Discover Boat trip to Pak Ou Caves & Nong Khiaw village - Luang Prabang
The Mekong River is perhaps one of the places in Cambodia that any tourist shouldn’t pass up. It holds many interesting location that travelers can visit, especially if they’re looking for a rustic yet enlightening experience. In particular the beautiful little town of Nong Khiaw is a popular stopover for many people before they move on to explore the many different caves that are found in the area, like the famous Pak Ou Caves.
Nong Khiaw Village is considered an excellent place to stop and plan out your day before exploring the surrounding area. The village itself has many rustic charms that you might want to take in before moving on to the various nearby caves. Nong Khiaw still has a very idyllic feel to it as there are many hiking trails around the village that travelers can walk either on foot or by bicycle. You can rent a bike (for around 30,000 Kip) and go as far as the eastern villages of Khmu and Hmong. After doing some trekking, you can go soak in an herbal steam bath or massage at Sabai Sabai.
The Pak Ou Caves is a short river boat ride from the village and is considered as one of the most respected holy sites in the country. The caves have over 4,000 Buddha statues and are composed of two main caves – the lower Tham Ting cave and the upper Tham Theung cave. The caves can get very dark, so it’s best to bring a torch or some other light source when exploring. Travelers will surely feel a sense of awe as they explore the caves with the thousands of hidden icons lining the caves.
Getting to Nong Khiaw village is easy from Luang Prabang since there are regular buses that travel there throughout the day. The trip should cost you around 40,000 to 50,000 Kips and will take around 4 hours to get there. From the village, there are river boats that travel down the Nam Ou River that will take you to the Pak Ou Caves. The caves can get very busy in April, when the Lao New Year is in full swing. If you want to see what this famous pilgrimage site is like at its high point, then this is definitely a great time to visit.