Luang Prabang

Right: Tat Kuang Si, Luang Prabang Province.

Luang Prabang really is a pretty place with all the temples and surrounding scenery. Out of town a bit are the Pak Ou caves and Tat Kuang Si (waterfalls). You would be hard pressed to find a more spectacular waterfall than Tat Kuang Si. There had been considerable precipitation prior to my visit so the river was fairly swolen sending water everywhere all through the picnic tables and over the walkways.There is a well constructed picnic area and local vendors have food and refreshments. There is also a compound containing a tiger which was confiscated from poachers while still a cub.

Tat Kuang Si is about 32km from Luang Prabang. Travel agencies and guesthouses in Luang Prabang can arrange transport to the waterfall as a half day trip.
Admission: 15,000Kip.

Tat Kuang Si

The Pak Ou Caves, on the Nam Ou River contain many images of the Buddha. At the neighbouring village a local industy is the sale of laolao (a potent rice whiskey) in bottles also containing snakes, scorpions or centipedes. They would make interesting souvenirs though I suspect you might have some difficulty getting them through customs in some countries.

The caves are about 25km from Luang Prabang and can be visited on a half day trip. You can get there by boat or to a neighbouring village by road and ferried across. Travel agencies and guesthouses in Luang Prabang can arrange transport.
Admission: 10,000Kip.