|The famous and sacred Pak Ou Caves are |
carved into the karst landscape wheere
the Nam Ou River meets the Mekong.
The mighty Mekong River has its source in the Tibetan plateau and winds its way through seven Asian nations (Tibet, China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam) before emptying into the South China Sea. The land locked country of Laos was founded by kingdoms that occupied its banks, with centres in Luang Prabang and downstream in Vientiane and Champassak. Here are more panoramas along the Mekong near the lovely town of Luang Prabang.
|A view of the Mekong from the Pak Ou Caves.|
|Ban Xang Kong is known to tourists as the "whiskey village".|
Its cottage industry of producing moonshine has made
it prosperous enough to erect this little temple.
|Visitors to Luang Prabang will be brought to view two waterfalls. |
The first is the Kuang Si Falls downstream off the Mekong.
The park also houses a bear sanctuary.
|The pools of the Kuang Si Falls are good swim spots.|
|The other waterfall complex is the Tad Sae Falls, |
upstream along the Nam Khan River.
Its park is home to an elephant sanctuary.
|Back to the town of Luang Prabang,|
the temple grounds of Wat Mahathat.