- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, explore one of Southeast Asia’s most unique and charming cities, Luang Prabang. Head out for a walking tour to discover ancient Luang Prabang (almost flat terrain; easy walking, tour duration of about 3.5 hours, including refreshment stops).
In celebration of the 20th UNESCO Anniversary, a book was published that highlighted the numberless aspects of this unique World Heritage Site. The “off the beaten track” guided walking tour explores the old town and its peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet. See Luang Prabang’s distinct architecture and hear stories about the houses and the places you pass. Stroll along the crisscross of small roads and streets lined with antique structures and mango trees. Admire some of the hundred-year-old Lao-style buildings that brim with a bygone-era atmosphere. One of the houses, the Lamache, was once home to noble families and later was the appointed ice cream supplier to the royal family. There is no better place to enjoy a “Lao Tea Break” with Lao coffee or herbal tea, traditional snacks, and artisan ice cream.
Return to the vessel for lunch and refreshments before continuing the afternoon on your discovery of Luang Prabang. Visit the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, in the afternoon. The museum displays interesting local art and other exhibits that used to belong to the Lao royal family. After the museum tour, enjoy your free time by walking around the small city center, picking one of the inviting street cafés, and enjoying the laid-back atmosphere before returning to the ship.
In the early evening, join in a sunset aperitif on the terrace deck, accompanied by a classical local dance or music performance. Afterward, leave the vessel for an evening out, dining in one of the city’s fine venues for a distinctively Lao-style ambiance. After dinner, explore the night market for the rest of your evening or get back on board to rest.