4-Day Luang Prabang Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Visit the most beautiful temple in Laos, Vat Xieng Thong
  • Enjoy a sunset over the Mekong River
  • See the famous Pak Ou Caves
  • Give alms to the monks in an ancient tradition
  • Discover daily life in the old quarter

tour details

Experience Luang Prabang’s ancient temples, exquisite scenery and ancient traditions.

Meet at the Luang Prabang Airport and then transfer and check in to the hotel. The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia and was voted by UNESCO as a World Heritage City in 1995. Magical and charming, it has maintained its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness.
The itinerary begins with a visit to one of the most beautiful temples in the city, Vat Xieng Thong, which features classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. Within the compound are small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris back in 1911. Near the East Gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel, which is home to an impressive 12-metre-high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s member. The gilt panel on the exterior of this chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana.
After eating lunch at local restaurant, visit Vat Visoun, which contains the impressive stupa known as That Makmo that is stylistically more Srilankalese than Lao. Afterward, walk to the one of the city’s major tutelary shrines, Vat Aham, which is dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors).
Climb the Vat Phousi Hill for an outstanding view over the city and then continue to Vat Mai, a temple famous for the five-tiered roof of its wooden sim built in the standard of Luang Prabang style.

Watch the sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai along the Mekong River and then return to the hotel for dinner and retire for the evening.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then board a traditional riverboat for a trip upstream the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou, which are home to thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. Afterward, visit Ban Xang Hai, a village famous for its distillation of traditional rice alcohol. The prized drink is famous due to the big jars it is stored in, which the town has been making for more than 2,000 years.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant overlooking the Mekong River and then walk around Ban Pak Ou Village, a small Laotian fishermen’s village on the Mekong River. Continue to the Ban Muang Keo Village to see the production of coloured fabric, which is woven on simple weaving looms. Return to Luang Prabang by boat and, if time permits, continue by car to visit Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village where traditional Sa paper is also produced.

Have dinner at the hotel and retire for the evening.
Early in the morning, depart the hotel to witness the monks gathering for their morning alms. Join with the local people and give alms to the monks. The custom of alms gathering is an ancient monastic tradition where monks or nuns walk quietly long the road with their alms bowl visible and accept food offerings from generous people.
Afterward, visit the local fresh morning market where villagers from the remote areas offer their products. Return to hotel for breakfast and then depart by road to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. On the one-hour drive to the waterfalls, stop by the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene. Visit the rescued bears of the ‘Bear Lao’ project on the way to the waterfalls.
Once at the waterfalls, enjoy the multi-tiered limestone formations and the water falling into the cool, clear pools, which are ideal for swimming and relaxing. Enjoy a picnic lunch nearby the waterfalls and then continue to a recently opened butterfly park (closed on Tuesdays) that is home to a wide variety of colourful butterflies and orchids in a natural set-up.
Return to Luang Prabang and while en route, visit the small village Ban Xang Khong to see how traditional Sa paper is made.

Eat dinner at the View Pavilion Restaurant and then check in to the hotel for the evening.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then visit the National Museum (a former King’s Palace, closed on Tuesdays) displaying a collection of personal artefacts of the Royal Family such as photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries. Then stroll through the old quarter to discover the daily lifestyle of villagers.
If time permits, visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology centre (closed on Mondays), which is a small private museum about minority groups where you can learn about ethnic cultures and traditional arts.

Eat lunch at local restaurant and then transfer to the airport for the flight departure.

includes

  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Laos (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.

Tour code: LPQ4

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