LUANG PRABANG STOPOVER

Code: LA-CL-LS3 Duration: 3 days Theme: Classic Tour & Family Tour

The package is the part of our [Laos Classic Tours] series, designed for the one to have short time, but still need to visit all main attractions of Luang Prabang! Within the 3-day package, you still have the best of Luang Prabang. Your Laos tour starts with the welcome of the host family, where you have the experience with Baci ceremony, the important culture practices in Laos. The day after impresses you by the long line of saffron clad monks along the main streets for the daily morning alms giving, the unique tradition only kept in Laos. Then continue with the cruise on the mighty Mekong to the mysterious Pak Ou caves. The visit to the exciting Kuang Si waterfalls promises the complete experience in a short Luang Prabang stopover

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Joining the spiritual Baci Ceremony, and enjoy the dinner with the host family, the best chance to experience the local culture
  • Impressed by the long line of saffron clad monks along the main streets for the daily morning alms giving, the unique tradition only kept in Laos.
  • Cruising the mighty Mekong to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • Exploring the Kuang Si waterfalls and its surrounding areas

TOUR ROUTE

Luang Prabang – Baci Ceremony – Morning alms giving – Pak Ou caves – Kuang Si waterfalls

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Dinner
+ Excursion: Temple & museum visit + Baci Ceremony
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Arrival Flight: TBA

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.

After a soft rest, your city tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall.

If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people, and visiting the traditional house of Heuan Chan, the Chantal wooden house dating back to 100 years old.

After that, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.

From there, join a private Baci ceremony at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.

Dinner will be served after that for you to share with the host family. This is the best chance for you to have first-hand experience of local life and culture.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: visit the interesting Pak Ou caves
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.

From there, we will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. This is the best chance to experience the taste of local life

Breakfast at the hotel, we will first visit the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene. After that, we embark on the leisurely cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a 16th century cave monastery filled with thousands of Buddha images, which locates 25 Kilometers North of Luang Prabang in the limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong river.  En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling. You will arrive back in Luang Prabang.
On arrival back in the city, we visit Wat Mai, which is one of the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. We then continue to Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. Our last stop today is the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: refreshing at Kuang Si waterfalls before taking the departure flight
+ Accommodation: None
+ Pick-up: 08:30

Departure flight: Should be after 04:00PM

After breakfast, we transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls which is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals
We will also take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.
Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed from 15 APR – 30 JUN; 01-14 SEP, & 01 JAN every year), whose mission is to create a research centre studying and publishing about Laos butterflies, host plants and preservation.

Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour.
We then transfer out to the airport to take the departure flight (Better depart after 04:00PM)