A full day tour in Luang Prabang. In the morning we visit major highlights of Luang Prabang Heritage area with an experienced local guides. (Optionally participating with alms giving ceremony in the early morning) After lunch in an elephant camp, we join in a superb afternoon river cruise to Pak Ou Caves, then cruise downstream to the city and see the beautiful sunset panorama from the boat.
Pickup and city tour start at 8:30 (or 5:30 if you choose to participate in the Alms giving ceremony), Lunch break at Manifa Elephant Camp (1:00-2:30), Pak Ou Caves / Mekong Cruise (2:30-5:30), Return to the hotel at 5:30-6:00
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Stop At: Alms Giving Ceremony, Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang 0600 Laos
Our guide will pick you up from your accommodation in the early morning at about 5:30 am and give you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: The Morning Market, Alleys between Main St. (Sisavangvong Rd.) and Mekong River, Luang Prabang 0600 Laos
Afterward we visit Luang Prabang morning market. The market lining a couple of quiet streets near the Royal Palace, starts early and is over by mid-morning. It sets up along a couple of side-streets next to one of the citys many Wats. A butcher and some of the more touristy stalls have actual tables for their wares. But most of the vendors, selling anything from rice to fresh vegetables to steamed fish to frogs, and anything else that might be the days catch, just set up on the ground.
We take a car back to the hotel for breakfast at around 7 am
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Old Quarter Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang 0600 Laos
Old quarter setting on a peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, encircled by verdant mountains, offers a natural beauty that is complemented by the craftsmanship of Louangphrabangs palaces, temples, and traditional houses. Immerse yourself in the culture and architecture of the old town as you walk with your tour guide in this morning tour.
Duration: 3 hours
Stop At: Mount Phousi, Sackarin road, Luangprabang, Luang Prabang 0600 Laos
After hotel pickup at 8:30, we start with a visit to Mount Phousi that is a 100 m high hill in the centre of the old town, located on the peninsula between the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. As the highest point in town, it boasts the towns famous and favorite panoramic view. On the summit, the shiny golden stupa of Wat Chom Si sits firmly and greets visitors to the mountain. It was built in 1804 during the reign of King Anourouth and has become a symbol of Luang Prabangs spiritual significance. (Entrance fee 20,000 kip)
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Riverview Park, Luang Prabang Laos
We climb down Phousi Hill and take a car to the Riverview park located in the tip of Luang Prabang peninsula. The juncture where the two rivers meet is believed by locals to be home to two notable nagas (a semi-divine race of half-human half-serpent beings, originally from Sanskrit language) who were the guardians of the rivers. We enjoy view from little lovely park and then afterwards start walking to the town center.
Duration: 5 minutes
Stop At: Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang Laos
Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional style of Luang Prabang. Since King Setthatirath built the temple in 1560, Wat Xieng Thong had used to be a significant place for Lao kings during coronations and becomes a gathering place for annual festivals and traditional activities to take place.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Wat Sene, 45 Kingkitsarath Rd, Luang Prabang, Laos
Continue walking the street, after Wat Sibounheuang, we have a visit at Wat Sene Souk Haram or literally "Temple of a 100 000 treasures". Afterwards we take a car to pass through the restaurant area.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Royal Palace Museum, Haw kham, Luang Prabang 0600 Laos
The Royal Palace, which is today the national museum and built by French colonialists between 1904-09 as a residence of king family. The building itself is a blend of French beaux arts and Lao architecture. Inside displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture. (Entrance fee 30,000 kip)
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, Luang Prabang Laos
Built in 1788, known for its glorious bas-relief work, golden stencilling of its sim (assembly hall), and for the ritual cleansing of the Phra Bang during Lao New Year.(Entrance fee 10,000 kip)
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Manifa Elephant Camp, Sang Ha, Luang Prabang Laos
Have a buffet lunch at the restaurant overlooking the Mekong river surrounded by the tropical forests.You'll have a opportunity to see elephants free to roam around the Mekong river.
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Pak Ou Caves, Near Pak Ou the Tham Ting, Ban Pak-Ou 0603 Laos
These two caves are located some 25km from Luang Prabang where the Nam Ou River flows into the Meking. The journey on a slow moving longboat to caves is decidedly picturesque. The caves are revered throughout Laos and a very popular place for tourists and pilgrimsalike. There are some 4000 statyes abd statyettes in the caves, mostly of the Buddha, many stukk covered with paper thin gilding. The first cave is reached by a steep staircase from the rivers edge, while the second cave is a little deeper inside the mountain: bring a torchilight!
Duration: 40 minutes
Commences in:Luang Prabang, Laos
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