Laos

4-Day Luang Prabang Stopover

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 4 Days

tour highlights

  • Admire the architectural heritage of this UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Visit Wat Xieng Thong one of the most beautiful temples
  • Experience the Mekong and visit the sacred temples at Pak Ou Caves
  • Enjoy the majesty and natural beauty of the Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Enjoy some of the best fine dining that Luang Prabang offers 

tour details

Luang Prabang Stopover is a combination of timeless elegance, architectural heritage, sacred temples and outstanding natural beauty. Visit the most beautiful temples, explore sacred temples in caves, marvel at crystal clear waterfalls and indulge in some of the best fine dining that Luang Prabang has to offer.

Why choose this tour?

This tour is for people who want to experience the essence of Luang Prabang and gain an in-depth appreciation of why it was named a UNESCO World heritage City.

“We want people to discover the temples, and to take part in the morning alms giving in a respectful way.”

“You can venture out of the town and enjoy the peace of a cruise on the Mekong River or connect with nature at waterfalls, bringing you in contact with local communities sharing their way of life with you. At the end of each day we can help you indulge in the best fine-dining in town.”

The crown jewel of Laos this former royal capital, with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop, retains a unique charm rarely found in all of Asia.
Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.




You will be met upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport and transfer and check in at your hotel.




Start your visit at Wat Xieng Thong, considered the most beautiful temple. The sim of the Wat represents the classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. In the compound stand several small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Near the East gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel. Inside are an impressive 12 metre high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of the Royal Family. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana. Also look out for the “tree of life” montage on the rear temple wall.


Lunch is at Le Cafe Ban Vat Sene.


After lunch, visit Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang and the site of the impressive Singhalese style That Makmo stupa. Then take a short walk to the nearby Wat Aham, which is one of the city's major tutelary shrines, dedicated to revered spirits Deveta Luang & ancestors Pu Gneu Ya Gneu. For a different perspective we climb Wat Phousi hill for a stunning 360 degree view over the city. After descending we visit Wat Mai, built in 1796 and famous for the five-tiered roof of its wooden sim built in the standard of Luang Prabang style and then relax and enjoy a Luang Prabang sunset at Wat Prabaht Tai which is located along the Mekong River.




Dinner and accommodation at your hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, board a traditional riverboat for a trip upstream the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak Ou. The caves house thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. And then, visit Ban Xang Hai, a village famous for the distillation of traditional rice alcohol (‘whiskey’) known as ‘lao lao’. Lao-Lao is an important part of Lao culture. The village is also famous for the big jars the rice alcohol is stored in. Villagers have been making alcohol here for over 2000 years. Lunch is at a local restaurant overlooking the Mekong River.


After lunch, walk around Ban Pak Ou Village, a small Laotian fishermen's village on the Mekong River, and continue to Ban Muang Keo village, where you will 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 produced.


Dinner at 3 Nagas restaurant.
Accommodation at your hotel.
Early this morning at 6:00 hours you depart from your hotel to see the orange-robed monks gather for their morning alms. The monks walk barefoot collecting offerings from local residents which they then take back to the monastery to share. You will join along with the local people giving alms to the monks. The custom of alms gathering is an ancient monastic tradition where the monks or nuns, walk quietly with their alms bowl visible, allowing interested people to offer food.


After the serenity of the alms giving is complete visit the vibrant and colourful local fresh morning market. This energising market is where villagers from the remote areas sell their products. Engage with the sellers and maybe pick up some local produce to try. Return to your hotel for breakfast.


After breakfast you will drive about 30 kilometres to start your discovery of Kuang Si Waterfalls. On the way to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene and discover more about the traditions and daily life of this tribe.


Arrive at the waterfalls which tumble over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxing. Visit the "Bear Lao" Bear Sanctuary on the path up to the pools of the waterfall and see the bears, which are rescued from bear bile farms and illegal private zoos, in their rehabilitation enclosures. Enjoy a calming picnic lunch nearby to the waterfalls.


After lunch continue with a visit to a recently opened Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesdays), where you can see a large variety of colourful butterflies and orchids. Visiting this park, ensures you have made a sustainable impact in the education of local children about biology and will help raise awareness about the vulnerability of Laos' ecosystem and how local people can preserve it.


Then return to Luang Prabang and en route, visit the small village of Ban Xang Khong to see how traditional Sa paper is made.




Dinner at L ‘Elephant Restaurant.
Accommodation at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel and then visit the National Museum (former King's Palace, closed on Tuesdays) displaying a collection of personal artefacts of the Royal Family: 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 Center (closed on Mondays), a small private museum about minority groups where you can learn about ethnic cultures and traditional arts. Enjoy lunch at Khaiphaen restaurant, a vocational training restaurant serving the best in local Laotian cuisine.


After lunch transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your flight departure.

customise the tour

  • Upgrade and dine at Paste at The Apsara (sister restaurant to the Michelin-starred Paste in Bangkok) as a special treat your first night in Luang Prabang

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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