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1 Private Luang Prabang Tour with Monk Alms
Private Luang Prabang Tour with Monk Alms

SEE THE FAMOUS RITUAL

Rise early this morning to observe the majestic 'takbat' ceremony, the daily offering of alms to monks. Watch as the town's hundreds of monks proceed down the street in a single-file line of bright saffron-coloured robes, collecting offerings from the lay people. Following this ritual, take a stroll through the 'morning market' to see many exotic foods and tropical fruits on sale before returning to your hotel for breakfast.


For the rest of this half day tour explore the National Museum, full of fine examples of Lao art and furniture and the former residence of the now deposed royal family. Then visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, where you will gain a detailed insight into the many fascinating ethnic groups so central to the formation of modern day Laos. Finish your morning with a stop at the serene Wat Xieng Thong, famous for its Tree of Life mosaic.


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1 Private Luang Prabang Tour with Monk Alms

Private Luang Prabang Tour with Monk Alms

2 Hill Tribe Trek
Hill Tribe Trek

SKY'S THE LIMIT

Leave early for a 50 minute drive west to the village of Long Lao, the starting point for your hike. This rustic village, little-visited by tourists, is nestled inside a picture-perfect valley and consists of ethnic Hmong and Kamu enclaves. A local trekking guide will join you and your Lao guide, to lead your hike of six to seven hours beginning with an ascent to a skyline ridge, offering views over Long Lao village and its enclosing valley.


Then you follow a marked trail, which will be steep in parts and slippery in the wet season, stopping at Nong Koi Lake, a picturesque watering place for animals. Around half way in to your hike, stop for a picnic lunch and admire the views of surrounding hills. The rest of your walk is a descent through forests and over plains to the town of Xieng Ngeun where you will be met and driven back to Luang Prabang.


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2 Hill Tribe Trek

Hill Tribe Trek

3 Kuang Si Falls by Boat
Kuang Si Falls by Boat

WEAVE YOUR WAY TO THE FALLS

You are picked up from your hotel by private car and taken to Kuang Si Falls, the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in Laos. On the way, stop at Phou Si market, a vibrant place for an introduction to the colourful fruits and vegetables which make up the tasty regional diet. Then make a stop at the riverside setting of the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre and see the craftsmen and women at work making lots of traditional items.


Then leave for Kuang Si falls, a journey of 40 minutes. When you arrive you can swim in the turquoise waters, or simply explore the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy free time before visiting a nearby sanctuary which cares for and rehabilitates bears rescued from animal traders, or from deforested habitat. Later return to Luang Prabang on the magical Mekong, on a private cruise boat, passing pretty countryside and villages.







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3 Kuang Si Falls by Boat

Kuang Si Falls by Boat

4 Kuang Si Falls Half Day Tour
Kuang Si Falls Half Day Tour

MARKETS, WATERFALLS AND BEARS

You are picked up from your hotel by private car and taken to Kuang Si Falls, the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in Laos. On the way, stop at Phou Si market, a vibrant place for an introduction to the colourful fruits and vegetables which make up the tasty regional diet. Then make a stop at the riverside setting of the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre and see the craftsmen and women at work making lots of traditional items.

Then leave for Kuang Si falls, a journey of 40 minutes. When you arrive you can swim in the turquoise waters, or simply explore the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy free time before visiting a nearby sanctuary which cares for and rehabilitates bears rescued from animal traders, or from deforested habitat. Later you are driven back to Luang Prabang passing pretty countryside and villages where you can make plenty of photo stops. .



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4 Kuang Si Falls Half Day Tour

Kuang Si Falls Half Day Tour

5 Lao Cooking Class
Lao Cooking Class

TRY THE LOCAL DISHES

Today you discover a little about the secrets of Lao cuisine, as well as enjoying some the wonderful scenery just outside Luang Prabang town. Begin with a tuk-tuk pick-up from your hotel at 8.30am and head to Tamarind restaurant, to meet the rest of your group and have a briefing for your hands-on cooking demonstration. Then, head to a local market for an introduction to some of the wonderful fresh ingredients which define Lao cooking.


At Tamarind cooking school you are introduced to some simple yet delicious Lao recipes by an expert instructor. Try your hand at traditional Lao dips, sticky rice, dishes steamed in banana leaf ... and more. Savour your creations at the end of your session as you enjoy the idyllic garden setting of the cooking school. The emphasis today is on having fun, and on learning a little about a little-known, yet delicious cuisine.

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5 Lao Cooking Class

Lao Cooking Class

6 Luang Prabang Foodie Walking Tour
Luang Prabang Foodie Walking Tour

WALK UP AN APPETITE

Skip breakfast and meet your guide early at your hotel, then set-out on foot through Luang Prabang’s backstreets to a small eatery which specialises in making steaming hot ‘pho’ noodle soup. Then continue to the morning market, a hive of activity and colour. You are sure to have questions, but your guide will be on hand to answer. Then, visit a local coffee shop for a mid-morning break and learn about the difference between Arabica and Robusta beans


A short distance away is Sakkarine Road, the place for sellers of some traditional local foodstuffs. Visit a venue which makes the famous ‘jaew bong’ spice dip and another stall which sells ‘sai oua’ spicy sausage. Sample some of these delicious snacks and find out why Luang Prabang food is so different from that in other parts of Laos. Then at mid-day, walk to a restaurant for a final indulgence of local cuisine ending with a full tummy.



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6 Luang Prabang Foodie Walking Tour

Luang Prabang Foodie Walking Tour

7 Luang Prabang Old City Private Walking Tour
Luang Prabang Old City Private Walking Tour

DISCOVER THE ROYAL CAPITAL

Leave your hotel early for the 'morning market' to learn about the fascinating range of exotic foods and tropical fruits which make up the delicious local diet. Then explore the National Museum, full of fine examples of Lao art and furniture and the former residence of the now deposed royal family. Stroll a short distance to serene Wat Mai temple, spared sacking by the Chinese Black Haws in the late 19th century, because of its beauty and stunning design.


Then walk the 10 minutes to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, to gain a detailed insight into the many fascinating ethnic groups so central to the formation of modern day Laos. Finish your morning with a stop at the serene Wat Xieng Thong, famous for its Tree of Life mosaic. Then you are driven back to your hotel having gained a richer understanding of some of the key sites and architecture in the beguiling former royal capital.




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7 Luang Prabang Old City Private Walking Tour

Luang Prabang Old City Private Walking Tour

8 Luang Prabang Temples & Kuang Si Falls
Luang Prabang Temples & Kuang Si Falls

TEMPLES AND WATERFALLS

A guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to a local market to experience uniquely Asian sights and sounds. You will then explore the National Museum, full of fine examples of Lao art and furniture and the former residence of the now deposed royal family. Your discovery of Luang Prabang's exquisite temples begins with a visit to Wat Mai, which was spared sacking by the Chinese Black Haws in the 19th century because of its beauty.


From here you head to the serene Wat Xieng Thong before taking a break for lunch. Then in the afternoon, you travel by private car to Kuang Si Falls, a 45 minutes drive away, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. Here you can swim and relax amid stunning verdant jungle surroundings and turquoise pools. You will also have the chance to see Asiatic Black Bears before your return.

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8 Luang Prabang Temples & Kuang Si Falls

Luang Prabang Temples & Kuang Si Falls

9 Pak Ou Caves Private Tour
Pak Ou Caves Private Tour

SECRETS OF THE CAVES

Become a caveman or woman on this fun tour which leaves from your hotel at 8.30 in the morning for the short transfer to the boat jetty. Over the following two hours, you are taken on a leisurely boat journey along the mighty Mekong River to the mysterious 'Cave of 1,000 Buddhas' at Pak Ou. Along the way, soak up the riverside scenery seeing villages, local fisherman, and mountains carpeted with thick green forest.

At the caves, in a tradition that has lasted for centuries, local people add annually to a repository of Buddha statues near the base of the small cave and you can watch them during your visit.. On the return trip to Luang Prabang, visit a riverside village and sample the local rice wine (Lao-Lao). After gliding back into town you are picked up at the jetty and taken back to your hotel.


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9 Pak Ou Caves Private Tour

Pak Ou Caves Private Tour

10 Pha Tad Ke Botanic Gardens Tour
Pha Tad Ke Botanic Gardens Tour

MIST HOUSE AND ORCHIDS

You are picked up early from your hotel in Luang Prabang and taken to the boat jetty for a 15-minute leisurely trip down the Mekong River, with views of the beguiling town from a unique perspective. On arrival at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden you are given a short presentation before walking through the Ginger Garden and the Ethno-botanic Garden, which is the centrepiece of the layout.

Follow the path through the Limestone Walk and take in the amazing mountainous Mekong landscape. Learn how to make a bamboo stick animal at the site of the hunting lodge of the former royal family then walk through the Arboretum and Palm Garden to a viewpoint overlooking rice fields. Stop by the Mist House and end with an orchid talk. Then enjoy a Lao lunch at the cafe before returning by boat.

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10 Pha Tad Ke Botanic Gardens Tour

Pha Tad Ke Botanic Gardens Tour

11 Private Mekong Sunset Cruise
Private Mekong Sunset Cruise

SAIL INTO THE SUNSET

You are picked up from your hotel in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and driven the short distance to the jetty on the edge of the mighty Mekong River. The Mekong is one of Asia’s great waterways, and is a critical part of the life and culture of many of the inhabitants of land-locked Laos. And on this popular boat trip you float past villages and see a fascinating way of life as the sun goes down.

On this cruise you also pass an array of other water vessels and see fisherman casting their nets. You will also get a unique perspective of the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang. Your boat will move at a leisurely pace, allowing you to take photos and to relax on this timeless waterway. Return to your departure point after around two hours, then you are driven back to your hotel.


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11 Private Mekong Sunset Cruise

Private Mekong Sunset Cruise