Pak Ou Caves Cycling and Boating trip

GDL-Luang-Prabang-8The Pak Ou Caves are among the most revered holy sites in Laos! A river trip on the Mekong to this famous attraction near Luang Prabang offers a pleasant cycling cruise that combines a visit of the culturally important caves with a superb day out amongst the fabulous riverside landscapes and local villages.

Approximately: 2.5 hours cycling & 1.5 hours boating

Luang Prabang > Pak 0u Cave > Ban Xang Hai > Luang Prabang

We depart Luang Prabang by starting cycling to the suburb and then heading up the north road number 13 to explore the beautiful country side. We cycle approximately 2 hours to Ban Xang Hai village which has for centuries made the clay jars which are used to ferment Lao wine. Nowadays the tradition still continues, however today the village now specializes in producing a wide range of ‘Lau Lao’ the Lao whisky and ‘Lau Hai’ Lao wine. After the visit we continue to cycling on dirt road approximately for 45 minutes to Ban Pak Ou where we will stop for lunch in local restaurant.

After enjoying our lunch, we cross the Mekong River to visit the famous Buddha Caves which sit amongst the limestone cliffs where the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers meet. The caves are spilt in two, one named Tham Ting and the other Tham Theung. They are both filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues which have been deposited here over centuries. Pak Ou remains a popular pilgrimage site for Lao people, especially during the Lao New Year in April when the caves become crowded with pilgrims who gain merit by ceremonially washing the Buddha statues.

After the visit we out our bicycles in the boat and head down the mighty Mekong towards Luang Prabang. During the trip you will enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river. If time allows, we will stop on our way to visit Ban San Xang Khong village to see expert of mulberry paper making. Arriving back in Luang Prabang at approximately 4:30pm

Approximately: 3.5 hours boat ride & 2 hours walking

Depart From :
Green Discovery Laos office, Luang Prabang
Returns to :
Green Discovery Laos office, Luang Prabang
Province visited :
Luang Prabang
Starts at :
finishes at :
Nb of days :
1 Day
Reference :
2 - easy to moderate
Activities :
Caving, Cycling, Sight seeing, Slow Boat Trip
What to bring :
Hat, Sun-cream
What is included :
Water, Meals, Local guide/s, Transport as mentioned above, Government taxes, All entrance fees, Travel permits

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