Uncover the creative soul of Luang Prabang. Gain unique insights into culture, art and history on this 4-day tour.


4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 389 PER PERSON

Embark upon a dreamy investigation of the artistic soul of Luang Prabang on an arts and history tour. This UNESCO-listed town is surrounded by delightful natural beauty and touched with an aura of serenity. You’ll be given the chance to visit top galleries and exhibitions of local and international artists and discover the region’s unique culture and history, which has inspired talented artists for generations. Spend time visiting local wonders such as Mount Phousi and the magnificent Wat Mai and Wat Xieng Thong, as well as other iconic sites, including the decadent Royal Palace.

On this cultural tour, you’ll climb Mount Phousi for panoramic vistas and uncover local crafts at the hill tribe market. At the National Museum, roam through the stunning collection, then follow it up with visits to important temples and spiritual sights such as Wat Mai, Wat Sensoukarahm and Wat Xieng Thong. You’ll get the chance to see artisans at work at Caruso Lao, a workshop creating local, homespun silk and woodcrafts. Then dabble in the hip at Saaifone Contemporary Gallery.

Discover a beautifully restored French colonial building at du Pavillon du Jade, then visit the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center to learn more about the arts and culture of Laos’s many hill tribes. A private river cruise aboard the Nava Mekong will reveal the pulse of riverine life. Then, before you end your art and history tour of Luang Prabang, explore the Pak Ou Caves, where thousands of golden Buddhas dwell in the shadows.


“Luang Prabang is a wonderful part of Laos. Rich in art and history, this tour is the best way to discover this charming city.”

Bounhom Inthanousone, Backyard Travel Laos Specialist


Explore the artsy side of laid-back Luang Prabang with visits to Saaifone Contemporary Gallery, du Pavillon du Jade an
Enjoy a Mekong River cruise onboard the Nava Mekong
Discover the cultural sites of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai and the Royal Palace
Check out the evening hill tribe market for locally crafted souvenirs

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Luang Prabang

    Welcome to your Luang Prabang art and history tour! Known as the spiritual capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    On arrival you will be greeted by your local guide and driven to your hotel to check-in. Get your orientation of the city with a 150-meter-high climb up Mount Phousi at sunset. Soak up the last rays as you absorb the stunning city and surrounding countryside.

    Before heading back to your hotel you’ll have a chance to pick up souvenirs at the famous evening hill tribe market.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    No meals included in this day

    Panoramic view of Mekong river at Luang Prabang, Laos just before sunset.Lao Umbrellas on sale at Luang Prabang night market Laos
  • Day 2: Luang Prabang

    Start today with a trip to the National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace, where you will learn about the rich culture and history of this enchanting country.

    Stop by the beautifully decorated Wat Mai before heading to the Saaifone Contemporary Gallery. Thep Thavonsouk, a Lao-Canadian artist, provides a personal take to further discover the region.

    You’ll stop by a tasty noodle shop owned by a former chef of the Royal Family before heading to the iconic Wat Sensoukarahm. Afterwards, head to Caruso Lao, a workshop that crafts local hand-made silk and wood items.

    Enjoy Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang, which was built by King Setthathirat in 1560.

    Lunch will be served at the Big Tree Café, which also functions as an art gallery featuring the work of Adri Berger, a famous photographer and filmmaker. You’ll then continue to du Pavillon du Jade where you can explore a beautifully restored French colonial building featuring the collection of Patrice Bleton, a connoisseur of Asian art and antiques.

    Your tour of Luang Prabang art and history continues with visits to Wat Visoun, Wat Aham and Wat That. Each temple is unique and has its own interesting story to discover.

    In the afternoon, explore the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center (TAEC), dedicated to the preservation of the arts and culture of Laos’s many colorful hill tribes.

    Your final stop will be a visit to Project Space, a non-profit center that hosts exhibits and events featuring both local and international artists. The rooftop terrace is the perfect location for a sundowner and some space to reflect on your day. (Please note: TAEC and Project Space are both closed on Mondays. Alternative attractions can be arranged.)

    Spend the evening at your leisure. Your expert Backyard Travel guide will be happy to make some suggestions for activities or places to dine.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Wat mai luang prabang temple laos visabest time to visit laos - Luang Prabang Royal PalaceWat Xieng thong Luang Prabang Laos
  • Day 3: Pak Ou - Luang Prabang

    Start today with a scenic Mekong River cruise onboard the Nava Mekong.

    As you float down one of Asia’s mightiest rivers, you’ll discover the importance of these waterways to local communities for transport, fishing, and for commuting to and from work.

    You will have the opportunity to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, a local pilgrimage site and home to thousands of gold Buddha statues.

    On the journey back to Luang Prabang you will be served a selection of delicious Lao dishes. Enjoy your lunch onboard.

    Optional Activity: How about spending the rest of the evening enjoying a performance at the Royal Ballet Theatre? This remarkable show includes Lao folk and tribal dances and is a means to preserve important aspects of Lao heritage. Shows start at 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. (Note: The Royal Ballet Theatre is usually closed from June to September.)

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

    Pak Ou Caves. The caves are noted for their impressive Lao style Buddha.Sunset_Mekong_Laung_Prabang_River_Laos
  • Day 4: Luang Prabang

    If time allows, partake in some last-minute shopping or visit the weaving village of Xang Khong where traditional textiles and mulberry paper are made. When it’s time to wrap up your Luang Prabang art and history tour, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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Tour prices are a guideline only, and are based on two persons travelling together, sharing a double or twin room. 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.

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

icon 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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