Looking for things to do in Luang Prabang? This tour offers the perfect combination of highlights and spiritual exploration, with a riverside meditation workshop, yoga classes and a local Baci ceremony. Immerse yourself in Laos’ spiritual side, and gain new insight on the philosophy and faith behind this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town.
ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang
Welcome to the charming and serene UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang! Upon arrival your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. After check in, spend the rest of the day exploring this lovely and sacred place on your own, taking a stroll through the charming central area. As you walk through the tranquil town, prepare yourself to unveil the spiritual beauty of this region immerse multi-day tour, offering the best combination of things to do in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang
This morning get ready for a day spent in spiritual exploration along the mighty Mekong River. Await pick up form your hotel to your boat which will cruise along the river, stopping at various temples and tranquil spots on its banks for meditation in Luang Prabang. In this sacred Buddhist environment learn more about this philosophy and fascinating perspective on the self. Unearth your spiritual side with the guidance of a certified meditation expert and a Buddhist monk.
Overall, this day long cruise will not only unveil a new side of temples and their spiritual side, but also bring Buddhism to life in a refreshing experience. Enjoy lunch, and visit a few more locations for practice before returning to Luang Prabang in the early evening. After your spiritual adventure, you’ll have the rest of the evening free. Take a moment to relax at the banks of the river sipping a coconut as you watch the sunset, and that evening, consider a stroll through the town’s vibrant night market.
Day 3: Luang Prabang
Rise early to the sound of the temple gong and witness Luang Prabang’s mystical daily ritual. In the cool of the early morning, a procession of about three hundred young monks walk silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls. The ritual is linked to a Buddhist tradition in which monks beg for their daily food as a way to demonstrate humility. Giving alms an important religious act in Buddhism and it must be carried out respectfully by locals and tourists alike. The early morning is the perfect time to stroll through Luang Prabang’s morning market where you will see the locals haggling for fresh meat, fruit and vegetables.
From your hotel, head off on foot with your local guide to see the sights of Luang Prabang. Start at the spectacular Wat Xieng Thong, one of the largest and most ornate temples in town. Stroll past the golden facades and glittering mosaics, marvelling at their detailed beauty. Continue onwards to the former Royal Palace, a commanding structure in the heart of town that was once the centre of the Lang Xang Kingdom. Now the National Museum, wander its halls to find rare religious and cultural artefacts. Next, get ready for a climb up 328 steps to the top of Mt. Phousi, for panoramic views of Luang Prabang.
After lunch, grab your swimsuit and take a short drive to the stunning Kuang Si Waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. When you arrive, take a quick stroll down the hill to visit the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Centre. The centre is run by a dedicated team that look after the Asiatic Black Bears (Moon Bears) that were illegally captured from the wild as young cubs and destined for use in the traditional medicine trade.
Once you’ve enjoyed the magic of Kuang Si, return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon for a ninety minute yoga session at a cosy studio space on the main street. Once finished, spend the rest of your day at leisure in this charming riverside town.
Day 4: Luang Prabang
Start the day off right at Utopia, a lovely restaurant that overlooks the serene Nam Khan River. With spacious corners sit on a mat and take part in a morning yoga class, finding a tranquil corner of your mind and setting the pace for the day ahead. Spend the rest of the day doing whatever you please, making the most of your last day in peaceful Luang Prabang.
Later this afternoon, get ready for a uniquely Laos tradition, the Baci ceremony. Usually practiced to commemorate important life events, ushering in the New Year or to healing for the ill, it seeks to call the soul back to the body for harmony. Discover the fascinating details behind this ceremony in Laos’ spiritual beliefs and balance of the soul with the body, as you partake in a Baci ceremony.
While there is no hard rules to what is conducted, gather around a pre made flower tray. An elder community member conducts the ceremony, as a symbolic thread is tied to your right wrist. The tread represents harmony—peace, good health, fortune, community and warmth. To keep this blessing, be sure not to cut the thread after the ceremony as its best that it fall off naturally. Afterwards, spend your last evening in this spiritual place as you wish.
Day 5: Depart Luang Prabang
Return to Utopia this morning for one last yoga class, enjoying the calming riverside. Marvel at the memorable tranquillity of Luang Prabang, as you’ve unearthed Buddhist and Laos’ remarkable spiritual practices during this a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Afterwards, transfer to the airport and check-into your flight before continuing onward to your next destination.
Policy & Terms
Days : 5 | Nights : 4