LAID-BACK LAOS: FAMILY HOLIDAYS IN LUANG PRABANG

Live like a local on our all-ages family tour of Luang Prabang, packed with waterfalls, farm visits, and a river cruise

TOUR INTRODUCTION

4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 1628 PER FAMILY

For a culturally rich and eye-opening experience set in an idyllic city in one of the most friendly countries of Southeast Asia, book a family tour of Luang Prabang. This rustic, endlessly charming, and deeply spiritual town boasts stunning temples, friendly locals, and pristine natural surroundings, including the gentle currents of the Mekong River.

After arrival in lovely Luang Prabang, you’ll get a chance to rub shoulders with locals over a game of petanque, a favorite Lao pastime. A trip to a local organic farm will teach you about traditional trades and crafts, such as noodle production and thatch-roof making. You’ll get first-hand experience in the life of a Laotian farmer when you try your hand at ploughing a field with a buffalo!

Next, a dip in a cool, aquamarine pool at Kuang Si Waterfalls will refresh you for a river cruise up the Mekong to Kamu Lodge, an accommodation set in the verdant forests near Luang Prabang. You’ll visit the Pak Ou Caves on the way, where thousands of golden Buddhas wait to greet you in the shadows. Learn a Lao trade at Kamu Lodge, such as panning for gold or traditional fishing, before your family wraps up this all-ages tour of Luang Prabang.

 

“Luang Prabang is great for kids of all ages because of its friendly locals, laid-back setting, and numerous outdoor activities. You can learn what it’s like to be a local here and appreciate the region’s pristine nature all at once.”

Bounhome Inthanousone, Laos Travel Specialist

THE BACKYARD TRAVEL DIFFERENCE

Play a rousing game of petanque, a favorite Lao pastime, with locals
Take a river cruise up the Mekong to an eco-lodge set in the verdant forest
Experience the life of a Laotian farmer at The Living Land Community Farm
See thousands of golden Buddhas in the shadowy Pak Ou Caves, a pilgrimage site



Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

  • Start
  • Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival

    Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, your guide and driver car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. After check-in, take some time to freshen up after your flight. Then, at 16:30, you’ll begin your Luang Prabang family tour when your guide and driver come to take you for an evening exploration to see how the locals live.

    First you will join local petanque players for a rousing game. Try your hand at this favorite pastime of the Lao people. They will cheer you on and give you hints as you play a few games and enjoy snacks and drinks. This is great fun for all ages and a brilliant introduction to the charming Lao culture.

    As the sun begins to set, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Descend to the Mekong side of the peninsula and find yourself in the evening hill tribe market. You’ll find plenty of local souvenirs, such as handicrafts and textiles.

    Enjoy dinner at Coconut Garden, a charming restaurant that will provide a great introduction to Lao food but also caters to Western tastes and children.

    You will be transferred back to your hotel by 21:00. If you prefer to stay out later, you can take a tuk-tuk.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meals included on this day: Dinner.

    Panoramic view of Mekong river at Luang Prabang, Laos just before sunset.
  • Day 2: Kuang Si Waterfalls

    After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel at around 8:00 a.m. for a short drive to the countryside, where your family will tour a different side of Luang Prabang. Located just 5 kilometers outside the city, The Living Land Community Farm is an entirely organic farm in a beautiful rural setting flanked by rice paddies. The stilted wooden farm buildings house an interactive museum to give insight into many aspects of rural life in Laos.

    Enjoy a guided walk through the organic vegetable farm and learn about many trades, from thatched-roof making and basketry to noodle production and extracting sugarcane juice. Experience the life of a farmer first-hand and try ploughing the rice fields with one of the resident buffalo. Please expect to get muddy and bring a change of clothes! Simple showers for your legs and feet and Western toilets are available.

    Rice is Laos’ most important crop and you will learn about the 13 steps of rice production today. The 14th is eating and that comes at the end with a range of rice-based snacks!

    Transfer back to your hotel. Lunch is at your leisure.

    After some rest at the hotel, drive approximately 30 minutes to Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you can swim, relax, and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. The water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools. Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch next to the falls. (Please note: Laotians value modesty, so please dress modestly.)

    For the adventurous, it’s possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep trail where stunning views await you at the top.

    You might also like to visit the bear sanctuary run by Free The Bears Fund Inc., located next to the falls. There are currently 23 Asiatic black bears living in the sanctuary, which has saved them from poaching. Poaching is the main threat to these bears due to the use of their bile in Chinese medicine. You can read about their habits and observe their playful nature, while also learning about the difficulties they face.

    Return to Luang Prabang this afternoon. Stop en route to visit a small village that is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities. You will have an opportunity to learn about their traditions and culture, much of which has remained unchanged for centuries.

    Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast.

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  • Day 3: Luang Prabang – Kamu Lodge

    After breakfast at your hotel, visit Luang Prabang’s most photographed temple, Wat Xieng Thong. Located at the end of the peninsula close to the Mekong River, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat. The library was added in 1828.

    From there, take short walk to Wat Xieng Pier, where you will continue your Luang Prabang family tour via river cruise as you drift up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge.

    Along the way, stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The Buddhas range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are a local pilgrimage destination.

    Continue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge in time for lunch.

    The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each protected by a thatch roof. The tents are also decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture, allowing the Lodge’s grounds to blend harmoniously with surrounding nature. Each features a private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity.

    This afternoon, you may choose to participate in a variety of activities that will give you a very original Lao experience:
    - Rice planting and harvesting in the surrounding rice fields
    - Panning for gold (January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!
    - Learning traditional fishing techniques in the Mekong
    - Local village visit and encounters

    Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Wat_Xieng_Thong_Luang_Prabang_LaosPak Ou Caves. The caves are noted for their impressive Lao style Buddha.activity-kamu-lodge-laos (71)1000×600sunset-on-the-mekong-laos
  • Day 4: Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang – Departure

    Enjoy breakfast in the cool morning air and spend your morning as you wish. You might like to relax or visit the nearby local village with your guide. (Check-out time: 10:30.)

    After lunch at the Lodge, the boat will depart around 14:00 for the cruise down to Luang Prabang, arriving around 17:00.

    Upon reaching Luang Prabang, the rest of the day is free for last-minute shopping or sightseeing before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and lunch.

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Meals as mentioned in the itinerary

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Tips for guides and drivers
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