Fall in love with the breathtaking natural beauty of sites of Luang Prabang, such as the romantic Kuang Si Waterfalls, and uncover the nations fascinating history and culture


5 Days, 4 Nights     FROM US$ 764 PER PERSON

A heartwarming adventure into the soul of Luang Prabang awaits on this five-day, four-night tailored tour to Laos’ spiritual capital. A destination filled with warm, welcoming people, the city is a mecca for cultural explorers who want to see – and fall in love with – the true fabric of society in Laos.

To begin your exploration, you’ll pay visit to the ’Stay Another Day’ exhibition where you’ll learn about Laos’ sustainable tourism drive. You’ll then have the chance to scale Mount Phousi and observe the natural beauty of the region from one of its most breathtaking viewpoints, before visiting a nearby hill tribe market.

Day two will bring the opportunity to tour around the city by means of an environmentally friendly electric bike, starting at the National Museum, before visiting the city’s most revered temples including Wat Xieng Thong.

The romantic tour next takes you on a cruise to see the famous Pak Ou caves, along the way discovering the important role the Mekong River plays in local life. You’ll then have the chance to learn about local Lao cuisine at a cooking school where you will learn the tricks and techniques to cook perfect authentic dishes.

You’ll then have your pulse set racing with a trip to the spectacular Kuang Si Waterfalls after an early start to see the fascinating early-morning alms collection by a long line of monks. Before you embark upon your onward journey you will have the unique opportunity to take part in a Baci ceremony, to bless your travel and bid you a safe farewell.


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
Learn about Laos’ passion for preservation with national programs to encourage sustainable tourism
Take the chance to learn how to prepare a selection of Laos dishes at one of the best local cooking schools
Visit the majestic Kuang Si Waterfalls

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Luang Prabang

    Welcome to Laos! Luang Prabang is well-known as the spiritual capital of Laos and translates literally as ‘Royal Buddha Image’. The city, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage City, is located in the north central region of the country and is a haven for fresh-air seekers, outdoor adventurers and nature lovers.

    After arriving at the airport you will be met by your Backyard Travel guide and transferred to your hand-picked hotel for check-in.

    The remainder of you day (depending on your time of arrival) will be spent absorbing local culture and learning about the locally made products of the area. You’ll be guided to the ‘Stay Another Day’ exhibition at the Kopnoi Center on Phomathat Road. The exhibition is part of an initiative that reveals various sides of the Southeast Asian nation and encourages travelers to spend extra time is Laos in a sustainable manner.

    The exhibition also includes dioramas to depict many of the dos and don’ts of Laotian culture and gives 100 ideas for eco-friendly ways you can enjoy the delightful country.

    Once you’ve learned all you need to know about your temporary home and the activities you can pursue, you’ll next have the chance to partake in a Lao tea tasting ceremony.

    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.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: None

  • Day 2: Luang Prabang

    Your guide will collect you after breakfast and escort you by tuk tuk to the electric bike station. 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.

    To round off your 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.

    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.)You will then return your eco-bikes before being escorted to the L’Hibiscus Spa where you will enjoy a luxurious foot massage followed by a 90-minute aromatherapy body massage in a private, romantic treatment room for two with your choice of a hot compress, hot oil or hot rocks before you ‘coming down’ from you state of heightened relaxation with a sorbet as you watch the sunset from the spa’s balcony.

    To end a splendid day you will then head to Luang Prabang’s finest French restaurant, L’elephant where you will be spoiled with a delightful romantic dinner.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast & Dinner

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

    Day three of your magical Laos adventure will begin with breakfast at the hotel followed by 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 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 return journey to Luang Prabang, stopping en route at Ban Xang Bay, a village which specializes in the production of rice wine, returning back in the city in time to take lunch at your own leisure.

    In the late afternoon you will be shown the secrets of making superb Laotian cuisine by an expert at a cooking class at a local cooking School. The local chef will demonstrate how to prepare several authentic dishes which you can then taste and pick the three recipes you’d like to learn. You’ll also be given a cook book to take home to continue your cooking adventures at home. After a fun afternoon of learning how to prepare some fantastic food, you’ll then sit down to devour your self-made dishes.

    You’ll then be escorted back to your hotel to sleep off your feast.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

    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

    This morning you have the option of getting up early 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. You can then return to the hotel and take advantage of being one of the first to reach the breakfast service!After 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 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. 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 center you’ll be able to enjoy a specially-arranged picnic lunch next to the falls before making the return hour-long chauffeured drive back to Luang Prabang. The remainder of the afternoon will then be spent at your leisure before you 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.

    The remainder of your final day in Luang Prabang will be spent at your own leisure, but be sure to ask your guide if you would like any recommendations for delicious local food, or even the best place to grab a cocktail.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    Meals included on this day: Breakfast

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  • Day 5: Departure

    After breakfast you will have the chance to do some last-minute shopping before your guide and private car meet you at your hotel and transfer you to Luang Prabang International Airport for your onward departure.

    Meals included: Breakfast

    Akha Children, Laos

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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

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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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