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Unique Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls – Shangri Lao – Pak Ou Caves
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  • Riding elephants in Shangri Lao would be an unique experience
  • Buddhist monks are lining up for alms offerings in Luang Prabang
  • Kuang Si Waterfall is beautiful and unique in Laos for swimming
  • Inside Pak Ou cave
  • A way into the Pak Ou cave

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Overview
Tour Code: LALX01
This tour gives you a unique sense of Luang Prabang with different way to experience this place. You can wake up to join the daily morning rituals of offering Alms in the streets of Luang Prabang or climb up the Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunrise view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. Highlight of the trip is camping and overnight at the Shangri Lao.
Itinerary Day by Day

Upon arrival at the airport, welcome by our guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. Located in north central, Luang Prabang is former capital and UNESCO World heritage site of Laos. The small town boasts French colonial architectures, numerous Buddhist temples and natural landscapes along the banks of Nam Khan River.

The rest of the day is your own free time at leisure.

Accommodation: Kiridara Hotel or similar in Luang Prabang

Get up at the crack of dawn to participate in one of the most sacred Lao tradition, the Alms Giving Ceremony. See silent lines of Buddhist monks in orange robes walking down the streets to collect alms from faithful residents.

After breakfast, start the city tour beginning with Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. Our next stop in the city is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. Then head to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.

On the way back, we stop to visit the nearby Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park, one of the must-visit spots, newly opened on January 2014. Return to Luang Prabang, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunrise view of the city and the Mekong River.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Kiridara Hotel or similar in Luang Prabang

8:00 – 8:30 am:  Your tour begins when your English speaking guide picks you up at your hotel in Luang Prabang city
- Transfer by VIP van to the Shangri-Lao Explorer Camp, 15 km outside of Luang Prabang.

- Upon arrival, stow your luggage at the reception and receive an introductory tour of the elephant camp.  Your guide will teach you about elephants.  You may talk with our veterinarian, feed the elephants or relax by the riverside.
- Start the adventure with a 5 km elephant ride through forests and over hills to the hidden Huay Sae Valley in the same way Dr. Neis did over a century ago.
- After reaching the protected Huay Sae Valley, you will leave the elephants and enjoy a luxury lunch of traditional Lao food with wine by a secluded waterfall.  Depending on the water level you may swim in the cool, natural pools.
- Continue with a 5 km trek on foot.  The adventurous trail crosses bamboo bridges and passes waterfalls with blue pools and dense jungle.
- Down at the Nam Khan River, a luxury bamboo raft is waiting your arrival to take you back to the elephant camp.  Slowly float downstream during a relaxing 5 km river journey and enjoy a coffee as you relax and watch the traditional village life of farmers and fishermen along the river.  Take the option of a 30 minute visit to the beautiful Tad Sae Waterfall.
- In the late afternoon you will arrive at the camp where your luxury tent is ready for check-in. Spend the rest of the day at the jacuzzi swimming pool or go for a walk with your guide to visit a local village.
- In the evening a delicious barbeque dinner will be served under the starry sky.
- Retire for the night in your luxury tent which will touch all of your senses with its unique decor and surroundings

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: Shangri Lao in Luang Prabang

- Day 2 begins with breakfast on the riverside while the sun slowly rises over the mountains.  The remote villages are springing to life as you watch the villagers put small boats into the river, tend to their fields, take their children to school or wash their clothes in the river.
- After breakfast your guide will introduce you to your elephant and it’s time for your Mahout training.  Bond with her as you receive your basic training to be a mahout.  With real hands-on experience you may climb onto your elephant and control her riding bareback on her neck.
- After your mahout training you will ride your elephant bareback to the river where you bathe her and guide her through the river back to camp – an unforgettable and once in a lifetime experience!
- Back at the camp, help your mahout to put on the howdah seat on your elephant, before saying good-bye and thank you by offering her some delicious bananas.  Your guide will also teach you more about the relationship between mahouts and elephants.
- At 11:30am it is time to check out of your luxury tent.
- Then enjoy your lunch by the riverside or on the deck of the jacuzzi swimming pool.
- In the afternoon, you may stroll through the nearby village and visit the small temple with your guide.  Experience the local lifestyle in the remote village and learn about the ethnic groups of Laos.
4:30 – 5:00 pm leave the camp and transfer to your Lao Spirit Resort, one of the most beautiful resorts in Laos.

Meals: Breakfast.
Accommodation: Lao Spirit Resort in Luang Prabang

In the morning, the guide will pick you up at your resort and transfer back to Luang Prabang.  We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling.

Back in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and continue by car to the outskirts of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, a village well-known for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.

You are then free at leisuire before taking the departure flight.
Price Details & Inclusions of this Trip
What's included
  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as per program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
What's excluded
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All air tickets quoted separately
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
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Hotels Used in This Tour
Kiridara Hotel Luang PrabangLuang Prabang: Kiridara Hotel or similar

Address: 22/13 North ROAD, Ban Naviengkham, Ban Vieng Mai Road, Luang Prabang, Laos

Description: Situated in Ban Vieng Mai Road, Kiridara Hotel is the perfect place to experience Luang Prabang and its surroundings. The excitement of the city center is only 2 km away. With the city's main attractions such as Monument of President Souphanouvong, Banque pour le Commerce Extérior Lao, Immigration Office within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location.

At Kiridara Hotel, the excellent service and superior facilities make for an unforgettable stay. Top features of the hotel include free Wi-Fi in all rooms, tours, room service, family room, business center.

24 rooms spread over 2 floors provide a warm and pleasant home away from home. Modern comforts such as separate shower and tub, internet access – wireless, bathrobes, internet access – wireless (complimentary), mini bar can be found in selected rooms. Throughout the day you can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the garden, hot tub, outdoor pool, fitness center, sauna. Whatever your purpose of visit, Kiridara Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Luang Prabang.



Shangri-Lao Classic Explorer Camp & Expeditions ResortBan Xieng Lom: Shangri-Lao Classic Explorer Camp & Expeditions Resort

Address: Ban Xieng Lom, Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang, Laos

Description: Conveniently located in Luang Prabang, Shangri-Lao Classic Explorer Camp & Expeditions Re is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 12 Km away, and it normally takes about 45 minutes to reach the airport. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Luang Prabang Airport, Phol Phao Temple, Xangkong Weaving & Paper Handicraft village.

The facilities and services provided by Shangri-Lao Classic Explorer Camp & Expeditions Re ensure a pleasant stay for guests. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site features like restaurant, airport transfer, safety deposit boxes, car park, shuttle service.

In addition, all guestrooms feature a variety of comforts such as desk, separate dining area, fan, private pool, bathtub to please even the most discerning guest. The complete list of recreational facilities is available at the hotel, including garden, outdoor pool. With an ideal location and facilities to match, Shangri-Lao Classic Explorer Camp & Expeditions Re hits the spot in many ways.



Lao Spirit Resort Ban Xieng Lom: Lao Spirit Resort or similar

Address: Ban Xienglom, Ban Xieng Lom, Luang Prabang, Laos

Description: Nestled amid the Laotian jungle, guests at the Lao Spirit Resort in Luang Prabang are completely surrounded by nature. Built by local craftsmen, the eco-friendly resort features five spacious and comfortable villas, each of which features a large terrace facing the Nam Khan River and the mountain range. All units include twin/double bed with bathrooms containing bathtubs and open-air showers and the interior decorated with high quality local crafted art works and furniture. The riverside restaurant offers traditional Laotian fare as well as other Asian and European dishes along with a wide selection of wine and freshly brewed coffee. Guests can truly appreciate the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape on elephant and foot treks, arranged by the hotel. For relaxation, also experience the onsite ancient massage treatment. Lao Spirit Resort offers a truly unique experience and is ideal for nature and adventure lovers.
Service Details During the Trip
IMPORTANT NOTE:
•    All prices are quoted in USD/ per person, based on Double/Twin occupancy
•    Supplement for standard menu meals: US$ 12 for lunch & US$ 15 for dinner
•    Private services & daily departure
•    Surcharge for Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve

In every tour we handle, we always try our best to create the best travel experience for you in Indochina region. We take care every little details so that there is no problem on your dream vacation.  


tour guide servicePrivate Local Tour Guide
To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

We also can arrange facilities for the disabled (upon on request)





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Don’t worry about meals, we select both restaurants and menus for you.

We will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customers. Menu is also carefully selected by us with attentions to details to ensure you try different flavor food every meal. We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. If you do not like it, please tell us. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of our local tour guide, he/she will be very helpful.


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