Luang Prabang discovery
Explore Luang Prabang, Laos like a local.
Enjoy an extra 3-nights and days exploring Luang Prabang, before or after your two wheeled adventure of SE Asia.
Whether you are finishing a cross country tour with us or about to start one, this explorer tour of Luang Prabang is an action packed 48 hours that allows you to see the best that this exciting town has to offer, without being exhausted by the experience. Optimal time management and seamless transitions allow you to just get on with it and enjoy your time with us.
Highlights of the tour:
- Cycle the Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Take a swim at Kuang Sii Waterfall
- Experience a private BACI ceremony
- Take part at the alms offering to the monks and novices
Ride / Walk
3 Days / 3 Nights
Day to Day itinerary
Welcome to Luang Prabang
Upon arrival into Luang Prabang International Airport, a driver will be waiting for you. The drive to the hotel is no more than 20 minutes. Given that you will most likely be arriving in the evening, there are no activities planned. The hotel staff can make recommendations and assist with transport to any number of good restaurants.
EXPLORE LUANG PRABANG BY BIKE
Your friendly, English speaking, Laos Guide will be waiting for you when you finish your breakfast. After getting fitted to the bikes, you will ride through the quiet city streets of this heritage listed town. You will ride all the way down the Nam Khan side of the peninsula to the tip and along the way your guide will point out important buildings, places to get an interesting snack and so on.
You will get to know how the city came to be, why it is located here and the importance of the two rivers in Lao culture. Visit one of the most important temples, Wat Xiengtong, then continue a ride up through the fresh market where you can stop for a traditional style coffee made with Lao beans. Riding further out of town along the Mekong River, you will get to see a traditional form of paper making called Sa Paper and stop for a look at the rice wine distillery. We then clamber aboard a river boat that will take us downstream, past the center of town and to a Silk workshop. Here you can see the whole process from silk worms through to the lovely fabric that is produced. A cool drink is on offer here and then you will ride the short distance back to the hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy some downtime, enjoy the pool and so on. Then in the early evening, meet your guide again for a walk through town and the night market where some excellent nibbles can be had among the warm atmosphere where travelers and locals can be found eating together. We conclude the walk with a cocktail at one of the town’s most stylish bars and then feast on subtle flavors at the highly reviewed, Tamarind Restaurant.
RIDE TO KUANG SII WATERFALL
If you feel so inclined, you can make an early rise with the sun to make an alms offering to the monks and novices. This is a daily ritual for the residents of Luang Prabang where they donate freshly cooked meals to the monks and receive a blessing in return. This is quite a sight given the number of monks and novices in the town, thus forming long processions of bright orange-clad walkers.
After breakfast, it’s time for another bike ride. Today you will be going a bit more off the beaten track on the far side of the Mekong. This is a quiet area where we pass through a number of villages, including one where pottery is the mainstay. Then we ride down to the river bank and take a boat over to the other side and ride up a sharp, but relatively short hill to the waterfall.
The Kuang Sii Waterfall really is a site to see and it’s also a great place for a swim in cold, fresh water with a bright aqua color as it flows over the limestone silt. Nearby there is a Free the Bears enclosure where rescued bears are housed and depending on timing, you may see the volunteers hiding their food in preparation for their lunch. Your lunch will be served by the waterfall and a van will be waiting to whisk you back to town when you are done.
We have arranged a private Baci ceremony for you. Lao people believe that our organs have 32 spirits. This ceremony represents tying the 32 spirits to the body and bringing good luck and prosperity.
The rest of the day and the evening are free for you to do as you wish.
ONTO THE NEXT ADVENTURE
If you are starting a Grasshopper Adventures tour, then your Tour Leader will meet you in the lobby. If you are starting an upstream cruise to Pak Beng and Thailand, a car will collect you and if you are going to the airport, we will have a car to take you there.
- Airport transfer
- Entry fees where applicable
- All meals stated in Itinerary
- Shared snacks & nibbles
- Host & Guide
- International flights, flights to/from Luang Prabang. Ask as for a flight quote.
- Travel insurance
- Extra meals & drinks
- Early hotel check-in or late check-out
The tour comes with 5-star or 4-star hotel and a great selection of activities.
4-star Package – US$910
For Solo Traveler – US$1280
The 26 room Victoria Xiengthong Palace was the last residence of the Laos Royal Family and has been lovingly restored to its former glory. The hotel is located in the heart of Luang Prabang and surrounded by the golden spires of the town’s famous Buddhist temples. The elegantly-appointed rooms and suites capture the essence of Laos’ unique culture and style, with local materials and fabrics used throughout for a sophisticated yet comfortable stay.
5-Star Package – US$1060
For Solo Traveler – US$1560
3 Nagas is a charming boutique hotel located in the center of Luang Prabang’s UNESCO World Heritage site. The hotel has 15 rooms in 3 restored historical houses, blending contemporary style with traditional architecture and a gorgeous courtyard garden. In the center of town within a short walk to major tourist attractions such as more than 30 Temples, two Rivers and the Night Market makes 3 Nagas the perfect place to enjoy the idyllic Lao lifestyle for leisure.
Peak season surcharge: please note that for tours running between 20 Dec and 2 Jan, surcharge fee will apply: 10% for 5-star package and /15% for 4-star package.
How to book an extension?
This package is available as an extra when booking one of our applicable tours.
If your multi-day tour is starting or ending in Luang Prabang: When completing your booking details please select the available options: 4-star package or 5-star package.
If your multi-day tour is not starting or ending in Luang Prabang: Please contact our team for the booking. We can also quote and arrange flights within Asia to/from Luang Prabang.
Please note: If you are traveling solo, you must also select the “Solo” options.