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.
December - February (Winter)
|Days||3 Nights / 4 Days|
|From||Mumbai Via Bangkok on Bangkok Airways|
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Luang Prabang (3n)
Step 1 - Advance of INR 30000 + Air Fare + 5% GST + 5% TCS together with a copy of your passport and Pan Card, at the time of booking.
Under any other circumstances other than government or flight restrictions, the following charges will be considered as a cancellation fee.
On arrival, we will check in our Hotel Sala Prabang, on the banks of the Mekong and the Nam Kham Rivers, in the central UNESCO district of the town. We will then set out to visit the Royal Palace, the Royal temple and climb the steps of the Wat Xienthong; the most beautiful of the temples in Luang Prabang. The next two days we would like to divide into Morning – Afternoon and Evening to make your Lao experience unique.
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 the most beautiful waterfall of Laos, the Kuang Si Waterfall. The Turquoise waters move in steps over calcium and limestone rocks and every step is a picture opportunity. For those who want to bathe in the fall or take a short swim can do so. Lunch will be served overlooking the waterfall. Later we will pass through the Asian Bear Conservation Centre and learn about how the Asian Bears on the verge of Extinction are saved and nurtured. Enjoy the Lao Coconut and try finishing it, before stepping in our mini vans to head back to Luang Prabang.
In Laos, a land full of Buffalos the dairy industry was non-existent. Later an Australian couple like many expats have changed the Laotian way of looking at things. Enjoy a visit to the Buffalo Dairy with a tour to the mini-farm. Here we will be getting a chance at feeding the Buffalos and calves. We will enjoy lunch made from the farm as well with lots of dairy products.
Evening: We can enjoy a walk in the night market in the evening after dinner.
Early Morning: Laos is a Buddhist Country and in Luang Prabang, a temple sits 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 a special bamboo basket. As the monks pass you, small portions of rice need to place in their bowl. As the sun comes up it feels very holy seated outside the temple and witnessing the many monks walking silently. Return to the Hotel for breakfast.
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 is 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 enjoying a locally prepared lunch overlooking the lovely Nam Khan River, we walk down again to take part in the Elephant Bathing. Later you can choose to walk in the jungle to meet Maxi, the baby elephant that was born in the camp. After some late afternoon rest, we would set out for our last evening together.
Evening: The evening would await us on the Mekong in a traditional long boat as the sunsets beautifully behind the mountains and as we come downstream, we will turn the engine off our boat and just be with the setting sun in peace with only the sound of the river to accompany.
After breakfast, we will bid goodbye to our Laos experience as we board the flight back to Mumbai.
Luang Prabang is the cultural capital of Laos. Laos is between Thailand on the left and Vietnam on the right. Luang Prabang is situated on the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Kham rivers, making its location very scenic.
November to March is where the temperatures are cool in the night and very pleasant during the day. Luang Prabang is on a height of 1500 ft above MSL.
The French ruled Laos and Cambodia for a long time. The French left but then Laos was caught in the American - Vietnam war after which it went through a period of dictatorship. It's only recently that the country is open for tourism and therefore it is still unspoilt. Luang Prabang is the gem of Laos for its calm and French Charm.
It is a UNESCO world heritage city on the confluence of two rivers. The UNESCO status makes this town preserve its architecture and say no to any big construction projects. In the evening only bicycles are allowed on Main Street, which has beautiful low lit French Mansions. The night market of Luang Prabang is charming too.
The Kuang Si is a series of cascading waterfalls with turquoise blue waters which is just an hour away from Luang Prabang. The Kuangsi also has a bear Sanctuary close by. We spend an entire day with Elephants in their sanctuary, where we have the option of even bathing with them. The buffalo farm is where we taste the ice cream made from thick cream milk at the same time enjoy rich yogurt with honey.
The Visa is on arrival and its a very quick process.
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.