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Luang Prabang: Cruise to Pak Ou Caves & Kuang Si Waterfalls

Luang Prabang: Cruise to Pak Ou Caves & Kuang Si Waterfalls

Enjoy a private or shared group boat tour to the Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls departing from Luang Prabang. You will be picked up at your accommodation and travel straight to the pier. Hop onboard a long tail boat for a relaxing journey aong the Mekong River. Enjoy the views from the water as you pass by local villages and fishing communities. After the first hour and a bit, the boat makes its first short stop at the popular Ban Xang Hai, also known as ‘the whiskey village’. Explore the village, see the process of making Lao Lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey, and taste the finished product. Continue by boat traveling slowly along the Mekong in the direction of the glorious Pak Ou Caves. Arrive at a small boat landing dock where stairs lead you straight up to the cave. These limestone Buddhist caves have been a place of worship for thousands of years, over this time a collection of Buddha statues and idols have filled these spiritual natural caves Enter the Ou River to visit the limestone cliffs. Then, after a 30-minute boat ride down the Mekong River, arrive at Manifa Elephant Camp for lunch. Enjoy a full buffet-style lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river and free-roaming elephants. After lunch break, travel by car to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the three-layered Kuang Si Waterfalls. Walk the trails of the nature reserve and swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center. Depart for Luang Prabang, with a short stop at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. Return to the city with drop-off at your hotel.

Half Day Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves (Morning / Afternoon)

Half Day Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves (Morning / Afternoon)

Explore Laos’ one of the most respected holy sites Pak Ou Caves on this half-day river cruise. We depart Luang Prabang boat pier in the morning. Float down the Mekong river and see many scenery of countryside. We will enjoy a 3-hour morning boat trip. Stopping by a local village "Ban Xang Hai" for tasting their unique homemade local rice whisky and rice wine. A local tour guide will accompany throughout the tour. Tour guide will explain the history and culture of Pak Ou Caves. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Afterward, we enjoy buffet lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong surrounded by tropical forests. Return to Luang Prabang city by minivan at 2:00 pm The afternoon tour will start by car taking you to San Hai Village for lunch. Then visit the cave by boat and continue cruising to Luang Prabang. It is the same except that the order and time of the itinerary changes. The tour date is reschedulable until 7 pm day before. Please contact us by email or message or visit Manifa Travel office (opposite of Villa Santi Hotel)

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Really enjoyed this trip. Mr Pingpong was a great guide. His personality really added to the experience. There are a great selection of waterfalls to choose to swim in. Afterwards, we had a nice lunch (with free drinks) and were joined by an elephant who we could feed and pet. After the whiskey tasting, Mr. Pingpong brought some additional whiskey onto the boat for us to try while also drinking Laobeer. Highly recommend this trip

Really enjoyed the day trip! The waterfall is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen and make sure to go up to the view point for a cold drink. There is a zip line up there for those who are interested which wasn’t advertised during our tour ($25 pp in cash). Lunch was delicious and the boat ride on the river was magical. This is a must activity when visiting LP!

Really enjoyed the day with our guide Mr. Pingphong. Each activity was great and felt like it had enough time. Great group and fun day overall. Would recommend!

The places visited are wonderful. great experience that I recommend to anyone visiting Luang Probang

The cruise was magnificent. The guide was not very involved