DISCOVER LUANG PRABANG – THE GEM OF THE MEKONG

Drift on the Mekong, picnic by a waterfall, and explore the spiritual culture of Luang Prabang on this tailor-made tour

TOUR INTRODUCTION

4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 425 PER PERSON

See charming and serene Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos, on this tailored 4-day tour. A blend of outdoor activities, a river cruise, a picnic breakfast at the turquoise lagoons of Kuang Si Falls, and a guided walking tour through the historical, UNESCO-listed city will immerse you in the laid-back lifestyle of Laos.

 A leisurely river cruise on the Mekong will bring you to Pak Ou Caves, a sacred pilgrimage site filled with thousands of golden Buddha statues. You’ll discover Laos’ riverine life as you pass by river villages and watch fishermen cast nets on the water and enjoy lunch at Tamarind, one of the best restaurants in town, before visiting the famous wats (temples) of this spiritual city. You’ll also visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center to l

earn about Lao culture and its diverse hill tribes.

On your third day, enjoy a private picnic breakfast at the idyllic Kuang Si Waterfalls. Take a cool dip in one of the many turquoise pools, wander through the multiple tiers of the falls, and pay a visit to the 23 Asiatic Black Bears who live at the nearby bear sanctuary. On your scenic drive back to Luang Prabang, you’ll visit the lovely Kuang Si Butterfly Park.

You’ll also explore Wat Visoun, Luang Prabang’s holiest temple, and follow it with a sunset climb up Mount Phousi for panoramic views of the city and the lush countryside. The tour allows for some shopping at the hill tribe night market before your onward departure.

 

“Luang Prabang is my favorite destination in Laos. If you come visit, you’ll see there’s good reason why this beautiful, rustic town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!”

Bounhom ‘Hom’ Inthanouson, Laos Travel Specialist

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

Witness the moving, beautiful ritual of orange-robed monks collecting alms at dawn
Enjoy a picnic breakfast by the Kuang Si Waterfalls and take a dip in the pools without the crowds
Embark on a Mekong river cruise to the Pak Ou Caves, a sacred pilgrimage site
Learn about Lao culture and its diversity of hill tribes at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang

    Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, your guide and private vehicle will meet you for the transfer to your hotel for check-in.

    The rest of the day is free to enjoy at your leisure. Luang Prabang is a charming, laid-back town that is best seen on foot. Take a leisurely stroll and feel free to ask your Travel Specialist for recommendations on where to dine.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    No meals included on this day.

    Bicycle in Luang Prabang Laos
  • Day 2: Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang

    After breakfast, your tailored Luang Prabang tour starts with a morning visit to the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Xieng Thong, which was built by King Setthathirat in 1560. Then you’ll be transferred to the pier to embark on a 2-hour river cruise along the Mekong.

    You’ll float up the river to the famous Pak Ou Caves, called Tam Ting by locals. This sacred pilgrimage site nestled in a limestone cliff is filled with thousands of gold-gilded Buddha statues. Ranging in size from a few centimeters to human height, the statues fill the caves with a golden sheen and serene atmosphere.

    You’ll also discover life along these rivers and observe the daily lives of fishermen who cast their nets in elegant motions. If time permits, you’ll also stop at Ban Xang Hay, a village that specializes in making rice wine.

    Back in Luang Prabang, you’ll enjoy a sumptuous lunch of local Lao dishes at Tamarind, one of the best restaurants in town. (Please note: The restaurant is closed on Sundays.)

    In the afternoon, visit the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, and continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. During Pi Mai, or Lao New Year, the Prabang Buddha statue normally housed in the National Museum is displayed in this temple for the public to view. Next up is Wat Sensoukarahm, famous for its dazzling golden façade.

    At the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center, a museum dedicated to the rich diversity of Laos’ hill tribe groups, you’ll view traditional tools, costumes, and artifacts that provide great insight into the Lao people. (Please note: The center is closed on Monday.)

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch.

    Wat_Xieng_Thong_Luang_Prabang_Laos_1000x600Pak Ou Caves. The caves are noted for their impressive Lao style Buddha.wat-mai-suwannaphumaham-laos
  • Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si – Luang Praba

    Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel around 5:30 a.m. for a special dawn visit to witness local monks collecting alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks emerge from their temples and walk barefoot down the streets of central Luang Prabang collecting offerings from locals. This beautiful daily ritual offers a glimpse into the spirituality of the Lao people. Your guide can answer your questions relating to Buddhism and lead you to streets with fewer tourists.

    Next, we’ll drive 45 minutes through the countryside to the Kuang Si Waterfalls where you’ll be among the first visitors of the day. After a gentle 10-minute walk, you will find a private picnic breakfast set up in our favorite spot overlooking the turquoise pools. Every part of your breakfast is sourced locally, from the hand-woven tablecloth and baskets to the fresh-squeezed juice and the delicious coffee grown in the Boloven Plateau—some even call it the “Champagne of Coffee”! On the menu are fresh fruit, yoghurt, muesli, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, and a selection of fresh breads, pastries and organic jam.

    After breakfast, walk around the multiple tiers of the waterfall or take a dip in its natural pools. (Please note: The water is cold from November to March. If you choose to swim, please dress modestly and avoid bikinis that show a lot of skin.)

    You can also opt to visit the nearby bear sanctuary run by Free The Bears Fund. Currently, 23 Asiatic Black Bears live in the sanctuary. They were saved from poaching—a major threat to these animals due to the use of their bile in Chinese medicine. By around 10 a.m. the bears become more active, anticipating lunch. This is the best time to see them, rather than lunchtime when most tourists visit.

    On the way back to Luang Prabang, we’ll stop at Kuang Si Butterfly Park, a beautiful garden filled with hundreds of Laos’ native butterflies! (Please note: The park is closed on Tuesday.)

    In the afternoon, you will visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city. It was rebuilt after the invading Black Flags from Southern China destroyed the temple in 1887. Continue on to Wat Aham, then to Wat That, where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are interred within the central stupa.

    Finally, for a stunning panoramic view of the city at sunset, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi. Then, if you fancy, hunt for souvenirs at the nearby hill tribe night market, where you will find handicrafts, textiles and local wares.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast.

    kuang-si-waterfall-laosSunset_Mekong_Laung_Prabang_River_Laos
  • Day 4: Luang Prabang Departure

    After breakfast the day is free to spend at your leisure until your guide meets you for your transfer by private car to the airport.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast.

    Hill Tribes in  Laos

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icon Included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles
Service of English speaking guides in every location
Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Departure taxes if applicable
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
Tips for guides and drivers
Personal travel insurance
Visa fees (contact us for further information)

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