Visit the gilded halls of temples such as Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun, walk through the historic former Royal Palace and explore the diverse cultures and traditions of Laos’ hilltribes at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre on this Full Day tour.
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast.
Start 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 this morning's 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.
Run by an Australian woman and her Lao husband, Tamarind Restaurant offers a fresh menu of Lao dishes and is dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the local cuisine.
Following lunch, continue your tour of enchanting Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China.
In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. Continue past Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500’s, and on to Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa.
Continue to the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos' ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. This is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday).
As today comes to a close, climb the 328 stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sun set over the city and surrounding hills. Visit the hilltribe evening market for some shopping. This colourful market takes place every evening around 5 pm along the main streets of town and is a great place to look for souvenirs.
Transfer back to your hotel or spend more time at the hilltribe market.