After an over-night at the village of Ban Somsanook or Had kham, the scenery of the Nam Ou gets more and more dramatic, with limestone cliffs bordering the river. (It takes 2 hours to Buddha cave).
At the confluence of the Nam Ou and the Mekong lie the highly venerated Pak Ou Caves: two temple caves by the river, filled with hundreds of Buddha statues. 1 hour paddling further down the Mekong takes us to the village of Ban Xanghai. Here, the production of lau lao (Lao whisky) and lau hai (Lao wine) is demonstrated… of course, you should try some!
From Ban Xanghai, either a songthew will pick up the group or, if fit and ambitious, you can paddle all the way back to Luang Prabang.
– Accommodation: Phousi Hotel
– Transportation: pickup truck, kayak