My Laos adventure today was the Pak Ou Caves, approximately 2 hours upstream from Luang Pra Bang. It’s a good thing I enjoy walking and exercise as there are lots of steps at these caves! If you don’t mind the exercise then you will love them. The day started early with a Tuk Tuk driver picking me up at my hotel and then we made the Laos travel to the caves. There are mixed reviews on these caves, but like anything it really depends on what you enjoy doing. I always prefer to just do it and make up my own mind.
These caves have 3 names, Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou River) the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) they all over look the Mekong River. They are known for the hundreds of very small wooden Buddhist figures that are over the walls on shelves. Most of these figures are damaged; however it does not take away the intriguing site of them all in different positions. One thing I recommend taking is a torch as it can get quite dark and you want to make the most of your trip and see everything. The caves themselves only require a short visit and as I mentioned before can be a bit tough on the legs!
There are many different Laos tours that can take you to the caves, some include extra stops along the way. Our Laos tour did offer some extra Laos adventures, so after visiting the caves we went along to the nearby village for some lunch and checked out the local souvenirs. The local village people were so friendly; although some of their English was limited it didn’t have any impact on my bartering and having a good time. There were many kids running around enjoying themselves and I even got to take my picture with a few of them which was fantastic and will make a good addition to my photo album. I enjoyed some nice local food and walked away with a few gifts for friends back home.
The day was coming to an end so we heading back to Luang Pra Bang. I enjoyed the ride home as my legs were sore but the trip was well worth it. Once back at my hotel in Luang Pra Bang I had a nice cold drink then headed off to bed to rest up for the next day’s adventure.