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Luang Prabang Experience 5days 4nights

CODE GCLPEP5D4N
DESTINATION Lao
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 5 days 4 nights
TOUR DETAILS

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Enjoy an orientation tour of the major highlights of Luang Probang in cozy historical atmosphere, laid-back pace of life – these are some of the undeniable trademarks to understand why it becomes the World Heritage site over years.

Glittering the Palace Museum of Luang Prabang to see an eclectic collection of Asian artifacts. Take a boat cruise upstream the Mekong River to the holy and mysterious Pak Ou Caves which filled with thousands of gilded statues of Buddha. Enjoy the most scenic sunset view from the Mount Phousi.

Climb aboard the back of an elephant and traverse through the stunning landscape and lush natural surroundings. Participate in a unique, traditional Lao ceremony and dances. Enjoy authentic Lao cuisine in the comfort of your hosts’ home and spend time talking and interacting with the friendly locals.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Elephant Experience Baci Ceremony Pak Ou Caves

DAY 01: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos. Welcome inside the immigration area by one of our representatives, collection of the passports, customs papers, visa on arrival forms duly filed in and assistance to proceed visa paperwork.

In the meantime, guests proceed through immigration without delay; luggage is handled by our team and will appear in your room along with your arrival gift.

As the day comes to an end learn more about Laos culture and locally made products at the Stay Another Day exhibition where you will also enjoy a Lao tea tasting. Then, climb the stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sun set over the city and surrounding hills, upon reaching the top of the hill fresh juices will be waiting for you. Transfer back your hotel, stopping along the way at the hill tribe evening market for some shopping.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: None

 

Day 02: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave

Travel by boat 2 hours upstream on the Mekong to Pak Ou Caves. Locally called Tam Ting, the Pak Ou contains thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff.

The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai.

Laos has several waterways that have traditionally been used as the local form of transportation and they continue to be used in that manner today in many parts of the country. Taking a local boat cruise is probably one of the most rewarding ways to discover the life along the rivers.  As you cruise along, observe the daily activities of fishermen, how they throw their nets in an elegant arm gestures, and rely on the water for their livelihood. For the villages settled along the Mekong, the River plays an important role in their daily life and usually represents the only means of transportation and commerce. Return to Luang Prabang.

This afternoon, take a guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Start at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Finish this morning’s tour at Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics.

One of the highlights of a visit to Luang Prabang is a performance of the Royal Ballet Theater. Founded in 2002 in cooperation with the Institute of Cultural

Research, the Ballet aims to preserve Laos’ cultural heritage. This evening, enjoy a spectacular performance which includes scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, traditional folk dances and tribal dances. The show begins at 0600pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Attention: subject to change without prior notice from the company.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 03: Luang Prabang - Elephant Experience

This morning you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the Luang Prabang countryside. Together with your local guide you will proceed to the Elephant Park Project 15 km out of town.  The Park is located in the middle of a green, natural area on the banks of the Nam Khan River.

After crossing the small river at the “Lao Spirit Resort” you will be introduced to the protected Asian elephants, magnificent animals that are revered throughout Asia.  Climb aboard the back of an elephant and traverse through the stunning landscape and lush natural surroundings on a one hour ride.  This new perspective is a relaxing way to enjoy nature, so relax and enjoy as you make your way through forests and along the Nam Khan River. 

Afterwards, transfer back to the Elephant Camp by boat and on to Luang Prabang arriving around 1300-1400 this afternoon. And then free time at leisure. Attention: in the dry season, February-August, the boat ride back to the Elephant Park is not possible. Instead we walk through rice paddies, along a riverbank, and in to the nearby village that is supported through the Elephant Park Project

At 1715 p.m - Right in the heart of the UNESCO listed town centre, board the « Nava Mekong » traditional river boat with its unique configuration that will enable you to enjoy a leisurely paced cruise down and up the mystical Mekong River. As you leave the peninsula of Luang Prabang behind you, you will enjoy peaceful rural sceneries. The setting is absolutely fabulous with amazing sights ever changing of colors as the sun sets over the Mekong with mountainous ranges in the back. Comfortably seated, you will reach a bank opposite the town of Luang Prabang where the boat will moor during dinner time. A selection of typical Lao dishes will be served onboard and dinner will be entertained by a live band and traditional Lao dances performed by artists from nearby villages. Performances depict Lao royal ballet dances, rural life stories, folk tales and legends. A short ride will get you back to the historical center of town.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 04: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall

For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms.  As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Following breakfast, continue your tour to a beauty waterfall at Kuang Si. Visit the refreshing waters of the Kuang Si Waterfalls where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch. Located 32km from Luang Prabang these waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is filled with wildlife and pleasant walks can be taken along the natural footpaths.  (Note: when bathing, please wear a sarong, no bare bodies). Return to town, and reach Luang Prabang in late afternoon.

Today you will have a chance to participate in a unique, traditional Lao ceremony.  The Baci is performed in celebration of an important event such as weddings, births, or for welcoming guests and is a means of expressing good will and good luck to others. The Lao believe that each person has 32 spirits which constitute their spiritual essence and the Baci is the ritual used to call back any escaped spirits in to the body.  During the Baci, special flower trays and food treats are prepared which are then touch by the participants while a Buddhist mantra is chanted.  After the chanting is completed, cotton threads are tied around the participants’ wrist whilst they receive an individual blessing. 

Afterwards, as is tradition, all participants will sit down to share a delicious meal.  Enjoy authentic Lao cuisine in the comfort of your hosts’ home and spend time talking and interacting with the friendly locals. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Luang Prabang - Departure

Depending on your flight schedule, there may be time to visit the Heritage Information Center.

Here you will learn about the methods being used to preserve the unique heritage and culture of Luang Prabang as well as gain further understanding in to the importance of developing sustainable and community-based preservation projects.

After your visit, your private car and driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • All permissions and local taxes
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary. B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
  • English Speaking National Guide
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles with driver in the itinerary
  • Activities as mentioned into the program
  • Nava Mekong Cruise for dinner and traditional Lao dances performed
  • Monks alms giving
  • Traditional Baci ceremony

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • Accommodation
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...)
  • Visa stamping fee for Laos (visa on arrival, valid 30 days: 30 to 42US$ upon client’s nationality + 1 photo. Passport has to be valid at least 6 months after departure date of the country). Subject to change without prior notice
  • Extension visa 2 USD/day/Pax. Subject to change without prior notice
    ATTENTION: Visa on arrival pay more 1 USD/Pax every Saturday and Sunday
  • Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
  • Personal expenses
  • Early check in, late check out
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • All air tickets with airport and departure taxes
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above
  • International flight


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