Luang Prabang Extension
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Explore the temples and bustling markets that reflect the rich culture of this world heritage listed town
Explore the temples and bustling markets that reflect the rich culture of the heritage listed town of Luang Prabang. Visit the historical Royal Palace Museum, stunning Buddhist monasteries, the Kuang Sii waterfalls with its translucent waters and watch the dawn procession of hundreds of monks as they collect alms.
- walk up Mount Phousi for stunning views of Luang Prabang
- morning visit to watch local monks collecting 'alms'
- Pak Ou Caves
- visit Kuang Sii waterfall
Day 1 Arrive in Luang Prabang
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Day 2 Full day in and around Luang Prabang
An optional early start gives us the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then board a boat and cruise upstream on the Mekong River for enjoyable panoramic views of the tranquil countryside. We make an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves; two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the small village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is distilled. We return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, on the way we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village well known for its hand weaving. This afternoon we continue our excursion toward Kuang Sii Waterfall, en-route we visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Kuang Sii Waterfall where we can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making. Late evening we head to Wat Siphouthabath to observe the sunset.
Day 3 Morning sightseeing in Luang Prabang then trip concludes
After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum and the Central Market are not to be missed. After visiting these sights in the morning, there will be free time to venture into town and stroll around the shopping area. The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure.
- 2 breakfasts and 1 lunch
- Good quality hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
- Transfers and tours with English speaking local guide
- All group ground transportation in comfortable vehicles
- Site entrance fees and boat fees as listed in itinerary
- 3 day trip
- 2 nights hotel
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What You Carry
In your daypack you will need to carry a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc.