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Pak Ou Caves

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Pak Ou Caves are one of Luang Prabang’s most famous sites, and these limestone caves overlooking the Mekong have been a place of worship for more than a thousand years.

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When pilgrims completed the difficult journey to the caves, which lie 25 kilometres upriver from Luang Prabang in a cliff 15 metres above the water, they left behind a Buddha idol. Over time they added up, and the caves are now filled with thousands of Buddha images in varying sizes and styles. There are two caves, upper (Tham Theung) and lower (Tham Ting), with the latter being the main attraction.

You will need one of these. Photo taken in or around Pak Ou Caves, Luang Prabang, Laos by Adam Poskitt.

You will need one of these. Photo: Adam Poskitt

The lower cave is well lit and has a few signs explaining the significance of statues and prayer altars inside. The upper cave is a 10-minute trek up some steep steps and you’ll need a torch to see anything, but the effort is worthwhile. The cave shelters thousands more Buddha images and, with far fewer tourists than the lower cave, feels like the serene place it originally was. Please do not touch any of the statues and absolutely do not even consider taking one as ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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