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A Venerable Cruise to the Pak Ou Caves provided by Asian Trails Laos

A Venerable Cruise to the Pak Ou Caves

A Venerable Cruise to the Pak Ou Caves
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About
Thousands of Buddha images await at the Pak Ou Caves, named after the Ou River that flows nearby. A religious site that is not only high on guests’ bucket list: locals from around the country often pay respect to this huge collection of donated statues. • Be stunned by thousands of donated Buddha statues • Take a gentle sailing trip over the Mekong and Ou river • Get front seat views of how slowly Laos life moves on • Admire the beautiful murals of Ban Xieng Mene • Lunch is included at a local restaurant
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your Luang Prabang hotel and transfer to the pier, where your boat will be waiting for you. Soak up the scenery as you set out along the Mekong River and glide past a patchwork of rice paddies, orchards and fishing villages. After around 1.5 hours, arrive at Ban Xang Hay, a village renowned for its traditional weaving and production of ‘Lao Lao’ rice wine. Immerse yourself in local life as you stroll through the village, then tuck into a lunch of delicious Lao cuisine. After lunch, jump back aboard your boat and continue to the Pak Ou Caves, carved into a cliffside at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Follow your guide into the lower cave of Tham Ting, then climb the steps to the upper cave of Tham Phun. Marvel at the mind-boggling number of Buddha icons on display in Tham Phun – some 3,000 statues, ranging from a few inches tall to human-height. As you explore the cave, learn more about the Buddhas from your guide and hear how the cave has become an important place of pilgrimage for local Buddhists. Back on the boat, set off toward Luang Prabang and stop along the way to explore the village of Ban Xieng Mene and peek into Vat Long Khoune, a temple known for its striking murals. Finally, arrive back in Luang Prabang and end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 9h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Meet your guide at your Luang Prabang hotel and transfer to the pier, where your boat will be waiting for you. Soak up the scenery as you set out along the Mekong River and glide past a patchwork of rice paddies, orchards and fishing villages. After around 1.5 hours, arrive at Ban Xang Hay, a village renowned for its traditional weaving and production of ‘Lao Lao’ rice wine. Immerse yourself in local life as you stroll through the village, then tuck into a lunch of delicious Lao cuisine. After lunch, jump back aboard your boat and continue to the Pak Ou Caves, carved into a cliffside at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Follow your guide into the lower cave of Tham Ting, then climb the steps to the upper cave of Tham Phun. Marvel at the mind-boggling number of Buddha icons on display in Tham Phun – some 3,000 statues, ranging from a few inches tall to human-height. As you explore the cave, learn more about the Buddhas from your guide and hear how the cave has become an important place of pilgrimage for local Buddhists. Back on the boat, set off toward Luang Prabang and stop along the way to explore the village of Ban Xieng Mene and peek into Vat Long Khoune, a temple known for its striking murals. Finally, arrive back in Luang Prabang and end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8084P275
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • A full day private tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Return boat transfers to the Pak Ou Caves
  • Lunch included at local restaurant (food only)
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Entry/Admission - Mekong River
  • Entry/Admission - Pak Ou Caves
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Transfers from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
Duration
9h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Luang Prabang hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Customers are reminded to submit their passport number and expiration date with their reservation. These are essential requirements as outlined by local immigration regulations.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • A full day private tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
  • Return boat transfers to the Pak Ou Caves
  • Lunch included at local restaurant (food only)
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Entry/Admission - Mekong River
  • Entry/Admission - Pak Ou Caves
Exclusions
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Transfers from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Luang Prabang hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
9h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Customers are reminded to submit their passport number and expiration date with their reservation. These are essential requirements as outlined by local immigration regulations.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Mekong River
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Pak Ou Caves
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Mekong River
  • 3
    Wat Long Khoun
    Stop: 60 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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miura65
Takasago, Japan62 contributions
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Dec 2019
往路はルアンバパーンから上流に向かっての船旅になりますので、1時間半ほどはかかります。私たちは、車をチャーターし、Pak Ou 洞窟まで行くことにしました。車での到着地は、洞窟の対岸になりますので、ボートで洞窟入口まで船で渡る(5分ほどの短距離)ことになります。車での利点は、途中の観光スポットに適当に立ち寄ることもできます。洞窟見学と象ツーの体験を希望される人は、車を利用すると半日コースで、楽しむことができます。
Written 3 January 2020
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