Those who think that Laos is just for backpackers couldn’t be further from the truth. The cultural capital and UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang may be budget-friendly, but those who are looking to indulge will find plenty of enticing experiences waiting.
The crown jewel of Laos, this former royal capital– with gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop – retains a unique charm rarely found anymore. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia, protecting its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery, sense of timelessness and distinct architecture.
On this five-day escape, guests discover the city with a thread of luxury woven throughout the stay. Starting with a short city tour and night market shopping, guests dive right into the town’s vibrant community. The second day begins with a cycling excursion through town before spending a leisurely afternoon in a private villa and witnessing a Laotian baci ceremony, a ritual blessing and “calling of the soul.” The following day serves up some adventure, cruising down the Mekong River to experience the one-of-a-kind Kuang Si Waterfalls and Pha Tae Ke Botanical Gardens.
This Luang Prabang experience also includes scrumptious meals at some of the best restaurants in town plus a very special chance to interact with magnificent Asian elephants while trekking through the jungle. On the last day, a magical dawn journey on the Mekong allows guests to make merit and meet local monks who will bless them before their journey home.
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Did you know?
Luang Prabang mans City of the Buddha of Peace.