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