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Luang Prabang

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Enjoy four days exploring Luang Prabang on your Laos tour with the addition of this four-day extension. Witness the giving of alms to monks first hand in the early morning and observe as they walk the streets to collect their daily food. Visit the lively marketplace and wander to the main sites in Luang Prabang, including the Wat Xieng Thong Temple. Cruise the Mekong River and visit the hidden Pak Our Caves, once a spiritual haven. Spend time visiting weavers and other textile makers in riverside villages and hike to the Kuang Si Waterfall. Enjoy four days exploring northern Laos on this guided Luang Prabang tour.
Kuang Si WaterfallRoyal Palace (Haw Kham) in Luang PrabangGiving alms to a monkSilk weavingPak Ou cave near Luang PhabangEvening view over Luang PrabangKuang Si Falls BasinBuddha statueSunset over the Mekong River
Highlights
  • Witness the giving of alms to monks in the early mornings in Luang Prabang
  • Visit villages with textile makers along the Mekong River
  • Take a dip in the turquoise blue water beneath the Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Travel to the hidden and remote Pak Ou Caves containing spiritual relics
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Laos
  • Southeast Asia
  • Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Luang Prabang
  • Pak Ou Caves
Trip Type:
  • Independent
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

Arrive to Luang Prabang where you meet your guide and transfer to your hotel to settle in for the evening.

Day 2: Alms Giving and City Tour

Rise early this morning to the sound of the monastery bells at dawn. If you are up early enough you can witness the lines of monks emerging to receive their morning rice from the townspeople. Respectfully wander the streets to witness this sacred ritual as long lines of barefoot monks weave through the streets on their alms rounds. We request that you observe this from a respectful distance and discourage photographs that interfere with the ritual. Afterwards, visit the Morning Market to see an array of meats, vegetables, and spices for sale by local vendors before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

Next set out to explore this historic World Heritage city. Start with the most popular and classic Luang Prabang temple, the 500-year-old Wat Xieng Thong. Explore small side streets along alleys and through temples as you get a feel for a city that seems to have been designed with slow travel in mind. Wander up the peninsula further and visit the National Museum (or former Royal Palace). Here see relics from Laos' royalist past and the overlooking Phousi Mountain. Climb the 328 steps to get the best view of the city and breathtaking views of the entire landscape.

Day 3: Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls

Depart this morning through Laos's scenic countryside to the Pak Ou Caves, a mystical pilgrimage site high above the Mekong River. Stop in at two riverside villages along the way. Visit Ban Xang Khong to see the weaving of prized Lao textiles still created on ancient wooden looms. Some villagers here also engage in mulberry paper production. The villagers of the next stop in Ban Xang Hai produce a well-known rice whiskey called Lao Lao. Try a swig of this potent drink before continuing on to the ferry boat that takes you to the Pak Ou Caves. Peer into the dark corners to see the more than 3,000 Buddha figurines and faces. Cruise along the Mekong River on your way back to Luang Prabang, enjoying snacks along the way.

This afternoon you set out to visit the nearby Kuang Si Waterfalls, starting with a stop en route to the Living Crafts Centre. Here you learn about textiles and the weavers who strive to keep these cultural techniques and traditions. Continue on to the falls where you can hop into the idyllic turquoise pools at the base of the cascading water.  Also take time to visit the nearby Sun Bear Refuge to learn more about the poaching of these endangered creatures. Return to Luang Prabang for the evening.

Day 4: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Accommodations

Le Sen Boutique Hotel

Le Sen pool
Le Sen interior
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Rates based on group of 2 people in double occupancy.
Peak surcharge may apply Jan 1- 5 and April 12 -16.
Included
  • 3 Breakfasts
  • 3 Nights Accommodations
  • 2 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Carbon Offset Fee 
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Tourist Visa
  • Meals not Included
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions
  • Visa Fees

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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