5 Days Laos Family Trip
5 days 4 nights
Highlights: World Heritage Site Temples – The Town of Luang Prabang – Lao Royal Cooking Course – Elephant riding – Khuang Si…
Tour Code : VSP 06
Day 1. Luang Prabang – Around World Heritage Site Temples & The Town of Luang Prabang
Upon arrival our guide will meet us upon arrival at the airport and transfer to our center located hotel. We will get our bike and start with the visit of Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao, Phou Sii hill stands right in the center of this small city. We will limb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain,Then continue on to visit Wat Mai. Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes & characterizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang. Then we visit the National Museum, once a king’s palace, where displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which we can return to the hotel. This town is wonderful for walking, and today’s excursion will help to give us our bearings! Spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing on our own until dinner. Tonight we will enjoy a dinner of traditional Luang Prabang food.
Today Lunch and Dinner included
Day 2. Luang Prabang – Lao Royal Cooking Course – Khuang Si Waterfall
After breakfast, we will meet the chef at the cooking school. Travel together to visit the colorful and vibrant Phosy Market, where we will make our guided food selections. At the restaurant prepare the ingredients for cooking and then fix the dishes under a sun roof in our airy garden. The chef will explain to us the differences of South East Asian cuisines and distribute printed recipes providing us with the possibility to cook Lao food for your friends at home! Enjoy the lunch that we prepared!
After lunch, We will drive with our guide by car to the Khuang Sii waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. We can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Later in the afternoon return to the hotel to relax or explore on our own.
Today Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 3. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Buddha Caves – Traditional Lao Massage
After breakfast, We will begin a Mekong River boat trip with our guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Today many still pay respect with this old tradition. Walk through the caves before returning to our boat and to Luang Prabangtown. Enjoy lunch en route.
This afternoon, We will enjoy a traditional Lao oil massage for an hour. What a relaxing way to sample local culture! Afterwards, return to our hotel for your evening at leisure.
Today Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 4. Luang Prabang – Elephant Ride – Ban Xang Khong Handicrafts Village
Today after breakfast, travel outside of town to an Elephant Camp. Learn about these magnificent creatures as we take one for a ride! If we always wanted to ride an Elephant in its natural biosphere and not in a circus or city, then this is for us. Elephant rides are scenic, tranquil, relaxing and require no specific fitness. In the wet season (July – January) ride our elephant to the stunning Tad Sae waterfall. In the dry season (February – June) your elephant will take us through rice paddies along the riverbank and to a nearby village. Enjoy lunch and then return to Luang Prabang.
On the way back, stop in Ban Xang Khong. See their amazing locally-made silk weavings as well as mulberry paper items. This is a great stop for souvenirs! Return to Luang Prabang for dinner and overnight.
Today Breakfast and Lunch included
Day 5. Luang Prabang – Onward
Today after breakfast, relax on our own until time to check out and transfer to the airport for our flight onward.
Today Breakfast included.
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All transfers and transport
Accommodation with daily breakfast at 3 star hotels
English speaking guide (Other language upon request)
Entrance fee during guided time
Reasonable supply of bottled water in ice box on vehicle