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Address: Luang Prabang, Ban Pak-Ou 06000, Laos
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Located 25 km from the city, these caves are filled with Buddha images.

Located 25 km from the city, these caves are filled with Buddha images.

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Long boattrip for some caves

It takes about 3 hours back and froth from Luang Prabang to visit these caves (with some Buddha statues), which is very long for the end result. The trip itself in a boat on... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 November 2015
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Brussels, Belgium
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Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

It takes about 3 hours back and froth from Luang Prabang to visit these caves (with some Buddha statues), which is very long for the end result. The trip itself in a boat on Mekong river is more pleasant than the caves.

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Frome, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

Look. If you are travelling downstream on a tour boat and you stop here, then go. If not and you go by yourself, don't as really just a collection of Buddhas, under some limestone caves, with little more than that. Best bit for me was the photo opportunity of silhouette Buddhas against a beautiful river vista - what say you... More 

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Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

We rode scooters out from Luang Prabang as a few people had recommended on the internet. Scooters in general are in my opinion the best way to get around in Luang Prabang area. However the road to Pak Ou is 10km long, very bumpy, mostly sand and gravel and really not made for scooters, however we got there in the... More 

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Perpignan, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015 via mobile

I was expecting something bigger. Mostly I was expecting better from the cave itself but it's just a basic one. There's a lot of Buddhas everywhere and this is ok but it doesn't worth 20 000 kips. The upper cave is disappointing too. You can take a torch at the entrance and you think "hell yeah, adventure!" But you just... More 

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Phuket, Thailand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

We made a long trip on motorbike from Luang Prabang city to Pak Ou village, the road is dusty, not covered , not easy to drive, not picturesque. When we arrived to the village (it is right opposite the cave), we were asked to pay 5000 Lak for parking + 13 000 Lak / person to cross the river on... More 

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Redding, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2015

Travel by long boat down the Mekong River and take both walking trails through these interesting and historical caves filled with statues of Buddha. Before going, be sure to read about the history of these caves. After visiting, cross the river and ride the elephants along the river shore.

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

This is a must see when transversing the Mekong. A religious monument situated in a cliff face cave on the side of the Mekong. Thousands of Buddha statues are located here. A true hidden gem

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

The Pak Ou Caves are nestled in a dramatic karst formation. There are actually 2 sets of caves. The lower one is crammed with Buddha statues of varying shapes and sizes and a long climb to an upper one that contains fewer but larger statues. The former is more interesting for the picture perfect scenes of hundreds if not thousands... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

It's a quite long journey from the main city of Luang Prabang to this destination, but it's a very very interesting place with rich history to visit. Hope you will like it as mush as we did. Loving the scenery.. :)

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Thank AdeeRo K
Marseille, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015 via mobile

The cave was on the way to my hotel. So we stopped. But it is really not a must. Many people. Lots of Buddhas. Probably think about the history... But otherwise nothing impressive

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