Once you’ve exhausted Luang Prabang’s many monasteries and temples, you’ll still find many more attractions in the surrounding countryside, all within easy reach of the city. The popular Pak Ou caves trip gets you out on the water, a wonderful day-trip, especially if you haven’t had a chance to travel the Mekong by boat. There are also two picturesque waterfalls nearby, Tad Se and Kouang Si, both of which are good spots for a picnic and splashing around in turquoise waters. All the trips described here can be done in half a day – either by a tour through a travel agent or by chartering a tuk-tuk or boat for the trip.

The swift rivers, pretty rural areas and impressive mountains around Luang Prabang also offer many opportunities for adventure sports, including whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking and trekking tours. Enquires for adventure tours can be made through your guesthouse.

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