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Pak Ou Caves
Set where the Ou River (Nam Ou) meets the Mekong, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves are one of the most popular sights accessible from the city. A place of worship for over 1,000 years, they are home to thousands of Buddhas left by grateful pilgrims. The lower cave has both more light and more visitors than the upper cave.

The Basics
There’s a reasonable fee to enter the Pak Ou Caves. While there are cheaper ways to reach the caves, the Mekong River cruise from Luang Prabang is a big part of the attraction of visiting, and that’s how most guests arrive. 

Pak Ou Caves tours typically lead with this Mekong River cruise, and some stop at artisan villages, including the whiskey village Ban Xang Hai. A few tours combine the Pak Ou Caves with an Ou River (Nam Ou) cruise, while others pair it with beautiful Kuang Si Falls, on the other side of Luang Prabang. Most Pak Ou Caves tours depart from Luang Prabang, but the destination also features on some multi-day Laos tours.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A must for lovers of history, culture, and river cruising, the Pak Ou Caves are a Luang Prabang favorite for good reason.
  • There are simple bathrooms at the caves, usable for a small fee.
  • The Pak Ou Caves are a religious site and on the chilly side. Long pants and covered shoulders will improve the experience all around.
  • Both upper and lower caves are accessed by steps, which can get slippery during the rainy season.
  • If visiting the upper cave, you’ll need a flashlight—bring one (or install an app).

How to Get There
Set where the Mekong River and the Ou River (Nam Ou) meet north of Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves require a boat to access. You can charter a tuk-tuk to Ban Pak Ou (it’s about an hour’s drive) then pay the small fee for a motorized canoe across the river. Alternatively, sign up for the colorful 2-hour river cruise from Luang Prabang: boats leave from a pier near Saffron Café on the peninsula.

When to Get There
The Pak Ou Caves are open to visitors year-round, and the river is navigable both during the rainy season and during the dry season. During the dry season peak, between November and January, the caves can get unpleasantly crowded: chartering a private longtail boat for your group and leaving early may help to beat the crowds.

Artisan Villages of the Mekong
The Mekong River cruise is a major part of the appeal of a Pak Ou Caves tour and, whether you’re chartering a longtail or joining a slightly larger boat, stops at artisan villages can add charm. Popular destinations include Ban Xang Hai, a whiskey-making village, and Ban Xang Khong, where locals make mulberry leaf paper and weave silk.
Address: Luang Prabang, Laos
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FULL DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local VillagesDay Trips

FULL DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages

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There’s no need to negotiate with boatmen on the waterfront for this Mekong cruise. Booking online ensures a comprehensive guided door-to-door package at a fixed price. Cruise from Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves with a stop to taste rice whiskey and explore a cave. After lunch in an elephant camp, travel by car to the Kuang Si Falls and visit a Hmong village. Upgrade for a private tour.
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See the beauty and hidden wonders of Laos on this Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Falls day tour. Follow your friendly local guide through the streets of Luang Prabang, then make your way along the Mekong River to the Buddha-filled caves of Pak Ou. You'll visit a rural village where locals make rice wine and see how indigenous people live. Next, head to the stunning waterfalls of Kuang Si and savor a picnic lunch in one of the country's most picturesque destinations.
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Cruise along the Mekong River and explore the sacred caves of Pak Ou on this full-day tour from Luang Prabang. Get a taste of local life along the Mekong as you pass by rural villages, peek into handicrafts workshops, and sample traditional rice wine. After a lunch of typical Lao cuisine (included), continue to the beautiful Pak Ou Caves and marvel at the thousands of Buddha statues on display.
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Explore Laos’ one of the most respected holy sites Pak Ou Caves on this half-day river cruise. We depart Luang Prabang boat pier in the morning. Float down the Mekong river and see many scenery of countryside. We will enjoy a 3-hour morning boat trip. Stopping by a local village "Ban Xang Hai" for tasting their unique homemade local rice whisky and rice wine. A local tour guide will accompany throughout the tour. Tour guide will explain the history and culture of Pak Ou Caves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.Afterward, we enjoy buffet lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong surrounded by tropical forests. Return to Luang Prabang city by minivan at 2:00 pm※Private boat cruise option: We'll offer a private round trip by your own boat and tour guide.The tour date is reschedulable until 7 pm day before. Please contact us by email or message or visit Manifa Travel office (opposite of Villa Santi Hotel)
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While there are plenty of attractions to visit in Luang Prabang, another round of beautiful sights lie just outside the city limits. Escape the city for a day in the Lao countryside on this private full-day tour. We visits the main highlights of Luang Prabang countryside "Kuang Si Waterfalls" and "Pak Ou Caves" and enjoy beautiful nature of Laos. This itinerary is perfect if you would like to enjoy your own private trip during your short stay in Luang Prabang .・The Mekong river cruise by private boat ・Exploring the mystery caves ・Swimming in the cool water in the waterfall・Having buffet lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong riverThe tour date is reschedulable until 7 pm day before. Please contact us by messageThis tour is operated by Manifa Travel. More than 25 years of experience in the travel & tourism industries in Luang Prabang. We are committed to maintaining sustainable relationships and creating positive impacts on the animals, land & communities of Laos
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Spend the day exploring nature outside Luang Prabang with this incredible tour that showcases the best of the outdoors. Venture to Pak Ou Cave and Kuang Si Waterfall. Swim in a natural pool and hike through rugged jungle landscapes.
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Combine two Luang Prabang highlights on a full-day tour to Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfall, coordinating transport, river crossings, and tours to ensure you can reach both destinations in a single day. With the option to choose between an individualized private tour or a cost-effective group tour, you can create the perfect outing—whether you’re a solo traveler or exploring with friends.
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