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

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

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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.

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

4. 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.

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

5. 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.

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Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Falls & Hmong Village Trekking Tour

6. Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Falls & Hmong Village Trekking Tour

Begin the day with a morning pickup from your hotel in Luang Prabang between 8:30-9:00 AM. Meet your local guide and set off on your exciting trekking tour. After a 30-minute bus ride, immerse yourself in Laos’ rural scenery and culture as you walk through Hmong Village. As always, be advised that it’s better not to disturb the serenity of this isolated place, and to observe the locals from a respectful distance as they tend to their daily tasks. After an enchanting amble through the village, continue on with a 3.5-hour trek to the pristine surroundings of Kuang Si waterfalls. Visit the Bear Rescue Center and pick up some interesting insight into the Asian sun and moon bears, as well as the Free the Bears protection program. Learn about how these bears have been rescued from illegal wildlife trade.  Take a breather and enjoy lunch on the way or next to the turquoise pools. Cool off with a refreshing swim and snap some photos of the beautiful waterfalls. End the day by taking in views of the mountainous scenery of the Luang Prabang province on the way back. The tour ends with a drop-off at your hotel in Luang Prabang at around 5:00 PM.

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Luang Prabang: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage Sites Guided Tour

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

8. 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.

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Luang Prabang: Mountain Trek & Local Villages Overnight Tour

9. Luang Prabang: Mountain Trek & Local Villages Overnight Tour

DAY 1 Start the tour with hotel pickup at 8:00 AM and head off for the Longhurst trail, one of the most spectacular trails in the area. The trail has steep jungle-covered mountains on one side and a spectacular view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River on the other side. You'll cross the Nam Khan River by boat and begin the ascent into the mountains. The trail is an invigorating and sometimes challengingl hike going through canyons to remote villages and small lakes. The full-day hike spans 13km, normally taking 6 hours with breaks included. Under wet conditions, the hiking can be 7-8 hours. You’ll arrive at the Khmu village in the evening for an authentic cultural homestay and a well-earned meal prepared by your guide. Enjoy exploring the village with your guide, have a drink with the locals, and enjoy this incredible night deep in the mountains. DAY 2 Enjoy breakfast and set out for a 1.5 to 2-hour trek through the rice fields and forest. Then make your way up the hillside to a Hmong village of "Ban Tin Pha" , a wonderful place with a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.  Afterward, continue the trek downhill to a village along the river, "Ban Houay Yen". Here you will board a local boat for a relaxing ride on the Nam Khan to the Tad Sae waterfalls.  Lunch will either be served at the village before the boat ride or at the waterfall as preferred. If you want to cool off after all the trek, take a swim in the pools at the base of the falls or relax in the shade. End the tour by taking the local boat to a camp and then driving back to the town.

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Luang Prabang: Local Village & Kuang Si Falls Private Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Luang Prabang

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 13 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

A really relaxing but packed day that encompasses waterfalls and boat ride and a stop at the caves

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