Each morning at dawn in Luang Prabang the local Buddhist monks form a procession around the streets of this charming town, collecting alms of rice and vegetables from the local population.
Nam Ou River Adventure
Nam Ou River Adventure, Laos
Leaving Luang Prabang in the morning by road you travel first to Nong Khiaw, from where you are transferred by boat upstream to Muang Ngoi on the banks of the Ou River.
The Ou River is a tributary of the Mekong and its valley has some of the most stunning scenery in the whole of Laos. You will take longtail motor boats to cover the distance through the valley back to Luang Prabang, stopping en-route to visit some of the local hill tribe villages and the holy Pak Ou Caves.
Here there is a huge limestone cliff, containing within it two caves of special religious significance to the local population. The King of Luang Prabang often used to make pilgrimages here, and the caves are crammed full of Buddha images. The lower cave can be seen in natural light, whereas the upper cave (a steep five minute walk up steps) requires a torch.
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Other experiences in Luang Prabang
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
The Baci ceremony is a mix of Animism and Buddhism. These ceremonies are common to Laos. Their purpose is to call back your own spirits to your body because they sometimes escape.
Kuang Si Falls are thirty kilometres from town. The excursion leaves Luang Prabang in the morning and heads towards Ban Ou by boat.
This is a great opportunity to experience the hard life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities, such as working with Suzuki the water buffalo, in knee-deep muddy rice paddies. Enjoyable and very educational, you will learn about the 13 steps and various methods involved in planting, growing, harvesting and cooking rice.
The day is spent with your guide discovering the magical temples and ancient crafts practised in this beautiful city in the mountains. Exactly what you choose to do on this day is up to you and can be discussed with your guide.