Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
This 1 day Pak Ou Caves Tour starts from your hotel in Vientiane, takes you to one of the most important travel highlights of Luang Prabang. Near Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the Mekong River, 25 km to the north of Luang Prabang, Laos. They are a group of two caves on the west side of the Mekong river, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and have become well known by tourists. The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of very small and mostly damaged wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves. They take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana).
Pick up at your hotel and transfer to the pier. Today we travel upstream on a long-tailed boat for 2hrs to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves located in the limestone cliffs.
The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. Some of these are but a mere centimeter tall up to two meters in height.
En route, we’ll pass typical Lao villages and slender canoes bobbing on the shore.
Before we return to the city, we will stop at Ban Xanghai village to see how Lao traditional rice whisky is distilled. Adventurous guests are free to try a sample.
Lunch will be at local restaurant on the banks of the Mekong.
Once back in Luang Prabang, we’ll continue by car to Ban Xangkong, a well-known wood paper making and Lao silk weaving village.
After a village tour and shopping, you’ll transfer back to the hotel for a free evening on your own.