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“Nothing to write home about” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves
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Private Luang Prabang Tour Including Pak Ou Cave and Nam Ou River Cruise
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Owner description: Located 25 km from the city, these caves are filled with Buddha images.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Nothing to write home about”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

The best part of visiting the Pak Ou caves was the journey to arrive there. We hired motorbikes from Luang Prabang and took a boat from one side of the river to the caves. The cave exterior looked great from the water - painted white with a somewhat "Greek islandish" appearance.
There are quite a few stairs to climb also.
At least its crossed off the "To do list" !

Visited February 2013
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“A long journey with limited reward”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

After hassling for a boat (don't pay over 80,000 Kip per person), we took over 1.5 hours to reach the caves. The scenery along the Mekong is not very interesting and lacks variety. The caves themselves were filled with Buddha statues, which while interesting, it just isn't worth and time and money it takes to reach them. About 25 minutes are you're done, except for the hour long boat ride back. We did not stop at the "Whiskey Village," which was probably just as well. With all the amazing sights of SE Asia, the caves at Pak Ou just don't measure up.

Visited March 2013
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Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
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“Recommended only for those who are into Buddhism and their history..”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

Do book a private Tuk-tuk for this trip...we got a reasonable driver (Tuk-tuk with No. Plate 0552) who charged us 50,000kip per pax ( there are 4 of us - reasonable for return way and duration is 2hrs+ return), return boat ride ticket fee (13,000kip per pax - normal boat only) and entrance fee to Pak Ou Cave (20,000kip). One has to be physically fit and able to walk up at least 220steps upwards or more to view more than 4000 assorted sizes of Buddha statues..The view would be nicer if weather is not that hazy.

Visited March 2013
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“Worth the Journey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We traveled by boat up the Mekong to the Pak Ou caves. A great guide told us of the history of the river and its amazing changes in height. Saw a few passenger-laden elephants on the way. Then lunch across from the caves, that turned out to be quite good but way too plentiful. The caves themselves are wonderful both in themselves and in the endless collection of wonderful Buddhas. It leaves you spiritual and awed.

Visited March 2013
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“Religious Reverence on both a Mighty, and Small, Scale”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

After a few hours ride on a long-boat upstream on the Mekong River, we arrived at the Pak Ou cave. Also known as the Buddha Calve, and maybe known by other names, this cave is a large, natural, cleft in the face of a riverside cliff, filled with perhaps thousands of Buddha images placed over . After leaving your boat, you will walk up a set of stairs to the first cave area. Here is the most extensive set of Buddha images, left over the centuries, I assume, by devout Buddhists. Climbing the sets of stairs within this first cave area - well it's really a large grotto, with one wall missing that faces the river - you come to areas filled with images of Buddha, of various sizes and construction materials. I think some were at least covered with gold leaf. Some appeared on a rising set of platforms disappearing, with height, into progressively-darkened areas. Returning down the stairs, you can take another stairway up to a higher area and see more Buddha statues, we were told.

The boat ride is interesting, providing views of riverside jungle and local farming areas, as well as various mountains in the distance.

Visited January 2013
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