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Located 25 km from the city, these caves are filled with Buddha images.
Ban Pak-Ou 06000, Laos
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I found a sign by the Mekong River in Luang Prabang for a 5-hour trip that would take us to a whiskey tasting village and to the Pak Ou Caves, along with being fed a sumptuous lunch, all for only $25. We...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 893heatherp
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If this had been a 5 minute walk from our hotel, it would have been a pleasant 10 minute visit. It was simply not worth the two hour boat ride up the river to get there. The ride itself was enjoyable and scenic but too...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz7
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited this attraction as the final place of visit of the half day cruise in Mekong. It was quite special because the wat was built inside the cave. Visitors were advised to bring an electric torch to travel Tham Theung (the upper cave) where...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Wilfred P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The caves are nothing impressive. By time time we were done with our very enjoyable long boat ride 2 hours up the river from Luang Prabang we had to go to the bathroom big time. They charge you for that and the toilet area is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank EdWelter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the caves today as one of the touted activities here in Luang Prabang. I’m sorry to say that it was a bit of a disappointment and not a great return on the time required . Overall you might want to devote your time here...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Katherine J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s reached by boat, an hour ride. The is a lower and upper cave. You should see both. The locals leave Buda figures in the caves. There are more than 5,000! To reach the upper cave you will need to climb many steps and will...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 918bettinaw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taking a river cruise down to the caves is not to be missed if you are staying in LP. Two separate caves with over 4,000 Buddha statues between them. The caves are dark (they are caves...) but with a flashlight you will be fine. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank RoyStormer
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The caves are special to the Buddhist people and there are hundreds of images of Buddha in the caves. To get there you must climb many steps and run the gauntlet of kids selling fish and birds. The lower cave is not that deep. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Weetbix7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction/tour was alright. To be honest the cave was too dark to see anything. I would recommend to take vision goggles, if you do go. There are two caves, upper and lower cave. The upper cave was the dark cave. The lower cave was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank sayanat2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong, the caves are a must see. But it's not worth a full day trip. Make sure to do the boat ride to the caves so that you enjoy the serenity of Mekong river. The villages on the way to the caves...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 17, 2017|
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Response from Charles_and_Susan | Reviewed this property |
hi, there are quite a few steps up to the cave itself and they were a bit slippery when we were there. even so I wouldn't miss going to the caves. you can see inside a bit from the landing place, well worth it, and maybe a... More
February 4, 2017|
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Response from Sharmie8 | Reviewed this property |
Both caves are fine as long as you are fit & able. If aged, the stairs maybe too much for some. Attire... casual comfortable clothing with good footwear due to getting in & off boat and stairs. Out of respect as this is a... More
Susannah D
January 24, 2017|
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Response from MadanGopalM | Reviewed this property |
I didn't go for Kayaking as flow of river was strong. But there is public transport ferry that leaves at 8.30 am every morning from main Pier. To and fro Charges are 60000 LAK per person.
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How to I pack all I want to see in Laos in5 and a half days? (1 Replies)
Hi My husband and I are hoping to get a flight from Bangkok to Laos 4-9 Dec. While there I would like to see the following: Luang Prabang City and Temple Tour Half Day Temples(Vat Visoun, Vat Aham, Vat Xieng Thong) Khouang Si Waterfall and Pak ou Caves. Vientiane - That Luang, Buddha Park, Patu xai Victory Monument, Vang Vieng, That Dam and Wat Ho Phar Keo Lastly we'd like to get a flight from Vientiane to Chapasak to see Tadfane Waterfall and Wat Phu. Can you please advise what is...More
August 01, 2012|
Response fromRufuscat|
The simple answer is you cannot cram all this in. Concentrate on Luang Prabang and Vientiane only. Fly from Bangkok to Vientiane, spend 2 days there and then fly to Luang Prabang.