Day 13 - Luang Prabang - (City Tour Cycling) (B,L,D)
You can wake up early and participate in the daily ritual where saffron-clad monks collect morning alms, food offerings from the local people.
On your way back to the hotel stop by the Morning Market to uncover various curiosities!
The former royal capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is a tranquil town that sits on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Kham Rivers. In this guided tour by city bike, you will discover the rich cultural and historical heritage of this charming town with visits to French Indochinese buildings and ancient Buddhist temples.
Start your city tour from the hotel, where your bikes will be waiting for you, 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 Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. 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.
Finish the morning 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).
We will then cycle further out of town towards the Ock Pop Tok Learning Crafts Center for lunch in their charming garden Silk Road Café, along the Mekong River.
After lunch, take a guided tour around the Learning Crafts Center by one of their specialized guides who will teach and explain the stages and styles of weaving; a much diversified handicraft, ingrained in Lao and tribal traditions.
We’ll then cycle back to your hotel where you have free time to relax, take a swim, go shopping or enjoy a massage.
You have the option to meet around 5pm and climb Phousi Mountain to discover the sacred temple and admire a panoramic view of the town during sunset!
Tonight you will enjoy a farewell dinner at Tangor, an Asian-French fusion restaurant set in a perfect location in the center of town and one of the most popular spots on the peninsula.
Overnight a My Dream Resort.
Distance and journey time:
City tour: 6 hrs
Cycling distance up to: 5km