The bells of the town's monasteries toll at dawn when long, golden lines of monks emerge to receive their morning rice from the townspeople. If you rise early, you will have the opportunity to witness this moving scene that is typical of old Laos—long lines of barefooted monks weaving through the streets on their alms rounds.
Please note that in keeping a respectful stance regarding local cultures, we ask that you observe this sacred ritual from a respectful distance. We also encourage that, if you must take photographs, that it does not interfere with this highly revered ritual. Visit local fruit and vegetable market on the edge of Luang Prabang
After breakfast we’ll travel by car to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls (we recommend visiting the waterfall in the morning before it gets crowded), stopping on the way to visit Hmong and Khamu villages. Hmong and Khamu villages have different structures and ways of life; here, we can learn about their traditions and the differences between Lao, Khamu and Hmong culture. The multi-tiered waterfall, which takes on a striking turquoise color in the dry season, we’ll travel back to town
Then ride to Wat Visounalat, known as "the Watermelon Stupa," as well as the ornate Wat Mai, and Wat Xieng Thong, an exquisite 400-year-old royal monastery complex, National Museum.
End your tour of town by climbing Phousi Hill with its derelict anti-aircraft gun and revered shrine. From the top, enjoy wonderful views of the Mekong and mountains beyond.
This evening, reconvene with your guide and be treated to the refined grace of a private baci ceremony at the village. These gentle villagers, led by their Nai Ban (village chief), offer visitors tidings of good luck and fortune for their life and travels by gently tying cotton cords symbolizing luck, friendship and good health around your wrists. The baci ceremony will be held at a private family home and will take from 30 minutes up to one hour.
Overnight in Luang Prabang