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Welcome to a journey of discovery that goes beyond the ordinary! Embark on the enchanting LUANG PRABANG & BEYOND tour for 7 days and 6 nights, and prepare to be captivated by the unparalleled beauty and cultural richness of Laos. This carefully curated itinerary takes you on an immersive adventure, unveiling the hidden gems of Luang Prabang and beyond. From the serene temples and ancient palaces of Luang Prabang to the majestic Kuang Si Waterfalls and the mystical Pak Ou Caves, every moment promises to be a treasure trove of unforgettable experiences. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spiritual charm of Laos, interact with friendly locals, taste local cuisine, and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Join Golden Lotus Travel on this extraordinary journey and let the magic of Laos captivate your heart and soul!
1 hour before departure
On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel (early check-in upon availability)
Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.
There is no activities planned for today, so you may stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.
Our next stop in the city is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.
We then transfer to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.
You have the rest of the afternoon to refresh at the waterfalls. If you wish, we also see up close Asiatic bears at the Bear Rescue Centre along the jungle walk to the waterfall.
Arriving back in town, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour.
Transfer back to Luang Prabang, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River.
The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Tip: If you are fond of various ethnic cultures, you can visit Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday).
Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.
We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken.
After breakfast, departing at 8:30 am from your hotel for Nahm Dong park, which locates in Ban Xiengmouk, 10Km from city center.
Arriving at the park, we will have a short welcome by the park manager before joining the morning activities here.
We will first start with the Zipline flying over the jungle and the waterfalls admiring the amazing evergreen scenery. The zipline will take about 1 hour.
Then we will walk back via the jungle trail crossing some flying bridges, small streams, and clear natural pools, where you can take a refresh splash if you wish so.
The picnic lunch will be served at the viewpoint where you can spread your view over the region, including the view of mount Phousi in the city center.
You can either spend the rest of the afternoon stroll around the park, relax by one of the huts at the camp, or enjoy the fresh cool clear natural pools.
Free for the rest of the day for your own exploration.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.Note: Zipline in 1 hour, trekking min 1 hour – max 3 hours depending on the route that you choose.
Today we begin our boat up the Mekong, enjoying the lush green forests and landscape. We will be able to stop off at a few villages and admire the breathtaking limestone karst scenery. Along the way we stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims.
After visiting the caves, we will hop on the car and continue the transfer to Nong Khiaw, the small town along the lazy Nam Ou River.
After lunch (your own account), visit the historical cave of Phathok. The Nong Khiaw villagers used this cave as a war shelter during the “Secret War”, to shelter people from bombs dropped in the region. It is about a 30 minute gentle walk from Nong Khiaw town and takes you through beautiful scenery. Learn more about a secret part of the Lao history and explore the historical caves with your guide. From the cave you will have a beautiful view of rice paddies and the valley. Walk back to Nong Khiaw along a small path through the rice paddies.
Enjoy the sunset over the river. There is a choice of local restaurants within walking distance (your own account).
Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
Distance: 159KM | 4-hour transfer | MAPS
We begin at 8am and start off by boarding a local Long boat and head off upstream through some fantastic landscape before making our first stop of the day at a small riverside village. Here we take some time to look around and if during a weekday pay the local school a visit to see the charming children as they take part in their classes.
After this we continue onwards to Tad Mork which is located close to the ethnic Khmu village of Ban Sop Kong, an hour trek from the river. At the waterfall we shall have time to swim and enjoy a picnic lunch.
After enjoying our time at the waterfall we head back to the river where we will cruise further upstream to visit Muang Ngoy, which sits nestled amongst some amazing scenery!
This small town has long been famous amongst backpackers yet remains truly unspoilt! If there is time we can stop for a drink at one of the riverside restaurants before the return journey down the river back to Nong Khiaw.
We will head off down the river through a narrow gorge where we stop at another small but fascinating village.
The estimated arrival time in Nong Khiaw is around sunset.
Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
Approximately: 2.5-hour boat trip, 2.5-hour walk
Start this day of adventure with a peaceful boat ride on the Nam Ou River where you will be able to explore a small Lao village along the riverside.
Learn about the villagers and their way of life along this Northern Laos River before beginning the ‘100 Waterfalls Adventure Trail’!
Walking through small streams and rice paddies, you will arrive at the bottom of the 100 Waterfalls which were only first explored in October 2008!
For the next few hours you will see only water and jungle and hear the constant sound of clear waterfall cascades. The pools around you are very inviting for a refreshing splash.
Your guide will lead you through the cascades and prepare a local style lunch that you can enjoy on the falls surrounded by amazingly green nature.
A small village trail on the top of the ‘100 Waterfalls’ will lead us on our hike back down into the valley, offering wide views over the expansive Nam Ou valley.
Once back in the village we will have some more time to experience the daily life of the Nam Ou riverside village before continuing the boat downstream the Nam Ou River further to the electricity dam.
From here, we will hop on the waiting car to transfer back to Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
1-hour transfer | 4-hour trek | 2-hour boat trip
You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight.
A journey of a lifetime! The LUANG PRABANG & BEYOND tour for 7 days and 6 nights was an unforgettable adventure that left us mesmerized by the wonders of Laos. The ancient temples of Luang Prabang were a sight to behold, and the Kuang Si Waterfalls took our breath away. The highlight was exploring the mystical Pak Ou Caves, a spiritual experience unlike any other. The tour was well-organized, and the local guides were friendly and knowledgeable, adding depth to our cultural immersion. This tour is a must for those seeking a truly unique and enriching travel experience!
An extraordinary adventure in Laos! The LUANG PRABANG & BEYOND tour for 7 days and 6 nights took us on an incredible journey through the hidden gems of Laos. We were enthralled by the serene temples of Luang Prabang, amazed by the natural beauty of Kuang Si Waterfalls, and fascinated by the ancient Pak Ou Caves. The itinerary was well-planned, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the local culture and interact with friendly locals. The tour guides were knowledgeable and passionate, making the trip even more enriching. A truly memorable experience that left us with a deep appreciation for the beauty and spirituality of Laos