Nestled at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, amidst a backdrop of jungle-clad mountains, Luang Prabang is undoubtedly the draw card attraction in Laos. And the former Royal Capital is at its most vibrant during rainy season, when the forests are a brilliant shade of emerald and the rivers are in full flow. Saffron-robed monks collecting their daily alms and impossibly ornate temples such as Wat Xieng Thong offer spiritual solace, while lavish hotels and chic eateries up the ante in the comfort stakes. Known for its left-field culture, Luang Prabang boasts a number of interesting galleries and bookshops as well as venues that specialise in traditional arts and crafts. Outside town, the beautiful countryside is rich in ethnic culture. Other easily accessible attractions, meanwhile, include Pak Ou caves – where damaged Buddhas were once stored – and Kuang Si Waterfall, a succession of falls and crystalline jungle pools.
Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 2: Luang Prabang – city tour – Pak Ou Cave (B)
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khoang Si waterfall (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang – departure (B)
Welcome to Luang Prabang! Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel for check-in. Free to relax.
If time permits, we climb up 328 steps of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. We will explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
You have the option to wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks – an awe-inspiring sight. Please tell your guide a day in advance if you wish to make an offering so he/she can prepare some food for you to hand over to the monks. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos. Watch the town come to life in the morning then return to the hotel for breakfast or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual. (If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence. Dress appropriately – shoulders, chest and legs should be covered).
We then visit the Morning Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
After breakfast at hotel, we enjoy a short-guided tour visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign; visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we will make a stop at Ban Xang Hai village where rice wine is distilled. We will visit the caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues. We return to
Luang Prabang in the afternoon, continue to visit Ban Xang Khong, a village well known for silk hand-weaving and traditional Saa paper-making.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Breakfast at hotel. We visit the Phousi Market, then drive our way to Khouang Si waterfall.
On the way, you can visit to the Lao ethnic minority groups-Ban Ouay Village, Ban Ou village and Ban Thapene Village.
Once at the waterfalls, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Khouang Si waterfalls and pass by the Asian bear rescue center.
You will enjoy feeling the mist of the cool, turquoise waters of the different waterfalls. Swimming in the refreshing waters is possible.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
After breakfast, we will we will visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China.
In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. Continue past Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500s.
Then transfer to airport for your next flight.
End of services.
PRICE: .... USD/PAX
- Private transportation with air-conditioned
- Boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fee to indicated sights
- Meals as indicated in the detail itinerary: breakfast at hotel
- Government tax and service charge
- Luggage handling
- 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour
- 2 cold towels per day during the tour
- Travel insurance (compulsory)
- Domestic airfare and airport tax in Laos
- International airfare and airport tax to & from Laos
- Early check- in or late check-out (except as indicated)
- Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
- Visa stamping fee to Laos (if any)
- Optional excursions and entrance fees and permits during free time
- Additional transportation required due to any emergency situation
- Tipping/ Gratuities
- Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills, shopping…
- Excess luggage charges
- Any additional expenses caused by reasons beyond our control such as natural calamities (typhoon, floods), flight delays, rescheduling or cancellations, any accidents, medical evacuations, riots, strikes etc.
SURCHARGE FOR MEALS:
- Lunch: USD 11 – 12/pax/meal
- Dinner: USD 12 – 13/pax/meal
- From 2-11 years of age, shares bed with parents: 35% discount on land tour (not included airfares)
- Infant: FOC for land services (not included airfares)
- From 12 years old up or children use single room or extra bed: charged as adult.
- Above tour price valid as above dates
- Price per person is based on twin-share accommodation
- Itinerary is subjected to change due to weather/traffic condition
SEVERAL POINTS TO NOTE:
1. The above tour prices are based on our current transportation rates. Increasing petrol rates might affect our transportation and boat fees, in which case we reserve the right to revise our current rates. If any increase should arise we will of course keep you well informed.
2. Availability: Please note that if a certain hotel is not available at the time of booking, then we will gladly make alternative suggestions in the same category. We will advise you accordingly with the surcharge if any. As a result, we would highly appreciate it if you could advise us to block rooms soonest possible to guarantee the rooms and rates in period of high and peak season
3. All the above points of interest are open for visit based on current updates. In case of closure for construction or any other reason, we will replace with a similar point of interest
4. Above itinerary is based on the current flight schedule. In case of flight changes, the itinerary will be changed accordingly.
5. No early check in or late check out is included except those indicated in the program. Generally, the check in time is 14.00pm and check out time is 12.00pm.
6. Visas into Laos is required except for countries who have signed the visa exemption contracts. Please contact us for visa information details.