The people of Laos are passionate about their food- and for good reason. The aromatic herbs and delicate spices used in traditional dishes are simply tantalizing. Taste the best of Lao cuisine while exploring the sublime royal capital of Luang Prabang. Savour meals at the country’s top tables, graze on snacks at street markets and cook alongside a local chef.
Join a local chef to prepare a typical Lao dinner, using homegrown ingredients and traditional techniques.
Dine on exotic dishes unique to Laos at a cozy, family-run restaurant.
Wander through vibrant fresh markets, stopping to taste tropical fruits and freshly cooked snacks.
A Taste of Luang Prabang - 4 Days / 3 Nights
Upon arrival to Luang Prabang, one of our representatives will be waiting to provide a VIP welcome in the immigration area. Enjoy a fast-tracked customs experience followed by a private city transfer to the hotel. After checking in at the hotel and relaxing, embark on a brief orientation tour of Luang Prabang.
Note: The availability of this service could change at any time depending on the airport authorities, surcharge: 40 US$ per person.
This evening, take part in Laos’ special Baci Ceremony. The Baci ceremony is performed in celebration of an important event, such as a wedding, birth, or for welcoming guests, and is a means of expressing goodwill and good luck to others. The Lao believe that each person has 32 spirits which constitute their spiritual essence and the Baci is the ritual used to call back any escaped spirits into the body.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Evening Performance at the Royal Ballet Theatre.
For those interested, enjoy an evening performance at the Royal Ballet Theatre. The Ballet works to preserve Laos’ cultural heritage featuring spectacular performances including scenes from the Lao-Ramayana and traditional folk/tribal dances. (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.)
Proceed to L’Elephant, one of the finest restaurants in Luang Prabang, for dinner before being driven back to the hotel.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
After breakfast at the hotel, start a half-day touring experience through the city. Begin with a transfer to the historical centre for a visit to Luang Prabang’s National Museum. Once the Royal Palace of Laos, the National Museum is filled with artworks, artifacts and jewels, and provides an excellent insight into the history and rich culture of the country.
Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a dazzling golden façade. The morning tour finishes at Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang.
For lunch today, enjoy a meal in town at Tamarind Restaurant, one of the most celebrated eateries in Luang Prabang (Note: closed on Sundays).
After lunch, head back to the hotel to enjoy some down time.
In the late afternoon, transport will be provided to the river to board the Nava Mekong, an elegant and traditional riverboat. Cruising gently down the Mekong River, soak in the views of rural villages as the sun sets behind the surrounding mountains. The riverboat will moor on the opposite bank in time for dinner, which will include a selection of classic Lao dishes and traditional local entertainment. After dinner, cruise back to Luang Prabang. Please note that this is not a private cruise.
It’s a short ride back to town, where there’s an option to either transfer back to the hotel directly or visit the evening hill tribe market.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
The day begins after breakfast with a hotel pick up, around 09:00. Depart alongside the guide with the custom-fit bicycles.
The tour starts with a visit to Phosy Market. Explore and sample some of the unique items on sale here, with any purchases directly benefiting the vendors selling them. Continue the ride to Ock Pop Tock, a non-profit organization working to preserve traditional weaving techniques, a trade which was once an important source of income for many Lao families. A short tour introduces the processes of silk weaving, from the initial stages of creating the dyes to the final process of loom weaving.
Ride along the Mekong back into town for the final stop of the day: the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre. The centre is dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities, with a range of traditional costumes, tools and artifacts on display. (Note: closed on Mondays).
Cycle to a local restaurant or back to the hotel by bike.
Alternatively, after dropping off the bikes, enjoy lunch at Le Tangor, one of Luang Prabang’s top restaurants.After lunch, transfer back to the hotel and enjoy some free time at leisure
Starting around 15:30, begin a private cooking experience learning the secrets of Lao cuisine.
The expert chefs will first demonstrate how to prepare authentic Lao dishes, before giving the guests an opportunity to cook in the traditional way. At the end of the hands-on course, sample all the delicacies and receive a cookbook to bring the skills and flavours back home.
After dinner, transport will be provided back to the hotel (around 21:00).
Overnight in Luang Prabang
For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Lao people. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Depending on the flight schedule, there may be time to enjoy a unique tour that supports two excellent local charities and allows clients to donate books to local communities. The idea behind the ‘Bucket of Books’ excursion is to help the local community without being invasive. The books are sourced from two excellent local charities; Big Brother Mouse and Pha Tak Ke.
Big Brother Mouse is a not-for-profit, Lao-owned project employing local staff who work with the goal of helping young Lao citizens develop new and beneficial skills. Started by a retired American publisher working with several bright Lao college students, Big Brother Mouse started publishing “books that make literacy fun!” The books are written and illustrated by Lao writers and allow children to educate themselves through reading. The cost of five books is included in every Bucket of Books, with that money going directly to Big Brother Mouse.
A picnic lunch, catered by L’Eléphant, is included for guests to enjoy in the countryside.
After lunch, transport will be provided to catch the onward flight.
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