Explore the grim caves of the Pak Ou caves where you will discover a wide range of Buddha statues that are all around the temple and other rural parts of Luang Prabang, which includes the beautiful Mekong river and tasty Bang Xang Hai
Your adventure begins with a short walk to the boat pier where you will board a boat which will take you along the Mekong river. Revel in the spectacular beauty of the Mekong river that is surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the rural riverside life and an abundance of wildlife that reside within the lush jungle. Upon arrival to the Pak Ou caves, explore the mysterious cave that is split into two, with one being named Tham Thim and the other one being named Tham Theung. The Pak Ou caves are the home of an abundance of Buddha statues that are littered all around the cave and the statues are in different shapes and sizes, which can be predated back to over centuries ago. The caves are still being used amongst believers within the Lao community as a site of pilgrimage. In April, the local Lao people will celebrate the Lao New Years which will result in people congregating in the caves to watch the ceremonial washing of the Buddha statues, which was said to bring in prosperity and gain some merits.
Then, you will indulge in some delectable lunch at the local restaurant, where you will be able to taste some delicious Lao cuisine that will without the doubt arouse your taste buds. Then, you will head to the local villages where you will explore the beautiful Ban Xang Hai that is popular for making the Laotian whiskey and the village is a stone’s throw away from the Pak Ou caves. The art of making whisky has been passed down from generations to generations and the process requires a clay jar that is used to make the whisky through the process of fermentation of the Lao wine. Currently, the tradition is still being for used to produce a wide variety of Lau Lao and Lau Hai. After an exhausting day, you will leave the Bang Xai Hai with memories that will last a lifetime.