Pak Ou Caves
One of Luang Prabang’s highlights is these ancient caves which house hundreds of damaged Buddha images. Buddhists believe broken Buddha images bring back luck and therefore should be disposed of at a temple or shrine. The caves act like a crypt for the damaged goods and have become a pilgrimage site and more recently a tourist attraction. Lao New Year festivities see locals gather here to wash the broken images in an act of merit-making.
Tad Se Falls
Often overshadowed by the more popular Kuang Si Waterfall, the Tad Se Falls Make for a quieter alternative. Located 21kms southeast of Luang Prabang, the falls can easily be reached by taxi. The picturesque journey allows visitors to admire the countryside, while the falls themselves are small but impressive. It is not unusual for visitors to have the falls to themselves. Swimming is possible in some of the tiered pools and at the base of the falls. The best time to visit is from June to October.
Sitting next door to Wat Wisunalat is Wat Aham, known more for its delightful banyan trees than for its design. The temple is historically significant for having been the one-time home of the Sangkharat, the Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism. The residence of the Sangkharat was later moved to Wat Mai and the temple lost some of its prominence. Nowadays, the temple is visited primarily by worshippers who come to make offerings to the spirit shrine at the foot of the two enormous banyan trees.
Perhaps best visited in early evening when the resident monks engage in chanting, Wat Mai was once the seat of the Supreme Patriarch of Lao Buddhism, the Sangkharat, before the position was transferred to Vientiane in 1947. Built during the reign of King Manthatourath in 1821, the temple is a good example of traditional Luang Prabang temple design with its five-tiered roof. Also of interest at the temple is a golden bas-relief façade that depicts the story of one of the last reincarnations of the Buddha, Phravet.
Wat Tham Xieng Maen
Housed in the 100 metre deep Sakkalin Savannakuha Cave, Wat Tham Xieng Maen is one of Luang Prabang’s more unusual temples. Most people visit this temple and neighbouring Wat Long Khun at the same time. Attractions at the temple include two decaying spirit houses and some relief work that demonstrates excellent workmanship.
Things to Do
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