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.
Luang Prabang Discovery
Luang Prabang Discovery, Laos
The day is spent with your guide discovering the magical temples and ancient crafts practiced 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, but generally, the tour includes visits to the Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong and the Water Melon Stupa in the morning. You will then be taken back to your hotel or to a local restaurant for lunch (at own expense).
In the afternoon you head out towards the Mekong River, just south of the town to visit the textile and weaving villages of Xangkhong and Xienglek. Here you can see their unique method of dying, using bark from the mulberry tree. Returning to town you can visit the temple Wat Mai and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre; this museum is dedicated to providing information on the different ethnic groups of Laos, the exhibits contain a mixture of photographs, text and traditional clothes making for an interesting and insightful visit. As dusk approaches, the day is likely to end with a walk up the central hill, to holy Phu Si temple to watch the spectacular sunset over the town. Alternatively you could walk around some of the smaller ‘forgotten’ temples as the monks say their evening prayers.
Please note that the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre is closed on Mondays, however if this is the case, your guide will be able to suggest suitable alternative options.
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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.
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