Day 1: Luang Prabang City Tour
Today, take a guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast.
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.
Lunch at Tamarind (included). Run by an Australian woman and her Lao husband, they have created a fresh menu of Lao dishes and are dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the local cuisine.
Following lunch, continue your tour of enchanting Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. Continue past Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500s, and on to Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa.
Continue to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday).
As today comes to a close, climb the 328 stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sun set over the city and surrounding hills. Visit the hill tribes evening market for some shopping. This colorful market takes place every evening around 5pm along the main streets of town and is a great place to look for souvenirs. Then transfer back to your hotel or spend more time at the hill tribes market. End of Luang Prabang City Tour.
Tour price includes:
- Transfers from/to your hotel with tuk tuk
- English Speaking Guide
- Meals as indicated (L = Lunch)
- All entrance fees as mentioned
- Camera and video cameras fees if applicable
- All permissions and local taxes
Tour price excludes:
- Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters