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Luang Prabang city tour

8.5hrs (full day)

The tour begins early in the morning (5:15 am in March to October and 05:45 in November to February. There is also an option without Alms giving). You will be pick up from your hotel and you will have a fantastic opportunity together with the locals to witness the captivating centuries old daily tradition of the alms giving ceremony and visiting local morning market. After that, return to your hotel for breakfast around 7:00.

You will be pick up again at 8:30 and take you to a small park on the peninsula tip. You will have a brief introduction to Luang Prabang, standing where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River. From there, walk to Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in the country. Learn from your guide the typical architecture of the Luang Prabang style temples with their spectacular low sweeping roofs. Join local pilgrims for a glimpse into the daily Buddhist beliefs of the people.

Next, you will go temple hopping in the neighborhood. At Wat Sene, where there is a school for novice monks, you may meet again with novice monks you met on the morning alms. Finally, you will visit the Royal Palace museum. It houses a lot of interesting historical items. Every item tells a story, so you will learn quite a lot from your guide about Lao history and about Laos’ royal.

After a free time for lunch, the afternoon will begin with a visit to the papermaking village of Ban Xang Khong on the Mekong River just outside Luang Prabang; after learning about the history of the war at the UXO Lao Visitor Center, you will visit Wat Wisunarat, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang.

The day will end with a climb up Phousi Hill. Rising 150m in the centre of town, you enjoy spectacular 360 degree sunset views across the city and its many temples, and over the surrounding landscape to the mountains in the distance.

Venues you will see

Alms giving ceremony – Wat Xieng Thong temple – Wat Sene – Heuan Chan Heritage – Royal Palace museum – Ock Pop Tock center – Wat Wisunarat – Wat Pa Phon Phao or Ban Xang Khong – Phousi Mountain

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