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Overview

Discover Laos from a unique point of view. Take in the sights, sounds and culture via immersive experiences designed with kids in mind. Play sports with local residents, meet face-to-face with Asian elephants and connect with the rich culture of Laos in rural villages.

Trip Highlights

Luang Prabang on the Kids Path

Explore Luang Prabang’s Culture and Heritage

Get to know the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang through in-depth tours and interactive experiences.

Spend a day with the Elephants

Travel to the banks of the Nam Khan River and encounter Asian elephants in their natural habitat

Experience Local Life

For a deeper understanding of Lao culture, spend a day with farmers in the countryside, play petanque with local families and join a traditional blessing ceremony. 

Itinerary

1

Luang Prabang – Arrival

Luang Prabang Airport – Luang Prabang (4 km): 15 min

Arrive in Luang Prabang. Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos.

Your private car and guide will meet you and after all formalities are completed transfer you to your hotel for check-in and a chance to freshen up.

This afternoon, your guide will lead you through the town for a brief orientation tour in order to let you taste the unique atmosphere of this UNESCO town. Wedged between the mighty Mekong and its tributary the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is a beautiful blend of French colonial buildings and Lao architecture. Stop to join in a game of petanque with the friendly locals. This is the perfect way to interact with Lao people, gaining an insight in to their lifestyle which mixes ancient traditions with colonial influences.

It is also a good opportunity to try sample Beerlao (for the adults!) and local snacks.

Finish your half day tour by climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Stop at the evening hill tribe market.

Enjoy dinner in Coconut Garden. This is a great introduction to Lao food which also caters for western tastes and children.  

Overnight in Luang Prabang

2

Luang Prabang City Tour

Today, take a half-day guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast.

Start your city tour at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Finish the tour at Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics.

Lunch at Tamarind restaurant. Enjoy a fresh menu of Lao dishes in a family run restaurant dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the local cuisine. As you order, the friendly staff will explain the ingredients and customs of the cuisine.

(Note: closed on Sundays)

This afternoon is free at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

3

Luang Prabang – Shangri Lao Elephant Expedition

Luang Prabang – Shangri Lao (15 km): 30 min

Today follow the footsteps of Dr. P Neis who on the 14th of October 1883 explored the Nam Khan River.

At 08:00 – 08:30 your English speaking guide will meet you at your hotel in Luang Prabang and transfer you to the Explorer Camp located 15 km outside of Luang Prabang.

Your guide will teach you about elephants and you can talk with a veterinarian or feed the elephants

Then begin Mahout Training, receive your basic mahout training on how to control an elephant just like a mahout and as a one-on-one experience for complete exclusivity.

Take your own elephant down to the Nam Khan river for an exhilarating and once in a lifetime bathing experience, continue the boat trip to the Falls by take a traditional Lao long boat to Tad Sae Waterfall where you can relax or swim in its cool natural pools (note: water levels vary with seasonal conditions).

Enjoy a luxury lunch of traditional Lao food at the Shangri Lao Explorer’s camp and enjoy the pool before continuing your adventure.

After lunch, transfer back to your Hotel in Luang Prabang around 1:00 pm.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

4

Luang Prabang – Kamu Lodge

Luang Prabang – Kamu Lodge by boat: 3 hours

After your breakfast embark on a cruise along the Mekong towards Pak Ou Caves. Located 2 hours upstream of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting, count thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages.

Continue upriver for 1 hour to reach the Kamu Lodge. The Lodge features 20 private canvas tents. Faithful to local style, each one is protected from the elements by a thatch roof. This allows the Lodges’ grounds to harmoniously blend with surrounding nature. The tents are decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture. They each feature private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity.

Welcome drink and then lunch at the Lodge’s Sala.

Located into a unique site, the Kamu Lodge offers an amazing environment to relax and participate in different activities that will afford you to learn more about a side of the local daily life of Kamu people. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience.

  • Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields
  • Gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!
  • Traditional fishing techniques.
  • Local village visit
  • Archery contest

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge

5

Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang

Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang by boat: 3 hours

Enjoy breakfast in the cool morning air and spend your morning as you wish. You might like to relax or visit the nearby local village with your guide. (check-out time: 10:30)

After lunch at the Lodge, the boat will depart around 1400 for the cruise down to Luang Prabang, arriving around 1700.

On arrival, your driver and guide will meet you at the boat pier for a private transfer to your hotel.

This evening you will have a chance to participate in a unique, traditional Lao ceremony.  The Baci is performed in celebration of an important event such as weddings, births, or for welcoming guests and is a means of expressing good will and good luck to others. The Lao believe that each person has 32 spirits which constitute their spiritual essence and the Baci is the ritual used to call back any escaped spirits in to the body. During the Baci, special flower trays and food treats are prepared which are then touch by the participants while a Buddhist mantra is chanted.  After the chanting is completed, cotton threads are tied around the participants’ wrist whilst they receive an individual blessing. 

Overnight in Luang Prabang

6

Luang Prabang – Departure

Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Airport (4 km): 15 min

If timing allows, visit of the Heritage Information Center (Note: closed on Sunday) that will provide you with plenty of information about the work of UNESCO in Luang Prabang.

Your private car and driver will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departing flight.

Important Information

Our Services Include:

  • Accommodation based on 2 adults in a shared twin or double room in selected hotels with max. 2 x children under 12 years old sleeping in extra bed(s)
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide (for other languages supplements apply)
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary.

Our Services do not Include:

  • International and domestic flights (quoted separately).
  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

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