ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
Arrive in Luang Prabang, where you are met and enjoy VIP Fast Track Service before being transferred to your hotel. After checking in, spend the balance of the day at leisure.
LUANG PRABANG | GIVING ALMS
Rise before dawn to participate in the daily ceremonial offering of food to the local monks. As a procession of robed monks passes, place a small amount of rice into their alms bowls. This deeply spiritual ritual is a serene part of everyday life. Stop at a local fresh market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Then, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region with a full-day, guided tour of Luang Prabang, known for its many beautiful Buddhist temples. First, visit the Royal Palace Museum, whose quaint appearance belies its stormy past. Its exhibits trace the story of the seven turbulent centuries of the Lane Xang Kingdom, as well as the colonial era up to the present. Next, visit three of the city's most important temples, including Wat Mai, the city's largest and most richly decorated temple; Wat Visoun, the city's oldest operating temple; and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, with its impressive Tree of Life mosaic and richly decorated wooden columns. After lunch at a local restaurant, regroup to peruse ancient artifacts from the ethnic minorities of the region at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center. Head upriver to visit two artisan villages, as well as a few small traditional Lao villages. Each specializes in a particular handicraft, such as woodcarving, papermaking or silk weaving. Finally, tour a temple and enjoy the sunset at the summit of Mount Phousi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Return to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure.
LUANG PRABANG | TRADITIONAL FOODS, FALLS & NATURE
Learn more about the nation’s staple crop, rice and other natural treasures on a full-day, guided tour. First, visit Living Lands Organic Rice Farm to learn how the people of Laos continue to plant and harvest in the traditional way. Experience every stage of the rice harvest before tasting traditional foods made from this regional staple. Next, set off for the cascading waters of Kuang Si Falls Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch and explore a path that runs alongside a wide multi-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations. Cool off with a refreshing swim or walk along the forest trails. Cap off your visit at a wildlife rescue dedicated to protecting and rehabilitating the rare and magnificent Asiatic black bear.
DEPART LUANG PRABANG
Transfer to the airport and board your departure flight.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Alternate hotels and room upgrades are available for this journey.
MEKONG SUNSET CRUISE
Cruise downstream from Luang Prabang on the mighty Mekong, sipping Champagne as you watch the warm glow of sunset wash over scenes of local life along the riverbanks.
PRIVATE TOUR: BUDDHIST ARCHIVE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Delve into a wealth of spiritual tradition at the Luang Prabang Library’s Buddhist Archive of Photography. Your private tour is led by the archive’s founder or director, revealing privileged access to more than 35,000 historical photographs spanning 120 years of monastic life.
ATTEND A BACI CEREMONY
Partake in an evening Baci ceremony, a Laotian ritual of welcome, music and a traditional dance harkening back to the eighth century.
PRIVATE COOKING CLASS
Collect fresh ingredients from Belmond’s garden and prepare your dishes under the expert guidance of your chef. Then, enjoy the savory Lao lunch that you’ve prepared.
COMBINE YOUR JOURNEY
This itinerary can be combined with Tailor Made Vietnam: North to South, Tailor Made Cambodia: Angkor Wat, Tailor Made Thailand: Bangkok to the Beach or Tailor Made Myanmar: Land of Pagodas & Stupas.