Are you planning to visit Thailand or Vietnam and are considering adding on a few extra days to explore a bit of Laos? This 5-day Luang Prabang tour could be the inspiration you are looking for.

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Ariel View of Luang Prabang – Image by Peng Ch

You are based in the beautiful, culturally rich city of Luang Prabang which is a great base from where to take part in a number of great interactive travel experiences which help you connect with the local people and destination.

This Luang Prabang tour includes some wonderful, interactive excursions which help visitors connect with local people. These experiences are what makes this Luang Prabang tour so special:

Day 1. Arrival into Luang Prabang – Baci Ceremony

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the early evening, for a short transfer to a nearby village where you have the opportunity to participate in a traditional Baci Ceremony. A Baci is performed in celebration of an important event such as weddings, births, or for welcoming guests and is a means of expressing good will and good luck to others. The ceremony is led by one of the village highly respected elderly and involves offerings to spirits and tying of strings to each other’s wrists to lock in the good spirits.

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Traditional Baci Ceremony – Image by Bonga1965

Day2. Luang Prabang – Tak Bat, Laos Heritage Revealed

Optional early morning start (5.30am) to witness and partake in the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving alms to the monks. This is a unique ritual still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang. We can also visit the local fresh market to see how the locals shop, before returning to your hotel for breakfast.

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Traditional Tak Bat ceremony to feed local monks – Image by Sinseeho

Continuing on with your Luang Prabang tour, your guide will take you to the heart of Luang Prabang’s distinguished heritage and introduce you to a number of different specialists on the town’s history, culture and Buddhist background.

We start the day’s exploration at the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which gives an excellent overview of local history. We then continue to Wat Xiengthong which is renowned for its beauty and is one the most important Buddhist temples on the town’s peninsula. You will also have the rare opportunity to receive a blessing from one of the temple’s head monks that involves the tying of string around your wrists, symbolising luck and good health.

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Wat Xiengthong Temple – Image by Sirichai Chinprayoon

Afterwards, we will take a short stroll to the nearby Wat Khili. The temple’s charming traditional library building houses an historic photo exhibition of Buddhist heritage, known as The Buddhist Archive of Photography. This is a unique collection of 35,000 historical photographs formed by several monk collectors and monk photographers over a period of 120 years. As part of a British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme, the collection has been identified and catalogued digitally by a small team from 2006 to 20011 known as the Buddhist Heritage Project. You will either meet the founder, Mr. Hans George Berger** or Director Dr. Khamvone Boulyaphonh, who will give you unique access to the collection of original photographs and will personally guide you through the backrooms in which it is housed. A very unique and meaningful way to learn about the Buddhist civilization and heritage of Laos. Afterwards, enjoy a cup of monastic tea on the archive’s verandah

**Founder Mr. Berger published a number of books on the Buddhist Heritage collection. You will receive a signed copy as a remembrance of this remarkable tour.

N.B The Buddhist Archive is closed Sundays, T.A.E.C. is closed Mondays

In the early afternoon, we will continue to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, where we will meet co-founder Tara Gujadhur or co-founder Soutthivilay Thongkhoun for a Directors Tour, which will provide insight into the myriad of Laos’ ethnic cultures, their traditions and customs. This will be an excellent chance to learn more about the country’s diverse ethnic groups from one of the creators of the museum themselves. We then transfer to Luang Prabang’s oldest temple, Wat Visoun which dates to 1503 and which is now home to an array of religious artefacts. You will learn about their colourful history and about early Lao Buddhist architecture from your guide.

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Wat Visounnarath. Luang Prabang – Image by Khoroshunova Olga

Our final stop of the day will bring us to the steps of Mt Phousi, which you will climb to hopefully catch a glimpse at a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.

**Founder Mr. Berger published a number of books on the Buddhist Heritage collection. You will receive a signed copy as a remembrance of this remarkable tour.

N.B The Buddhist Archive is closed Sundays, T.A.E.C. is closed Mondays

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Sunset view from Mt Phousi – Image by Rueben Tao

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Day 3. Luang Prabang – Farming, Falls and Buffaloes

Nex on this Luang Prabang Tour, we transfer 30 minutes out of town and meet friendly farmer Lautlee, who will personally guide you around his family farm. Learn about the typical crops in Laos and how they are traditionally produced. Help the farmer at the organic vegetable gardens and to process rice into noodles. Tasting the fruits of your labour is the best way to finish off this experience.

In the afternoon continue to Kuang Si Waterfall, where you can enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the falls.  Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre that does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear.

We then transfer to the Laos Buffalo Farm, a social enterprise which helps underprivileged farmers with new sources of income by producing artisanal cheese from buffalo milk. Meet one of the managers for a guided tour of the farm and learn about the challenges, achievements and future plans. Get up close to the friendly buffalos and help the caretaker to wash and to feed the calves. Finish the tour with a tasting platter of different Buffalo-milk cheeses, Coffee and delicious homemade ice-cream at the café 

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Kuang Si waterfalls – Image by Onsuda

Day 4. Luang Prabang – Exploring the Mekong

On our last full day on this Luang Prabang tour, we transfer to the Mekong Riverside where we board a private boat for a short downstream to the village of Ban Chan, where Pottery making has been the central way of life for the villagers for over 400 years ago. Today, a dozen families still make them almost entirely by hand using the same techniques passed down through the centuries. Meet master-potter Mr Thieng who works hard to preserve this amazing history as it’s slowly fading away. Thieng will show you the ancient techniques, and afterwards, you can get hands-on with the clay yourself.

Afterwards, we take a short cruise down to the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden and enjoy a local set lunch at the Café. NB: The Botanical Gardens are closed on Wednesdays

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Boats at the Pak Ou Cave Entrance – Image by Peter Stuckings

Early afternoon, we board our boat and cruise upstream the Mekong river. Enjoy the tranquil countryside passing by, until we reach the mysterious Pak Ou caves, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands of Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. We then return downstream, making a stop at Done Khoun, where we visit the famous Wat Done Khoun temple in the late afternoon. We continue downstream while the sun sinks down behind the mountains. Take in the breathtaking sceneries before returning to Luang Prabang after sunset has passed. Enjoy a glass of Prosecco & some local snacks and take in the breathtaking sceneries while the sun sets behind the hills. We return to town in the early evening.

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Sunset on the Mekong River at Luang Prabang – Image by filmlandscape

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Day5. Luang Prabang – MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary

Beginning in the morning, you will be met at 07:45 AM at your hotel by our Elephant Specialist Guide and transferred to a beautiful elephant oasis just 40 minutes outside of Luang Prabang. During the shuttle, our guide will give you a brief introduction to himself and the recently opened sanctuary.

N.B Mandalao Elephant sanctuary is a non-riding experience focused on education and elephant welfare.

On arrival, you will meet with one of the directors of the MandaLao Elephant Sanctuary who will fill you in on more detail with some fascinating stories about the elephants and their refuge. Learn the challenges they’ve faced and how they are learning to improve the situation one elephant at a time. After being regaled you will cross the river by boat where you will be met by 2 adults and a baby Asian elephant! Your guide and the mahouts will help you feed and bath these majestic creatures in the river. Next, follow the elephants on a 1-hour trek through rice paddies and meandering creeks during which you will witness the unique bond between the mahouts and their elephants while the guide explains more about the incredible history that Laos has with the elephant. After saying goodbye to your pachyderm friends, you’ll head back to camp where a tasty lunch of local specialities awaits you.

After lunch overlooking the Nam Khan River, it is time for a transfer back to town, arriving in the early afternoon.

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Day6. Luang Prabang – Hotel to airport transfer                                                                                   

Depending on your departure flight, you may have free time at leisure, before being met by your guide for a short transfer to the airport for your flight onward.

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