Mekong. It is the world’s 10th longest river, with an estimated length of 4,909km.
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The name Mekong derived from Lao and Thai and reflects those peoples’ understanding of the Mekong as their “Mother River.” The Mekong basin is the second richest area of biodiversity in the world, exceeded only by the Amazon.
Stop to visit a the local village of Ban Muang Kham that is known for producing riverweed called Khaipen in Lao language. This river-weed is very nutritious and makes a delicious appetizer. Next destination is Tam Ting Caves (also called the Pak Ou caves).
This is a site of ancient spiritual significance. It was here, during the 15th century, that the animistic religions were peacefully united with Buddhism. Within the two caves of Tam Ting are stupas, shrines, and carvings of Buddha.
Over 4,000 wooden figures of Buddha, many highly ornate, stand within the natural limestone caves, testament to the skill of Lao craftsmen centuries ago. Back on board iMekong savor local cuisine for lunch whilst cruising back to Luang Prabang.
Depart time: 10:00
Return time: 14:30
Location: iMekong Boat Pier, Ban Vat Nong, Luang Prabang
(Opposite Big Tree Cafe)