Laos – Luang Prabang Classic – 4 days 4 Days/3 Nights
Trip Over View
Luang Prabang is a city in north central Laos and Luang Prabang literally means "Royal Buddha Image." It was only from 1353 onwards that Luang Prabang rose to prominence as the capital of the first Lao kingdom. In 1995, the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and also in the recent years, Luang Prabang has topped the Top City category in Wanderlust's annual (popular choice) travel awards many times. Although this is a small town, it is quite rich in both natural and historical sites and it has pleasant environment reflecting its richness of architecture with the mix of styles and materials. There are remarkable stone temples and one- or two-storey brick houses that represent the colonial element of the town. There are several pagodas/Vat in Luang Prabang, which are among the most elegant Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. You can see that they are splendidly decorated. Tourism here offers variety of other places like Kuang Si Falls, Pak Ou Caves, local market etc. The town is also renowned for its exclusive textiles and beautiful mulberry paper along with other traditional goods. Definitely one of Southeast Asia's must visit places is Luang Prabang.
The short itinerary of 4 days is prepared to give you the maximum benefit of getting familiar with the place and people. We make sure your stay is as pleasant as you thought to be and enjoy every bit.
Day 1: Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Departure.
Day 1: Luang Prabang
Located on the Mekong River, the city is cuddled up in a spectacular river valley bounded by vivid mountains. The town was acknowledged as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 because of the well-conserved relics of the primeval Lane Xang Kingdom - many of which date back from the 13th to the 15th centuries.Begin the trip at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). In 1512, it was constructed by King Vishunarat. This is the oldest existing temple in the city. Inside the temple grounds is a huge, uncanny-shaped stupa called ‘That Makmo’ or ‘Watermelon Stupa’. Within the temple is an inspiring range of antique wooden Buddha images.
Visit close by Wat Aham prior to ongoing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of the entire monasteries and temples in the city. Its many elaborate buildings attribute superb mosaic and gold-stenciled wall painting. It was used for the highest royal ceremonials and houses the funeral vehicle of the previous king.From there, leisurely walk down the main street of Luang Prabang and halt at some of the many temples that line its sides as well as Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang
Take a trip up the Mekong River to sheer limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves, one of the most honored sacred places in Laos. The caves at first were used for the worship of the river spirit until Buddhism increased in Laos alongside the southern route from India.Progressively, over the 60 decades, more than 4,000 Buddha images have been placed in the caves. They are mostly wooden figures, some poorly damaged that have been laid out over the wall shelves.After traveling around these captivating caves, halt at Ban Xang Hai village. For centuries this local village has been producing the earthen jars that are used as fermenting containers for Lao wine. These days, it specializes in manufacturing a broad variety of lau lao (Lao whisky) and lau hai (Lao wine).Furthermore, visit Ban Xang Khong, a village well identified for its conventional hand woven cotton and silk and also production of the local sa (mulberry) paper. You will also observe numerous generations of weavers, all working side by side on a conventional looms and using natural dyes.Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang
Set up the day by visiting a local market to observe an early morning eventful activities. Continue to National Museum (former Royal Palace), a set aside but elegant structure which merges conventional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. It was built in 1904 in the French regal period for the king and his family. After the demise of the king, the crown Prince Savang Vatthana and his family were the last to reside in the grounds. In 1975, the kingdom was conquered by the communists and the royal family was taken to re-education camps. The palace was then transformed into a national museum and at present offers an exclusive understanding into the history of Laos. You can visit the reception rooms and living quarters of the king and queen along with the royal bedrooms which have been conserved as they were in 1975 when the royal family departed.Next, visit Wat Mai which once served as the temple for the royal family. It possesses a spectacular five-layered roof and glorious relief work. Continue via vehicle to Kuang Si Waterfall situated in an ideal natural surroundings, the multi-layered Kuang Si waterfalls begin in shallow pools at the top of a steep hillside that lead down to the main fall with a 50m gush. Along the way, the water fall over the limestone formations into a sequence of turquoise pools. Splurge some time here to take pleasure in swimming in the clear water in one of the waterfall’s pools. Then head to Ban Tha Pene, a Khmu village around for a close up glance into the traditions and customs of Khmu racial minority.Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Departure.
- 3 meals a day.
- English speaking licensed guide.
- Drinks, tip and expenses of personal nature.
- Extra expenses due to nature and unforeseen events.
- Travel Insurance.