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.