Stunning Luang Prabang
Stunning Luang Prabang
from / to Luang Prabang
Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival
Arrival Luang Prabang, Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. This first day is at your leisure, so relax, gently wander the streets and settle into the local atmosphere.
Ancient temples stand above the river, monks walk through the quiet streets in their bright robes, and road side stalls sell tasty fruit shakes. Each street takes you deeper into the town’s relaxed atmosphere, and every corner reveals another sight in this living UNESCO world heritage site.
Sit and spend an afternoon in any number of charming cafes, or take a walk along the river and enjoy the soothing sunset colors. By the end of the day you’ll have forgotten about time and will be completely immersed in Luang Prabang’s way of life.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Pak Ou Caves and Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the pier for a cruise along the Mekong. Before cruising, you’ll visit the town’s most photographed temple, Wat Xieng Thong, located at the end of the peninsula.
Wat Xieng Thong dates back to the 16th of history. This temple demands your camera, the perfect sloped roofs and sumptuous design meaning that everyone ends up snapping away. But save plenty of space on the memory card for your cruise up the Mekong, the river offering both adventure and tranquility. Fishermen are out on the Mekong, nets been cast with elegant gestures and shouts flickering across the water. For the locals the Mekong is both their livelihood and their transportation, and the villages along the riverbank continue ancient traditions that haven’t changed for centuries. Your destinations is the Pak Ou Caves, tucked into a limestone cliff and holding an ancient religious secret.
Thousands, yes thousands, of gold lacquered Buddha statues fill the caves. Some are tiny, hand crafted to be just a few centimeters tall. Others are almost two meters high, and their lucid eyes stare at you in the caves’s gentle gloom. It’s easy to see why these caves are such an important pilgrimage site; seeing so many Buddha statues in such an isolated place is enough to convince anyone of the powers of Buddhism. While cruisin back to Luang Prabang you’ll enjoy another hypnotic journey past the fishermen and villages, and if time permits you can stop at Ban Xang Hay and sample their local speciality – rice wine.
Once back in Luang Prabang you will enjoy lunch at one of the town’s best restaurants, Tamarind, sampling a selection of the best local food. century, and the delicate carvings give a real sense Your afternoon city tour will then reveal everything about the history and culture of Luang Prabang. Start in the Royal Palace, then wander through the glorious temples of Wat Mai amd Wat Sensoukarahm, each dazzling the eye with their facades of gold and intricate attention to detail. Laos’s rich and diverse history is then displayed in the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, where costumes and artifacts and complimented by your guide’s exceptional knowledge.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Option: This evening you have the option to watch a spectacular performance in the Royal Ballet Theater. Tribal dances and traditional folk dances are performed and scenes from the famous Lao-Ramayana provide a wonderful display of local entertainment. The show starts at 6:00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) and normally runs from October to May. Rates: 24 to 48 US$/person according to seat selection.
Day 3: Luang Prabang- Kuang Si – Luang Prabang (B)
As the sun begins its slow rise on the horizon, long lines of monks walk barefoot down the streets, collecting offerings from the residents of Luang Prabang. In the early morning light it’s a glorious site, the orange robes slowly heading through town and highlighting the spiritualism of the local Laos people. This pre dawn visit is optional but well recommended as it symbolizes the beauty and serenity of Luang Prabang. Then return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast you’ll visit three of the town’s most important temples. Luang Prabang has many temples, odes to Buddhism that are both beautiful and calming. Visiting them is part educational as you get long drawn out glimpses of an ancient religion.
It’s also indelibly cultural, the buildings being some of the most enchanting in the whole of Asia. Yet as you visit Wat Visoun and then continue to Wat Aham and Wat That, you’re overcome by the sheer peacefulness of both Buddhism and Luang Prabang. Wat Visoun had to be entirely rebuilt in the 19th courtyard. Revered King Sisavang Vong’s ashes are scatted inside Wat That and make this a very important place to all Laotians. All three temples are unique and all are splendidly picturesque.
This afternoon you will be driven through rich green rice fields and tiny villages as you visit the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Viewpoints along the road gaze down on the Mekong River, while small villages are home to local scenes and ethnic minorities who stoically maintain their rich culture and traditions. Then the road winds deeper into the jungle and you continue on foot, the area surrounding Kuang Si Waterfalls offering numerous hiking trails. Unwind and relax beside the flowing water, swimming in the turquoise blue pools and admiring the multilevel cascades. (When bathing please be respectful of local people and wear a sarong). Or hike up the steep tracks to the top of the falls, where stunning views await. Endangered Asiatic black bears look wonderfully cute and you can marvel at their playful nature in the bear sanctuary beside the falls. Learning about how their survival is threatened is an important part of the visiting the sanctuary. This visit is optional.
After retuning to Luang Prabang there’s time for one of town’s most iconic experiences, climbing the 328 steps to the trop of Mount Phousi in time of sunset. Panoramic views extends in all directions, city and surrounding countryside lit up by the enigmatic colors of century and a watermelon shaped stupa stands in its the fading sun. A nearby hill tribe market can be visited on the way back down, and this is a great way to buy local souvenirs and support indigenous communities.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang – departure (B)
After your breakfast, you’ll have free time at leisure to explore Luang Prabang or relax. Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.
Rates & Services
Rates: 01.10.2015 – 31.03.2016
|Price per person in USD (private tour)||2 persons in double room||1 person in single room(single traveller)||Single room supplement|
|Hotel Categorie Standard||496||780||127|
|Hotel Category Superior||666||949||296|
|Hotel Category First Class||536||820||168|
Note: On 24.12 and 31.12, some hotels charge for compulsory gala dinners. Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.During certain dates, seasonal surcharges may apply, especially during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (15.02. – 21.02.15). Please inquire with us to find out whether this applies for your tour.
Surcharge for Optional Excursion
|Surcharge per person in USD||2 Personen||1 Person (Alleinreisend)|
|Royal Ballet Theatre (best seats)||72||72|
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