Laos is one of the few destinations where, in some areas, visitors are yet to deviate from a few well-trodden sights. It’s Indochina’s final frontier, and our specialists have trekked through jungles, scouted out caves and journeyed up rivers to get to know it more intimately. They can help you plan your holiday to Laos to follow in their wake.
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Welcome to Laos, Sabaidee! You will be met and welcomed by a local tour guide upon arrival to Luang Prabang. The UNESCO World Heritage Site town is surrounded by thickly forested mountains and situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong Rivers, and has a tranquil, old-world charm. When you arrive, transfer to your hotel and the remainder of the day will be at your leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Go out there at night! Go out to wander the Luang Prabang Night Market - Gorgeous little Luang Prabang in Laos is quite the tourist hot spot these days yet still retains its sleepy Laos charm and the Luang Prabang Night Market is one of the best of it’s kind in the world and delughts tourists with it’s crafts, trinkets and sreet food, but every day you’ll see market activity on the streets. Luang Prabang markets are fascinating and diverse at night and packed with interesting street food to try while lined with chic little restaurants. Let’s explore.
If you’re a morning person, you want to experience something differently. Rise early and start the day before dawn with a visit to witness the tradition of Tak Bat, where hundreds of saffron-clad monks silently walk through the streets at dawn to collect alms (offerings of food). As the sun rises, orange-robed monks emerge from their temples and walk barefoot down the streets of Luang Prabang, collecting offerings from local residents. This beautiful, tranquil ceremony highlights the spirituality of the Lao people. Afterwards, return to your hotel by tuk-tuk for breakfast.
After breakfast and refreshments, your tour guide will meet you and today is spent with a comprehensive city orientation. You'll visit the former Royal Palace, which now houses the National Museum. By visiting the museum, you will dive into the history of Laos and gain some valuable insights of this intriguing country. We’ll then continue on to Wat Mai, famed for its golden bas-relief and known as one of the most splendidly decorated temples in Laos. Next we’ll head to Wat Visoun, Luang Prabang’s holiest site. We will walk along the Nam Khan River to visit Wat Xieng Thong. Built in 1560 by King Setthathirat, this temple is covered with ornate carvings and mosaics. Stop for a sumptuous lunch of regional dishes at Tamarind, one of Luang Prabang’s best restaurants. After lunch, we’ll leave the city and ride into the country, riding to Phosy Market. At this lively hive of activity, you can join the locals and buy some fresh fruit or produce to try. You’ll have your guide on hand to help identify items that you may not see at your grocery store back home! Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Breakfast at hotel and today is a special day as you will experience an ethical elephant sanctuary and considered as one of the best places to visit in Luang Prabang. The sanctuary is situated in the 500-acre property is located about 30 minutes away from Luang Prabang’s Old Town, and is an ideal home for its elephants to roam free – unchained. No bull hooks, no riding, no chaining. With the guidance of their mahouts who use verbal commands, the elephants socialize in their natural groups, play and bathe in the river and eat plenty of bananas and corn supplied from the villages nearby. This half day tour is a golden chance for you to interact responsibly with the resident elephants, and while the elephants may not be able to roam the wild again they are given every opportunity to perform their natural behaviors. On this experience, you will also enjoy 2-hour trek and it will take you through beautiful Lao jungle, past traditional Lao farms, and past the cool Huay Nok stream, where you may experience elephants playing joyfully in the water. As you walk alongside the elephants on a small dirt path listening to their gentle footsteps and the sounds of the jungle around you, you will experience a profound sense of understanding, respect, and caring for these amazing animals. Following lunch you will take the short ride back into Luang Prabang.
At 16:30, you will also participating another special ritual ceremony, the Baci Ceremony. As evening falls, you’ll have the rare opportunity to witness one of Laos’s oldest traditions, the baci. A ritual based on mixed animist and Buddhist beliefs, the baci is performed to call back escaped spirits to the body. The Lao people believe this is an important ritual to hold before major life events, such as births, weddings and long-distance travels, as well as for proper greetings and farewells.
Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing after two unforgettable experiences with us in Luang Prabang. Sleep well!
On the last day of your Luang Prabang holiday, your morning will be free for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping before your private car meets you at the hotel for your scheduled transfer to Luang Prabang International Airport where you will take your outbound flight to next destination.