Travel Luang Prabang, Laos

Pak Ou Buddha Cave in Luang Prabang

January 15th, 2010

Every stay in Luang Prabang should include a day trip to the Pak Ou Buddha Caves. This Buddhist monastery was carved out of a giant limestone rock located in the waters near Pak Ou, at about an hour or two hours by boat from the Luang Prabang town centre.

The caves can be divided into a lower cave, the Tham Ting, and an upper cave, the Than Teung. The caves can only be accessed by boat and has been a sacred site of great value for Buddhist pelgrims through the years. Today also a lot of tourists visit the Buddha caves to learn more about the Lao culture and their impressive Buddhist statues which I found hard to number as they are literally thousands and thousands.

The caves on the Mekong River The caves on the Mekong..

You can arrange a day trip by long boat to the Pak Ou caves through any given tourist agency around town. Pak Ou is located not to far away from Luang Prabang but the journey has to be travelled up stream on the Mekong River.

Also at the Pak Ou caves you will see children trying to sell you incense or caged birds to honor the shrines. Buying a cage doesn't mean the animal has to die, one of the kids explaned, and you would actually buy the bird's freedom.

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Travel Tips for Luang Prabang Laos:

Where to stay in Luang Prabang: Stay on one of the many boathouses on the Mekong River

What to do in Luang Prabang: Take a kayaking trip around the Pak Ou Buddha Caves

Where to eat in Luang Prabang: -

Travel Pictures of Luang Prabang, Laos

  • The caves on the Mekong River The caves on the Mekong River
  • Long boats on the Mekong River Long boats on the Mekong River
  • From Luang Prabang to the caves From Luang Prabang to the caves
  • The brown Mekong River The brown Mekong River
  • Buddha Caves near Luang Prabang Buddha Caves near Luang Prabang
  • Buddhist statues in the Pak Ou Buddhist statues in the Pak Ou
  • Buddhist shrines in Laos Buddhist shrines in Laos
  • The river through the trees The river through the trees
  • Heading to the long boats Heading to the long boats
  • Leo boy selling caged birds Leo boy selling caged birds
  • The Pak Ou Caved The Pak Ou Caved
  • Driving to the Mekong River Driving to the Mekong River
  • Cows on the road to the river Cows on the road to the river
  • Changing a tyre Changing a tyre
  • Truck getting stuck in the mud Truck getting stuck in the mud
  • Traffic jam in Luang Prabang Traffic jam in Luang Prabang
  • The unsealed roads of Luang Prabang The unsealed roads of Luang Prabang

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Name: Sasha
Age: 34-41
Travel type: Friends getaway

Travel Blog

Pak Ou Buddha Cave in Luang Prabang
Continent: Asia
Country: Laos
City: Luang Prabang
Period: Oct 2009
Lenght of stay: 3 days
Views: 2390

Travel Review

Liked: The boat trip to Pak Ou Caves
Disliked: The caged birds were a bit sad
Trip Rating: Good

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