Pak Ou Caves
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April 22nd, 2010 – by: Vanessa_Mun_Yee
It was such a scenic ride with nice breezes. Although it was 39Cº/102Fº but with the breezes, it was quite pleasant. We disembarked before reaching the caves. Kent brought us to a village just to show us the life of a Laos village. It was a nice experience if it wasn’t for the steps! Then we disembarked at another village (steps again) , the rice wine distillery and Ban Phanom weaving village. Here we learned how they make the rice wine. How they used a big pot and wood fire to distill for wine.
We continued our cruise after the village visit until we reached the little jetty to the caves. There are lots of steps again! We started to feel the sweet heat of 39Cº! Boy it was hot! We were dripping with sweats walking up those steps to the caves.
Pak Ou cave is 25km up stream from Luang Prabang. It can only be reach by boat. There are two caves in a limestone cliff where the Mekong and Nam Ou River met. The lower cave named Tham Ting that contains about 2500 Buddha statues in various gestures, from size of few inches to few feet tall! There was a huge Buddha image in this cave for people to worship where they could kneel and burn incense.
After we have seen the two caves, we went on the boat again for a ride to the opposite river bank for lunch at a bamboo cottage. I think the Laos people like to make us work. If you want to have lunch, go on another 30 steps! The restaurant has a nice ambience of over looking the water with some warm breezes. Food was good too! While we disembark at the river bank for lunch, I saw some village kids selling their hand-made decoration ( I don’t know what was that ) to the tourists that disembarked from the other side. From the table where we sat, I was observing one kid. He jumped into the water and had lots of fun but when there was a tourist boat docked, he jumped out of the river, went to his mom and grabbed the thing he was selling, trying to persuade the tourist to buy from him with water still dripping from his tiny body.
Charlie suggested we should give them some money but we won’t need to buy from them. After we’ve done with lunch, walking down the steps, one really cute girl and one cute boy started to sell craps to us. I gave the girl a banana where I took from lunch. She grabbed it and the boy started to fight with her for the banana. Then Charlie took out 1000kip, the boy grabbed it and ran away from the girl! I think the girl must have been so regretted that she took the banana if she knows that she would get 1000kip instead of the stinking banana!
Then we walked on, two more kids approached us, one of them was the boy I was talking about. Charlie gave the cute girl 1000kip and she put her hand together, bowed and said something in Laos which I think she said thank you.
It was a two hours boat ride home. Along the Mekong River, I saw some stone measurement for water lever of the river, I could see how low the water lever it was. Kent told me it was better now after four countries confronted China for having built 4 dams and kept the water to themselves! It was so low that the boat couldn’t sail on the river!
I kept thinking about that little girl the entire journey home. I wanted to kidnap her!
We had some time in the afternoon; I had a good Laos’s style massage which is located down the road. It was pretty cheap too!
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