THE ANCIENT CAPITAL
Luang Prabang the ancient capital is a basic itinerary to visit all the most significant attractions in Luang Prabang in 4 days. It is ideal for those with only few days available and for those who want to combine this route with other routes in Laos or in other countries.
Visit Luang Prabang, “City of the Golden Buddha”, the legendary capital of Lan Xang Kingdom, located on the peninsula at the confluence of Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995.
Discover the beauty of Kuang Si waterfalls and cruise on Mekong river to Pak Ou caves, “Thousands Buddha cave”, for centuries an important place of worship and pilgrimage.
The itinerary is developed from/to Luang Prabang. However can be further customised to suit your travel and budget needs, and it can be combined with other routes.
Length : 4D 3N
From : LUANG PRABANG
To :LUANG PRABANG
Destinations : Luang Prabang
01. ARRIVE IN LUANG PRABANG
Arrive in Luang Prabang and transfer to the Hotel.
In the late afternoon we climb Mount Phousi to visit the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the beautiful panorama and a romantic sunset over the Mekong. In the evening worth a stroll through the Night Market where we can find the handicrafts of ethnic minorities in the area.
Included : Private pick up from the airport, guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel
02. LUANG PRABANG - CITY TOUR
Very early in the morning is worth a visit to the Buddhist daily ritual on the central street of the city where devotees offer food donations to a long line of monks who reciprocate with blessings and prayers. An ancient religious tradition that manifests itself so remarkable only in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast we visit the National Museum, former Royal Palace, now home to an important collection of precious including Buddha statues and many gifts received from dignitaries visiting the court of Luang Prabang. We continue along the quiet streets of the town bordered by buildings from the French colonial period to admire the architecture and learn about their original function.
Afterwards we proceed to Wat Sene Souk Haram, the “Temple of the 100,000 treasures” built in 1718 using 100,000 stones extracted from the Mekong River, and Wat Xieng Thong, “Monastery of the Golden City”, founded in 1560, among the most important of Luang Prabang, known for the elegance and grace of the period architecture.
Later we continue to Wat Visoun, built in 1513, to Wat Aham, “Monastery of the Heart in Bloom”, built at the beginning of the 19th century, and formerly a place of meditation and encounter between the animist and Buddhist culture, and to Wat Mai, the “New Monastery”, made in the late 18th century, among the most complex and extended picturesque in town, richly decorated and easily distinguishable for the singular roofs to 5 levels.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation
03. PAK OU CAVES AND KUANG SI WATERFALLS
Kuang Si waterfalls
After breakfast we transfer to the pier and board for a river cruise Pak Ou Caves, or “Thousand Buddhas cave”, situated at the confluence of the Mekong and Ou river, one of the most significant visits during your journey in Laos.
The sanctuary consists of 2 large cavities in the limestone: Tham Ting, the lower cave (30 steps), and Tham Theung, the higher cave (70 steps). For over thousands of years has been a place of worship and pilgrimage for the faithful who came to pray bringing the gift of an image of Buddha. Following this tradition today both cavities housing thousands of Buddha statues of different sizes, from a few centimeters to about 2 meters, in different styles and spiritual positions (mudra), from meditation to nirvana.
While browsing admire the typical Laotian rural natural landscape and the local lifestyle. On the way we stop for a short visit to Ban Xang Hai village known for the production on “Lao Lao”, the famous rice whiskey.
We continue to the outskirts of Luang Prabang to visit the amazing Kuang Si waterfall. On the way we visit some villages inhabited by ethnic minorities. Once at Kuang Si waterfalls we can enjoy a swim in the refreshing turquoise waters, explore the trails that penetrate the forest or just relax framed in a beautiful natural setting.
On the way back to town we visit Ban Xang Kong village know for the ancient textile tradition and mulberry paper production. We end the day with a beautiful sunset from the top of Wat Phabath temple.
Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, boat, tickets and private transportation
04. LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE
Transfer to international airport in time for your departure flight.
Included : Breakfast, private transportation to airport
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