The city’s sounds and smells of a new day wake you up among the songs of birds around here. In the early morning, the local guide will guide you to witness the Tak Bat ceremony of monks. After that, you and the guide will transfer to a local market, which is always tumultuous in the mornings. The sights, sounds, and smells you see will make you feel yourself like a local here. The market looks splendid with numerous colors of fruits, vegetables, meats, fishes or traditional herbs and spices. Then we go to a pier, take a long-tailed boat for an upstream cruise.
Two hours upstream on the boat is the great time exploring and feeling the distinction of the Mekong River in Laos. From the far distance, limestone cliffs appear impressively among the intersection flow of Nam Ou River into the Mekong. That is where the “hiding” of the sacred Pak Ou Caves, associated with beliefs of Lao people for over 600 years. The cave is the home of more than 4000 Buddha statues which were brought to here reverently by the Lao to hide, throughout the centuries. Pak Ou is actually the common name for the two arch caves sheltered in the mountains: Tam Ting and Tam Phum.
On the way back to the city, stop at Ban Xang Hai village where you understand how Lao traditional rice whisky is distilled. Certainly, visitors are free to sample its flavour. Reaching Luang Prabang, we travel by car to Ban Xang Khong village, an ideal place to discover the well-known wood paper and Lao silk weaving. Visit around and contemplate the colourful picture of a peaceful land. Transfer back to hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel
Meals included: Breakfast