Uncover the breathtaking natural beauty of sites and culture of Luang Prabang, such as the Pak Ou Caves, and discover a region that’s inspired talented artists for generations.


4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 389 PER PERSON

Embark upon a dreamy investigation of the artistic soul of romantic Luang Prabang, a place touched by delightful natural beauty with a serene aura of simplicity that’s rarely found in the modern world.

On this cultured tour, you’ll visit the scenes of breathtaking beauty that have motivated artists for centuries, such as the Pak Ou caves. You’ll also be given the chance to visit the top galleries and exhibitions of local and international artists, to see Luang Prabang as they do, interpreted with their own style and grace.

You’ll spend time visiting the local wonders with an expert local guide who will explain the unique sites such as Mount Phousi and the magnificent Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong, as well as other iconic sites such as the decadent Royal Palace.


Each of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and our destination based teams will start planning a unique and personalized trip.

The Backyard Travel Team,


Explore the arty side of laid-back Luang Prabang, an inspiring place that stimulates artists
Learn about Luang Prabang’s past and present through art exhibitions at local galleries
Take time to appreciate local art and Lao culture with insider tours led by an expert Backyard Travel guide
Discover the cultural sites of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai, the Royal Palace and Pak Ou Caves

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Luang Prabang

    Welcome to Laos! Luang Prabang is well-known as the spiritual capital of Laos and translates literally as ‘Royal Buddha Image’. The city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City, is located in the north central region of the country and is a haven for fresh-air seekers, outdoor adventurers and nature lovers.

    After arriving at the airport you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hand-picked hotel for check-in.

    Your first cultural experience in Luang Prabang will be climbing the stairs to the crest of Mount Phousi, where you can watch the spectacular sun set over the picturesque city, rivers and hills that surround you as you soak up the spiritual essence of laid-back Laos.

    After descending the 150-meter-high mount in the twilight you will be transferred back to your hotel, making a stop on the way at a hill tribe evening market for a spot of shopping.

  • Day 2: Luang Prabang

    Your guide will collect you after breakfast and escort to the former Royal Palace which now exists as the National Museum. Here you can learn about Laos’ rich history and culture and there are usually special exhibits on display to see.

    You’ll then move on to Wat Mai Buddhist temple, one of the most richly decorated temples of Luang Prabang. Next, you’ll wander down one of the prettiest lanes of Luang Prabang to the Saaifone Contemporary Gallery where you can discover the region through the eyes of Thep Thavonsouk, a Lao-Canadian artist.

    Wat Sensoukarahm, which is decorated in a stenciled gold faade is your next stop, but on the way you’ll pass a noodle shop owned by a former chef to the Royal Family where you can grab at tasty bowl (on your own account) if you’re so inclined. After Wat Sensoukarahm you’ll have the chance to visit Caruso Lao, a workshop that produces hand-crafted silk and wood.

    To round off your morning you’ll visit Wat Xieng Thong, the most famous temple in Luang Prabang. This temple, also known as Temple of the Golden City, rests on the northern tip of the peninsula close to the Mekong River. The temple was built by King Setthathirat in 1560 and remains a significant spiritual place in Laos.

    If you passed on noodles earlier, you can make a stop at Big Tree Café on the Mekong River to grab a scenic lunch at a restaurant that also features a gallery of work by Adri Berger, a famous photographer and film maker who focuses his work on Southeast Asia.

    You’ll then continue your tour of enchanting Luang Prabang with a visit to du Pavillon du Jade where you can discover a beautifully restored French Colonial building which features a collection by Patrice Bleton, a connoisseur of Asian art and antiques.

    Next you’ll go to visit Wat Visoun, one of the city’s most important temples, where you will find the fruit-shaped ‘Watermelon Stupa’. The colorfully nicknamed stupa was rebuilt in 1930 after lying in a state of ruin since it was destroyed in 1887 by invading Chinese forces.

    You’ll also go to visit Wat Aham, the ‘Monastery of the Opened Heart’, where you can see statues of the two guardian spirits Ravana and Hanuman at the southern and eastern corners of the porch. Finally you’ll discover Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are guarded within the large dome-shaped central stupa.

    In the mid-afternoon your guide will take you to the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center (TAEC), which is a non-profit museum dedicated to the preservation of the arts and lifestyles of Laos’ many hill tribes. The center is a wonderful place to learn about Laos and see many of the defining characteristics of the indigenous tribes around the country.

    Your tour will end with a visit to Project Space, a non-profit multifunction facility which features exhibits and events featuring local and international artists. Designed by Jean-Pierre Dovat, the three-storey building features a wonderful rooftop terrace that offers stunning views across Luang Prabang. From here you can enjoy some snacks and a glass of wine as you watch the sublime sunset.(Please note: TAEC and Project Space are both closed on Mondays. If your day falls on a Monday your guide will happily make other suggestions for your afternoon.)Your evening will be yours to enjoy at your own leisure but if you’d like some suggestions on where to go and what to do feel free to ask you expert local Backyard Travel guide.

  • Day 3: Pak Ou - Luang Prabang

    Day three of your magical Laos adventure will begin with breakfast at the hotel followed by transfer to a pier on the Mekong River where you will embark upon a scenic cruise on board Nava Mekong.

    The rivers of Laos have long been used as a local form of transportation, not just for people but also for moving goods around the country. Taking a boat ride down the Mekong is one of the best ways to appreciate how important the river is to the locals and along the way you’ll observe fishermen casting nets, people moving their goods from A to B and traveling to and from work.

    The boat will carry you two hours upstream to the famous Pak Ou Caves. Comprising two limestone caves, the lower of which is known to locals as Tham Ting while the upper is Tham Theung, Pak Ou overlooks the Mekong River and is a local pilgrimage site well-known for the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures crammed inside.

    After taking your time to peruse the caves you will then reboard your vessel for the return journey to Luang Prabang, returning back in the city enjoying a selection of typical Lao dishes served onboard.Optional: to give your tour enchanting tour an inspirational end, you have the option to enjoy an evening performance at the Royal Ballet Theatre, founded in 2002 to help preserve this important aspect of Lao heritage. The Royal Ballet features spectacular performances which include scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, Lao folk and tribal dances which offer a unique experience. Shows start at 6pm and take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please note: the Royal Ballet Theatre is normally closed from June to September.

  • Day 4: Luang Prabang

    After breakfast you will have the chance to do some last-minute shopping (depending on your departure time) before your guide and private car meet you at your hotel and transfer you to Luang Prabang International Airport for your onward departure.

    Or, if you have time, you can visit the weaving village of Xang Khong where traditional textiles and mulberry paper are produced using old-school techniques.

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

Tour Details

All of our itineraries can be tailored to your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Contact us with your holiday ideas, no matter how big or small, and we’ll start planning your unique personalized trip!

Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room in luxury accommodation. Each tour price and can be adjusted depending on budget, activities included and standard of accommodation desired.

Tour and airfare prices include all applicable taxes and are subject to change without prior notice until services are booked.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

 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

 Not included in this Backyard Travel tour:

Domestic and international flights
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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We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.
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