- Walking along the small street of Luang Prabang and admire the local life
- Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
- Sense the skin, the smell, and the breath of the elephants as closed as you wish
- The leisure cruise along the mighty Mekong river
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES
- Gentle city visits of the ancient town of Luang Prabang
- Elephant walk exploring the Mekong River
- Join the cruise along the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
- Experience the traditional farming practice of Laos people at Living Land Farm
- Refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls, explore the surrounding area, or take the dip at the natural pools
- The green nature countryside of Luang Prabang
- The untouched nature along Mekong River
- The exciting Kuang Si waterfalls
- Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
- Visit various temple and museum in the ancient town of Luang Prabang
- Visiting various local villages to learn about their daily life
Luang Prabang – City Tour – Pak Ou caves – Rice Experience – Kuang Si waterfalls
Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang - City Tour
Pick up at the airport and transfer into town. Embark on a short orientation city tour visiting the main sites including Wat Xiengthong, Royal Palace Museum, or Mount Phousi. Enjoy the dinner at the local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song. Stroll around the colorful night market before coming back to your hotel for the night
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
After a soft rest, your “4-day Luang Prabang 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.
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.
The welcome dinner will be served at the local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song, the best chance to experience Lao culture
The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Elephant Experience - Mekong River Cruise
Wake up early to join the daily morning alms giving and visit the temporary morning market. After breakfast, transfer directly to Ban Xanghai to join the 30-minute elephant ride/walk exploring the mighty Mekong. Then embark on the cruise to the mysterious Pak Ou caves. Back to the city in the afternoon to visit UXO Visitor Center, and traditional Arts and Ethnology Center before transferring back to your hotel.
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 flavor of local life
After breakfast, we drive directly to Ban Xang Hai, which is famous for the traditional rice whiskey distilled.
From there, we enjoy the 30-minute elephant ride exploring the Mekong river at the nearby elephant camp.
Continue driving to Ban Pak Ou, and take the boat crossing the Mekong river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
We then take the boat downstream the Mekong river back to Luang Prabang.
Upon arrival, visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos.
We may have time to Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures
Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Rice Experience - Kuang Si Waterfalls
In the morning, visit the Living Land Farm, and learn about the traditional farming method of Laos people. Then refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls park in the afternoon. Ending the day admiring the sunset at Silk Road Café overlooking the Mekong river
Begin today’s close-up look at daily Laotian life by heading out for a morning at a community-based living rice farm in the idyllic countryside outside Luang Prabang. Surrounded by mountains and rice paddies, you’ll have an opportunity to experience rural life as a Laotian farmer would, trying your hand at various farm activities – or observing them from a traditional Lao rice house balcony, set amidst rice terraces and an organic vegetable farm. You’ll have time to check out nearby workshops where local bamboo weavers, blacksmiths and sugar cane processors practice their crafts. Then take a tour of the organic garden to learn how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine.
Lunch will be served at the terrace overlooking the rice field
Later on, we drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall 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.
On the way back to the town, 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. This place is also the perfect spot to admire the sunset.
Overnight in Luang Prabang