Alexander Roberts – Tour DetailsMarc Bollinger2020-05-13T14:18:27+00:00
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Enhance your travels in Southeast Asia with our perfectly-planned stay in Luang Prabang. We include a choice of deluxe and luxury hotels, chauffeured transfers and sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.
On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured into the heart of town to your choice of deluxe or luxury hotel. The rest of this day is yours to relax or explore as you wish. All of our hotels are centrally located making it easy to sightsee, shop and dine on your own.
Day 2 – In + Around Luang Prabang
After breakfast, your personal car, driver and guide will be waiting to show you some of the region’s amazing sites, starting this morning with Wat Xieng Thong, a fine Buddhist temple with intricate carvings and the revered Tree of Life mosaic. Admire the gilded façade of Wat Mai and then tour the former Royal Palace, now home to the National Museum. In the afternoon, you’ll travel by boat up the tranquil Mekong River to explore the sacred Pak Ou Caves. Long revered by the locals, the caverns are home to hundreds of Buddha statues left by devotees. On your way back to the city, you’ll visit a riverside village to see skilled weavers crafting exquisite textiles with techniques and equipment that go back generations. Meals B
Day 3 – Laotian Culture
Arise early this morning to the sound of reverberating temple gongs. As hundreds of saffron-robed monks walk silently through the streets, you’ll join residents for their daily alms ritual. Collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls is a way for the monks to demonstrate their humility; and giving alms is an important religious action, one that is respectfully carried out by Buddhists here in Laos and across Southeast Asia. After breakfast, your privately guided touring continues to Kuang Si Waterfall; with tranquil terraced pools and beautiful cascades, this is the perfect place for a morning dip – so don’t forget your swimsuit!
In the afternoon, you’ll spend time at Ock Pop Tok - the East Meets West Living Crafts Center. Founded to empower local women and to preserve traditional Laotian handicrafts, especially weaving, this unique community project is set in charming house on the banks of the Mekong. You’ll have ample time to engage with the women and to watch as they work their looms, creating fine textiles with both traditional and modern designs. You can hand-dye a scarf and even try your hand at spinning and weaving. From silk cultivation to finished product, you’ll gain insight into one of Laos’ most venerated arts. Before returning to your hotel for a free evening, you can enjoy a sunset cocktail in the pleasant garden café of the Living Crafts Center. Meals B
Day 4 – Depart Luang Prabang
Your private car and driver will take you to the airport today for your onward journey. Meals B