Ban Pak-Ou Travel Guide

  • Ban Pak-Ou
    by triplehelix
  • Ban Pak-Ou
    by triplehelix
  • Ban Pak-Ou
    by triplehelix

Ban Pak-Ou Things to Do

  • Pak Ou cave

    Or so called Ting cave.Inside caves housed so many Buddha images donated by local people.Open: 8.00 am.-5.00 pm.

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  • Tham Ting (The Lower Cave)

    The Lower Cave at Pak Ou, known as Tham Ting is entered from a series of steps above the boat landing. The cave is open to the light revealing the shrine that this cave has become. Hundreds of small buddhas made of resin, soapstone, sandstone, horn, and carved wood finished with lacquer and gold leaf are everywhere. They stand in rows, on shelves...

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  • Tham Phum (The Upper Cave)

    The Upper Cave, known as Tham Phum, contains the majority of the 4000 buddhas. There is no natural light so flashlights are needed. They can be obtained at the front of the cave.If you arrive at a time when the tourist hordes aren't around then this cave is quite atmospheric with some cool buddha statues to look at. Otherwise, you end up wandering...

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  • Cave temple and boat

    This is the only picture I have of the slow boat where we lived for two whole days between the Thai border and Luang Prabang.The picture is taken from the Pak Ou cave.

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  • Cave temple, from inside to outside

    This is a picture faken from the inside of the cave with a few statues and the Mekong in the background.I love the contrast in light.

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  • Cave temple

    You pay 60 baht or 25.000 Kip entrance fee.The lower cave is the most interesting: thousands of buddhas are waiting for you.They come in all kinds of greatness, colour en materials. Very impressive.Pak Ou is something of 1 hour by boat or 25 kilometers from Luang Prabang.

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  • Pak Ou: Tham Phum - the upper cave

    From the lower cave a path with hundreds of steps leads you up, passing against the face of the cliff, to Tham Phum cave.The majority of the buddha images (about 4000) are inside this cave, but you need a torch to visit it (you can rent it there), since no natural light penetrates inside the cave. There's a main cavern and some smaller passages to...

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  • Pak Ou: Tham Ting - the lower cave

    Tham Ting is the lower cave of the two Pak Ou caves: it's about 10 metres above the boat landing. It's the most scenic of the two and serves especially as a srhine and worshipping place. There are places to kneel down and pray, and candles, incense and other offerings or mantras to buy. you realise that it is more a shrine than a cave: there is a...

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  • Pak Ou caves, or else how to recycle...

    Pak Ou caves are two caves that are found inside the vertical limestone cliffs opposite Pak Ou village.For a couple of thousand years they have been an important place of worship.At the beginning people used to worshipthe river spirit and gods, and when Buddhism spread into Laos they simply shifted god, filled the caves with buddha images and...

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Ban Pak-Ou Transportation

  • To Pak Ou caves by boat

    At the end of Pak Ou village, on the Mekong shore, it's easy to negotiate a ride by boat across the Mekong. The boats are very small and unsteady, but for the 3 minutes it takes to go across it's feasible: just cross your fingers and don't balance yourself. Local people normally ask for 5000 kip each way, per boat.

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  • To Pak Ou by jumbo

    While most people get to Pak Ou by boat from Luang Prabang, I decided to go by jumbo - which is basically a tuk-tuk - and stop to see two minority villages on my way there. The road is not paved, so it's only recommended if it's not raining - if it does it turns into a muddy slippery track which could become dangerous in some spots, since there's...

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  • The Journey Down the Nam Ou

    The best part of the Pak-Ou caves is the journey to get there. Northern Laos has some beautiful scenery and the people along the river are friendly as they go about their business.The trip down the Mekong River includes a stop at village where they make the local Lao Lao whiskey. The Lao think that us foreigners are all off our rockers. I know...

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  • Pak Ou: the guardian of the caves

    Pak Ou is a tiny village on the Mekong river, opposite the famous Pak Ou caves. There are about two dozen thattched-roofed houses raised off the ground, and about 50 villagers. Sadly there are also several stalls selling souvenirs - it's not too sure to whom, since there were no other tourists at the village, when I was there. The turkey. In front...

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