Laos Stopover (Luang Prabang) 4 Days

$625.00

Laos is a unique, landlocked nation, sandwiched in the midst of the Southeast Asian mainland. Culturally a cousin to Thailand, but politically linked to Vietnam's and China's communist governments, Laos has remained a slow-moving backwater into the 21st century. With road, rail, and river access rapidly opening up through massive Chinese-funded infrastructure development, now is a great time to gain a feeling for the fading era of French Indochina, and for the colourful Buddhist culture of pre-modern Southeast Asia.

This package takes in the charming traditional cultural and architectural highlights of the former royal capital Luang Prabang, and the surrounding area, visiting local natural attractions and providing immersive cultural experiences.

Highlights
  • Cruise along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, which have been filled with thousands of Buddha images over the centuries
  • Sample locally-made rice wine in a riverside village, and shop in the Luang Prabang Night Market
  • Learn to cook Lao dishes with a Buddhist monk at a local temple
  • Walk along the forested paths or spend time in the refreshing aquamarine pools of Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Admire the gilded carvings and dramatic architecture of the traditional Lao temples – Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Mai, and Wat Visoun

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Package Inclusions:

  • 3 nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Boat ride to Pak Ou Caves
  • Cooking experience with a Buddhist monk
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Local English-speaking tour guide

Package Exclusions:

  • Airfares (please contact us for a quotation)
  • Optional activities
  • Tipping
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses and anything else not stated

Price Guide:

  • Stay behind surcharge: Luang Prabang from $250
  • Child price: Same as adult
  • Triple share: Not available

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Accommodation

Hotel Price Per Person (3 nights) Single Supplement Rating
Standard
Villa Chitdara or similar
$625 $373
Premium
Santi Resort or similar
$785 $498
Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to your hotel to check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Luang Prabang is a beautiful, sleepy town, that has remained a stronghold of Lao culture. Set in a tropical mountain range among splendid natural scenery, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town was the residence of the last king of Laos until the 1975 revolution, and still retains much of its original character.
This morning, participate in a traditional Buddhist alms giving tour at a monastery (at your own expense). Afterwards, head to Wat Xieng Thong, the largest and most splendid in the city. Built on the banks of the Mekong River in 1560, the temple is best known for its Tree of Life mural. Next, board a cruise up the Mekong to view Pak Ou Caves, filled with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues over the centuries. On your way back down the river, stop at Ban Xanghai and Ban Xang Khong, two villages known for their laolao (rice wine) and handmade paper, respectively. After the daytime activities we visit Mount Phousi. Standing in the centre of town at 150m, Mount Phousi provides a great location to watch the sun set over the city with its many temples, and the misty mountains in the distance. Descend in the evening to the Luang Prabang Night Market, to purchase some souvenirs and snacks, and meet the locals – including members of of ethnic minority groups who live nearby.
Wat Xieng Thong
Buddhism and temples are central to Lao culture and daily life. Observing the morning alms-giving is a striking experience to visitors to this country. Today you also have the option to participate in this ritual at a local temple, before observing how several typical Lao dishes are cooked and then engaging in a discussion on Buddhism in Laos with the monks. In the afternoon, head to the south to visit the Khuang Si Waterfalls. In Khuang Si village, you’ll see ‘Free the Bears Sanctuary‘ which cares for Asiatic Black Bears that have been rescued from local markets or hunters. The multi-tiered falls are formed from limestone, and are set amongst a lush forest environment. Take a walk though the trees, or kick off your shoes and cool your feet down in the clear waters. Wrap up the day with a visit to Ock Pop Tok, an organisation that helps increase local household income by selling products made by Luang Prabang women weavers.
Alms-giving
On your final day in Luang Prabang, you’ll visit the National Museum at the Royal Palace, this interesting building houses a great collection of treasures and artefacts from throughout Lao history. Continue on to Wat Mai, with its beautiful golden bas-reliefs, and then visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about the various minoritiy communities throughout the country. Finally, before you depart, visit Wat Visoun and its much-photographed Watermelon Stupa. Transfer to the airport for your onward flight/s.