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.
Kuang Si Waterfalls
Kuang Si Waterfalls, Laos
Kuang Si Falls are thirty kilometres from town. The excursion leaves Luang Prabang at around 10am and heads towards Ban Ou by boat. En route you stop at a pottery village (Ban Chan).
Once you have arrived at Ban Ou, you have a picnic lunch (included) and then take the road to Kuang Si. This is an incredibly beautiful place, definitely worth the visit, as the waterfalls are very picturesque.
You can explore the area as it is possible to walk to the top, although we recommend the pools halfway up as the perfect place for a splash about. The walk up the side of the falls is a little precarious and be prepared to get a little wet!
After 4pm it's worth a stroll around some of the local villages such as the villages of the Kamu and H'mong (before this time they are empty as they are all out working in the paddy fields).
En route back to Luang Prabang, you may find that you have timed it perfectly to watch the sunset from Pha Bath Tai, a beautiful old temple.
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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.
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.
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.