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Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Great overview and orientation of the city
Step back in time on a history tour
This full day trip in and around Luang Prabang will commence at the hotel lobby of your booked hotel, where your English speaking guide will be waiting for you at around 8am (08:00hrs).
Depending on the location of your hotel, the tour usually starts with the Vat Vixoun, Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and once home to the famous Prabang Buddhas. Also known as Wat Visunalat, the temple's most notable feature is the large squat stupa in its forecourt; its shape resembling a watermelon.
Not big in size, but making up in beauty, is the Wat Aham, one of the smaller temples in Luang Prabang. The temple itself consists of a sim (ornate wall) and two ancient stupas; between the street and the temple are two very large and old banyan trees that are considered to harbor the Devata Luang (guardian spirits). As you continue your trip though Luang Prabang, the Vat Mai (short for its official name - Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham) is the largest and most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang.
Just before lunch, you'll arrive at the Vat Xieng Thong – one of the landmarks and icons of Luang Prabang’s plethora of Buddhist temples. The most beautiful details are the walls of the temple, decorated with delicate gold patterns on a maroon background.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll enter the compound of Laos’ Royal Palace Museum, housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past. The famed Pha Bang Buddha image is enshrined here, as well as the collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including the royal throne of the Lan Xang Kingdom.
The afternoon starts with a unique temple called Wat Sene. The temple’s name is said to come from a donation of 100,000 kip (sene kip in Laotian) which was used to construct the temple in the beginning of the 18th century. Completely restored in 1957, on the occasion of the 2500th anniversary of the birth of the Buddha, this temple is home to two long boats used in the annual Boat Racing Festival on the Mekong River. Before the group heads up to the final stop of the day, you'll pass by a local Hmong market where local handicraft is sold.
For those with the stamina and the will to see the town from the highest point at the very end of the day, Mount Phousi is the place to be. Also known as the Sacred Mountain, it is the geographical as well as the spiritual center of the city. On the peak is a golden stupa (called officially the “That Chomsi”), striking from a distance and is the first sight of Luang Prabang that arriving visitors will gaze upon. From the top, the view and the sunsets are spectacular; it is a steep climb up, yet most definitely worth it.
After the sun has set and you have climbed down the stairs, your driver will comfortably bring you back to your hotel before dinner time; arrival at your hotel will be approximately 5pm (17:00 hrs), depending on the sunset.
Lunch included at local restaurant (food only)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Other entrance fees and expenses, such as other meals, drinks, tips and shopping, unless otherwise stated
Transfers from and to airport, sea/river ports, train stations that are located inside or outside of the city center and others are NOT included in the service and supplements will applied.
Transfers from and to hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center are NOT included in the service and supplements will applied
Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
Based on minimum 2 adults
A moderate amount of walking is involved, please dress appropriately
To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
Please note that pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
The mentioned excursion durations are approximations; we are unable to exactly predict the total duration from pick-up to drop-off based on unforeseen circumstances such as traffic and weather conditions and the routing the driver has to take to get all customers on the vehicle. We ask for your kind understanding that these are average times
Your hotel in Luang Prabang
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.