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Address: Luang Prabang, Ban Pak-Ou 06000, Laos

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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Breezy boat ride

It was a 2 hour boat ride to get there. Spent 80,000kip person for a half day trip through travel agent at tourist street. Nonetheless, we got to know that boat ticket can be... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was a 2 hour boat ride to get there. Spent 80,000kip person for a half day trip through travel agent at tourist street. Nonetheless, we got to know that boat ticket can be purchased straight at the pier at 65,000kip. It is direction towards Wat Xie Thong, behind the temple at Mekong River. We left the pier around 8.40am.... More 

1 Thank Wong S
Chatham, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To briefly summarize. It takes a long time to get there by water, which is probably the best part... You had better be fit when you get there because there are A LOT of stairs to each of the caves. It was so crowded that it was tough to even get a good photo. The caves were small and filled... More 

Thank John B
Olsztyn, Poland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Two hours on the boat enjoying the views of the Mekong banks and life along it, including the Whisky village bring you to the caves. Two caves, the worship place of Buddism with many statues are worth visiting. The upper cave is dark so a flashlight is useful. The views along the way plus the caves make this tour worth... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Appalling that some reviews concern only the size of the caves. Perhaps those visitors thought this was Viet Nam’s Hang Son Doong cavern? Hang Son Doong ceiling is about 750 feet up, 530 feet wide, and four MILES (five kilometers) long. It’s so huge a Boeing 747 could fly into it, given enough room to turn that thing around. Size... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pak Ou Caves, also famously known as "Buddha Caves" are located on the Mekong River, in the north of Luang Prabang. The Buddha sculptures were assembled over the centuries by locals and pilgrims. Literally thousands of mostly wooden figures are laid out over floors and wall shelves and display a variety of classical Buddha postures, including meditation, teaching, peace, calling... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think it is for sure worth the hype. People who say otherwise should just go and do another waterfall day. The caves are not large but it is more about what they represent. Seeing and actually examining all the various types of Buddha's and the various materials each is crafted with is very impressive. We hired a private boat... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most people do not seem to think theses caves are worth the trip which admittedly does take over two hours by boat from Luang Prabang, however I was very impressed indeed. They are said to be one of the most respected holy sites in Laos. There are two caves and both are stuffed with Buddhas of every imaginable size, apparently... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Overrated. Don't even bother coming here but instead go to the waterfalls. Much more enjoyable. Cave was really small and can be seen in 2 minutes.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It took us 2 hours by boat to reach the caves and it was really not worth the distance and time. The caves were really small and had multiple Buddha figures. You are done in 15 minutes

Thank preetikaushik31
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

For Buddhists this is an important once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage experience. This was a stop on our Mekong River cruise, which was lovely.

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