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Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves and UNESCO City Highlights Tour

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

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

4. 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: Kuang Si Falls & Laos Buffalo Dairy Day Trip

5. Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Falls & Laos Buffalo Dairy Day Trip

Visit the Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfall on a full-day tour, with a scenic drive up and down the length of the Mekong River. Start with early morning pickup and relax on the 40-minute drive to Pak Ou Village. Admire locally-produced crafts, before crossing the mighty Mekong River in a small boat to the base of a limestone cliff. Enter the impressive Pak Ou Caves, filled with Buddhist statues and relics. Take your time to explore this incredible place, scented with burning incense and overlooking the impressive landscape. Climb a winding set of stairs, grab a flashlight, and find another fascinating cave to visit. After enjoying the caves, stop for lunch at the base of the caves. Cross back over the water and drive downriver for 1.5 hours, to reach the famous Kuang Si Waterfall. Stop at the popular Whiskey Village along the way, to sample local Lao Lao. Admire the rushing turquoise waters of the falls, surrounded by beautiful jungle scenery. Visit the bear sanctuary and experience the Lao Buffalo Dairy that produces cheese and other dairy products. Learn how to milk a buffalo and try some delicious ice cream, before being dropped off back in Luang Prabang where your tour ends.

Luang Prabang: 4-Day Explorer Tour

6. Luang Prabang: 4-Day Explorer Tour

Day 1 Upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport meet and greet your local guide at the exit of the arrival hall. Drive to the hotel where you can get some rest and relax at your own pace. Day 2 Enjoy a short but thorough guided tour of the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong. With its roofs sweeping low to the ground, it embodies classical Laotian architecture. Then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, and take in a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, 2 linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, you will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai where they make the local rice wine and Ban Xangkhong a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking. On return, visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. You'll then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River.  Continue to explore the night market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by Luang Prabang locals. Return to the same hotel in Luang Prabang. Day 3 Wake up to the beautiful morning in Luang Prabang, and if you are an early riser, participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (sticky rice) from the residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. After breakfast, drive about 15km out of town to journey to the elephant village in Ban Xienglom. En route stop at a famous and well-known village, Ban Phanom, where almost all of the villagers are weavers. Next, stop at Henri Mouhot, the explorer who discovered Angkor Wat, a monument at Kaeng Noon.  Once at the Elephant Village Camp, get up close and personal with elephants while you feed them. Visit the elephant hospital, museum, gallery, and dung paper making facility.  Return to the town visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village, then drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. Returning to Luang Prabang by afternoon, you'll be back in the city in time to observe the sunset at Wat Phabath Tai. Day 4 Enjoy your breakfast and free time to pack in the morning before check-out, you will then be transferred to the airport to catch up with your flight.Enjoy your breakfast and free time to pack in the morning before check-out, you will then be transferred to the airport to catch up with your flight.

Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves Kuang Si Falls by Slow Boat

7. Luang Prabang: Pak Ou Caves Kuang Si Falls by Slow Boat

Visit the natural highlights of Luang Prabang on a full-day slow boat trip. Visit a rice wine making village, the Pak Ou Caves, the Kuang Si Falls, and the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre. Enjoy convenient hotel pickup and drop-off, and choose between a small group or private tour. Begin your day at 7:30 AM with pickup in a minivan at your hotel or accommodation in Luang Prabang, then embark on your slow boat journey with an English-speaking guide (guides in other languages are available at additional cost). Cruise for 1.5 hours upstream the Mekong River, with a brief stop in the rice wine making village, before arriving at Pak Ou Caves. The Pak Ou Caves consist of two caves dating back thousands of years set in a dramatic limestone cliff at the point where the Mekong joins the Nam Ou River. Climb for 5 minutes to the upper cave, 50 meters (164 feet) into the rock face, and admire the over 4,000 Buddha icons that pack the caves. After lunch and a short rest, continue your journey to Kuang Si Falls, one of the most attractive destinations in Laos. On the way, see the picturesque landscape of the country with villages and verdant paddy fields. Once there, contemplate the natural beauty of the stunning waterfall. If weather permits, take a nice swim in the water. Next, visit the Bear Rescue Center and discover Asian sun and moon bears rescued from poachers and the illegal wildlife trade. Find out more about them and learn about the Free the Bears protection program before boarding your boat back to Luang Prabang. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation.

Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Bike Ride & Long-Tail Boat Cruise

8. Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Bike Ride & Long-Tail Boat Cruise

Get picked up from your hotel in Luang Prabang in the morning. Choose a great bike at the local partner's bike shop in Luang Prabang before setting off on a scenic, 30-kilometer paved-road ride along the Mekong River to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfall. Enjoy the medium-grade ride which lasts 2-3 hours with some hills, making several stops to explore the local villages along the way. When you arrive, marvel at Kuang Si Waterfall which spans a large area through some of the lushest jungle around Luang Prabang. Explore the easy walking trails which wind past numerous pools and water cascades where you can relax and swim. Enjoy a provided lunch at the waterfall as you soak up the scenic views and tranquil atmosphere. Make use of the small private changing rooms near the waterfall allowing you to change into your swimming suit. You can also see up close Asiatic bears at the Bear Rescue Centre along the jungle walk to the waterfall. After plenty of recreation time at the waterfall, hop back onto the bikes for a fun downhill ride to the Mekong River. Then, board a long-tail boat for a 1.5-2 hour scenic cruise up the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang. Finally, ride the short distance back to the bike shop to wrap up a great day.

Luang Prabang: Village Trek & Nam Khan River Kayak Tour

9. Luang Prabang: Village Trek & Nam Khan River Kayak Tour

Start this tour with a hotel pickup from Luang Prabang with a drive from Luang Prabang on a short scenic ride south to the banks of the Nam Khan River. From there, cross the river by boat and then start an easy-to-medium 1.5-hour trek. Hike through jungle, forest, bamboo, and paddy fields and alongside streams to a small Khmu village at the base of limestone mountains. The guide will show you around the village to admire the beautiful bamboo woven houses and meet the locals. Don't hesitate to talk with the locals as the guide is happy to act as an interpreter. By choosing this adventure, you are contributing funds to support the local communities you visit. After exploring the Khmu villages, hike for another 1.5 hours to the Tad Sae waterfalls. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the impressive sight of the high waters or the inviting clear, turquoise waters at the rainy season's end. Enjoy a refreshing swim and explore the surrounding Tad Sae area. Please note that in the low water season (from March to August), Tad Sae Waterfall is dry and not visited. From the waterfall, take a boat ride to the Adventure Camp to begin your kayak adventure down the Nam Khan River. After a short safety review, the guide will teach you how to paddle if it is your first time. Embark on an exciting river journey through the beautiful Nam Khan River Valley's lush jungle as you observe locals engaged in everyday activities. While kayaking, you may stop on the many white-sand beaches to relax, swim, and explore. Also, visit the famous Henri Mouhot's resting site accessible from the river. Kayaking conditions vary between easy to medium and total time is approximately 2 hours, depending on river conditions.  Finally, end the tour with a late afternoon return drive to Luang Prabang City.

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What people are saying about Luang Prabang

Both the boat trip and the locations were very convincing. The boat driver and guide were competent and made us feel safe. One should move away from information. I very much doubt that people over the age of 80 can do this tour.

Tour guide was very good at providing information about sites we were going to, looking after everyone as there were 2 groups as they were one guide short. Lunch was delicious.

Top notch. A hell of a lot packed into the day, but didn't feel rushed or overwrought. One of the better tour type things I've been on actually, and our guide Oddy was great.

Perfect. It’s a good way to see around when you don’t have a long stay in the city. Good guide with beautiful places. Let’s go ... No hesitation.

very good quality of service. very complete and uniquely landscaped