LAO - T 01: EXOTIC LAOS, 3 days (L)                                               

Luang Prabang


Day 1              Luang Prabang


Arrival in Luang Prabang, meet on arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel.

Afternoon: free at leisure.

Evening: visit Mount Phu Si on the top of the hill overlooking the Mekong River for sunset.

Overnight in Luang Prabang


MOUNT PHU SI: the temples on the upper slopes of the 100m-high. Phu Si was constructed recently, but it is likely that previously there were other temples on this important hill. From the top there is an excellent view of the town. 


Day 2              Luang Prabang


After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing in Luang Prabang - the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom - is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains.

Afternoon: visit Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunalat, Wat Mai, Wat That Lang, Wat Saen, National Museum (Royal Palace) and free time to walk around the city in the evening

Overnight in Luang Prabang


LUANG PRABANG is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. It is as sleepy town, which has preserved its long –standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao cultures with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. Magical and charming of Luang Prabang is the estimation that travelers have to see once in their lifetime. In 1995, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


WAT XIENG THONG: 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 WISUNALAT (Vat Visoun): 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.


WAT MAI: constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, it was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy).


WAT THAT LUANG: the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are interred inside the large central stupa, which was erected in 1910. The inside of the huge sim dating back to 1820 contains a few Luang Prabang Buddhas and other artifacts.


WAT SAEN: Thai style wat built in 1718 and restored in 1957. The abbot Ajan Khamjan who was ordained here in 1940 is one of the most revered monks in Luang Prabang and perhaps in all of Laos. 


NATIONAL MUSEUM (the former king palace) located on the banks of the Mekong River with may exhibits reflecting religious beliefs and life in historical Lang Prabang when it was the capital city of present day Laos. A the temple built in the grounds houses the “Pha Bang” statue, made of gilded bronze and standing 83m high. The statue depicts the calming of family quarrels.


Day 3              Luang Prabang


After breakfast at the hotel, half-day excursion by boat from Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves.

Afternoon: sightseeing in Luang Prabang, visit Ban Xang Hai before transfer to the airport for departure


PAK OU BOATS: The Pak Ou boats are the perfect slow boat for leisurely river travel with an open-air view. A stop at Pak Ou village at the month of the Nam Ou River to visit the Tham Ting Cave of a Thousand Buddha’s


PAK OU CAVES: these are two caves (Tham Thing – lower cave and Tham Phum) located in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River. They are full of Buddha images of varying styles, ages and sizes.


BAN XANG HAI: located near the Pak Ou Caves, this village was once a 'Jar-Maker Village' and nowadays the communities fill the jars (which come from elsewhere) with láo-láo, the local rice whisky. 



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