We booked the tour through our hotel and were not disappointed. Despite a false start to pick up additional passengers the trip went smoothly. My wife and I appreciated the rural scenery as we motored up the coffee coloured Mekong. Boat was well kept and was able to the strong currents encountered with ease. First stop was to "Whiskey Village". There was a wood fire still that gave the impression that spirits were being distilled. Different sized bottles were on display including many containing snakes. You made your way through stalls selling scarves. One lady was weaving while was spinning yarn. At the top of the village was a vibrant coloured temple.
Salted peanuts were provided on board and the usual drinks in US dollars were available for purchase. It was not long after we landed at Pak Ou caves jetty. It was unstable and some elderly passengers experienced some difficulty disembarking. A short series of steep steps took you to the first and most impressive cave. The upper cave was another 150 plus steps to the left of the lower cave. A torch was needed to see the Buddha sculptures.
Lunch was served on the way back to Luang Prabang. It was tasty Lao food and definitely more than we could eat. Service was good. Arrived back earlier than scheduled. Note there a number of steps to negotiate to reach the boat and the last part is earth and could be slippery when wet.
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