34D3N HIGHLIGHT LUANG PRABANG
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL
Welcome to Luang Prabang, tour guide will personally meet you at the airport upon arrival and transfer to the down town hotel for check in. in the afternoon, enjoy a half day city tour around Luang Prabang to disover the World Heritage site. 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 to the ground. See also the impressive “tree of life” mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior low 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.
Diner tonight on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.
DAY 2: MEKONG RIVER – PAK OU BUDDA CAVES – LUANG PHRABANG (B, L)
Breakfast is served in the hotel. After the breakfast, 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. Then 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 served at Pha Ann Restaurant, on return Visit Por Sa Paper Handicraft & textile area at Ban Xang Khong. Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3: LUANG PHRABANG – KHUANG SII WATERFALL (B)
Breakfast is served in the hotel. After the breakfast, travel to the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Enjoy a picnic lunch and later in the afternoon return to the hotel to relax or explore on your own. Luang Prabang is a wonderful walking town, and you can find dinner on your own at any number of fine international restaurants. Visit Black H’Mong village where they produce varieties of handmade handicraft. Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang. Meals: Breakfast
DAY 4: LUANG PHRABANG – NEXT DESTINATION (B)
After breakfast, relax until being transfer airport for your onward flight. Meals: Breakfast
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