Enjoy the warmth of the Laos people and get a fascinating insight into their everyday lives. A tour perfect for couples and honeymooners, with unique romantic experiences surrounded by untouched natural beauty and wildlife.
Depart the UK with international economy flight to Luang Prabang, Cambodia.
Arrival at Luang Prabang Airport and transfer to the hotel to check in. Overnight at the hotel.
Luang Prabang is a provincial city where time seems to stand still. As part of the UNESCO reconstruction plan, new buildings have been limited and old houses and streets are reconstructed to keep Luang Prabang as magical as it has always been. Visit this city found on the left bank of the Mekong River by tuk tuk. Previously a religious capital, Luang Prabang showcases more than 100 temples, considered amongst the most beautiful in Laos. In particular, you will discover Vat Xieng Thong, Vat Visoun temples and Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre.
In the afternoon we drive to the pier and embark a traditional boat to cruise up along the Mekong River. The Mekong River is the magic symbol of Indochina. In Laos, it still offers a peaceful atmosphere of an untouched nature where you feel the wonderment of a wild world. After a long day with full of activities, relax on the Mekong river bank to enjoy a glass of cocktail and some local snacks, contemplating the beautiful sunset. It will be an unforgettable moment of your journey, where you will enjoy peacefulness and beauty from this area.
In the morning, head off to Khuang Sy Waterfall on a return journey of around 50 miles. Arrival at a local house where your cooking class will begin. The hostess as well as your chef will help you to prepare the cooking. As she grows all the ingredients herself, there is no visit to the market included. However, you can directly see the vegetable and fruit gardens on spot, and she will give you an overview about all kinds of food. The table in the open air kitchen is full of unusual ingredients to discover Lao food, such as banana flowers, mini-eggplants, sticky rice, exotic flowers and more. The recipes are very healthy and exploit medicine food. After the preparation of four different dishes you will have lunch together with her in the dining area viewing over a small waterfall.
Afterwards, spend time to enjoy the waterfall which scatters into many basins where you can swim. On the way back, we could make a stop en-route to visit some local villages where traditional Saa paper as well as traditional weaving textiles are made.
In the morning, you will visit the Royal Palace, which is today the National Museum, then continue to visit Vat May – built at the end of the 18th century, a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols and Vat Senna – the first monastery whose roof was to be covered with yellow and red tiles.
Then return to the hotel to relax.
In the late afternoon, we invite you to attend a Baci (Soukhouan) ceremony, one of the most popular traditions in Laos, which comes with any important life event: weddings, funerals, births, illnesses, trips, etc. This ceremony usually takes place amongst a handful of people, with one or two
This morning we drive to the pier and embark a traditional boat to cruise up along the Mekong River. En-route visit the sacred caves of Pak Ou, which shelter hundreds of Buddha statuettes. The caves offer a splendid view of the Mekong which, here, mixes its water with those of the Nam Ou River. Then make a stop at a charming village facing the Mekong River to enjoy lunch which is prepared by villagers and set up on the beach giving guests a chance to try some local food and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Continue up river until reaching your Eco Lodge located nearby a Khamu village. The Mekong is at the bottom of a steep-sided valley, with tropical forest invading its banks, and from time to time a village appears out of the forest. The famous Mekong giant catfish live on this part of the river and it is not unusual to see fishermen waiting patiently for their chance. Arrive at your lodge, surrounded by lush tropical vegetation in the heart of the Lao jungle – a perfect hideaway for people who want to get away from it all.
Once settled down in your own tent, we leave the lodge for visiting the neighbour Ban Nyoy Har village, where 63 families make a living in traditional Kamu fashion. Walk about the village and witness for yourself the life as the Kamu live it: children are at play, everywhere delighted by your visit, a villager braiding strips of bamboo into a cylinder for rice, another scooping harvested peanuts from a tarp to a bamboo basket and yet another shaping a door frame. And everywhere, dogs and pups, pigs and piglets, chickens and chicks…. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon for dinner.
In the morning a western set breakfast is served at the restaurant. Afterwards, you will join in a 3 hour forest trek (trekking grade: easy/moderate). Picnic lunch to the waterfall or lunch at the restaurant.
In the afternoon, you are free to enjoy leisure activities available on site (bath in the Mekong, one hour Lao traditional massage, and “petanque” contest). This evening enjoy a candle lit dinner.
This morning is spent freely at your leisure. After lunch, we leave the lodge and cruise back to Luang Prabang with the rest of day at leisure.
This morning, transfer by air conditioned VIP van to the Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp 15 km outside Luang Prabang. On arrival, leave your luggage at the reception and receive an introductory tour of our elephant camp. Your expedition begins with 5 km elephant ride through teak forests, dense jungle and over rolling hills to reach the beautiful Tad Sae Waterfall. Along the way, stop at the scenic overlook to take in the amazing scenery of the Nam Khan River Valley. Relax at the Tad Sae Waterfall and enjoy this beautiful atmosphere with its limestone cascades and blue pools in the forest. Refresh and swim in the natural pools. Down at the Nam Khan River bank, a luxury bamboo raft is waiting to take you back. Enjoy the taste of typical Lao food for lunch on board, relax and watch the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river. Slowly floating down the river, the relaxing 1 hour journey will bring you back to the camp.
At 2:00 pm, your room is ready for Check-In. Spend the afternoon at the Jacuzzi swimming pool, go for a walk with your guide in the beautiful surroundings or visit the local village nearby.
In the evening, a delicious barbeque dinner will be served under the starry sky. Retire for the night in your luxury style tent which will touch all of your senses with its unique decor and surroundings.
Early morning, you may watch the elephants taking their daily bath in the river. Your guide will teach you about elephants and you may feed them or talk with our veterinarian in the hospital.
Following breakfast you check out from your luxury tent. We then leave the camp and return by air conditioned VIP van to Luang Prabang where your guide will drop you off at your hotel. The rest of day is free at your leisure.
Today we say goodbye to a wonderful holiday and transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for the departure flight.
5* Maison Souvannaphoum
Sail down the Mekong. Venture into local villages. Watch a traditional loom weave silk. Walk along corridors once belonging to Laos’ four-time Prime Minister Prince Souvanna Phouma and taste the life of a royal in your stately room. Feel the pull of a spiritual existence as you live your days in Luang Prabang.
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3 Nagas is a charming boutique hotel located in the center of Luang Prabang’s UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel is 15 rooms in 3 restored historical houses, blending contemporary style with traditional architecture and a gorgeous courtyard garden.
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