"Catch a slow boat to the Pak Ou Caves" Luang Prabang Transportation Tip by Rodan44

Luang Prabang Transportation: 68 reviews and 81 photos

  Slow Boats docked on the Mekong
by Rodan44

The Pak Ou caves north of Luang Prabang is a common day trip for tourists. The preferred means of transport to the caves is to catch a boat in Luang Prabang and travel up the Mekong directly to the caves. The most common boats available for hire are the slow boats shown in this photo. They can be found along the riverbank in Luang Prabang and only cost a few dollars per person for the round trip to the caves and back. The boat ride itself takes about 90 minutes, and it will also stop at two small craft villages on the way up.

It is possible to hire a car to take you to the village of Pak Ou and then ferry across the river to the caves, and this will undoubtedly take much less time, but the boat ride is much more pleasureable and scenic. Isn't that why you came to Luang Prabang in the first place?

Type: Ship/Boat

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  • Written Jul 26, 2004
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