The magic of Luang Prabang and its Natural Surroundings

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Overview

Obviously, Luang Prabang's natural scenery is stunning, but there is something else... There is a sort of mystical, peaceful, positive and healing aura which will keep you enthralled almost from the very first moment that your plane touches down. Take a deep breath, relax and learn the ways of its people, who are widely known to be one of the happiest on Earth. We invite you to figure out why!

Highlights

  • Let ourselves be enveloped by the truly special atmosphere of Luang Prabang. 
  • Discover its array of gilded UNESCO protected temples, its French colonial facades and its dreamy streets, which somehow have retained the aura of the old Lane Xang. 
  • Panoramic cruise on the Mekong river.
  • Chances for interchanges with monks, nuns and novices interested in practicing foreign languages and in sharing their points of view with travellers.
  • Visit to the alluring natural surroundings of Luang Prabang (Pak Ou caves, Kuang Si waterfall, nearby villages).
Arrival in Luang Prabang 

Day 1 Arrival in Luang Prabang 

Meals: not included | Accommodation: Luang Prabang

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide and driver for a short transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
 

Getting to know Luang Prabang & Mekong cruise to Pak Ou Caves

Day 2 Getting to know Luang Prabang & Mekong cruise to Pak Ou Caves

Meals: breakfast, lunch | Accommodation: Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history. We also visit the country’s most historic and enchanting temple Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style.

We then continue to the Riverside, where we board a private boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek to reach the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes.  

Afterwards we return to Luang Prabang by boat, stopping at the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Nongxai. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by and visit Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. Late-afternoon, you have the option to climb Mount Phousi, which offers a spectacular view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River, or if you prefer, we can head to Wat Aham to witness the evening chant of the monks. 
 

Luang Prabang – Tak Bat, Pinic breakfast at Kuang Si, Evening Baci ceremony

Day 3 Luang Prabang – Tak Bat, Pinic breakfast at Kuang Si, Evening Baci ceremony

Meals: breakfast, dinner | Accommodation: Luang Prabang

We wake up early this morning (5.30am) to witness and partake in the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving alms to the monks.  This is a unique ritual still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang.  We can also visit the local fresh market to see how the locals shop.

We then drive directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall arriving there around 8am, well before anyone else arrives so you will have the falls to yourself!  A picnic breakfast can be enjoyed overlooking the falls. Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre, which does a great job of rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by midday where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Our guide will meet us again in the early evening for a short transfer to a nearby village where you have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Baci Ceremony. A Baci is performed in celebration of an important event such as weddings, births, or for welcoming guests and is a means of expressing good will and good luck to others.The ceremony is leaded by one of the village highly respected elderly and involves offerings to spirits and tying of strings to each other’s wrists to lock in the good spirits. Then enjoy a nice dinner with the villagers. 

 

Luang Prabang – Departure

Day 4 Luang Prabang – Departure

Meals: breakfast | Accommodation: not included

Depending on your departure flight, we may have free time at leisure to bid farewell to this special city before being met by our guide for a short transfer to the airport for our flight.
 

Price per person based on group tour

Group size 2 pax 3-4 pax
Price per person (Oct. 2018 - Apr. 2019)  USD 458 USD 354
Price per person (May - Sept. 2018 & 2019)  USD 442 USD 337

 

* Prices valid until Sept. 2019

* Would you like to adapt the itinerary, accommodation or any activity as per your needs and preferences? Then just get in touch with us with your comments at info@handspan.com (we are specialists designing tailor-made trips!) 

* Special prices for groups of more than 4 people and the possibility to connect the tour with other stages of your trip around Indochina, by contacting us at info@handspan.com. 

* A private trip for a solo traveler is also available with a surcharge.

Included

  • Accommodation in shared double room (upgrades possible with a supplement):
    • Luang Prabang, Villa Chitdara - Superior room
  • Transportation in private vehicle & Boat trip as stated 
  • English speaking guide
  • Activities, visits and admission fees to indicated sights
  • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel, lunch/dinner where stated only 
  • Gov’t tax 

Not included

  • International flights and visas
  • Personal travel Insurance
  • Child or adult in triple sharing room
  • Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses 
  • Supplements on peak season
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