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5-Day Sightseeing Tour Of Luang Prabang
  • Tour Category

    Group Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Culture, History

  • Duration

    5 Days

  • Activity Level

    Easy

  • Language

    English

Description

Visit this idyllic destination for rich Lao cultures and excellent architecture that reflects a blend of Laotian and European influences. Major attractions are Mt Phousi, Wat Sene Temple, Ban Xanghai village, Pak Ou Caves, Ban Phanom village and the Mekong River. Embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River for a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside and much more on this 5-day tour. 

Highlights
  • Explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves
  • Visit Ban Xienglek and Ban Xangkong 
  • Journey to Kouangsi Waterfall
  • Discover Ban Ou Meuangkhai village
  • Day 1: Arrival at Luang Prabang expand_more
    • Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    • Depart for lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense).

    • Pay a visit to the former royal palace and the National Museum for its lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture, dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign.

    • Climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa, as well as panoramic city views at sunset and the Mekong River. 

    • Move on to explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by locals and the hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

  • Day 2: Alms offering & Laos city tour expand_more
    • Participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession tradition. 

    • Visit the fresh market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpetre among the chickens, vegetables, and hill-tribe weavings.

    • Return to your hotel for breakfast. 

    • Post breakfast, enjoy a short guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. 

    • View some of the heritage houses around Luang Prabang which are well preserved. 

    • Spend the afternoon at your own leisure.

  • Day 3: Mekong cruise to Buddha cave expand_more
    • Embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River for a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside.

    • Explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. 

    • Stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.

    • Visit Ban Xienglek and Ban Xangkong, where handmade jute paper making is done and continue with a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for hand weaving. 

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

  • Day 4: Kouangsi waterfall expand_more
    • Have breakfast at your hotel.

    • Visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Centre with your Laotian tour guide.

    • Journey to Kouangsi Waterfall which is about 30 km south of Luang Prabang by van. 

    • Stop at Ban Ou Meuangkhai village, for a picture opportunity of the terraced rice paddy fields, and of course to see the local lifestyle. 

    • Arrive at the waterfall; enjoy the beautiful scenery, swim or relax nearby the clear pools alongside terraced limestone formations. 

    • Walk through the forest and get a chance to say hello to the rescued black bears playing with their toys in their sanctuary. 

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

  • Day 5: Departure expand_more
    • After your breakfast, free time at leisure to enjoy the atmosphere in this city. 

    • Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

    End of the tour.

What's Included
  • Transportation in private Tuk Tuk

  • Drinking water and cool napkins served during the tour

  • Private boat trip as stated in the above sights

  • English-speaking Laotian tour guide

  • Government tax

What's Excluded
  • Flight fare

  • Entrance fees at the indicated sites mentioned in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance in all kinds

  • Accommodation and all meals

  • Gratuities

Meeting Point

Luang Prabang, Laos

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • JetSetPHD-Dr. Cie

    I am a blogger and arrange trips.  I have seen many great guides and manypoor guides. I would absolutely trust in Serd.  He was very professional as was the driver.  The vehicle was very comfortable and all of my requests were carried out to the fullest.  His price was fair and I was very happy to have excellent communication and see the sites I came to see. He is the consumate expert on Laos. Thank you, Serd!

  • Wei Ping, Evon

    The decision to book a guide for our family trip was certainly a rushed one and had to be completed within a short period of time-- right before we flew, we only booked 2 days prior to it! Despite giving him all the anxiety with our tight schedule of booking, Phonepaseuth Sengsavath (Serd) was understanding and answered each of our questions patiently.

    Right from the moment we landed, down to the minute we bid farewell, Serd gave us a wonderful experience in Laos. Through him, we experienced not only the hospitality of the Laotian but also gained understanding of the local culture and religious practices. The world views that he has and hopes to pass them on to his children were really inspiring to hear. The custom tour that Serd provided were also rather flexible, allowing us to take on options of local experiences as we wanted to. Serd also gave us the opportunity to practice local cultures (e.g offering alms to monks), going to fresh markets, and tasting some of the local snacks. Being an experienced tourguide, Serd is knowledgeable and was able to answer our questions in regards to places we visited as well as the cultural practices in Laos. Many of the times, Serd was ready to go the extra mile to provide us with more information and visits to places of interests.

    Serd is also a friendly guide who made us felt as though we were on travels with a friend rather than a guide. He would not hesitate to share local jokes, his own travel stories and life experiences that always added a touch of reality to his explanations.

    Overall, we had enjoyed our visit to the beutiful country, Laos with Serd as our guide. Would certainly hope to return and visit other parts of Laos that he speak so beautifully of. 

  • Estelle

    From the moment he picked me up at the airport until he dropped us at the airport, I enjoyed every moment with him. Serd speaks excellent English, and has great knowledge of his country, on Bouddhisme, Lao culture, Lao food, Lao history... Serd is a great guide with a friendly and kind personality. He knows the best places, he does the best to help you out and show you around. I had a phantastic time, I can highly recommend him.

  • Olaf

    While Phonepaseuth (Serd) was unable to personally guide me in Paksi and the 4000 islands area and facilitate me across the border with Cambodia,  I did meet him in Vientiane beforehand and he seemed a wonderful young man. He explained that personal matters had prevented him taking the tour but that he had arranged his cousin to take the tour.  'Shampoo'did a wonderful  job and also advised that he runs a restaurant and simple backpacker accommodation as well as a volunteer program for foreign visitors to help teach the island students English. A real inspirational person and very personable.  Highly recommend both Serd and Shampoo.  Both are organised and know their areas and,  as former monks,  have a nice charm and ease about them. 

  • Daniel

    We (a couple and 16-year old son) visited Northern Laos for a very short 5-day tour on our way to Cambodia. I had myself designed the tour, and was looking for a guide and driver to show us Luang Prabang, drive to Phonsavan and to Vang Viet and to end in Vientiane. By pure chance I fell on Serd as a guide, and that was a very lucky choice indeed. From the moment he picked us up at Luang Prabang airport until he dropped us at Vientiane airport, we enjoyed every moment with him. Serd speaks an excellent English, and has an intimate knowledge of his country... on  Buddhism of course, but also on all matters ranging from Lao life, Lao populations, Lao food, Lao politics and up to the Vietnam War. As he personally knows the neighbouring countries, it became very easy for us to place Laos in a context with neighbouring SE Asian countries and with China. Serd also has a very good sense of humour, and it was never a dull moment neither for us the elderly, nor for our son. And an important point: Wherever we stopped for roadside (or riverside...) lunch, it always was a treat.

    And a last word: The driver that Serd employed was very good, and very safety-conscious, an important point on the  partly rainsoaked and truck-loaden roads of Norhern Laos.

    In short, we had a phantastic time, and hope to visit soon Southern Laos, with Serd again.

  • JAIME

    I have lived in Asia for aorund 14 years. I have traveled all around Asia, and always organizing my trips without any help and reluctant to having tour guides or similar. But this time, my wife and myself take a last minute decision and decided to go to Laos. And then we both decided to hire someone to help us to visit the country. We did not have much choice because of the tight schedule. And when we landed in Vientiane we found Serd´s friendly smile. Attentive, kind, generous, intelligent....Just a few adjectives to qualify Serd, who not only chose carefully what we should visit but also took care of every detail of the journey, always adapting skillfully the itinerary to our mood. After seven days, we considered him more a friend than a tour guide. And we certainly meet him again in the near future.   

  • lee

    My wife and I and an Indian friend were treated by Serd like a royalty during our days with him in Laos. He knew history, the cultures of the hill tribes and ways to cater to our specific interests, which were Lao food tastes. We did not wish to go to places that use visited by the many tourists, and he took us to remote restaurants of good food and beauty. I enjoyed snacking with him on bamboo grubs. But we mostly enjoyed his great patience and friendly personality. We are from the NYC area in New Jersey USA. Traditionally folks from there are picky. You could only like Serd. His English vocabulary and pronunciation was outstanding. Very easily understood by my hard of hearing ears.

  • Andreas
    We are a couple (40 and 41) from Germany and had a fantastic 19-day trip through Laos with Serd. During our journey we learned much about buddhism (as he is a former novice he knows a lot about it, of course) and Lao culture. He made it possible for us to get in contact with local people and to get a feeling how their life is like, which is otherwise quite difficult, because we do not speak Lao and most of the local people do not speak English, whereas Serd's English is excellent. Even through our long drives through the country it was never boring, because we stopped all the while to visit something along the road: a temple, a market (where we tested local food we never tried before), a waterfall, ... Whenever he made a suggestion to change our original itenary it was a good choice, not to forget his recommendations for having lunch or dinner. While driving (and we have been sitting in the car a lot) we talked about many different topics, because he is also interested in our way of life and how we see things. So after 19 days it was very hard to say goodbye to a friend and we hope to get back and see him again.
  • Maya
    Ours was a family group of 3 Octogenarians, teens and mid ages, and planning for this trip to Vientiane, Laos was not without apprehensions and anxieties. Selecting a tour guide was indeed a "throw of dice", and indeed, it was a very good one! Serd was a perfect guide, he was able to connect with all of us from the start, he is friendly, patient and very knowledgeable. My father called him "Mr Know-All". His resourcefulness is excellent because he was able to customise the tour to suit our objectives and pace, even making changes at the last minute. He tried his best to accommodate to each of our wishes, and we all left Vientiane with very good memories and feelings. Would we look for Serd again on our next holiday to Laos? Yes! That's for sure!!
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