Pak Ou Caves

Some 15 miles upriver from Luang Prabang are the Pak Ou caves, situated at the confluence of the Ou and Mekong rivers.

Here, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The images of Buddha range in size from a few centimetres to lifesize, and have been placed here over the centuries by devotees, turning the caves into glittering shrines.

Why We Love It

Well worth a visit, and we can arrange for a boat trip (or by bicycle, for the really energetic) or can spend the night at nearby and excellent Kamu Lodge.

Kuang Si Waterfall

Explore the Luang Prabang countryside and visit the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall and ethnic minority villages.

The adventurous can climb to the top of the falls via a steep track for cracking views of the surrounding countryside.

Original Travel can arrange a gourmet picnic lunch next to the falls before you return to Luang Prabang.

Why We Love It

At Kuang Si there are several clear pools beneath the falls where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.

City Tour

Luang Prabang is small, and just about everywhere can be reached by foot.

Walking and cycling are the best ways to see the sights, and Original Travel can provide an expert English-speaking guide if required.

The Royal Palace is now the National Museum, and is well worth a visit. In between temple visits, visit the local markets or relax at one of the many small restaurants and cafés perched on the banks of the Mekong and watch the world go by.

Why We Love It

In the centre of the city is Mount Phousi- climb the steps to the top for stunning views over the city and the surrounding countryside.

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