Mystical Pak Ou Caves Cruise
With everyone is on board and comfortable we will disembark on a 25km Mekong river cruise north of Luang Prabang. You can relax and enjoy the next 2 hours soaking up the splendour of the Mekong’s stunning scenery while enjoying the all-inclusive comforts of Bounmi.
On our arrival to Pak Ou Caves you will have all the time you like to explore both caves. Enjoy your guided excursion while learning about their rich history and cultural significance. Your licensed local guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have. A traditional Lao lunch will be enjoyed along the way or perhaps on the return trip back depending on the schedule.
On conclusion of your tour to the caves you will be greeted back onboard Bounmi with chilled refreshments and traditional Lao snacks. For the remainder of your trip, we will cruise according to your interests. With a one-and-a-half-hour downstream cruise back to Luang Prabang and as time permits, we can stop along the way to visit other traditional local villages and temples along the riverbank. Or just enjoying the rest of your time cruising the Mekong – it’s entirely up to you!
Pak Ou Caves
For centuries Buddhists from far and wide have been making the pilgrimage to Pak Ou Caves to leave effigies as spiritual offerings. Literally thousands of Buddha’s, varying in size and stature, are scattered across every available surface within the two caves creating a phenomenal display of religious artifacts.
Scooped out of the cliff face, the lower cave’s (Tham Ting) formation allows a preview of some of the statues from the water’s edge. However as you ascend the grand staircase leading into the hollow, the striking effect caused by the sheer mass of Buddhas reaches full impact.
The upper and larger of the two caves (Tham Theung) is reached by a 10 minute, yet worthwhile, climb up a well-maintained stairway. Due to the scale and cavernous quality of the cave, the density of statues is less intense. However, the addition of beautiful rock formations helps to create a seraphic atmosphere that befits the caves spiritual purpose.