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Golden Sleeping Buddha, Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang
  • Witness the daily alms rituals by monks in Luang Prabang, Laos
  • Trek through Khmu villages and meet families in rural Laos
  • Interact with elephants at a conservation center dedicated to rescue work
  • Cruise to Pak Ou Caves and see over 3,000 Buddha Statues inside
Places Visited
  • Asia
  • Laos
  • Southeast Asia
  • Ban Xieng Lom
  • Elephant Conservation Center
  • Luang Prabang
  • Pak Ou Caves
  • Sayaboury
  • Tad Sae Waterfall
Trip Type:
  • Adventure Life Exclusive
Activity Level: Moderate

Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

Arrive to Luang Prabang today and transfer to your hotel for a free evening.

Day 2: Khmu Villages Trekking

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend your first day in the area on a day long trek to a Khmu Village. Trek two hours through rice paddies and steep slopes to a Khmu village where families and curious young children greet you. Spend time connecting with the people before ascending another hour along ridges and limestone grottos to arrive to a Hmong village. Stop and enjoy the views of the mountains and valleys in this area and learn from your guide about the flora and fauna in the area. Approach another Khmu village for an overnight stay in a family guesthouse here.

Hiking time: 6-7 hours

Day 3: Baci Ceremoney at Ban Khomkhuang

Enjoy breakfast in the village this morning before setting out for the hike along a river bank. Arrive to another Khmu village where you board a boat for a ride along the Nam Khan river. Take a dip in the river's waters, if you like, before returning to Luang Prabang before noon today.

This afternoon you have the opportunity to witness a private Baci ceremony at a small village called Ban Khomkhuang. These peaceful villagers are led by their Nai Ban (village chief) who offer visitors tidings of good luck and fortune for their life and travels. The people gently tie cotton cords around your wrists which symbolize luck, friendship, and good health.

Hiking time: 2 hours

Day 4: Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Caves

Rise early this morning to the sound of the monastery bells at dawn. If you are up earlier 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.

Meet your guide and 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.

This afternoon set out through Laos' scenic countryside to the Pak Ou Caves, a mystical pilgrimage site high above the Mekong River accessed by ferry. Peer into the dark corners to see the more than 3,000 Buddha figurines and faces. Next cruise along the Mekong River on your way back to the city, stopping 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. Try a swig of this potent drink before continuing back to Luang Prabang.

Day 5: Elephant Conservation Center

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today drive three hours to the town of Sayaboury and the Elephant Conservation Center. Your guide at the center takes you on an introductory tour of the facilities to show some of the ongoing projects taking place here. Meet the team of veterinarians and biologists, and of course, the elephants! Mahouts share some of their knowledge about how to interact with these giant animals, and then you may get the opportunity to ride one of the elephants bareback. Get a sense for this magnificent creature while you hold on getting used to the sway of their steps.

Next join the elephants' daily bath and learn more about each elephants' personality and character. Elephants are surprisingly good swimmers and love to be in the water. Later at sunset time, board a boat for a calm cruise on Nam Tien Lake. Enjoy drinks and snacks, go for a swim, or just take in the amazing forest backdrop.

Day 6: Elephant Conservation Center

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a short boat trip on the lake this morning before getting the chance to meet the center's new baby elephant Noy. You may also get the chance to feed the baby and his mom from the boat. The center staff introduce you to their research and field work today, including a visit to the Elephant Hospital in Laos. Learn about various conservation efforts being made by the Center as well as the NGO ElefantAsia. You also can visit the Elephant Museum or choose to watch a movie about the elephants today, or simply sit and observe the live elephants from the viewing platform!

Return to Luang Prabang in the evening.

Day 7: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return home or connect your trip with another extension option in neighboring Vietnam or Cambodia.

Photo Gallery

Buddha statue Golden Sleeping Buddha, Mount Phou Si, Luang Prabang Royal Palace (Haw Kham) in Luang Prabang Evening view over Luang Prabang Noodles in Laos Wat Xieng Thong temple, Luang Praban



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  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
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  • Meals as listed
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  • Excursions and activities as listed
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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