Join us for 4-day private tour exploring the cultural and natural highlights in and around Luang Prabang. Experience a traditional morning almsgiving ceremony with hundreds of monks. Enjoy a relaxing cruise through the scenic countryside along the Mekong River. Witness the myriad of Buddha images at the sacred Pak Ou Caves and the stunningly beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall. Meet the furry residents at the Bear Rescue Centre. Get hands-on experience of life on a local farm and learn how to grow organic rice and vegetables in a traditional way. This short journey will give you a lovely memory of the Laos’ old capital.
Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival
Welcome to Luang Prabang! Upon arrival, our local English speaking guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel for check-in.
Late afternoon, we will climb up 328 steps of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. We then will explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang - Ancient Town - Pak Ou Caves (B/L)
You have the option to wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks – an awe-inspiring sight. Please tell your guide a day in advance if you wish to make an offering so he/she can prepare some food for you to hand over to the monks. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos. Watch the town come to life in the morning then return to the hotel for breakfast or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual. (If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence. Dress appropriately – shoulders, chest and legs should be covered).
We then visit the Morning Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
After breakfast at hotel, we visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we will make a stop at Ban Xang Hai villagewhere rice wine is distilled. We will visit the caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues.
Lunch at local restaurant. We return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, continue to visit Ban Xang Khong, a village well known for silk hand-weaving and traditional Saa paper-making. The rest of day is free at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Rice Experience - Kuang Si Waterfall (B/L)
Breakfast at hotel. Spend a morning on a community based living rice farm situated in the idyllic countryside and surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. Experience the life of a farmer and try your hand at some activities. Or just view it all from the comfort of our traditional Lao rice house balcony, which is surrounded by rice terraces and our organic vegetable farm. All can join in and there are great photo opportunities. While there, spend some time to visit some local handicraft workshops like bamboo weaving, blacksmith work, and sugar cane processing. Finally, join a tour of the organic garden with explanation on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine. Lunch at Living Land Farm.
After lunch, transfer by private vehicle to Kuang Si waterfall. On the way, you can visit to the Lao ethnic minority group at Ban Na Ouane Village, H’Mong Village. Once at the waterfalls, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Kuang Si waterfall and pass by the Asian Bear Rescue Center. You will enjoy feeling the mist of the cool, turquoise waters of the different waterfalls. Swimming in the refreshing waters is possible. We also have chance to visit the Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesdays) nearby. Return to the city by late afternoon to catch the sunset at Wat Phabath.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang Departure (B)
After breakfast at hotel, we enjoy a short-guided tour visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace where displays a lovely collection of the artifacts, reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Afterthat, we visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (close on Mondays) where you are able to observe valuable artifacts and traditional clothing and implements from each of the 20 ethnic minority groups which inhabit the Luang Prabang area. Next, we will 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 China. 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.
Free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Please contact us for the best rates.
HOTELS TO BE USED
Economy: Sanctuary Luang Prabang Hotel/ Deluxe or Le Sen Boutique Hotel/ Deluxe
Superior: Maison Dalabua Hotel/ Deluxe
Deluxe: Pullman Hotels & Resorts Luang Prabang/ Premium Deluxe
Luxury: Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel/ Garden Suite
Hotels are subject to availability. In case any above hotel is not available, another similar hotel will be used.
+ Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double shared room with daily breakfast
+ Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D = Dinner)
+ English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
+ Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle unless stated otherwise
+ Entrance fees for mentioned visits
+ Private boat trip to Pak Ou Cave
+ Rice experience at Living Land Farm (join-in)
+ 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour
+ 2 cold towels per day during the tour
+ Taxes and service charges
Services not included
+ International and domestic flights
+ Visa fees, travel insurances
+ Meals other than mentioned above
+ Early check-in or late check-out fees
+ Camera/video entrance fees (if any)
+ Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc)
+ Additional transfer required due to emergency situation
+ Peak season surcharge and compulsory gala dinner on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
+ Guide and driver tips: USD8/pax/day
+ Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above
Terms & Conditions
A deposit of 30% of the total booking is required within three days from the date of confirmation. The balance payment is due at 45 days prior to tour commencement date. For bookings made less than 45 days, full payment is required. Bookings will be cancelled if payments are not received by the due date(s).
Payment can be made via bank transfer or credit cards. In addition to the total payable amount, credit card payments will incur a merchant fee of 2.5% for MasterCard and Visa, 3% for American Express. Any bank charges and merchant fees must be covered by the customer.
Confirmed bookings must be cancelled by the party leader in writing (by email) and this will only be effective once the written cancellation is confirmed by FantaSea Vietnam. Cancellation by the party leader will be subject to the following cancellation fees from the date the written cancellation is received:
+ more than 45 days prior to tour date - 10% of total cost
+ between 31 and 45 days prior to tour date - 25% of total cost
+ between 16 and 30 days prior to tour date - 50% of total cost
+ within 15 days prior to tour date or “no show” - 100% of total cost.
Any amendments to confirmed bookings must be requested by the party leader in writing (by email). Whilst we will endeavor to assist, we cannot guarantee that requests will be met. If we can make the requested change, you will be provided with a quote detailing any additional costs, whether incurred due to your amendments, imposed by a Third-Party Travel Provider, or our amendment fees. In all cases, the following amendment fees shall apply:
+ If amendments are made more than 45 days prior to scheduled tour date: the first amendment is free of charge. From the second amendment: a charge of U$80 per amendment for a short trip (less than 7 nights) or U$150 per amendment for a long journey (7 nights or more).
+ If amendments are made within 45 days prior to scheduled tour date: the above standard cancellation fees will apply, and full price will apply to new travel arrangements.
We will not charge any cancellation/amendment fees if it is due to a breach by us of any of our obligations or due to our fault; or if the Third-Party Travel Provider amends your booking through no fault of the customer.