Photographer's Note

Packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons, Pak Ou Caves have a history dating back thousands of years. When pilgrims completed the difficult journey to the caves, which lie 25 kilometres upriver from Luang Prabang in a cliff 15 metres above the water, they left behind a Buddha idol. Over time these buddhas added up, and the caves are now filled with thousands of Buddha images in varying sizes and styles.

The caves are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. There are two caves to visit, the lower cave called Tham Ting and the upper cave Tham Theung, both boasting miniature Buddhist figures that are mostly made from wood. Positioned about 50 feet above the river, Tham Ting filters in some light but a torch is required for the absolutely pitch black Tham Theung.

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