TOURCODE 61354 (LSC-4) Description
Leave the world behind and take a two-day cruise down the Mekong River -- through the rugged mountainous and jungle landscape of Laos -- to the charming UNESCO World Heritage Site, Luang Prabang. For such a small city, there is so much to see and do and we’ll guide you to best of it.
This tour is also available as a two-day upstream or downstream Mekong cruise.
- Cruise down the Mekong River in luxury, making riverbank stops to observe hill-tribes
- Arrive in Pak Beng to stay at the amazing Luang Say Lodge
- Visit a local Saa paper and Lao Rice Wine village
- Stand before the thousands of Buddha statues in the famous Tam Thing cave
- Observe or participate in the daily Buddhist alms-giving ceremony
- Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with a guide who helps you explore the local cuisine
- Take in the beauty of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Phra Buddabhat
- Climb Phousi Hill to watch the sun set over the Mekong river
- Shop among locals amid bustling sights and sounds of the Morning Market
- Take a walk through history at Wat Mai, The National Museum, and Wat Visoun
Day 01 Houay Xay to Pak Beng on the Mekong River (L/D)
The Luang Say Mekong Cruise boat leaves Huay Xay pier at 9:30am for a cruise down the Mekong River to Pakbeng. En route, one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and observe ethnic minorities. A buffet lunch is served on board. We arrive in Pakbeng before sunset and check in at the Luang Say Lodge. Enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mekong.
Day 02 Pak Beng to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River (B/L)
Re-energize with a full breakfast at the Lodge from 7:00 a.m. (optional: walk to Pakbeng Market where locals are selling their goods). At 8:00 a.m. board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop is made at a hill-tribe village and we visit the Pak Ou Cave, the cave of a thousand Buddhas. Arrive in Luang Prabang early evening for transfer to your hotel.
Day 03 Luang Prabang – UNESCO Heritage City Tour (B/L)
We’ll start the day by visiting some of the most beautiful sites in Luang Prabang. Until 1975, when the Communist Party gained control over Laos, Wat Xieng Thong was the royal temple, supported by the royal family. Wat Visoun temple was constructed during the reign of King Visounarat around 1520. In 1942 it was turned into a Museum of Religious Arts and houses collections of Buddha images and religious artifacts from the fourteenth century.
In the afternoon we will walk up Phousi Mountain, which is studded with many small temples and shrines and offers a panoramic view of Luang Prabang and surrounding mountains. For the best view of the sunset we’ll take you to Wat Phra Baht on the banks of the Mekong River.
Day 04 Luang Prabang – National Museum and more... (B/L)
Optionally, you may rise early to witness the Buddhist Alms (at 6:00am) before touring the bustling morning market. Then you'll visit the National Museum Royal Palace (closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon). It houses the Royal throne of the Lane Xang kingdom in its original splendor, in addition to many other religious treasures. Afterward, walk a short distance to visit Wat Mai, built in 1796, which exemplifies the architecture of Luang Prabang. Return to your hotel to rest and collect your belongings before transferring to the airport in the afternoon.
Included Travel Services
- All sightseeing as described in program above
- Transportation in private vehicles
- Accommodation in hotels (twin shared)
- English speaking guide
- Admission fees to sights described above
- Meals where indicated in itineraries (B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner)
- Lao PDR government tax and service charge
- Luggage handing
Not Included Travel Services
- International air tickets to/from Lao PDR
- Visa fee (approximately US$30/pax, depending on nationality)
- Travel insurance of any kind
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
- Tips, drinks, personal expenses and other expenses not described in the program above
- Single room surcharge on request