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Call on Luang Prabang 4 days

CODE: LAO-04-2 DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
TRAVEL TYPE: SHORT TRIPS  
TRIP ROUTE: Luang Prabang

Simply people just love Luang Prabang! It is an ancient town of Lane Xang and has an amazing spell of love and attraction. Explore this beautiful town and keep in touch with wonderful people. See old monasteries and temples in Laotian styles, visit Buddhist sites of Pak ou cave on the Mekong River and travel deep into natural surroundings where ethnic villagers reside and make their living.

Call on Luang Prabang for 4 days and love it!

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Wat Visoun (or Wat Wisunalat)
Wat Visoun (or Wat Wisunalat)

Wat Visoun (or Wat Wisunalat)
WAT XIENG THONG
Pak Ou Cave
NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE)
Kuang Si Waterfall

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1:  ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Upon your arrival in Luang Prabang, you will be greeted by your tour guide and transfer to the hotel. Luang Prabang, an enchanting town set between the Nam Khan and Mekong River, is filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. Begin your tour with Wat Visoun (or Wat Wisunalat), the oldest temple in Luang Prabang which can be dated back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham or “The Monastery of opened heart”, famous for the ancient interior of its ordination hall and beautiful roof ornamentation. It was the former residence of Phra Sangkarat, the Supreme Monk of Buddhism in Laos. Now it is time to visit one of the most significant temples in Laos, Wat Xieng Thong, literally means “The Temple of Golden City”. Its origin can be dated back to 1560 when King Setthatilat built it on the bank of Mekong River near the juncture with the Nam Khan River. The entire temple complex with many ornate chapels and buildings represents the real gem of traditional Laotian architecture. From Wat Xieng Thong, take an opportunity to stroll down the main street (or Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. If time permits, stop at other fascinating temples such as Wat Siboun Heuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 2:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

Take your hearty breakfast at the hotel. Begin your day by taking an exhilarating boat trip up the Mekong River to visit Pak Ou Caves which are consisted of two caves, the lower Tham Ting and upper Tham Theug, overhanging on the steep limestone cliffs. These extraordinary caves are filled with thousands of Buddha statues of various styles, sizes and positions imaginable. Not far from the Pak Ou Caves, lies the local village of Ban Xang Hai, litterally means Jar or Pottery Making Village. Today the villagers no longer make potteries, but import instead. The main attraction of the village are whisky making, silk weaving and Sa paper making. Its fame arises from the production of local rice wine whisky - lao lao. At the village, you will see whisky in various bottles, containing creepy creatures such as snakes, scorpion, centipedes, or geckos, fully bathed in lao lao whisky. Continue onward to visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong, a village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

After breakfast, take the opportunity to stroll down the local market and come in touch closer to Luang Prabang serene life-style and activities of the early morning. Continue to Luang Prabang National Museum (or Royal Palace), built by French in 1904 as the residence to the royal family. When the monarchy was overthrown by Revolutionary Government in 1975, the palace was converted to national museum. It has been well preserved and provide good insights into the history of Laos. The National Museum is closed on Tuesday). Nearby, visit Wat Mai (or New Temple), the largest temple in Luang Prabang and one of the most picturesque temple in Laos with its five-tiered roof, veranda and architecture. Afterwards, drive out of the town to visit a local village of Ban Muang Khai and then continue onwards to Kuang Si Waterfall, an outstanding waterfall of Luang Prabang with many cascading steps, basins and flowing water. You can relax in the natural environment and enjoy swimming in its pleasant pools and clear water. Then take a brief visit to the nearby Khmu village of Ban Tha Pene and return to Luang Prabang.

DAY 4:  LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast the hotel. You are fee at your own leisure. Transfer out to the airport for your departure.

How to get to Luang Prabang :

  • By Plane - there are international flights from/to Bangkok, Hanoi, Chiang Mai and Siem Reap and domestic flights from/to Vientiane, Pakse
  • By Road - from Vientiane
  • By Boat - Two days boat trip from the north, through Hauy Xai border via Pak Beng, downstream along Mekong River

Prices

Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 398 331 97
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 391 325 88
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 398 331 97
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 459 393 176
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 439 373 155
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 459 393 176
Superior 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 669 603 375
Superior 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 631 578 338
Superior 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 669 603 375

Note:

  • Rates are quoted in U.S. DOLLARS
  • Except 24 Dec, 31 Dec  and 12 – 17 Apr ; Compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges by hotels during the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Include:

  • Hotel accommodation (twin-sharing) in Luang Prabang
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Laos
  • Tours and excursions as described
  • English speaking guide
  • All Entrance Fees

Exclude:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Airport tax & Personal Expense
  • International Airfare to/from Laos
  • Laos visa fee (Visitors can obtain visa upon arrival at US$ 30-45 with 2 photos)
 
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Fast Fact at Laos

  • The People's Democratic Republic of Lao is located in the centre of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the north, Myanmar to the north-west, Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
  • Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons - the rainy season from the beginning of May to the end of September and dry season from October through to April.
  • Lao language is the national language. Other languages used are French, English, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • The Kip is the official currency of Laos.
  • The majority of Lao people are Buddhists.
  • When entering a Wat (Temple) or a private home it is customary to remove one's shoes.
  • In traditional homes one sits on low seats or cushions on the floor. Upon entering guests may be served fruit or tea. These gestures of hospitality should not be refused.
  • The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and the soles of the feet the least, one should not touch a person's head nor use one's foot to point at a person or any object.
  • Men and women rarely show affection in public.
  • Women are forbidden to touch a Buddhist monk.

 

 
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