Culture and Beauty in Luang Prabang

Pak Ou buddhist caves, rock formations, river boat along Mekong River, Luang Prabang, Laos
IDEAL LENGTH 4 nights
Price From $1,400 pp
When to Go All Year
Culture and Beauty in Luang Prabang

The UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang has a way of charming you from the get-go. Surrounded by natural beauty, let it cast a spell over you as you immerse yourself in the customs, food and scenery that are so quintessentially Laos.

Day 1

Day 1
Arrive in Luang Prabang

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by your guide and privately transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure.

Day 2

Day 2
Luang Prabang

For early risers, you'll enjoy a special dawn visit to watch the ceremony of monks collecting the alms. As the sun rises, long lines of orange-robed monks walk barefoot through the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. Afterwards you’ll return to the hotel for breakfast.

Next, you’ll embark on a city tour, starting at the former Royal Palace. You’ll then continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a dazzling golden façade. The morning tour ends at Wat Xieng Thong, Laos’ most photographed temple.

In the afternoon you'll have the chance to get up close to the local elephants on a Spa Excursion: Bathing with Giants. You’ll learn about elephant behaviour and communication, cook snacks for them and feed them, and help to bathe them in the jungle.

Day 3

Day 3
Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Luang Prabang

Today is all about food, and who better to guide you than Luang Prabang’s top chefs?

You’ll begin your cooking class with an escorted visit to the morning market to purchase fresh produce for your lesson. On the drive back you’ll stop at the Kuang Si Waterfalls for a gentle amble through nature.

A gourmet picnic lunch served with delicious local dishes will be prepared for you today.

Before you leave there’ll be time for a swim in the turquoise pools of Kuang Si, and a visit to see the Asiatic Black Bear rescue centre.

Day 4

Day 4
Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the boat pier to board the Mekong Kingdom Monsoon for your first stop at the temple shrine of Wat Done Khoun Nelemith.

After exploring the island you’ll cruise to the Pak Ou Caves which are crammed with thousands of Buddha images and have long served as a pilgrimage site.

You’ll then head back to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred back to your accommodation.

Day 5

Day 5
Luang Prabang - Home

After breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward journey.

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itinerary highlights
  • Witness the dawn ceremony of monks collecting the alms
  • Enjoy a city tour of Luang Prabang visiting the former Royal Palace and Laos’ most photographed temple
  • Take a dip in the cooling turquoise pools of Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Visit the Pak Ou Caves, a pilgrimage site crammed with thousands of Buddha images 
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