3D2N ESSENTIALS OF LUANG PRABANG
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL
Welcome to Luang Prabang, upon arrival our guide will meet you at the airport after clearing custom, transfer to hotel for check in. Then enjoy a half day city tour around Luang Prabang…and you will understand why it deserves the World Heritage title! Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao.
Continue to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Visit Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive “tree of life” mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana. Climb up Phou Sii hill stands right in the center of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Shopping night market, where hundreds of Hmong vendors display their handmade handicraft.
Tonight you enjoy a welcome dinner at a popular local eatery.
Meals: None. Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – MEKONG RIVER BOAT TRIP – PAK OU BUDDHA CAVE (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we visit the National Museum, once a king’s palace. Displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. Begin a Mekong Riverboat trip with your guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Lunch local restaurant, return to the town late afternoon visit Por Sa Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang. Meals: Breakfast/Lunch
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – NEXT DESTINATION (B)
Today you are free at leisure until being picked up and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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