Let’s not hesitate to explore the beauty of Laos’ culture and natural wonders with a full day trip around Luang Prabang. Travel up the Mekong River to reach the Buddha-filled caves of Pak Ou, visit a local rice-wine making village and a local ethnic minority village.
Laos has several waterways that have traditionally been used as the local form of transportation. The most satisfying means to discover the river life of local residents is definitely a local boat cruise. Here you’ll have a chance to observe the fishermen’s daily activities.
Let’s debark to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves after 2 hours upstream from Luang Prabang. Locally called Tam Ting, the caves are filled with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues. The statues range in size from a few centimeters to a human’s height and are crammed into the cave which is nestled in a limestone cliff. The caves are a destination for local pilgrimages.
After visiting the caves, reboard the boat for a cruise back to Luang Prabang. En route, stop at the traditional rice-wine making village Ban Xang Hay before having lunch at local restaurant.
In the afternoon, pay a visit to Kuang Si Waterfall, 32km southwest of Luang Prabang. Along the way, you’ll have some leisure stops to visit villages where various ethnic minorities of the area live. It’s your choice whether to relax and enjoy the fall’s scenery, or swim in the cool and clear waters if weather permits. More adventurously, you can also walk to the stunning top of the fall.
Our chauffeur will carry you back to your place in Luang Prabang as the tour ends.