Luang Prabang World Heritage Tour
4 Days / 3 Nights
Four days in the World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang with the Tagbat (alms offering), a Baci ceremony, the Pak Ou Caves and plenty of optional experiences such as planting rice at a local farm, or crossing the Mekong to visit rural villages.
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Day 1. Arrive Luang Prabang (-/-/D)
Your local guide will welcome you at Luang Prabang International airport. Private transfer to your hotel, where a welcome drink will be served.
Check in and make yourself comfortable in your room.
If time permits orientation tour of the town by tuk tuk.
Visit Ock Pop Tock center. Dinner at Ock Pop Tock center restaurant.
Optional: Traditional dance and music show at Royal Palace theatre.
Day 2. Luang Prabang (B/L/D)
Early morning, when the sun rise, participate in the Tagbat ceremony, the monks’ alms offering. This ritual is an important part of Lao people’s life and offers a memorable experience and great snapshots. Your guide will explain how to follow the strict customs and rules involved. After the ceremony you will visit the local fresh market. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
Start your day by a visit to the National Museum (former royal palace), then continue to Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple of the city, and finish with Vat Mai, the former residence of Luang Prabang's Patriarch.
Lunch at Couleur Café restaurant.
Optional: Walking tour of Luang Prabang with Francis Engelmann, urbanist, economist, writer and specialist of Lao culture. 3 hours walking tour, available in French and in English.
Optional: Walking/tuk tuk/Bicycle tour of Luang Prabang with your guide to discover the least visited temples and Luang Prabang's daily life.
In the evening: Garavek Laos story telling. In a small theatre, locals will tell stories, legends about Luang Prabang and Laos. Dinner at Khaiphen restaurant.
Day 3. Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (B/L/D)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning, excursion by traditional private boat upstream on the Mekong River to the Buddha caves Tham Ting and Tham Phoum. Lunch on board.
Back To Luang Prabang mid-afternoon, stop at Ban Xieng Khong, a mulberry paper village, then continue by car to Luang Prabang. Visit the TAEC museum. A special 30-minute tour of TAEC's exhibitions by one of its Founder/Directors provides insight into Laos's ethnic cultures, their traditions, and customs. This is a chance to learn more about Laos's diverse ethnic groups.
Later in the afternoon Baci ceremony in a local house.
Baci is specific ceremony in Laos which has been practiced for hundreds of years. The term commonly used is “sou khuan” which means “spirit enhancing or spirit calling”. The ceremony involves the tying of white cotton strings around a person’s wrists and a prayer saying or well-wishing for the person that the ceremony is intended for.
The Baci ceremony is held on many different occasions or events throughout the year. It can be held any day of the week though it has to be on a good day in the lunar calendar. These good days are known to elders, senior monks, or ex-monks. The ceremony can be held for both sad times and happy times.
Dinner at Elefant restaurant.
Day 4. Luang Prabang - Departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at your hotel and free time until your departure.
Optional: An agricultural morning
Laos is a still at 80% agrarian country, with an agriculture sector mainly oriented towards the production of rice. In Laos, a specific variety of rice is grown, the "sticky" or "tacky“ rice.
We propose a 3-hour meeting at a local farm, to learn and practice all the steps for rice production: planting, transplanting, conduct water buffalo in the mud, threshing and sieving rice, etc.
A nice, pleasant, and fun experience that brings you deep into the Lao culture and way of living, organized by seasoned professionals.
*Not recommended for children under 6years old
*Join-in activity – only available on the morning
Optional: Visit temples
This morning cross the Mekong with the local ferry boat to Ban Xieng Mene, a rural, more rough experience in contrast with Luang Prabang, far from the tourists. Visit Vat Chomphet, and Wat Long Khoun, then return to Laung Prabang and continue to Vat Vixoune, influenced by Thai-Lu architecture and That Makmo the watermelon shaped stupa.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
After lunch, visit Vat That Luang , built on a knoll in 1818 by king Manthatourath. Before 1975, Wat That Luang was used to hold funeral rites and cremate the country‘s highest dignitaries.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on circumstances.
PRICES AND INCLUSIONS
4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS FROM £719 per person
based on 2 people travelling together
The price includes:
Private boats, and activities according to the itinerary.
Accommodation at the following carefully selected boutique hotels when available, based on twin/double occupancy:
Quality private air-con vehicles & experienced drivers for all transfers and sightseeing.
Experienced English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.
Entrance fees for all listed attractions.
Daily breakfast and lunch (without drinks) on tour days as stated in the itinerary (B/L/D) = (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner).
The price does not include:
Optional activities listed in the itinerary
Anything not specifically mentioned above
Visa fee for Laos
Tips to the guide and driver, porters and waiters
Personal costs such as drinks, laundry, etc.
You have chosen to visit some remote areas of Laos where tourism is still in its infancy. We thank you for your open-mindedness and consideration. We are persuaded you will enjoy your time in these little visited parts of our beautiful country. We take this opportunity to inform you that you might occasionally face some situations when you may not be attended in a very professional manner simply because staffs have not necessarily been properly trained. In developing countries, it is an on-going concern which is being addressed by the relevant local and national authorities but we rest assured that tour guide will do his/her utmost to compensate the eventual weaknesses encountered here and there. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to your feedback.
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