Highlights of Luang Prabang
This trip seamlessly blends spirituality, culture, and nature, creating an unforgettable Laotian experience.
Embark on a brief yet enchanting journey, spanning a few delightful days that showcase the charm of Luang Prabang. This experience serves as an ideal complement to any ongoing Southeast Asia itinerary, seamlessly integrating the cultural and scenic wonders of this enchanting destination into your travel plans. The adventure commences with a serene dawn ceremony, witnessing orange-robed monks collecting alms, setting the spiritual tone for the exploration of Luang Prabang. Navigate the Mekong River, uncover the mysteries of the Pak Ou Caves, and delve into the rich culture at the National Museum and historic temples. The day concludes with a climb to Phousi Mount for a captivating sunset view and an exploration of the Street Night Bazaar, where local artisans showcase their handmade textiles.
Enjoy a scenic drive to Kuangsi Waterfall, passing through lush landscapes and encountering hill-tribe villages. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the waterfall, swim in its crystal-clear waters, and absorb the cultural richness of Ban Tha Pane village and a butterfly garden. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Luang Prabang, offering the option to explore ancient temples or relax by the Mekong River.
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Day 1: Time to fly!
Make your way to your chosen airport.
Day 2: Arrive in Luang Prabang
Arrive at the Pullman Hotel in Luang Prabang enjoy the rest of the day and relax before the adventure starts.
Day 3: Mekong River and night bazaars.
Start today with a dawn ceremony where orange-robed monks collect alms, offering a serene glimpse into the spiritual essence of Laos. Navigate the Mekong River on a scenic cruise, exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves adorned with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. Before reaching the caves, visit Ban Xang Hai village, renowned for crafting clay jars used in fermenting Lao wine and producing specialties like 'Lau Lao' whisky and 'Lau Hai' wine. In the afternoon, delve into the cultural richness at the National Museum within the former Royal Palace, followed by a city tour featuring the impressive Wat Mai and the classic architecture of Wat Xieng Thong. Ascend Phousi Mount for a sacred exploration and a captivating sunset view, concluding the day at the Street Night Bazaar, where handmade textiles by local artisans await.
Day 4: Kuangsi Waterfall
Embark on a scenic journey from Luang Prabang to the picturesque Kuangsi Waterfall, a 30km drive through lush landscapes. Along the way, explore the Talad Phosi market and visit Ban Na Oune, a village of the "Hmong" hill-tribe group. Encounter the Khmu minority at Ban Tha Pane village and make a stop at a butterfly garden for insect enthusiasts. Upon reaching Kuangsi Waterfall, indulge in the beauty of the falls, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and relax in the serene surroundings.
Day 5: Time to depart Luang Prabang
After breakfast, you will be free in Luang Prabang to visit more ancient temples on foot, chill out at a coffee shop by Mekong River Bank, or relax with Lao Massage before driving to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 6: Time to fly
Time to leave for the next leg of your trip or head home.
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Luang Prabang holiday, Laos holidays
From £950pp based on two people sharing, excluding international flights.
The trip includes all accommodation and activities specified above. Rooms and meals as below:
- 3 nights at Pullman Hotel – deluxe room, breakfast included.
- Internal flights and all transfers.
- Entrance flights where mentioned.
This trip excludes:
- Single Supplements.
- International flights to/from UK
- Any activities, meals or drinks not mentioned as included.
- Anything else e.g. park fees not mentioned as included.
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When to go to Laos
A month-by-month guide of when to visit Laos
January is one of the driest months in Laos, with pleasant temperatures. Celebrate the Lao New Year, known as "Pi Mai Lao," with water festivals, parades, and traditional ceremonies. It's a joyous time to experience Lao culture.
Similar to January, February boasts comfortable temperatures, making it ideal for outdoor activities.
Visit the Pak Ou Caves near Luang Prabang, where locals gather to celebrate the annual Pak Ou Festival. It's a unique blend of spirituality and festivity.
Dry season continues with temperatures rising between 19°C and 32°C, offering pleasant weather.
Witness Boun Khoun Khao in Vientiane, a harvest festival celebrated with religious ceremonies and a traditional boat race.
April marks the onset of the hot season with temperatures between 23°C and 35°C River will be at an annual low.
May is the peak of the hot season with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 35°C. It can be quite warm.
Explore the Vat Phou Festival, held at the ancient temple of Vat Phou near Champasak, featuring traditional dances and religious rituals.
The wet season begins in June with temperatures between 25°C and 34°C. Expect occasional rain showers. Experience the Rocket Festival (Boun Bang Fai) in various locations, where locals launch homemade rockets to encourage rainfall.
The wet season continues, with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C. Be prepared for frequent rainfall.
Rainfall is at its peak in August, with temperatures between 24°C and 31°C.
Witness boat races and other festivities during the That Luang Festival in Vientiane, which celebrates the iconic That Luang Stupa.
The wet season lingers with temperatures ranging from 24°C to 31°C.
Attend the colourful Elephant Festival in Sayaboury, celebrating the province's deep connection with elephants.
The rainy season starts to subside, with temperatures between 23°C and 31°C. This is a great time to visit as it is less crowded and the lush landscapes are at their best.
November marks the start of the dry season, offering pleasant temperatures between 19°C and 30°C.
Witness the That Ing Hang Stupa Festival in Savannakhet, which includes almsgiving, temple fairs, and parades.
December offers cool and dry weather, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 27°C. Celebrate Christmas and the New Year with festive decorations and special events in tourist areas.
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