Sebastian's Ongoing Adventures travel blog

kids working early

nice morning most

nice, calm waters today

me in the front today


Pak Ou upper cave entrance

Pak Ou caves

lots of buddha statues

The Nam Kahn and Mekong merging

History of Pak Ou caves

lower cave

lower cave

lower cave looking out


Woke up early this morning, same same. Said my goodbye’s and thank you’s to the Lao Lue family we stayed with and walked back down to the river where our kayaks were awaiting our 2nd day on the river and last day for the PAK OU DISTRICT TREK. There were only a couple small rapids today, but got close to getting stuck a few times in the shallow parts. After 2 and a half hours of kayaking on the river, we merged into the Mekong and stopped at the sacred caves of the Pak Ou. These caves had thousands of old Buddha statues inside used for praying. After the caves we went back into the river and paddled another 40 minutes to our last stop, the Ban Xang Hai village. Here I found my mother a few birthday presents that hopefully she’ll put to use when I come for a visit.

Overall, the 3 day trek 2 day kayaking was a grand and incredible time. I would have wanted it more challenging and more green, but I am greatful for what I have been apart of here. Staying with the different villages was exactly how I envisioned a homestay to be, and then some! Our guide, Sitha, was a trooper at leading Jamie and me everywhere and, cooking us great meals and answering all out questions. Anyone that’s heading to Northern Laos in the future, I recommend Green Discovery Tours for your trekking and trip options. They are based out a few different cities, so you have much to choose from!

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