1. Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls
This tour has 2 options: (1) Mekong cruise and cave in the morning and waterfall in the afternoon (2) Waterfall in the morning and cave and Mekong cruise in the afternoon. The itinerary is the same except for the order. Unlike cheaper tours from other companies, both include a 25 km, 3-hour one way boat trip between Luang Prabang and the caves. You will be picked up at your accommodation between 7:45 am and 8:15 am then, we head straight to the pier to join the 8:30 am long tail slow boat trip departure and head off on the mighty Mekong river. Enjoy the many views from the water, witness rural laos, pass by local villages, fishermen, children and soak up the scenes of daily life by the river. After the first hour and a bit, the boat takes its first short stop at the popular Ban Xang Hai, also known as ‘the whiskey village’. Here you visit the village, see the process of making Lao Lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey and taste the fresh local delights. Why not pick up a couple of bottles for later! We continue by boat travelling slowly along the Mekong in the direction of the glorious Pak Ou Caves. We 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 The boat will enter the Ou River to visit the limestone cliffs. Then, after a 30-minute boat ride down the Mekong River, we will arrive at Manifa Elephant Camp for lunch. We enjoy a full buffet style lunch @ the restaurant – overlooking the Mekong river and free-roaming elephants. After lunch break, we take by car to Kuang Si Waterfalls – you will have 2-hours to explore the three layered Kuang Si Waterfall walk the trails of the nature reserve and swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center. You'll leave for Luang Prabang in the late afternoon, making a short visit at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. Your return to the city is expected to be between 5:30PM-6:00PM, which is the ideal time to visit Phousi Mountain for the sunset.