Laos is a highlight of Southeast Asia with its Mekong River Valley and rugged highlands. It offers the visitor a fascinating adventure, remaining untouched by tourism. Forested hills hide treasures and caves, and temples and pagodas fill the country side with shimmering rooftops. A truly captivating country with welcoming people and beautiful surroundings await you.
Wat Xieng Thong
This Buddhist temple was built between 1559 and 1560 and is one of the most important monasteries in Laos and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Kuang Si Falls
This three-tiered waterfall, about 29 kilometers south of Luang Prabang, is a favorite side trip for international guests and locals as well.
Mount Phousi Sunset
Located in the heart of the city and 150 meter high, Mount Phousi is offering unforgettable views over the temples and houses of Luang Prabang.
3 meals: 3 breakfasts
Transportation by private car or minivan
Return transfers airport / hotel / airport by private vehicle
Private English-speaking local guide
Sightseeing as per itinerary
1 complimentary bottle of drinking water and 1 cold towel per person per half day tour/ 2 bottles of water and 2 cold towels per person per full day tour
International airfare – Gratuities to hotel personnel, guides and drivers – Beverages – Optional excursions – Visa for Laos (can be obtained on arrival $$)
English-speaking private guided tour
Please note that some of the sights/itinerary may change due to season, weather, national holidays, and special events.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL - LUANG PRABANG
Arrival in Luang Prabang and transfer by air-conditioned vehicle (6 km) to your hotel. Time for leisure and some first explorations on your own.
Accommodation : Luang Prabang for 3 nights
DAY 2 LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVES – CITY TOUR BY TUK TUK
Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is a charming town filled with heritage buildings, colonial villas and gilded temples.
Wat Xieng Thong: Wat Xieng Thong was built in 1560 and situated on the banks of the Mekong River, it is the most beautiful monastery in Luang Prabang and shows the typical Lao art style with old religious artifacts and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art.
Wat Visunalat (Wat Visoun) and That Makmo: Wat Visunalat (Wat Visoun) was built in 1513 during the reign of Chao Wisunalat, it is the oldest operating temple in Luang Prabang with a collection of gilded wooden Buddhas from the 15th and 16th centuries. Also visit That Makmo, one of the more unusually shaped stupas in Luang Prabang. It is affectionately called by many locals as That Makmo, meaning Watermelon Stupa, on account of its rotund shape.
Wat Aham: Explore Wat Aham, an old temple known for its two enormous banyan trees.
Mount Phousi for sunset: Climb 328 steps starting from the entrance on the opposite side of National Museum, or 410 steps on the other side of Khan River to the small temples atop Phou Si. The hill is 150m high and sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.
Transfer to/from Talat Night Market (Hmong Market).
Meals : Breakfast
DAY 3 LUANG PRABANG
We then cross the Mekong River by local boat to reach Ban Chan Pottery village which has been producing Laos’s pottery by hand for over 400 years, and continue cruising up to Xieng Mene village where you visit three temples of Wat Xieng Mene, Wat Long Khoun, and Wat Chompet
Visit the National Museum (former Royal Palace) and Wat Mai:
Visit the National Museum, a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Then, visit Hor Phrabang. In the right front corner room of the Palace which opens to the outside, is a collection of the palace’s most prized art pieces, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg. Continue to Wat Mai, which was constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, and was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy).
Pack your swimsuit for a unique swimming experience at the spectacular Kuang Si Falls. Water tumbles over limestone rocks into numerous turquoise pools that are used as natural swimming holes. It’s refreshingly chilly and impossible to resist!
Once there, take also the opportunity to visit the Bear Rescue Center founded by “Free the Bears” Foundation. The Foundation helps to rescue bears held in horrifying conditions throughout Asia, and regularly milked for their bito be used in traditional medicines. It also provides ongoing care to hundreds of rescued bears and operates rescued bear sanctuaries in several countries.
Meals : Breakfast
DAY 4 LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE
Meals : Breakfast
HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR
Option A: Sanctuary Hotel 3* – Deluxe room
Option B: Le Bel Air Resort 4* – Garnier room
Option C: Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel 5* – Garden Suite room
Rates in CA$, per person, starting from, in double occupancy
|Sanctuary Hotel 3*
|Le Bel Air Resort 4*
|Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel 5*
Garden Suite room
|January 1st – March 31, 2024|
|1 person (solo traveler)||1469||1540||3995|
|Single occupancy supplement||+299||+325||+1440|
|Reduction for 3rd person with extra bed||-95||-90||-945|
|April 1st – September 30, 2024|
|1 person (solo traveler)||1345||1219||2725|
|Single occupancy supplement||+235||+180||+865|
|Reduction for 3rd person with extra bed||-40||–||-455|
|High season supplements|
|Chinese New Year Peak Season on February 9-15, 2024||+50 per room per night||–||–|
|Peak season on April 1-17, 2024||+40 per room per night||–||–|
|Peak season on January 1-5, 2024 (Minimum 3 nights stay)||–||+48 per room per night||–|
|Peak season on January 1-3, 2024||–||–||+495 per room per night|
|Peak season on April 12-18, 2024 and February 9-16, 2024||–||–||+240 per room per night|
Supplement for compulsory dinner on December 24 and 31 to be advised at time of booking if mandatory.
**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment. The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec.