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Nam Ou River & Pak Ou Caves Kayaking Trail

Pick up from Luang Prabang

Tour Code: LPQ-29 Duration: Approx 10 Hours

Unravel the more nature and rural side of Luang Prabang by exploring the Nam Ou and Mekong rivers, Pak Ou caves and the Ban Xang Hai village!


  • Discover the Vast Beauty of Luang Prabang by Paddling along the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers on a Kayak
  • Visit the Highly Revered Pak Ou Caves that is Filled with Plenty of Buddha Statues all Around the Caves
  • Traverse to the Rural Ban Xang Hai Village that is Known for Their Unique Homemade Lao-Lao that you will have a Chance to Sample

Tour Description:

Explore Mother Nature’s creation by leaving the ancient city of Luang Prabang behind to the northern region from the city. You will arrive at the riverside village called Ban Pha Teung, that is located a stone’s throw away from the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. Before going on the thrilling kayaking expedition, you will first be properly briefed by a skilled expert on the safety measures and the kayaking equipment. Delve into the beauty of the Nam Ou river, which is one of the tributaries to the Mekong river. As you paddle along the Nam Ou river in your kayak, you will catch the sight of the rising limestone cliffs that protrude out of the waters. Do not forget to take plenty of pictures of the scenic landscapes that exudes beauty and serenity.

Savour the delectable lunch at the riverside restaurant near the meeting point of Nam Ou and Mekong river and taste the flavours of Laos. After the hearty lunch, you will then head to the other side of Mekong river to the entrance of the Pak Ou caves. The Pak Ou caves are one of the highly revered sites amongst Buddhist in Lao as the caves are filled with more than 4000 statues depicting Buddha in varying positions and shapes. The Pak Ou caves can be divided in two caves, which are the Tham Ting (lower cave) and Tham Theung (upper cave) that are separated by flights of stairs. There is a widespread belief amongst the Buddhist community that the statues of Buddhist icons can be predated back to centuries ago. The Pak Ou caves are also the popular site of pilgrimage amongst the believers as they will be involved in washing and attending to the statues.

Your journey continues along the Mekong river on a kayak to visit the Ban Xang Hai village. The Ban Xang Hai village is well known for its homemade lao-lao (‘rice whiskey) that is available for purchase and tasting. They even offer moonshine that is mixed with reptiles, such as snakes and other critters. Admire the local handicrafts that are made by the skilled villagers, which includes silks and other handmade goods. You will depart from the Ban Xang Hai village after an exhausting journey to Luang Prabang with memories that will last a lifetime!

Cancellation Policy:

15 - 30 days prior to the tour date, 30% of total package payment incurred.

7 - 14 days prior to the tour date, 50% of total package payment incurred.

1 - 6 days prior to the tour date, 100% of total package payment incurred.

No show, and cancellations on the tour date: No refund allowed.

Pick-Up Time:

  • 7:50 am - 8:20 am

What's Included:

  • English-speaking Guide
  • Activities as mentioned in the Itinerary
  • Entrance Fee to the Pak Ou Caves
  • Kayaking Equipment and Dry Bags
  • Rental Gear
  • Lunch
  • Drinking Water

What's Not Included:

  • Any Items Not Mentioned
  • Specialty Drinks
  • Tips
  • Hotel Pick Up/ Drop-off

Additional Information:

  • Minimum two(2) pax for the tour to be confirmed
  • Pick up and drop off service can be arranged for hotels in the city centre, with additional cost. Please check with Adventoro Concierge (Call / Whatsapp +6010 468 8011)
  • The total distance for the kayaking expedition across the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers is 20 kilometres and it is only available during the dry season (February to July) 
  • Transfer duration above are estimated and subject to traffic and weather condition, and not inclusive of any sightseeing tours
  • Please adhere to strict pick-up time punctuality. Tour operators may forfeit tours for travellers if no-show during the stipulated time
  • Registered name of the traveller must be corresponding with photograph documentation (Example: Passport). Tour operators reserve the right to reject if registered traveller fails to provide photographed documentation of their own

Pick-Up Location(s)

Refer to the map below to see a list of pick up location(s) that are available for you to choose from. You can select your desired pick up location when you book the tour.

List of Location(s):

    Pick up is also available for other location(s) under the vicinity of Luang Prabang. For more information, please contact Adventoro's concierge service.

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