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Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Kuang Si Waterfall by Tuk-Tuk

1. Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Kuang Si Waterfall by Tuk-Tuk

Enjoy a half-day Luang Prabang waterfall tour which lasts for 5.5 hours. Get picked up at your hotel at 8:30 AM and climb into a Tuk-Tuk, one of the most popular forms of transport in Laos. As you ride through the incredible scenery, take in the sights and experience real Laos culture and customs from your guide. First, enjoy a local coffee at a viewpoint of the Mekong River. At 10 AM, visit a lovely Luang Prabang village, one of the highlights on the tour and learn more about local life. At 11 AM, head over to Kuang Si Waterfall, the main highlight of the tour. At 1:15 PM, stop for lunch with your guide as you learn about the cuisine of the local people. Finish the tour at 2 PM after you're dropped off back at your hotel.

Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and UNESCO City Highlights Tour

2. Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and UNESCO City Highlights Tour

Begin your journey at 7:30-8:00 AM by pickup at your hotel in Luang Prabang. Embark on a private slow boat tour upstream on the Mekong River, with a brief stop in a Rice Wine making village. After this, you will arrive at the Pak Ou Caves. A place of historic importance, see the thousands of Buddhist statues with numerous dimensions. The caves have a long history which dated back to when Laos was still an animism country. Journey back to the city and enjoy lunch in Coconut Garden restaurant, one of most famous traditional restaurants in Luang Prabang. Continue with a visit to the Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham which was built in late 18th century. Then, head to the Royal Palace Museum called as Haw Kham the Golden Hall, built between 1904-1909 with a blend of Laotian and French Beaux Arts.  Discover the Frecnch colonial architecture on the way to the Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most beautiful temples in the town. The temple was built in 1560 to commemorate the memory of the Chanthaphanith and Jataka stories from Buddhist cosmology. Xieng Thong Ratsavoravihanh the "Golden City or Golden Tree Monastery" is the most historically significant and impressive of Luang Prabang's temples, and is typical of the Lao Architecture of Luang Prabang. Next, visit Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Centre which is the perfect place to learn more about the fascinating world of Lao textiles and handicrafts. Lastly, make a stop at UXO Lao Visitors Centre. In here, learn more about Laos´ recent history. Watch some short movies about the unexploded ordnance, as Laos is the most heavily bombed country per capita in history. Get a transfer back to your hotel to enjoy the rest of your evening.

Full-Day Private Guided Pak Ou Caves & Ethnic Village Tour

3. Full-Day Private Guided Pak Ou Caves & Ethnic Village Tour

Set off into the Mekong River after being gathered from your hotel, passing scenes of fishermen and wildlife on the way. Once you arrive at the Pak Ou Caves, head to Tham Ting, the first cave. The smaller cave is illuminated from the entrance, making it a popular place to burn incense and offer prayers. As your guide leads you through the dark cave with a light, catch sight of the Buddha icons, numbering in the 1,000s that fill the place.  After your excursion through the caves, hop aboard your boat and make your way to the village of Ban Xanghai. Here, you can witness the traditional method of making lao-lao, the local rice wine. A short drive then takes you to Ban Phanom, which is famous for its handwoven textiles. Watch the craftsmen deftly work at their looms, weaving silk and cotton into intricate patterns. Conclude your day of adventure with a leisurely boat trip back to Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Mt. Phousi with Local Cuisine

4. Luang Prabang: Guided Tour of Mt. Phousi with Local Cuisine

Experience the stunning beauty of Luang Prabang's natural scenery on a half-day motorbike tour, choosing between the sunrise or the sunset options. Choose the sunrise option to start your tour early when you’re picked up from your hotel at 5 AM. You’ll be taken to Mount Phousi to admire the best views of Luang Prabang as the sun rises at 6 AM before cruising down the Mekong River on a local boat. At 7:30 AM, enjoy a local breakfast to learn more about traditional cuisine in Laos. Finish the tour at 8:30 AM when you’re dropped off back at your hotel.  Alternatively, choose the sunset option and start the tour in the afternoon. Get picked up from your hotel at 4:30 PM and head off on the back of a motorbike to Mount Phousi to admire the best views of Luang Prabang at sunset. Learn about the city's rich history from your expert guide and try some local cuisine in Luang Prabang. Sample delicious dishes like Or Lam, Khao Soy, and Nam Van before being dropped off at back your hotel at 8:30 PM.

Pak Ou Caves, Whisky Village & Kuang Si Falls Day Trip

5. Pak Ou Caves, Whisky Village & Kuang Si Falls Day Trip

Start your day with hotel pickup in Luang Prabang center at 8 AM. Take a 45-minute road trip along the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves where you will get on a slow boat to visit the cave network. The 2 famous caves hold a special cultural value, packed with over 4,000 Buddha icons and a history dating back thousands of years. The upper cave is a 5-minute climb up steps, 50 m into the rock face. The caves are set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. After visiting the cave, get back to the van then transfer to Ban Xianghai where the local wine named 'Lao Lao' whiskey is made. Enjoy a traditional Lao lunch before continuing the journey by van to the Kuang Si waterfalls. Take the chance to visit a bear sanctuary on the walk up to the falls. At the Bear Rescue Centre, you will be given a lot of useful and interesting information about the Asian sun and moon bears as well as the Free the Bears protection program. Find out about how the bears are rescued from poachers and the illegal wildlife trade. Arrive at the Kuang Si Falls where you can take hundreds of beautiful photos and swim in the cool green stream. At about 4:30 PM, head back to your hotel in Luang Prabang with a convenient air-conditioned transfer.

Luang Prabang: Buddhism Tour with Guide on a Vintage Tuk-Tuk

6. Luang Prabang: Buddhism Tour with Guide on a Vintage Tuk-Tuk

This tour is an introduction to local Buddhist customs, and no prior knowledge is required to enjoy it to the fullest! Discover the most influential Buddhist destinations in the city, discuss the history of Buddhism and experience Buddhist rituals with locals. You will be picked up from your hotel at 5:00 AM and will travel with your guide on a vintage tuk-tuk to the Alms Giving Ceremony. Join the locals in the Alms Giving Ceremony, and see Buddhist monks. This sacred tradition will bring you luck and happiness. After head to the local market to learn more about local culture and enjoy breakfast and coffee. At 8:30 head to the Luang Prabang Buddhist temples to explore and learn more about the religion, architecture and historical significances of the temples. At 10:00 AM you will return to your hotel.

Luang Prabang: Local Village & Kuang Si Falls Private Tour

7. Luang Prabang: Local Village & Kuang Si Falls Private Tour

Catch a ride directly from your hotel and spend the first part of your morning watching quiet monks take part in an alms giving ceremony, processing through town requesting donations from faithful residents. Afterward, browse the produce-packed stalls and vocal vendors at Phosi Market, where you can barter for dried buffalo skin and loose leaf tea. Swing by the villages of Ban Ouay, Ban Ou, and Ban Thapene to explore the cultural differences between each ethnic group. Continue on to Kuang Si Falls in the afternoon. Plunge into aquamarine pools and snap photos of the tumbling cascades of this stunning waterfall before heading down forested trails that lead to a nearby bear sanctuary. Check out exhibits housing rescued Asiatic black bears and listen as your guide explains how these cuddly creatures are being protected from the illegal wildlife trade. As the sun begins to dip toward the horizon, return to the city and the stupa at Wat Siphouthabath where you can grab a seat and watch the setting sun illuminate this sacred site in golden light before you head back to your hotel.

Luang Prabang: Full-Day Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls

8. Luang Prabang: Full-Day Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls

Following pickup from your accommodation at around 8:20AM–09:00AM, you can enjoy the views as you drive through the countryside to explore the Pak Ou Caves. Following a 45-minute drive from Luang Prabang, you will stop to visit Ban Xang Hai, also known as Whisky Village. There you can see the process of making lao lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey, and can even try an early morning sample. You then embark on a boat trip from Ban Xang Hai to the Pak Ou Caves on the Mekong River, taking in the breathtaking views of the tranquil countryside as well as the mysterious nature on the way. Pak Ou Caves are two linked caves crammed with thousand of lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes which have been left by devoted pilgrims. Explore the caves for about 40 minutes, before your boat takes you onward to enjoy a beautiful buffet-style lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Mekong River. Following your lunch break, this adventure destination package takes you to the final stop of the Kuang Si Waterfall. There you will have time to explore the three-layered Kuang Si Waterfall, walk the trails of the nature reserve, swim in the refreshing turquoise-water pools, and visit the bear rescue center. You'll leave for Luang Prabang in the late afternoon, making a short visit at Ban Na Uan Hmong village on the way. Your return to the city is expected to be between 5:30PM-6:00PM, which is the ideal time to visit Phousi Mountain for the sunset.

Luang Prabang: Vintage Tuk-Tuk Morning Tour

9. Luang Prabang: Vintage Tuk-Tuk Morning Tour

After being picked up at your hotel or accommodations, tour the city on a vintage tuk-tuk with your knowledgeable guide. Ride to a gorgeous view of the Mekong River and enjoy a cup of Lao coffee as your guide explains your itinerary for the day. Cruise down to the Wat Xieng Thong Temple in Luang Prabang and about learn about its architectural and cultural significance. Continue on to the Royal Palace and discover the history of the Lao royalty. Take a break and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant as you reenergize for the rest of your tour. Your tour will culminate with a stop at the Pottery village, where you can admire the beautiful works of local Lao pottery. Finally, return with your guide back to your hotel.

Luang Prabang: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage Sites Guided Tour

10. Luang Prabang: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage Sites Guided Tour

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your hotel in Luang Prabang. Drive to a morning market filled with fresh vegetables, fish from the Mekong River, and medicinal plants. Continue to the Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, a monastery founded in the late 18th century by King Anurat. Head to the Royal Palace Museum also known as the Haw Kham the Golden Hall. Admire its unique blend of Laotian and French Beaux-Arts Architecture. Drive to the Wat Xieng Thong Temple, a monument to the Laos spirit of religion, royalty, and traditional art. Along the way to the temple, admire the stunning Colonial Architecture. Explore the opulent architecture, and breath-taking art within the monastery– one of Luang Prabang’s most historically significant temples. Visit the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center. Learn about the fascinating world of Lao textiles and handicrafts. Stop at the UXO Lao Visitors Center. Watch documentaries about Laos history during the Vietnam War, focusing on the bombing campaign on the country– Laos is per capita the most heavily bombed country in the history. Learn about the unexploded bombs which still remain in Laos. Afterward, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Luang Prabang

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 211 reviews

Great day with lots of activities packed in. In addition to the caves, whisky village, waterfall and moon bear sanctuary we also stopped at an elephant sanctuary and had a delicious lunch in town. Guide was knowledgable, professional and spoke very good English. Would highly recommend.

A wonderful day in a minivan with a total of 12 people. The tour guide was very friendly and told a lot about the country and its people during the trip. The schedule was very well timed, leaving enough time at the waterfall, at lunch, at the cave and on the boat to watch the sunset.

The caves and the waterfalls are very far away fro each other and wesaw both with a nice cruse on the mekong. Highly recomanded

very good quality of service. very complete and uniquely landscaped

Great value for money. Boat ride the highlight of the trip for me.