Boat rental to visit Pak Ou Caves by yourself

Boat rental to visit Pak Ou Caves (maximum 6 persons)

This program is for our in-house guests only.

At 8.30 Am, we will transfer you on touk touk to the pier. There, you will get on our small Nam Ou slow boat without guide and head for 2 hours upstream on the Mekong to the Pak Ou Caves. All along the water’s edge, you will see the way of life of people leaving on river banks: gardens with a variety of vegetables, people fishing and you will see many types of boats running on the Mekong River.

On the way to the caves, you will visit some villages as Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village, where you can experience the entire process from silk worm to finished product and you will also see how saa paper is made in Ban Xieng Lek, next door to Ban Xang Khong Village.

Further up the river, the boat will stop in Ban Xang Hai, a rice whiskey village. Here, you will see the process of making the famous Lao Lao rice whiskey, and you can even sample the product if you’re feeling adventurous.

Then you will continue on to the main attraction, the famous Holy Pak Ou Caves of Luang Prabang. You will pay there the entrance fee for 20.000 Kip per peson (about 2.50 USD).There are two caves there: the lower cave called Tham Ting and the upper cave called Tham Poum, where you will see thousands and thousands of Buddha Images in different sizes and styles which have been put there over several years. When local peoples wishes became true they would offer Buddha Images of their day of birth to the Caves or put them there for special events such as Lao New Year. The upper-cave, Tham Pum, is dark, so a torch(flashlight) is a necessity. These can be rented at the front of the cave.

You will cross the Mekong to visit Pak Ou Village where you may have lunch on your own at local restaurant.

Afterwards we proceed to the boat to Ban Khok Village where access is only by boat. In this charming village you will see how people pass a relaxed life, along with the two primary school classes, temple and cave that people believe where “Naga” (mythical serpent) was to protect the village. You will see a hole with a ventilation which local people believe is the path way for “Naga” to get to the Nam Ou River.

After all the visits, you will return by boat to Luang Prabang. It will take about one hour for the trip back to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at the pier, disembark from the boat. The end of service.


  • The transfer from hotel to pier and boat trip as mentioned in the program: 75 USD.