This morning, awaken early and begin your day joining in a local tradition of giving alms. As the sun slowly rises, you will provide food and offerings to the saffron-clad monks as they make their way slowly and silently through the streets. Afterwards, you’ll visit the Morning Market to see the array of meats, vegetables and spices that the locals use in their cooking. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
You will then set off, along with your private guide, to discover the main sights of Luang Prabang and get an insider’s view of the religion and culture of Laos. First is a visit to Wat Xieng Thong, the city’s best-known and most visited monastery, Wat Mai and Wat Sene. From there, you will wander local side streets and along back alleys, soaking up all of Luang Prabang’s charm.
You’ll stop at the National Museum, which was once the Royal Palace. Home to relics from Laos’ royalist past, you dive into the country’s rich history. Overlooking the palace is Phousi Mountain. It is said that those who do not climb the 328 steps up have not really made it to the city. Venture up the hill and be rewarded with remarkable views of the area.
Lunch will be enjoyed at 3 Nagas Restaurant.
The afternoon will be spent visiting the Pak Ou Caves. On board a small boat, your eyes will eventually adjust to the surrounding darkness to reveal more than 3,000 Buddha statues of all styles, sizes and ages carved into the limestone. Now a popular pilgrimage site, the caves were discovered in the 16th century and are believed to have been a center for spirit worship. Return to Luang Prabang by boat, passing by local fishing villages while enjoying a selection of typical Lao snacks.
Rosewood Luang Prabang Resort Breakfast / Lunch