Buddha Cave Discovery – Green Discovery Laos
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Buddha Cave Discovery


Discover the rivers of Luang Prabang on a kayak and visit the famous Buddha Caves

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Buddha Cave Discovery

Discover the rivers of Luang Prabang on a kayak and visit the famous Buddha Caves

Main info

1 day

Luang Prabang

$65 per pers. (min 2 ppl)

All year round

private truck


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Buddha stautes in a cave


This section of river takes us past some incredible scenery including limestone cliffs and authentic villages

Kayaking down gentle rapids

Explore ancient transport routes that Lao people have been using for centuries while kayaking down a gentle river, perfect for all experience levels

Discover one of Luang Prabang’s most sacred sites; the famous Pak Ou caves, full of hundreds of statues of Buddha.

Travel from Luang Prabang into the mountains before kayaking your way back to town on the Nam Ou River, stopping at the famous Buddha caves and a whiskey making village

Luang Prabang

What Will You Do

We depart from Luang Prabang heading north  to a Khmu village where we will have a short introduction to paddling and a safety briefing. When everyone is feeling confident we head off downstream where there are some small rapids.

Along our way down the Nam Ou River, we can see beautiful cliffs and authentic villages. We carry on downstream until we stop for a lao style picnic lunch at an incredible location, a beautiful white sandbank set amongst some amazing surroundings!

After lunch and a relaxing swim we carry onwards once again. The afternoon is spent paddling in a calmer section of the Nam Ou and on the Mekong River. Along the way, there is plenty of time to watch the villagers fishing and harvesting river weed which they dry out, season and fry to make a tasty snack! We stop to explore the famous Pak Ou (Buddha) Caves and discover the thousands of Buddha statues, one of the most sacred and significant sights in the Luang Prabang area. We continue paddling to a small village, famous for weaving and Lao whisky making. From here we will return to Luang Prabang by private local truck. 

(If we are ahead of schedule and we still have enough energy to paddle, we can continue paddling for another 30 minutes along the Mekong)

What to expect:

Expect a full day of kayaking with some small rapids. You should be able to swim 50m unassisted to be able to join.


Departure Roughly at 8:30 am from Green Discovery office/your hotel
Return Roughly at 5 pm to Green Discovery office/your hotel
Locations Luangprabang
What to bring: Clothes and shoes you can get wet, Change of clothes for the return journey (optional),Hat,Sunscreen

Refillable water bottle

What is included Lunch, drinking water, English speaking guide, transport, taxes, permits and all entrance fees
Our water policy

Help us to become 100% single use plastic free company!  

We try to avoid plastic as much as possible, that is why we encourage you to bring your own refillable bottle.
We have water refillable station at our office where you can fill up your bottle.  If you don’t have one we sell the 0,75 L Green Discovery aluminium bottles at our sales office.  At the moment we will still need to use plastic bottles in some of our tours but we hope to reduce it as much as possible. Together with The Green Discovery Sustainability Fund we are working on installing water filters in all the villages we are visiting and we hope in the future we will not need to use plastic bottles anymore.

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We can tailor make your perfect experience

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