One of Luang Prabang’s most famous sites, these limestone caves near the Mekong have been a place of worship for more than a thousand yearsOne of the most respected holy sites in Lao; Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, the caves, a shrine to the river spirit and Lord Buddha, are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. There are two caves to visit, the lower cave called Tham Ting and the upper cave Tham Theung, both boasting miniature Buddhist figures that are mostly made from wood.
Phousi (Sacred Hill) is the geographical as well as spiritual centre of the city. Believed to have once harboured a powerful naga who dwelt in its bowels, the hill is also seen as a miniature Mount Meru, the Mount Olympus of Hindu-Buddhist cosmology. Though there is nothing to see on the hill itself, save for an ancient-looking sim at its foot, Phousi is striking from a distance. Indeed, the golden spires of That Chomsi at its summit are the first glimpse of the city that visitors get if they are arriving by boat or plane08:30 Depart from hotel08:40 Royal Palace Museum10:00 Visit cave by boat,Ban Xang Hai12:00 Lunch13:00 Pak Ou Caves15:30 Wat Mai16:00 Wat Xieng Thong (Golden city temple)16:30 Wat Visunnalat17:00 Sunset watch at Phousi18:00 Tour ends at hotel