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Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves © Matsuoka AkiraKaoru
Pak Ou Caves © Matsuoka AkiraKaoru

The Pak Ou Caves lie about two hours from Luang Prabang and are only accessible via a scenic boat trip. The lower and upper caves contain an impressive collection of mostly wooden Buddha statues, which locals and pilgrims have assembled over the centuries. Hundreds of pilgrims journey to the caves every year, adding new statues to the gallery. The collection contains some unusual specimens, many of which are hard to reach. Visitors will need a flashlight to climb the stairs leading to the upper cave. The lower cave is visible from the river. Photos are permitted and visitors often light candles as tributes.