The Pak Ou Caves in Laos exist in a rock space on the side of a peak/cliff, along the Mekong River. A short, fun boat ride is required to get there. Once you watch, you to will believe there could be 4000 Buddha statues housed here. There are Buddhas EVERYWHERE.
This video shows the main chamber of the Lower Pak Ou Cave. It’s easy to get to upon arrival and, as you can see, there are thousands of Buddhas here. It’s fun looking for all of their hiding places.
Climbing around the cave to do a little exploring isn’t terribly difficult, but was too much for blind man Tim. So I did this part solo.
The Upper Pak Ou Cave is a somewhat challenging climb up a lot of stairs along the mountainside. Nothing harrowing, though the pavement is often cracked.
The biggest challenge in going to the upper cave is the relentless pack of kids asking for money. They literally wouldn’t get out of the way of the partially blind guy trying to climb the stairs.
Other than that, it’s a nice trip. Oh, and you need a flashlight for the upper cave as it’s really pitch black. If you forget yours, you can rent one at the cave entrance.
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Okay, seeing this, in the Pak Ou Caves, I would believe that there are four thousand Buddhas. It’s like a whole army of Buddhas, and they are stuck in all sorts of little nooks and crannies.
It’s actually giving you a lot of light on this.
See, there’s a little one right there. I know it’s getting a little grainy, but they’re tucked up in there.
And there’s a little set of them way back there, and look up on the shelf.
All those little bits of gold are Buddhas.