Join in for a memorable cruise on the mighty Mekong River. The tour starts at the border of Thailand and heads to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Luang Prabang, with its amazing cultural and natural highlights. During this trip you will pass unique landscapes and gain an insight into the simple life of the people, who live in small settlements along the river.
Early morning transfer to the Laotian border town Huay Xay where you board the river boat and are greeted by the friendly crew. Relax and enjoy the beautiful river scenery and observe the rural daily life along the banks of the worlds’ 10th longest river. The small villages are home to minority ethnic groups. On the way to Pakbeng you will have a buffet lunch on board. Late afternoon arrival in Pakbeng with check in at the hotel. During dinner on the terrace you can adore the splendid view over the Mekong.
After breakfast at the hotel is an opportunity to visit the lively market. Different ethnic groups from the surrounding small settlements exchange their goods. Return to the boat for the 2nd part of the cruise. Before having another buffet lunch, there is a stop at a Hmong settlement which you can explore on foot. The next stop is by the mysterious Pak Ou caves, placed on a limestone cliff by the mouth of the Nam Ou River. The two caves contain thousands of Buddha statues, vary in sizes and shapes. Another short stop is by a small village, well known in the area for the production of rice wine. In the late afternoon arrival in Luang Prabang with transfer to the hotel for check in.
For the next day you may discuss with your guide about the possibility of an early start. Each morning at about 05.30 the monks will go for the alms round “Tak Bat”. If you are interested, you can observe and partake in this for Buddhist important ritual. There is also the possibility to visit the lively fresh market before returning to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast the tour starts with the Royal Palace Museum, giving you an overview of the local past. The next stop is by the Wat Xiengthong. This gorgeous temple is built in classical Luang Prabang style and has a roof which is almost touching the ground. Continue to the Wat Mai with the unique 5 tiered roof and the watermelon shaped Wat Visoun.
Early afternoon visit the interesting Arts and Ethnology Centre where you get the knowhow about the culture and ethnic mixture of Laos. Next is a stop at Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek, known for their superb textile-weaving products. In the later afternoon visit Mt. Phousi. The view over the Mekong River and the city of Luang Prabang is fantastic as well as the sunset. Transfer back to the hotel for overnight.
Follow breakfast short drive to the silk weaving center Ock Pop Tock. All the different process steps of silk weaving will be shown and explained. On the way to the Kuang Si Waterfall is an option to visit the villages of the Khmu, Hmong and Lao Loum ethnic groups. After reaching the stunning waterfall, you can relax and swim in the clear pool or take a walk along the jungle trails. Before returning back to the hotel, stop by the nearby Bear Rescue Centre. Their main task, besides protecting the rare Asiatic Black Bear, is to rehabilitate them, after rescuing the bears from poachers. Afterwards transfer back to your hotel.
The afternoon is at your leisure.
After breakfast spend the remaining hours till the transfer to the airport at your own leisure.
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|Luang Prabang||Le Sen||Deluxe Room||3|
|Pakbeng||Luang Say Lodge||Standard Bungalow||1|
Air-conditioned car /van and driver
English speaking guide (French and German speaking guides available upon request)
Rates include all entrance fees as per program.
Accommodation as listed on twin sharing basis
Daily breakfast in the hotel (B)
Other meals as per itinerary (L/D)
Domestic flights as per itinerary
Laos entry visa
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults with extra bed 70% of adult rate.
Children under 12 years sharing room with 2 adults without extra bed 50% of adult rate.
Valid only if child travels with two paying adults.