi’s guides have been carefully chosen for their professionalism, cultural knowledge, and fun characters!

Professional Boat Captain

Bounmi’s captains are local experts on the river and safety conscious.

Departure Times & Meeting Points

Departure Time

Departure time is flexible and can be arranged for the hours between 0800AM and 0100PM depending on the season and availability.

Meeting the Boat

We offer transfers to and from the boat and will pick you up directly at your hotel. Within city limits.

If you would like to make your way to the boat, dock confirmation will be provided at the time of your booking.

What’s Included/Not Included

Nava Thip & Nava Song


Private custom slow boat & professional captain.

Transportation to and from the boat (hotel pick-up within city limits).

English-speaking tour guide.

Entrance fees to Pak Ou Caves.

Chilled beer Lao, soft drinks, & water.

Lao tea & coffee (Nava Thip only).

Traditional Lao snacks.

Onboard music system.

Karaoke (Nava Thip only).

Not Included

Traditional Lao cuisine & appetizers (optional).

Cocktails, spirits & juice.

Wine & champagne.

Personal insurance.

Crew gratuities.

Please let us know should you have any special requests.

What To Bring

Suitable footwear and clothing for the appropriate seasons. Mornings and evenings can be cool during the winter months.

Please ensure you are dressed appropriately and respectfully for visiting Pak Ou caves. Ladies should have their shoulders and knees covered. Men should also have their shoulders covered but knee shorts are acceptable.

Sun protection and bug spray.

Things To Consider

Visiting Local Sites of Interest

When visiting local sites along the Mekong river, do be aware that oftentimes there are no paved pathways and you’re usually met with uneven ground and stairways. We ask each of our guests to please be aware of your own fitness level and to take this into consideration on your tour.

Cultural Considerations

It is polite to remove your shoes before entering any temple or local Lao home. Your feet should never be used for pointing, especially in the direction of a monk or novice. One should not stand directly above or pass over the top of another person’s head, especially a monk and/or elder. In general, it is best not to touch another person’s head if you don’t know them. Children included.

Responsible Tourism

We kindly ask our guests not to hand out money to children in the villages they visit. Should you wish to support any of the villages or temples that you come across, please let us know and we’ll be happy to advise on how to do that responsibly.

Seasons & Temperatures

The dry season is between Nov–Apr with average temperatures of 27°C. The rainy season is between May-Oct with average temperatures of 32°C.

Cruise Rates

Price per Adult
Price per Child
  • Prices are in US Dollars.
  • Free – Infants 3 years and under.