Fall in love with the beauty of Luang Prabang on a romantic holiday. Cruise the Mekong, swim under waterfalls and rediscover your passion.


5 Days, 4 Nights     FROM US$ 764 PER PERSON

What’s better than a relaxing and romantic holiday for two in beautiful Luang Prabang? The quiet tranquility of this UNESCO-listed city will enchant you with its glittering temples, acclaimed restaurants and an all-enveloping aura of peace. All the while, you’ll make excursions by bicycle, boat and private car to explore the lush surrounding countryside.

Your first taste of Luang Prabang will be on a late-afternoon tour of the city, capped off by a sunset view of the city on the summit of Mount Phousi. A bicycle ride into the surrounding countryside will captivate you as you explore the region’s villages, temples and natural wonders at a leisurely pace. A local boat will take you on a watery excursion up the Mekong River, where you’ll observe daily life and explore the shadowy realm of the Pak Ou Caves, where thousands of golden Buddhas keep vigil.

A swim, hike and picnic lunch by the turquoise lagoons of Kuang Si Waterfalls await you, along with a perfectly romantic spa session at L’Hibiscus, where you’ll be treated to herbal and aromatherapy massages. Before this 5-day holiday in Luang Prabang is over, you’ll also experience the fine dining of L’Elephant, one of the city’s best restaurants. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and indulge in a little “we” time in Luang Prabang!


“Luang Prabang is one of the most romantic places in Southeast Asia! The ambiance and natural beauty here all lend themselves to the perfect escape for couples.”

Bounhom Inthanouson, Backyard Travel Laos Specialist


Be treated to a private massage session for two at L’Hibiscus Resort
Take a leisurely cruise on the Mekong River via local boat
Bicycle through the rural landscapes surrounding Luang Prabang
Enjoy a swim and a picnic lunch by the cascades of Kuang Si Waterfalls

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang

    Welcome to your Luang Prabang holiday! Upon arrival, your private guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel.

    After taking some time to refresh and relax, you’ll be treated to a brief tour to orient yourself in Luang Prabang. Then, as evening approaches, tackle the 328 steps to the summit of Mount Phousi and you’ll be rewarded with a glorious view of the sunset over the city. We’ll transfer you back your hotel, stopping at the hill tribe night market for some shopping along the way.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    No meals included on this day

  • Day 2: Luang Prabang

    After breakfast, you’ll be picked up at your hotel at 08:30AM and fitted to your bicycle for a full-day cycling tour of Luang Prabang and the lush surrounding countryside.

    We’ll start at the former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Museum. Dive into the history of Laos and gain some valuable insights to inform your journey through this intriguing country. We’ll then continue on to Wat Mai, famed for its golden bas-relief and known as one of the most splendidly decorated temples in Laos.

    Next we’ll head to Wat Visoun, Luang Prabang’s holiest site. After being destroyed by the Black Flag invaders from Southern China, the temple was entirely rebuilt in 1887. In its courtyard stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit. You’ll continue past Wat Aham, built in the 1500s, and see Wat That. Here, the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are interred inside the central stupa.

    Ride along the Nam Khan River to visit Wat Xieng Thong. Built in 1560 by King Setthathirat, this temple is covered with ornate carvings and mosaics. Stop for a sumptuous lunch of regional dishes at Tamarind (closed on Sundays), one of Luang Prabang’s best restaurants.

    After lunch, we’ll leave the city and ride into the country, riding to Phosy Market. At this lively hive of activity, you can join the locals and buy some fresh fruit or produce to try. You’ll have your guide on hand to help identify items that you may not see at your grocery store back home!

    Continue riding to Ock Pop Tock, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve traditional weaving techniques. Weaving was once a prevalent skill that provided a significant source of income to many Lao families, but today it is in decline due to the evolution of modern technology. On a short tour, you’ll learn the process of silk weaving, from dyeing to the final stages of loom weaving.

    For your final stop of the day, we’ll ride back to town along the Mekong to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. Dedicated to the rich diversity and culture of the ethnic minorities of Laos, the center displays traditional costumes, tools and artifacts alongside fascinating written histories (closed on Mondays).

    When you return to your hotel, take a moment to relax before heading to a well-earned pampering session at L’Hibiscus Spa. You’ll be served a welcome drink before being treated to a 30-minute herbal foot massage for two on a private balcony. This will be followed by a private 90-minute aromatherapy massage for two, with your choice of hot rocks, hot compresses or hot oil. Afterwards, enjoy sunset on the balcony and indulge in a refreshing L’Hibiscus sorbet.

    Tonight, you and your loved one will be treated to a lovely fine-dining experience: enjoy a romantic dinner for two at L’Elephant, one of Luang Prabang’s most acclaimed French restaurants.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

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  • Day 3: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang

    Today after breakfast, your Luang Prabang holiday takes you on a leisurely cruise up the Mekong River.

    Taking a cruise on a local boat might be one of the most rewarding ways to observe and explore riverine life in Laos. On this relaxing journey, you’ll see fishermen casting their nets in graceful movements and the daily buzz of life along the water. The Mekong is an important cultural and economic symbol, providing the main means of commerce and transportation for a number of local villagers.

    After two relaxing hours heading upstream from Luang Prabang, we’ll stop to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves, known locally as Tam Ting. These shadowy, enigmatic caves carved out of a limestone cliff are filled with thousands of Buddha statues covered in gold leaf and gold lacquer. This is a popular pilgrimage site for locals, who especially like to visit in April during Lao New Year, or “Pi Mai.”

    We’ll cruise back to Luang Prabang and stop at Ban Xang Hay Village along the way to sample the village’s specialty, traditional rice wine.

    In the late afternoon, you’ll join a cooking class run by the chefs of one of Luang Prabang’s best restaurants, Tamarind (closed on Sundays). After watching your expert chefs demonstrate the techniques used in Lao dishes, you’ll have your turn to try! When you’re done cooking, feast on the dishes you helped create. You’ll also get to take home the cookbook you used in class as a little souvenir.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

    Pak Ou Caves. The caves are noted for their impressive Lao style Buddha.Lao Umbrellas on sale at Luang Prabang night market Laos
  • Day 4: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Luang Prabang

    If you’re a morning person, you’ll want to rise early to see the ritual of monks collecting alms at dawn. As the sun rises, orange-robed monks emerge from their temples and walk barefoot down the streets of Luang Prabang, collecting offerings from local residents. This beautiful, tranquil ceremony highlights the spirituality of the Lao people. Afterwards, return to your hotel by tuk-tuk for breakfast.

    After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you through the lush countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. On this scenic, 45-minute drive, you’ll view rice paddies, verdant hills and sleepy villages. En route, you’ll visit a village that is home to one of the region’s many ethnic minority groups. Take the opportunity to learn about their traditions, much of which has been maintained for centuries.

    At Kuang Si Waterfall, take the time to drink in the beautiful natural surroundings. The thick jungle surrounding the falls is spectacular to explore on foot. If you’re feeling adventurous, walk to the top of the falls on a steep trail. Stunning views over cascading water await at the top. Kuang Si Falls also has numerous turquoise pools that are perfect for swimming. (Please note: When swimming, please be respectful of local standards of modesty. Wear a sarong, and be careful of showing too much skin.)

    You can also opt to visit the bear sanctuary located next to the falls. Founded by Free The Bears Fund, Inc., the sanctuary is home to 23 Asiatic Black Bears that have been saved from poaching.

    For lunch, enjoy a lovely picnic next to the falls. Then, when you’re sated and refreshed, return to Luang Prabang. On the return journey, you can stop at the Kuang Si Butterfly Park, a beautiful garden that is home to hundreds of Laos’s breathtaking butterflies! (The park is closed on Tuesday.)

    Enjoy the rest of your afternoon in Luang Prabang at your leisure.

    As evening falls, you’ll have the rare opportunity to witness one of Laos’s oldest traditions, the baci. A ritual based on mixed animist and Buddhist beliefs, the baci is performed to call back escaped spirits to the body. The Lao people believe this is an important ritual to hold before major life events, such as births, weddings and long-distance travels, as well as for proper greetings and farewells.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

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  • Day 5: Luang Prabang – Departure

    On the last day of your Luang Prabang holiday, your morning will be free for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping before your private car meets you at the hotel for your scheduled transfer to Luang Prabang International Airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast

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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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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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