Luang Prabang 8 Days: 12-19 Dec 2019

Luang Prabang, Laos

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Luang Prabang: Luang Prabang 8 Days: 12-19 Dec 2019

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“The raw beauty and majesty of the mountains are always an inspiration to me. I never cease to be amazed whenever I walk up one. Sometimes sitting and immersing myself in their presence is enough. I live for these opportunities.”

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Highlights

  • Wat Xieng Thong - one of the most richly decorated temple in Laos with brilliant mosaics, wood carvings, intricate gold gilded motifs, and bronze statues
  • Kuang Si Waterfalls - listed as a must-see, this mesmerisingly beautiful waterfall lies in a stunning setting that you stroll into on a forest walk. Fairy Tale!
  • Royal Palace Museum - learn about the rich history of the Lao monarchy
  • Mount Phousi - also a must-see, the most stunning sunset scene on the terraces of the Wat Chom Si temple on top of this peak
  • Pak Ou Caves - cruise the tranquil Mekong and observe the daily routine of village life by the river to arrive at the entrance of the cave of a thousand Buddhas.
  • Plain of Jars - visit the three sites of this interesting phenomenan: Huge jars scattered over fields, presumably thousands of years ago by the native people.
  • Hmong and Khmer hill tribes - visit their villages on our way to Pak Ou and Plain of Jars
  • Bear rescue centre - learn about the work of this sanctuary in rescuing bears in captivity
  • Night market and Street Food - get into the hustle and bustle of shopping for crafts, souvenirs, art, interesting tees or tops with local designs, and taste mouth-watering local delicacies, piping hot noodle soups, BBQ meats, and
  • Alms-giving ceremonly - observe this very interesting ceremony in the early morning when Buddhist monks lined up to receive alms from the people of the village
  • Morning market - visit the local morning market and be surprised by what is sold as food!
  • UXO centre - you will be very engaged and moved at the end of your visit here as you discover the war history of Laos as the most heavily bombed country in the world and how, even till today, it still has an impact on the lives of the people.
  • Rice whiskey making - discover how rice whiskey is made in one of the interesting stops along the Mekong on our way to Pak Ou cave.
  • Other optional activities: Traditional Laos massage, herbal steam bath, bike rental, rice-farming experience, cooking classes, Tad See waterfall, Green Jungle Park, Wat Mai, butterfly park, and more!
Hurry! Book this tour now to get a Free! 1.5-hour traditional massage in the town of Luang Prabang. Only the first 6 persons who makes the deposit of S$400 on or before 31 October will receive this free gift

Immerse yourself in the rustic setting of Luang Prabang, the UNESCO world heritage town of Laos. This 9-day tour will be a time for you to kick-back, relax, and soak in the traditional and cultural life of this charming town, that sits in the tranquil valley, near the waters of the Mekong and the Nam Khan.

Luang Prabang was the royal capital of Laos until 1975 and was inhabited for thousands of years. Learn about its rich past, its people, food, traditonal customs and spirituality, as we walk through the town, cruise the rivers, explore the hill tribes, and visit the beautiful temples, museums, and cottage industries.
Laos has the dishonour of being the world's most heavily bombed country: During the years, 1964 and 1973, the US dropped a plane load of bombs every 8 minutes 24hours a day for 9 years. Visit the museums and war sites, and learn about the horror of these war years, where thousands died.

Cost of Tour:
The cost of this 8-day tour is $839 per person

Deposit:
A deposit of S$400 is to be paid by 31 Oct to secure your place on the tour.
The first 6 persons who make this deposit on or before 31 October will receive a Free! 1.5h traditional massage in the town of Luang Prabang.
(Whatsapp me after you make your deposit to see if you are one of the first 6 persons.
+6598872168)

Flight:
Once the tour is confirmed, you will be given the flight information to book your own return air ticket for Singapore - Luang Prabang - Singapore
The cost of the return airfare is now S$308 on Scoot airline (17 Oct 2019)
Please do not book any flight until the tour is confirmed to proceed. Having said that, please do confirm early with a deposit so that we will get to the minimum numbers to go ahead soon enough, and then still have that price for the airfare online.
Otherwise, you are looking at alternative flights with airfares at $480 to $590.

Early Bird Bonus - Free! 1.5-hour Traditional Massage
The first 6 persons who signed up for the tour by paying the deposit on or before 31 Ocotber will receive a free 1.5-hour Traditional Massage in the town of Luang Prabang. Please whatsapp me +6598872168 for more details

Number of persons for tour to proceed
The tour will proceed when we have reached a minimum of 6 pax. The maximun number is 10

The deadline for deposits is 31 Oct 2019 (Deadline extended to 3 Dec 2019)

Wat Xieng Thong

(Photo credit: Image by 41330 from Pixabay) Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. The intricate, and fine craftsmanship that goes to creating this temple is truly amazing. It was once the site for the coronation of the Laotian Kings. Now it is an important gathering place for significant annual festivals.

Kuang Si Waterfalls

(Image by Sharon Ang from Pixabay) This waterfall, near Luang Prabang, is simply breathtaking, stunning, and a pure delight to see. It is flows from the limestone-rich jungle and cascades into three pools of emerald green. It is a must-see for anyone visiting Luang Prabang!

Cruise on the Mekong River

(Image by Richard Mcall from Pixabay) Enjoy a tranquil ride on a slow boat up the Mekong River. Relax and take in the serenity of the river, the villages that pass, and the day-to=day activities of the villagers. We will visit Pak Ou Caves and see the thousands of retired Buddha statues, see how rice whiskey is made in one of the local villages, and visit a traditional village to learn of their customs and life by the river.

Alms-giving Ceremony

(Image by Poswiecie on Pixabay) An interesting morning ritual in the town of Luang Prabang that has become a tourist attraction. Monks would lined up very early in the morning and walked past a row of people ready to hand out offerings to them.

Street Food in Luang Prabang

(Image by Sharon Ang on Pixabay) Get to taste all the various types of street food in the town of Luang Prabang during this exciting 8-day tour!

Hill tribe villages

(Image by Sharon Ang from Pixabay) Step into and visit these villages of the Hmong and Khmer tribes. Learn about their culture and traditions and their daily life in the hills.

Itinerary

Day1: (12 Dec). Arrive Luang Prabang
Today, begin to explore this charming town, starting with a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, arguably the most stunning in the country, with its brilliant mosaics. Continue to the Palace Museum, which houses an eclectic collection, including statues, mosaic covered walls, French mirrors, and a piece of moon rock given to "the people of Laos" by President Nixon. Late afternoon, head to the top of Mt Phousi, Wat Visoun, Old royal palace, Ban Xngkong then in the evening visit the night Market. Return back to your hotel and free on your own.

Day2: (13 Dec). Luang Prabang-Koungsii waterfall
This morning you will embark on your excursion by road to Khouangsi Falls and the Khmu hill tribe village beneath the falls. A picnic lunch will be provided at the fall. Later on in the afternoon, return to Luang Prabang and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day3: (14 Dec). Luang Prabang-Mekong cruise to Pak ou cave
This morning rise early to witness the monks in their morning meal procession. Return to your hotel for breakfast. Proceed with an excursion up the Mekong River to the holy caves of Pak Ou, where some of the most famous Buddhist sculpture in Southeast Asia is found. Reboard your boat and travel downstream to a rice-wine producing village on the banks of the Mekong. Afterwards, visit Ban Phanom, a tribal village well known for its traditional Lao weaving in cotton and silk. Time is allotted for you to purchase some of these beautiful and inexpensive hand-woven cloths. Return to your hotel for the evening.

Day4: (15 Dec). Luang Prabang-Plain of Jar (270Km)
After breakfast drive about 270Km to the plain of Jar (Phonsavanh). On the way stop at the hill tribe villages, visit the Buddha's cave at NongTang district then continue to drive to Phonsavanh where we would overnight. Dinner on your own.

Day5: (16 Dec). Sightseeing around Plain of Jars (Site #1, #2 & #3)-Muang Khun - Xieng Kouang
After Breakfast then enjoy our sightseeing around the Plain of Jars is a extensive area around Phonsavan, surrounded by mountains, where massive stone urns of mysterious origin are scattered about in a least a dozen major groupings Site #1, # 2 & # 3 Site # 1; Large bottle-shaped clearings on surrounding hill slopes halve traps at the ' bottle top ' for snaring swallows - the birds are apparently attracted by the opportunity to take dust baths. Site # 2; about 25 km south of town, is known locally as Hai Hin Phu Salato and features 90 jars spread across two adjacent hillsides. Vehicles can reach the base of hills, so it's only a short if steep walk to the jars Site # 3; also known as Hai Hin Lat Khai, it's about 10km from farther south from Site 2 on a scenic hilltop near the charming Lao village of Ban Sieng Di in Lat Khai district, south-east of Phonsavan. Continue to visit old capital of Muang Khun Province and nearby hill tribe villages.

Day6: (17 Dec). Plain of Jar - Luang Prabang (270Km).
After breakfast, drive by Air condition Van to Luang Prabang, on the way stop at the tribe village and beautiful scenery of the mountainous. Upon arrival to Luang Prabang your guide will take you to the hotel for re-fresh and free on your own.

DAY7: (18 DEC 2019):
Free day to do optional activities, shopping, or just chill in this town

Day 8: (19 DEC 2019)
Flight back to Singapore

Reviews

  • Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil. 21 days 5 countries 17 flights. 6 adventurers and one & only one Daniel Goh Of course, my wife and I were attracted by Machu Picchu, Igauzu falls, Christ the Redeemer.. these are the key places that attracted us to South America. At the... Read more Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil. 21 days 5 countries 17 flights. 6 adventurers and one & only one Daniel Goh Of course, my wife and I were attracted by Machu Picchu, Igauzu falls, Christ the Redeemer.. these are the key places that attracted us to South America. At the end of the tour,. I think we got more than what we bargained for.. perhaps that is the beauty of small private tour group. We can have options. The amazing Bolivia salt flat Uyuni with so many untold secrets.. Felt truly blessed to have visited this place. Oh.. we missed out the Inca hiking activity when we booked the tour and realised it only at subsequent tour briefing. It was tough, but feel great overcoming the challenge with 8 hours hike. We have fun together as a group tackling this task. We squeezed a lot more much waking time. During the tour. Evident in total of more than 17 flights just to shorten travelling time. We have food (both good & bad), interesting experience, and great fun as a group of six adventurers and one Daniel Goh. Especially with our exchange rate. I think most of us will find it very hard to have a similar holiday trip for a long time to come. It is really one of its kind with good memories to last for a pretty long time. As least for me, I feel very blessed to have my bucket list with South America fulfilled in 2019 in such fun, such fashion and such great companions started off as total strangers and we can be crazy as children in play. Jimmy Yip & Cecily Sum Read less

  • Definitely a worthwhile experience doing this walk and glad was done at night though was quite hard trying to keep awake at certain times. Pace was good and Daniel was very helpful and encouraging. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to do the trail with this group!

  • The camaraderie and mood was unbelievable and softened the toughness of the hike. Enjoyed it so much that I am looking to do it again, albeit only by night.

  • Felt like a Natgeo hiking trip. Get to see plenty of wildlife, northern light, beautiful lakes & breath-taking hikes (crypt lake trail is a big bonus). Just bask in mother's nature arms. To be honest, felt more like a road trip with great friends, and the itinerary is pretty flexible. Thanks Daniel ... Read more Felt like a Natgeo hiking trip. Get to see plenty of wildlife, northern light, beautiful lakes & breath-taking hikes (crypt lake trail is a big bonus). Just bask in mother's nature arms. To be honest, felt more like a road trip with great friends, and the itinerary is pretty flexible. Thanks Daniel for organizing this trip, overall a memorable experience. Looking forward to the next adventure... Read less

  • Loved this trip. Excellent planning by Daniel. The flexibility of the itinerary throughout almost felt like a road trip on your own minus the hassles of doing tedious homework! Daniel made sure everyone was taken care of. Not easy considering that there were members who had slightly different itiner... Read more Loved this trip. Excellent planning by Daniel. The flexibility of the itinerary throughout almost felt like a road trip on your own minus the hassles of doing tedious homework! Daniel made sure everyone was taken care of. Not easy considering that there were members who had slightly different itineraries from each other. Thumbs up to Daniel. Read less