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Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls Cruise

4.9 / 5

36 reviews

Activity provider: Manifa Travel Co Ltd

Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls Cruise

Activity provider: Manifa Travel Co Ltd

From US$ 49 per person

Embark on a shared or private cruise to Pak Ou Caves with a stop to taste rice whiskey and explore a cave. After lunch in an elephant camp, travel by car to Kuang Si Falls.

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Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pickup available from hotels and guest houses located in the Luang Prabang city area.
Private or small groups available


  • Take in the unique sight of more than 4,000 Buddha icons in the 2 caves
  • Explore Kuang Si Falls, the most beautiful and famous falls in Laos
  • Savor a buffet lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Mekong River
  • Choose between shared or private cruise options
Full description

Enjoy a private or shared group boat tour to the Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls departing from Luang Prabang. You will be picked up at your accommodation and travel straight to the pier. Hop onboard a long tail boat for a relaxing journey aong the Mekong River. Enjoy the views from the water as you pass by local villages and fishing communities. After the first hour and a bit, the boat makes its first short stop at the popular Ban Xang Hai, also known as ‘the whiskey village’. Explore the village, see the process of making Lao Lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey, and taste the finished product. Continue by boat traveling slowly along the Mekong in the direction of the glorious Pak Ou Caves. Arrive at a small boat landing dock where stairs lead you straight up to the cave. These limestone Buddhist caves have been a place of worship for thousands of years, over this time a collection of Buddha statues and idols have filled these spiritual natural caves Enter the Ou River to visit the limestone cliffs. Then, after a 30-minute boat ride down the Mekong River, arrive at Manifa Elephant Camp for lunch. Enjoy a full buffet-style lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river and free-roaming elephants. After lunch break, travel by car to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore the three-layered Kuang Si Waterfalls. Walk the trails of the nature reserve and swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center. Depart for Luang Prabang, with a short stop at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. Return to the city with drop-off at your hotel.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Buffet lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • 1-hour boat cruise
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Swimwear
    • Change of clothes
    • Towel
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    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 36 reviews

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    The waterfall and sunset over Mekong is unbeatably the best thing I did in Laos. Only 4 stars because Elephant sanctuary is a bit unnecessary, my suggestion is to explain what they do at the sanctuary better and why we should support them. It would be better than just animal feeding and riding which should not happen anyway. We are having lunch there we are captive audience.

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    December 27, 2022

    One word wonderful. I couldn't make a reservation for a tour that I should have asked for at the hotel, so I hurriedly applied online the night before. The schedule of the tour was reversed in the morning and afternoon, but thanks to that, I was able to see the sunset over the Mekong River. We also got free beer. The guide was great too.

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    December 31, 2022

    Thanks for the nice tour. Everything worked well, good organization and all employees were very friendly, courteous and helpful. Thanks for the cozy and lovely day, would definitely do it again for the price! Please remember tips, they really try! Start at the hotel with a new minibus. Comfortable boat tour including coffee, tea or water. Boat in fair condition and toilets were well maintained. Our tour guide Worn was very accommodating and answered as many questions as possible. Buddha Caves were visited. Very tasty food on the elephant Manifa Farm (try the pumpkin soup) followed by feeding the free-roaming elephants, no sticks, no chains... all very natural, elephants let themselves be stroked against banana bribery, ;) Visiting two villages Was a waterfall visit gg. afternoon, so very empty, but already cooler return journey with a new minibus with air conditioning.

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    November 13, 2022

    Product ID: 354201