We highly suggest this special journey that takes place around the Mekong, in the area of Luang Prabang. This river, called "the impetuous" by the Chinese, is called "the mother’s rivers". Here, the Mekong River is quiet and calm, she is the source of life and prosperity. We will begin this journey with the visit of Pak Ou caves.
We embark at 8.30 for a 2 hours cruise. On the way, your guide would be pleased to answer all the questions you could have about the history and the legends, because there are plenty all around… including the spirit stories, who are considered as strong, fearless, and without any pity.
Pak Ou should be reached before 10h30, when the light on the faces of the cave is the most impressive. 2 caves inside the karstic mountain host thousands of statues of Buddha, sometimes covered by Burma gold leafs.
Lunch at a local restaurant, in Pak Ou village.
We then go back downstream. Possible stop in Ban Xiang Hai, well known for its local rice alcohol production. Some add the most venomous animals they can find, as medicine whisky… Also possible stop in Ban Xang Khong, specialized in silk products and confection of Saa paper (made with mulberry bark).
We then continue to the village of Ban Xieng Mene, with its former royal caves and its harmonious temple, mix of Lao and French colonial architectural influences. This village, just at the Mekong bank opposite of Luang Prabang.
Back to Luang Prabang. A minivan will be there to transfer you to your hotel.
End of the journey.
We can continue our exploration with the village of Ban Chan, the pottery village, where we can see the way the local people produce potteries, bricks, construction material, still in the traditional way. Here, the savoir faire is passed on from generation to generation.
Warning: during the "Van Sin days" (Full moon, New moon, and 1st and 3rd quarter), the workers have religiously day off and can’t work.
Time now to come back to the center-city of Luang Prabang. A minivan will await you. Back to hotel, or a last drink during the Sunset on the Mekong River from one of the restaurants there.
Back to the hotel before sunset, end of the journey.