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Pak Ou Caves

Ban Pak-Ou 06000, Laos
+856 20 56 110 220
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Located 25 km from the city, these caves are filled with Buddha images.
  • Excellent15%
  • Very good30%
  • Average37%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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“lower cave” (93 reviews)
“mekong river” (122 reviews)
“buddha images” (25 reviews)
Ban Pak-Ou 06000, Laos
Ban Pak-Ou 06000, Laos
+856 20 56 110 220
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

In our opinion it is not necessary to visit these caves. The boat trip might be nice but you could go somewhere else instead by boat (e.g. To the zip lining place!) The caves are underwhelming, touristy, and just a dark musty space filled with...More

Thank Becca T
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Beautiful boat trip offered by the Belmond. 2 hours slowly meandering down Mekong, through incredible scenery, past whiskey & cloth making village. Great caves with hundreds of Buddhas. Well worth the trip.

Thank Emma C
Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Luckily I decided not to take the boat but to ride a rented bike. I enjoyed the nature and villages on the way much more than the caves itself. Least attractive location so far in my trip to Luang Prabang. Attached picture is from one...More

Thank Eitan E
Reviewed 29 October 2016

Two hours upstream by boat from Luang Prabang (one hour return with the current) the cave has hundreds of Buddhas left by the faithful. In itself, it has no great 'Wow' factor by combined with a laid back half day trip along the Mekong and...More

Thank Travlintone
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We rented a scooter and took the hour ride out. Last 20 minutes is on dirt road. Parking was 3k for scooter then 13k/pp for boat ride to cave. Caves cost 20k/pp. lots of neat statutes. 2 cool caves. Would recommend if you have an...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 26 October 2016

We got there by motor bike - an hour drive from Luang Prabang, the road is in good condition, last 20 minutes is unpaved road but nothing terrible, just make sure it doesn't rain. You buy a ticket in the local village for 13 000...More

Thank Zuraffa
Reviewed 25 October 2016

The caves themselves were pretty uninspiring but the boat trip there and back was great. Shop around for the best price. We joined with four Swiss people and ended up paying 80,000 kip per person. We had been quoted as much as 500,000 along the...More

1  Thank Gabrielle H
Reviewed 20 October 2016

The 2 hour slow boat to the cave is nice, but still pretty long. Once arrived at the caves, you pay 20.000 kip by a person. The cave is pretty boring. And although Their a lot of Buddhas, looks like they all bought them from...More

1  Thank Saaimen
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

The boat ride up to and back from the caves is probably the real attraction. There are hundreds of Buddha images held in the two caves but the caves themselves are not that big and without knowing about their history many people may be quite...More

Thank roamer044
Reviewed 3 October 2016

These caves, located on the Mekong River not far from Luang Prabang, are full of Buddha statuettes, mostly small and in every colour and material imaginable. They make a nice diversion from a long trip down the Mekong between Laos and Thailand. I'm not sure...More

Thank FearfulFlyer2
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17 December 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
5 February 2017|
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Response from Matt115 | Reviewed this property |
we went in standard everyday clothing. caves are very safe. steps are a bit of a trek.
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25 January 2017|
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Response from Madan Gopal M | 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.