Highlights of Laos - Luang Prabang

05 NIGHTS / 06 DAYS
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INCLUDES
Private transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
Tour arrival and departure airport transfers
English Speaking Guide
Meals as mention on the programs: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (Dinner)
01 lunch at local family (Cooking Class with local home-hosted meal)
All entrance fee as mention in the itinerary
Mineral water per person per day
DOES NOT INCLUDE
International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

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Day 1: Arrive-Luang Prabang

Sabaidee! Welcome to Luang Prabang, Laos. You are greeted by your guide and driver at the International airport for your transfer to the hotel. Evening at your own time. The Night Market here is a great place for wandering, offering a lovely variety of handmade textiles crafted by local and hill-tribe people, along with street food, knickknacks and friendly banter.

  • Overnight: Luang Prabang

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Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave

The exploration of Luang Prabang would be not complete with a visit to the National Museum. Housed in the former Royal Palace, uninhabited since the royal family was deposed in 1975, the museum showcases many treasures of Laos' royal past and allows visitors to glimpse the private and public quarters of Lao royalty. Also displayed here is the Prabang, the sacred Buddha image for which Luang Prabang was named. You then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives you a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting, filled with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The caves are noted for their miniature Buddha sculptures. Hundreds of wooden Buddhist figures take many different positions, including meditation, teaching, peace, rain, and reclining (nirvana). On your return, stop by the picturesque village of Ban Xang Khong to learn more about Saa paper and hand woven products. Continue to Ban Chan, famous for producing pottery. Back to the city. You then climb the 328 steps leading to Phousi Hill. Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure in the center of Luang Prabang skyline. The hill, with spectacular 360 degree views, is a popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set.

  • Overnight: Luang Prabang
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 3: Luang Prabang city tour

Option: Early wake-up call possible to join the locals giving food to hundreds of Buddhist monks returning from morning prayers. Take a stroll through morning market and take part in this everyday ritual. (SURCHARGE APPLIED) Breakfast at the hotel or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual. You then head out to the local farm of Luang Prabang, and experience the local way of rice cultivation. After having an overview by visiting a small rice museum, you will learn how rice is farmed, using water buffalo for Ploughing together with the traditional manual processes of ranking, transplanting, sowing, grinding, and pounding In the afternoon, you visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, a peaceful temple featuring the much-photographed Watermelon Stupa; Wat Aham, the site of Luang Prabang's most important spirit shrine; Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang's largest and most splendid temple, is best known for its impressive Tree of Life mural depicting the Buddhist story. Later, you can go for a stroll around this quaint town or even join some locals for a game of petanque there is always someone ready to show you how to play! It is great fun and a good way to get to know the Lao people.

  • Overnight: Luang Prabang
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 4: Luang Prabang – Cooking Class at Local Family

Breakfast at hotel Love Lao food? Join a cooking class for the morning and learn all about Lao culinary methods and traditional foods. Cooking class start with a fascinating tour of the local markets to know what the foods are and what they are used for. Under our chef’s instruction, you will learn how to cook some Laos’ typical food. End with a great lunch you have helped to cook. Drive out to a local village to meet your host family, and then head off to the market to buy your ingredients. You’ll soon be familiar with galangal and lemongrass, and be able to identify the weird and wonderful herbs with the help of your host chef. With your ingredients bagged up, head back to the family house and get ready to cook. Laos’s cuisine is quite similar to Thai but hotter and spicier with lots of chili! Depending on what was available in the market you might make laap a spicy salad of minced pork or chicken with sticky rice or the popular green papaya salad with shrimp paste, sugar and lime juice - Yum! Sit down and taste-test you’re cooking skills, after lunch take a stroll through the village if you wish toor just return to city center.

  • Overnight: Luang Prabang
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

Drive out through beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills and villages. You will stop to visit an ethnic minority village to learn about their traditions and culture. Continue to Kuang Si Waterfall, where water tumbles over tiered limestone formations into crystal clear pools ideal for escaping the heat. Between cooling off in the pools, you can explore the lush forest setting around the falls. At the famous Kuang Si Waterfall, a short walk brings you down to the abrupt waterfall where you will have time for a swim or simply relaxing by the water’s edge.

  • Overnight: Luang Prabang
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 6: Luang Prabang departure

Breakfast at hotel.Free at leisure till transfer to airport for departure flight with sweet memory.

  • Meals: Breakfast
HOTELS
The Grand Luang Prabang (Luang Prabang)
HOTELS
Victoria Xieng Thong (Luang Prabang)
Cost Per Person
Valid till 30 SEP 2017
HOTELS USD 845 (Twin/Double Sharing)
HOTELS USD 895 (Twin/Double Sharing)

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