Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival (L)
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After a short break, visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. Hike up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou cave - Khouangsi waterfall (B, L)
The day begins with a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Thence board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River which also gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Stop en-route at the small village of Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is distilled.
Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon and continue our excursion toward Khouangsi Waterfall with en-route visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Hmong Village, Ban Ou, Laoloum Village and Ban Thapene, Khmu Village. Drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails. The Khouangsi Waterfall setting really illustrates paradise. Continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making on the way back to the city. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Elephant Camp with Elephant ride an gentle hiking to Khamu village
Today you will experience the protected Elephants at the “Elephant Park Project” along the Nam Khan riverbanks. You can enjoy the 1hr elephant ride, followed by a short and gentle hiking into the Fair Trek project area where villages profit directly from your visit. A small Khamu community lives below a high rising mountain range. Depending on the time available, your Lao style lunch will be served at Ban Houay Fai and return to Tad Sae waterfall. Enjoy a boat ride back to Elepant Camp where you will drive back to Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Note: Walking time total 3 hrs. (easy), in dry season Tad Sae waterfall is dry
Day 4: Luang Prabang Departure (B)
Visit National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. You will also call in the Central Market which is not to be missed. Later, free time at leisure or explore the town and stroll around the shopping area before being transfer to the airport for your departure flight.