Friday, January 7, 2011

Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang

Near Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the Mekong River 25 km from Luang Prabang, Laos. They are a group of caves on the left side of the Mekong river, about two hours upstream from the center of Luang Prabang, and have become well known by tourists. The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of very small and mostly damaged wooden Buddhist figures are laid out over the wall shelves. They take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana).
You can easily arrange a boat ride up the Mekong with one of the locals at the docks along the river in Luang Prabang. A boat which seats 4-5 people should cost around $10 for the 45 minute trip up the river and back. To take the boat ride as it is far more scenic. Also, you can take a tuk-tuk to the village opposite the Pak Ou caves, and then pay for a ferry ride across the Mekong. The locals charge a nominal admission fee to visit the site.



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