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|
24 Feb 2018 to 28 Feb 2018
INR 41000+ $550 per person on Twin sharing Basis
|Direct Joining Cost||
USD 640 per person Excludes- Insurance, Airfare International, on Twin Sharing Basis + 5% GST
Bangkok Airways :
PG 734 24FEB MUMBAI DEP: (0100) - BANGKOK ARR: (0650)
PG 941 24FEB BANGKOK DEP: (0925) - LUANG PRABANG ARR: (1135)
PG 946 28FEB LUANG PRABANG DEP: (1725) - BANGKOK ARR: (1855)
PG 733 28FEB BANGKOK DEP: (2105) - MUMBAI ARR: (0010)
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 the most beautiful waterfall of Laos, the Kuang Si Waterfall. The Torqouise 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.
Evening: We would be free to walk around the Night Market and get a feel of Lao handicrafts and textiles.
Early Morning: The morning market in Luang Prabang is where ‘freshness’ is defined. We will purchase the veggies and other materials that are needed to cook today lunch with the family. Along with the veggies many of the other Lao speciality foods, like the Mekong River Plant Weed can be purchased.
Morning: After returning to the Hotel, we will enjoy breakfast by the Mekong and then set out to visit the Orphanage School.The American War of Vietnam affected Laos more and 11,000 tons of bombs were dropped on this tiny country. Many of the children who study in this ‘special school’ are related to the victims of the war, but the smiles on their faces tell otherwise. To Donate is a humble deed and each one of us will make a special donation to the kids which would be handed over by ‘Anubhav’ to you. We as a company support this school.
Afternoon: After this special experience of seeing the Lao Children, we will return to the town and cross over a Bamboo Bridge and the Nam Khan River, to reach a village where most of the houses make handicrafts and paper. You can roll your own paper which would be wet today but you can come back and check it out the next day to take it back home with you. By the time everyone has tried their hands at paper, lunch would be ready at the local family house. Our guide will explain over lunch the basic food culture of Luang Prabang. It is also an unique experience to see a Lao House where regular middle class people live. You could engage in a conversation with the family to understand more about their life. We will then return back to the Hotel for some rest.
Evening: The evening would await us on the Mekong in a traditional long boat as the sun sets beautifully behind the mountains and as we come downstream we will turn the engine off of our boat and just be with the setting sun in peace with only the sound of the river to accompany.
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 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, its 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 walk down again to take part in the Elephant Bathing. To just be along their side as the Mahouts give them their afternoon bath and to get wet with the Elephants is a very intimate experience. Later you can choose to walk with the Elephants in the jungle and meet Maxi, the baby elephant which was born in the camp. Return back to the main area by boat and we would have time for a shower and change after which we would head back to Luang Prabang. After some late afternoon rest we would set out for our last evening together.
Evening: The Bamboo is closely associated to the livelihood of Lao people and we will experience an evening with Bamboo today, overlooking a paddy field and the setting sun. 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 Dinner made mostly of Bamboo shoot will be served along with other staple veggies. In the night we would have one more chance to do some last minute shopping in the town Night Market.
Our morning will be at leisure as we enjoy a late breakfast and then set out to visit the Royal Palace and the Royal temple. Before lunch there would still be time to do some talking with the Mekong River as we bid adieu to Luang Prabang. Just in case if you wish to stay more .. we will be happy to work out an extension.
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 3.5 photo on arrival.
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