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Luang Prabang Highlights - 5 days

Luang Prabang is a town which emanates peace. The former royal capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, here you will treat your eyes to the intricate details decorating the town’s ancient temples and enjoy a panoramic view over the town, situated at the point where two rivers merge, from atop Mt Phousi. At a Hmong batik class, learn about the skills which local ethnic Hmong have passed down over many generations, and later join the locals for a game of petanque. Enjoy a traditional Laos dance show, and treat yourself to the Garavek Show – stage interpretation of the esoteric Lao art of storytelling presented in a way both accessible and highly entertaining. The vibrant night market is a great spot to try local food, and you’ll have an opportunity to taste a range of local specialties, and will also try your own hand at preparing Lao food in a traditional Lao cooking class. With scenes of Pak Ou Cave pilgrimage site and Khuang Si Waterfalls, Luang Prabang will stay in your mind’s eye long after you return home from this tour.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the panoramic views over the quaint town from Phousi Hill
  • Explore the must-see Wat Xieng Thong
  • Get into the local spirit with Alms-giving
  • Enjoy a boat trip to Pak Ou Cave
  • Relax at the Khuang Si water Falls
  • Garavek show, the traditional storytelling art
  • Learn about traditional cuisine in a Lao cooking class
  • Join a Hmong Batik Class and create a wax resist
  • Play petanque with locals
  • Learn to make traditional Saa paper
  • Explore the local scent in Wet market

Itinerary

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day 1
LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

Welcome to Luang Prabang, Laos. On your arrival, your guide and driver will greet you at the airport for transfer to your hotel where you’ll have time to refresh yourself.

Later on, climb the steps up Mount Phousi, which dominates the town skyline and offers panoramic views over this quaint town, the former royal capital of Laos now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Back at the foot of the mountain, stroll the picturesque streets of the charming old town and browse the night market, packed with aromatic street food, brilliant hand-crafted textiles from the region’s hill tribes, and friendly banter among the vendors.

Wind down your day with an exceptional dinner at Son Phao Restaurant where, apart from excellent food, you can enjoy a traditional Lao dance show.

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: There are 3 hotel ranges for your selection, please scroll down

day 2
TEMPLES, BATIK, PETANQUE, STORYTELLING

This morning, see some of Luang Prabang’s most important temples, including Wat Visoun, home of the ‘Watermelon Stupa’, and Wat Xieng Thong known for its expansive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story. Join a Hmong Batik Class and create a wax resist, Hmong style design on hand-loomed hemp. Due to time constraints, we cannot complete the dyeing process, but the natural hemp offers a beautiful product. Later, stroll the quaint streets and join in a game of petanque – someone is always willing to show you how to play, and it is a fun way to get to know the local people. Close out your day at Garavek show. In this English language stage show, the traditional storytelling art of garavek is the medium, while the theme is Luang Prabang itself. In a mixture of history and popular myth, hear the story of this town to the accompaniment of the khene, a handmade bamboo mouth organ, and the quintessential Lao folk instrument.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: There are 3 hotel ranges for your selection, please scroll down

Note:

Option: Get into the local spirit, rising at dawn to join lines of people silently offering food to Buddhist monks walking back from morning prayers. After participating in this daily ritual of alms-giving, stroll through the vibrant morning market.

day 3
PAK OU CAVES, SAA PAPER MAKING CLASS

Step aboard a boat on the mighty Mekong River and head upstream to visit the Pak Ou Caves. Inside the two chambers of this well-known pilgrimage site, you will see an incredible number and variety of Buddha images. On your journey along the river, take in splendid natural scenery and absorb the pace of life among the local fishermen and riverside communities. On your return journey, dock at Ban Xang Khong Village and learn about the local methods of making Saa paper and hand woven products.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: There are 3 hotel ranges for your selection, please scroll down

day 4
LAO COOKING CLASS, KHUANG SI WATERFALLS

Spend this morning learning about traditional cuisine in a Lao cooking class. Begin with a tour of local markets where you’ll see, touch, smell and taste the ingredients for typical Lao food, then prepare and cook a Lao meal with your chef’s instruction, and enjoy a delectable lunch of your own preparation. In the afternoon, drive out of Luang Prabang to visit Khuang Si Waterfall. Located in a lushly forested area, this tiered waterfalls has numerous pools idea for a cooling swim, and even simply sitting by the water’s edge is a refreshing experience.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: There are 3 hotel ranges for your selection, please scroll down

day 5
LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE

After breakfast this morning, you will be free to relax or make a quick outing to any corner of Luang Prabang which you want to see again before it is time for your transfer to the airport to board your departing flight. you wish you a pleasant journey and many happy memories of your time in Laos!

Meal: Breakfast

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HOTELS IN TOUR

Cities

Comfort

Superior

Deluxe

Luang Prabang

Sala Prabang

Classic

Santi Resort

Deluxe

Villa Maly

Superior

Tour Price Includes:

  • 04 nights’ shared accommodation in twin/double room with daily breakfast (check in and check out around noontime)
  • All transfers and transportation with air-con vehicles
  • Englishspeaking guide
  • All entrance fees as program
  • Private boat trip to Pak Ou cave
  • Meals: Daily Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 1 Dinner as indicated in the program

Tour Price Excludes:

  • Airfares (international and domestic)
  • Meals & Drinks (other than mentioned in the program)
  • Tips & Travel Insurances
  • Additional transfer required due to any emergency situation
  • Items of a personal nature (Phone calls, laundry, beverages…)
  • All not mentioned above