On the confluence of the Nam Khan and the mighty Mekong, sits a UNESCO world heritage town which people have just started to hear about. After years of uncertainty and wars, Laos finally opened its doors to tourism in 2002. Luang Prabang with its Colonial French Architecture and a very scenic location became the star of Laos. The main town center is a protected area and remains the same since the time of its opening and hopefully will stay the same for years to come. Over the years many foreigners came, fell in love and made Luang Prabang their home. The many cafes, hotels have a European touch, but the treatment is with the Lao warmth.
End of October to Early March
|Days||4 Nights / 5 Days|
|From||Mumbai Via Bangkok on Bangkok Airways|
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We would have a group of only 14 people in one tour. It would be advised to block your seat with a INR 20,000 advance.
On arrival at the airport we will have to get the Visa on Arrival. We will proceed to our Hotel Sala Prabang, on the banks of the Mekong and in the central UNESCO district of the town. Lunch would be served in the Khaipaen Restaurant which helps underprivileged youths from surrounding districts and grooms them in the hospitality world. In the evening walk along the Mekong River and climb the steps of the Wat Xienthong, the most beautiful of the temples in Luang Prabang, as we enjoy an evening orientation walk with our local guide. The french influence is what makes this town charming with all the colonial architecture set in a very calm main street. As we finish visiting the temple, we will enjoy a coffee and a french croissant in a classic French Cafe. Dinner will be Lao Style.
Morning: Today will be slightly active but well laid out. After enjoying breakfast next to the Mekong, we will leave to visit the Living Land Farm, where you will learn about the most important aspect of Lao Life, the Sticky Rice. You will enter the Paddy Field to sow the sapling, and then go through 14 stages before it is served to you as a snack with the local delicacies. You will also learn about ‘Sustainable Tourism’ where what we grow and earn is shared with the community.
Afternoon: After the Sticky Rice Adventure we will proceed to visit a paper village where different kinds of Paper are used to make products, Lunch will be local and around the village.
Evening: We would enjoy a sunset boat trip on the Mekong in a traditional Long Boat. Later we would have free time to try our hand at shopping in the night market.
Morning: The morning market in Luang Prabang is where ‘freshness’ is defined.
Day: After returning to the Hotel, we will enjoy breakfast by the Mekong and then set out to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls of South East Asia, The KuangSi Waterfalls.The American War of Vietnam affected Laos more and 11,000 tons of bombs were dropped on this tiny country. The UXO centre would give you a detail on how the war unfolded and what is being done to take care of the unexploded bombs.
Afternoon: On our way back to Luang Prabang we will make a stop at the only Buffalo Dairy in Laos. Learn about how through education and awareness The Buffalow which was only used in the fields is now used to make one of the finest cheese and milk related products. Lunch would be served on the farm itself.
Evening: The evening is free to enjoy a walk in the town.
Early Morning: Laos is a Buddhist Country and in Luang Prabang, the temples sit beside a French colonial building, making it a very special fusion. We would wake up before the dawn and set out to witness the Alms Giving Ceremony. You would be seated on a plastic stool with a Kilo of home-cooked sticky rice in special bamboo baskets. As the monks pass you, small portions of rice need to placed in their bowl. As the sun comes up it feels very holy seated outside the temple and witnessing the many monks walking silently. Return back to the Hotel for breakfast and then without the shower, we will set off for our last adventure of the trip.
Morning- Afternoon: The Elephant Village experience is truly unique as you would be first briefed about how the Centre takes care of the rescued Elephants from the South of Laos where they are used in the Logging Industry. We would then Ride on the Elephants without the ‘Howdah’, which is a wooden enclosure place on the back. We will directly ride on the neck of the Elephant and as the mighty creature walks downhill to the River and inside the water, it's quite an adventure. The Mahout who rides behind would get down and let you be with your elephant alone for some time. Walk up to the camp back and then after locally prepared lunch overlooking the lovely Nam Khan river we can later choose to walk with the Elephants in the jungle and meet Maxi, the baby elephant which was born in the camp. We will have some time to rest in the surroundings overlooking the Nam Kham River.
Night:In the night we would have one more chance to do some last minute shopping in the town Night Market.
Morning - Early Afternoon: The Bamboo is closely associated to the livelihood of Lao people and we will experience an morning with Bamboo today. A local will play music on the ‘Kane’ the bamboo instrument and later there will be a Baci Ceremony where a sacred thread is tied on your hands by the local priest who wishes you a safe journey back home. You could take part in a traditional game of Peythan. A lunch made mostly of Bamboo shoot will be served along with other staple veggies
Afternoon. We will then be able to enjoy a visit to the the Royal Palace and the Royal temple. It would then be time to bid farewell to Luang Prabang.
The Laos Visa is on arrival and you would only need to have a passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from the date of arrival.
Everyone is needed to have 3.5 x 4.5 cm photo on arrival.
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