See the spiritual capital of Laos in style on this luxury tour, with 5 star stays, Mekong cruises and a choice of real cultural experiences


3 Days, 2 Nights     FROM US$ 836 PER PERSON

Experience magical Luang Prabang in style, with 5 star stays, expert guides, cruises along the glorious Mekong River and a choice of real cultural experiences for you to take part in

Upon arrival transfer you to your hotel and be welcomed with a traditional ’Baci’ ceremony. Dine at L’Elephant, Luang Prabang’s top restaurant.

Take a morning tour of Luang Prabang. For your afternoon, choose one of three options: an electric-bike tour, a weaving workshop or a visit to Kuang Si Waterfalls. Board a traditional boat, the Nava Mekong, for an evening cruise down the glorious Mekong River.


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.

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Participate in a traditional ’Baci’ welcome ceremony.
Cruise the Mekong in a traditional style boat on which you will have a delicious dinner accompanied with traditional music and dance.
Take an electric bike tour of Luang Prabang.
See a weaving village and learn about traditional textile production.

Daily Itinerary

Daily Itinerary

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  • Day 1: Luang Prabang

    You will be welcomed at the airport by one of our local Backyard Travel guides who will then transfer you to your hotel.

    This evening you’ll be welcomed with a ‘Baci’ ceremony. These ceremonies are deeply rooted in the Laos culture and are used to celebrate a special occasion- whether a wedding, an annual festival, or as a welcome. You’ll receive blessings for good luck and happiness through traditional chants as a piece of string is tied around your wrist, which should then be worn until it falls off of its own accord.

    You’ll then proceed to L’Elephant, one of the finest restaurants in Luang Prabang, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner before being driven back to your hotel.

    Optional: Take in an evening performance at the Royal Ballet Theatre, founded in 2002 to help preserve this important aspect of Lao heritage.Please note: the Royal Ballet Theatre is normally closed from June to September.

  • Day 2: Luang Prabang

    After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will lead you to the historical old town of central Luang Prabang, where you’ll make your first stop at one of the fascinating fresh markets.

    Led by your expert local guide, you’ll investigate the myriad stalls to check out the vast range of exotic items on sale. Locals frequent the market daily to shop for fresh vegetables, fruits and other exotic specialties and delicacies. The market is situated conveniently close to your next stop - the National Museum.

    Once the Royal Palace of Laos, the former citadel now exists as the National Museum. Here you can learn about Laos’ rich history and culture at one of the special exhibits on display. You’ll then move on to Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most revered temples in Luang Prabang. Built in 1560 by King Setthathirat, the temple is adorned with lavish carvings and delicate mosaics.

    For lunch, your Backyard Travel guide will take you to enjoy a fresh selection of local dishes at the family-run Tamarind restaurant where the staff aim to promote awareness and customs of the regional cuisine.

    Fully sated, after lunch you’ll take a tour of the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (TAEC), a museum dedicated to Laos’ hill tribe minorities. The museum is packed full of traditional costumes and tools, and is a great insight into the diverse culture of Laos. If you develop a thirst while exploring the museum, you’re welcome to take a break at Le Patio Café, part of TAEC, and sample a local coffee blend. In the late afternoon your guide will accompany you down to the river to board an elegant traditional-style boat, the Nava Mekong. You’ll then take a relaxed cruise along the Mekong River, learning all about the fascinating source of local life, taking in the local scenery and a beautiful sunset behind the overlooking mountains.

    Your boat will then moor during dinner time, allowing you the chance to enjoy a selection of classic local dishes. The delicious food will be served while villagers add to the experience with traditional music and dances depicting local folk tales. After dinner your boat will drift you effortlessly back to Luang Prabang. (Please note that this is not a private cruise.)You will then have the option of being driven directly back to your hotel or take the opportunity to stop at the evening hill tribe market where you will find a plethora of stalls selling souvenirs such as local textiles and handicrafts.

  • Day 3: Luang Prabang

    Early-risers can go to observe locals offering food to long lines of orange robe clad monks, who disembark from pagodas in this, their magical morning ritual (5.30am).

    If you have time before your flight transfer, pay a visit to Heritage House, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of sustainable and community-based preservation projects.

    You will then enjoy a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

All of our Tours can be Tailored, Just Ask!

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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.

You, your holiday and booking direct: Backyard Travel are on the ground year-round in Asia, which means you are booking direct with a local travel company, allowing you to save on the cost of your holiday. Our tailor-made tours are designed by local Travel Specialists who investigate every aspect of the trip themselves, giving you a unique view of each destination.

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)

Why Backyard Travel?

Our experienced travel specialists possess years of local insider knowledge, because they live here.

We have offices in all of our destinations in asia, fully staffed and open all year-round.

With backyard travel you are booking direct, allowing you to save and benefit local residents.

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