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Pak Ou Caves
Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves

Near Pak Ou the Tham Ting,Near the Village of Ban Pak Ou - Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos

The Basics

There’s a reasonable fee to enter the Pak Ou Caves. While there are cheaper ways to reach the caves, the Mekong River cruise from Luang Prabang is a big part of the attraction of visiting, and that’s how most guests arrive.

Pak Ou Caves tours typically lead with this Mekong River cruise, and some stop at artisan villages, including the whiskey village Ban Xang Hai. A few tours combine the Pak Ou Caves with an Ou River (Nam Ou) cruise, while others pair it with beautiful Kuang Si Falls, on the other side of Luang Prabang. Most Pak Ou Caves tours depart from Luang Prabang, but the destination also features on some multi-day Laos tours.

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1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
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$127.18 per adult
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Highly recommended
Amazing experience! The guide - Mr Thin - spoke excellent English and gave us helpful insights. I was also lucky that the tour group was also a lovely group of people. A wonderful way to spend the day!
Katie_S, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Luang Prabang

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Only tour I found that went to both...
George G, Feb 2018
Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour
Only tour I found that went to both the Pak Ou Caves and the Kuang Si Falls in the same day. Both places are highly recommended. Hour and a half leisurely boat trip to and from the caves, but was very soothing and relaxing. Thoroughly enjoyed our day. Guide was outstanding!!
star-5
Excellent day trip - must do!
Heather, Mar 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
This was an excellent day trip. It was a very good combination of a relaxing river cruise, sightseeing, beautiful waterfalls (with very few people there at the end of the day). The lunch was amazing and our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-4
Great day trip
Dave, Mar 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
River cruise was great, caves and waterfalls are awesome, and lunch at the elephant camp was lovely. Mr. Thin is a great guide as well. Could have done without the stops at the two villages... tourist traps
star-5
Excellent full day tour!
mpmilestogo, Sep 2019
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
The tour was excellent. Boat ride down the beautiful Mekong River was a lot of fun. The buffet lunch was great. I really enjoyed KwangSi waterfalls. So beautiful. Pak Ou caves were ok. I would go again for boat ride and waterfalls only
star-5
This tour was fbulous and I would...
Hayley K, Jul 2017
Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour
This tour was fbulous and I would totally recommend it. The luang si falls are stunning and shouldn't be missed. The boat ride to the caves in relaxing and the guide was really nice and very knowledgeable. Overall a really nice day out!
star-5
. Elephant sanctuary and waterfalls
Henk_VIsschedyk, Mar 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
Tour guide Mr Deang spoke good English, he was informative, friendly and caring. Enjoyed tour very much. Will recommend Mr Deang and tour to all my friends.
star-5
Excellent tour!Deng was great!
Joseph_T, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
This was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on! ( and I have been on dozens) Our guide, Deng was knowledgeable, friendly, spoke English well, and was professional. Our driver was very safe and profesional too. Every part of the tour was wonderful and we got to experience the cultural things of Laos that are not often seen.The lunch was fantastic!The highlight was the waterfalls; simply one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.I highly recommend Manifa Tours and Deng!
star-5
I day Mekong tour - excellent
Alison_T, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
This was an excellent tour. The visits were interesting. Mr Thin our guide was informative and very attentive. He took good care of us. The buffet lunch at the elephant sanctuary was a bonus.
star-5
This tour was great! Our guide was...
Tracy H, Dec 2017
Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour
This tour was great! Our guide was very professional and spoke English well. He really went the extra mile to make us see the many things along the way and really offered some quality information on the history of Laos and the way of life...
star-5
Strongly recommended
Andras_G, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
Vers good organizing, kindly and good guide, amazing tour. Realy without extra fees. I recommand for every body!
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The trip up the Mekong to the caves...
Jeffrey K, Mar 2018
Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Fall Day Tour
The trip up the Mekong to the caves was amazing as was the stop off on the local village on the way The waterfall was beautiful We had a wonderful guide
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Full day Pak ou caves
sylvainlepine99, Feb 2020
1 DAY Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves. Kuang Si Waterfalls . Local Villages
Everything promised is given. Very nice tour. Change of guide before going to falls. Did not speak english very well.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A must for lovers of history, culture, and river cruising, the Pak Ou Caves are a Luang Prabang favorite for good reason.

  • There are simple bathrooms at the caves, usable for a small fee.

  • The Pak Ou Caves are a religious site and on the chilly side. Long pants and covered shoulders will improve the experience all around.

  • Both upper and lower caves are accessed by steps, which can get slippery during the rainy season.

  • If visiting the upper cave, you’ll need a flashlight—bring one (or install an app).

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How to Get There

Set where the Mekong River and the Ou River (Nam Ou) meet north of Luang Prabang, the Pak Ou Caves require a boat to access. You can charter a tuk-tuk to Ban Pak Ou (it’s about an hour’s drive) then pay the small fee for a motorized canoe across the river. Alternatively, sign up for the colorful 2-hour river cruise from Luang Prabang: boats leave from a pier near Saffron Café on the peninsula.

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When to Get There

The Pak Ou Caves are open to visitors year-round, and the river is navigable both during the rainy season and during the dry season. During the dry season peak, between November and January, the caves can get unpleasantly crowded: chartering a private longtail boat for your group and leaving early may help to beat the crowds.

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Artisan Villages of the Mekong

The Mekong River cruise is a major part of the appeal of a Pak Ou Caves tour and, whether you’re chartering a longtail or joining a slightly larger boat, stops at artisan villages can add charm. Popular destinations include Ban Xang Hai, a whiskey-making village, and Ban Xang Khong, where locals make mulberry leaf paper and weave silk.

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