Experience the laid-back life of Luang Prabang with this fantastic family tour of Laos, taking you to see many of the regions beautiful areas, including the majestic Kuang Si Waterfalls.


4 Days, 3 Nights     FROM US$ 599 PER PERSON

Take a majestic family retreat into the heartland of Laos to experience one of the world’s friendliest nations. A culture that loves to smile and take things easy and cherishes children with a genuine family culture, Laos is a world away from the stresses and strains that sometimes accompany life in the West.

Luang Prabang in laid-back Laos is a destination filled with warm, welcoming people and is a mecca for cultural explorers. Every inch of the area is packed with experiences, moments and delightful natural wonders in a country that never rushes to share with your loved ones.

Explore the local culture in an eco-friendly way with a guided electric bike tour around three of Luang Prabang’s most magnificent temples.

Scale the steps of Mount Phousi and witness a spellbinding sunset over the magical region. Experience the natural beauty of Kuang Si Waterfalls and the intriguing Pak Ou caves. You’ll learn the fascinating history of the country at the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center and also have the unique chance to take part in a traditional baci ceremony to bid you safe passage on your onward journey.

At Kamu Lodge you will experience a unique way of life totally isolated from modern technology and have the chance to learn all about panning for gold, fishing or rice farming.

This Luang Prabang tour provides the perfect opportunity to live, learn and love the ways of the Laotians and experience a serene, hassle-free vacation you – and your family – will never want to end.


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 culture of Luang Prabang and local religious sites on an electric bike tour including three magnificent temples
Climb to the top of Mount Phousi and witness a breathtaking sunset view before visiting nearby hill tribe markets
Visit the majestic Kuang Si Waterfalls and iconic Pak Ou caves
Learn about life in lesser-seen local villages and the way the Mekong provides valuable resources to the regions hill tribes

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Luang Prabang

    Welcome to Luang Prabang!Your guide will collect you and escort you by tuk tuk to pick up your electric bike. After a quick briefing and instructional lesson on how the bikes work, you’ll be let loose on a relaxing guided discovery of Luang Prabang.

    The bikes are environmentally-friendly alternatives to scooters, not to mention being silent. The electric bikes can be powered either by the rider peddling or by using the bike’s battery-powered motor.

    Your tour will begin at 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 and Wat Sensoukarahm which is decorated in a stenciled gold faade.

    You will then return your eco-bikes before being escorted to your hand-picked hotel and be free to spend the evening at your own leisure. Feel free to ask your Backyard Travel guide who will be able to give you an excellent recommendation for locations to find delicious food, or why not take a stroll with your family through the night markets where dozens of local vendors set up stalls to sell their handmade clothes and souvenirs.Optional - Evening:If you’d like fill your evening with a unique experience, for an extra cost we can arrange for you to play a traditional game of pétanque with locals. A game introduced to Laos by the French, the country of Laos has adopted the sport as one of their favorite pastimes. This is a great opportunity to interact with locals as you’ll join a group of locals who will teach you their secrets and tricks while they cheer you on.

    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

    This morning you have the option of getting up early to grasp the opportunity to observe the local monks collecting alms. The rising sun brings with it long lines of orange-robed monks who walk barefoot around the city collecting offerings made by locals and should be seen at least once in a lifetime.

    After returning to the hotel for breakfast, your guide will pick you up in a private car and whisk you out into the countryside, taking you on an hour-long drive through beautiful landscapes, small villages and rice paddies. You will make a brief stop at one of the villages to get a quick glimpse into the lives of locals before coming to rest at the famous Kuang Si Waterfalls.

    An elegant three-tier waterfall, the main fall of Kuang Si is approximately 60 meters high and there are several turquoise blue pools in which to bathe or swim (note: please observe local customs and dress appropriately). If you’re in the mood for some gentle exercise, there’s the chance to scale the track up to the top of the falls which provide spectacular views of the surrounding area.

    Once you’ve had your fill of the natural beauty around the falls you will next have the opportunity to visit the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Center located near the falls. The center is home to around a dozen sun bears that were rescued from the grasps of poachers. The center attempts to rehabilitate the bears and raise awareness of the plight the endangered species face.

    After visiting the rescue center you will enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch next to the Kuang Si Waterfalls before undertaking the hour-long drive back to Luang Prabang.

    In the afternoon you will ride on to 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. (Please note: TAEC is closed on Mondays. If your day falls on a Monday your guide will happily make other suggestions for your afternoon.)Next you will have the chance to climb the stairs to the crest of Mount Phousi, to 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. The nightly market is one of the highlights of any visit to Luang Prabang and features an abundance of locally produced craft items for sale. Many villagers come down from the surrounding hills to sell their hand-made produce and fabrics.

    You will then have the unique opportunity to experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions - Baci.

    Baci is an important ceremony in Lao culture and is performed at various events and key occasions, such as birth, marriage, entering the monkhood and before/after making a journey. And so, before you leave Luang Prabang the following morning, you will take part in a Baci ceremony, which involves tying a string around the wrist which should then be worn until it falls off of its own accord.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

    Monks colleciting alms in Luang Prabang, Laos – Copykuang-si-waterfall-laosphotographing-misty-hills-laos_0.jpg
  • Day 3: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kamu Lodge

    After breakfast this morning you will 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.

    Your exploration of the famous temple will be followed by a transfer to a pier on the Mekong River where you will embark upon a scenic cruise.

    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 first 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 you time to peruse the caves you will then reboard your vessel for the hour-long onward journey to Kamu Lodge where you will take a delicious lunch.

    The Kamu Lodge is a rustic retreat set on the banks of the Mekong River comprising 20 private thick-walled canvas tents decorated with bamboo and indigenous woods, protected from the element by a thatched roof. The comfortable tents blend effortlessly in with surrounding nature and each features a private bathroom with toilet with electricity and hot water provided by eco-friendly solar power.

    During your afternoon at the lodge you can pick from a variety of activities to enjoy. Choose from a rice planting and harvesting experience in the local paddy fields to learn all about the ancient process that provides the staple ingredient for the Asian continent.

    Or, if you visit the Lodge from January to June, you can try your hand at panning for gold in the Mekong - with the added incentive that you can keep whatever you discover! If the (slim!) possibility of becoming rich doesn’t inspire you, why not take a trip to a local village and discover the day to day life of the Laotian hill tribes. Alternatively, you can learn the traditional techniques of local fishermen right in the Mekong.

    Overnight in Kamu Lodge

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch & 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

    Day four of your magical Laos family adventure tour will begin with breakfast at the hotel in the relaxing natural surroundings. You’ll then embark upon the three-hour boat journey back to Luang Prabang.

    Along the way you will have the chance to make a stop at Ban Xang Hai, a quaint village on the riverbanks which is renowned for its rice alcohol known as ‘lao khao’ - a strong beverage that’s normally consumed at celebratory events such as weddings.

    After reaching Luang Prabang you will be free to spend the time as you please until your guide escorts you to the airport for your onward flight home or to your next destination.

    Meals includedon this day: Breakfast


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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.

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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

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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