Day 2 - Luang Prabang Full Day Walking City Tour (B,L)
Wake up early this morning and start exploring this SE Asian gem- whilst wandering down the streets and alleys of the town, you will feel as if you’ve stepped back in time!
Walk up the 365 steps of the Phousi Mountain to enjoy a panoramic view for sunrise, a time when this popular attraction is still calm with the morning mist.
We will discover the architectural and historical wonders of this UNESCO-protected town by foot, the best way to take in the exceptionally tranquil ambiance of the town.
In this full-day guided tour on foot, you will discover the rich cultural and historical heritage of this charming town with visits to French Indochinese buildings and ancient Buddhist temples.
After some breakfast continue your tour to the former Royal Palace (now the National Museum) where you will explore the history of Laos.
Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief and Wat Sene with its golden stencil prints of mythological animals.
Next stop is the Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics
Lunch will be at a famous noodle soup shop. A must try is the Khao Soy soup, a local favorite!
Visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple in the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. Continue passed Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500s, and on to Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa.
Finish with the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday).
Dinner is at leisure tonight. We advise you visit the Storytelling Theater before, not far from your hotel. From 5 to 6PM, you can observe a unique show from Garavek, with the aim of promoting and preserving the traditional stories, myths, legends, and folktales. (not included in cost)
Overnight at Luang Prabang.
Distance & journey times:
Walking and City tour up to: 5 hours
Difficulty: Very Easy