Laos: Cruising the Mekong River from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang

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Pakbeng is the stopover, halfway along the route, for tourists traveling by boat between Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang, and where they usually spend the night before continuing on their two-day journey. But travelers interested only in taking a day cruise , may also start the trips from here.  I always look forward to getting to a destination by water, especially through a river or lake. One of my favorite memories from Cambodia was traveling to Angkor from Battambang by boat across Tonle Sap, the largest lake in Southeast Asia. Boat cruises are a relaxing way to travel, especially after hours cooped up in a car, bus or van.

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Pak Ou is a cave monastery established in the 16th century, contains thousands of Buddha images.

Pak Ou is a cave monastery established in the 16th century, contains thousands of Buddha images.

 

The dramatic karst landscape surrounding Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang.

The dramatic karst landscape surrounding Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang.

 

We stop by a Khmu-Lao village renowned for its traditional handloom weaving.

We stop by a Khmu-Lao village renowned for its traditional handloom weaving.

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