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Kuang Si Waterfalls & Sunset Cruise

Luang Prabang is located among some incredible natural surroundings. Venture out to discover the picturesque Kuang Si waterfalls. Enjoy a short hike in the national park before arriving at the falls for an optional swim. Then, return by boat and catch the sunset view from the mighty Mekong River.

Kuang Si Waterfalls & Sunset Cruise

Duration:
4 hours
Suggested time:
13:30 – 17.30
Location:
Ban Tha Pene
Note:
Note: Kuang Si waterfalls can get crowded on the weekends so it is advised to visit during weekdays if time permits. Swimming is possible, although between November and January the water temperature is very cool. It is recommended to wear proper walking attire.

PROGRAM
  • In afternoon, meet your guide at the lobby and begin your transfer by private vehicle.
  • Visit a local market at Phosy and observe the locals trading their fresh produce.
  • Also visit to Ock Pop Tock Weaving Centre for an insight into local handicrafts.
  • Take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Kuang Si waterfalls.
  • Hike to the top of the main waterfall or stay at the bottom of the falls for a refreshing swim.
  • Transfer to Ban Muang Khai village then get a local river boat for a sunset cruise back to Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang Heritage Tour (half day)

Discover the rich traditions, temples and the Luang Prabang has to offer. Climb Phou Sy hill for an amazing view over the town.

Luang Prabang Heritage Tour (half day)

Duration:
4 hours
Suggested time:
8:30 – 12:30 or 13:30 – 17:30
Location:
Luang Prabang
Note:
The Royal Palace Museum is open daily except Tuesday. In case the tour is on a Tuesday, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre will be visited instead.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide at the lobby and start your sightseeing tour through town.
  • Visit the Royal Palace – now a National Museum and home to many precious artefacts.
  • Visit the main Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang including; Wat Visoun, Wat That Luang and Wat Xieng Thong – the best example of Laos temple architecture in Luang Prabang
  • Take the opportunity to talk with monks at Wat Mai temple and learn more about their practices and the Buddhist way of life
  • Climb 328 steps to the top of Phou Sy Hill where you have an all around view over Luang Prabang town.
  • Transfer back to hotel by private vehicle.

The mysterious Pak Ou caves (by river)

Visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves which house thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimetres to two meters in height. Travel by river boat and pass by typical Laotian villages along the way.

Luang Prabang Heritage Tour (half day)

Duration:
4.5 hours
Suggested time:
8:00 – 12:30
Location:
Luang Prabang and Ban Muang Keo
Note:
Note: Please dress appropriately, shoulders and knees should be covered.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide at the reception, head to the river and travel by private boat to the Pak Ou caves
  • Explore the sanctuaries of Pak Ou and witness the intriguing sight of over 4,000 Buddha images.
  • Visit Ban Muang Keo village and observe their traditional weaving techniques.
  • Cruise back to Luang Prabang on the Mekong River and observe the picturesque limestone formations and the friendly local children playing in the river.
  • Transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle from the pier.

Tour ancient Luang Prabang by vintage car (half day)

Travel in style today in our classic 1969 vintage Mercedes Benz as we explore ancient Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang Heritage Tour (half day)

Duration:
4 hours
Suggested time:
08:00 – 12:00 or 13:00 – 17:00
Location:
Luang Prabang
Note:
The Royal Palace Museum is open daily except Tuesday. In case the tour is on a Tuesday, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre will be visited instead.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel, travel in style in our vintage Mercedes and head to the centre of town.
  • Climb to the top of Phou Sy Hill and admire the view.
  • Dive the lengths of town and admire the colonial architecture.
  • Enjoy a coffee break at the Colonial style French Bakery Le Baneton.
  • Visit Wat Xiengthong, one of the finest examples of Laos temple architecture available.
  • Visit Wat Khili to observe the archives of Buddhism in Laos.
  • Later, take the Mercedes back to your hotel.

Luang Prabang heritage expert

Born in Paris in 1947, Mr. Francis Engelmann has been a writer and consultant to UNESCO on Heritage House preservation projects since 1994 he lived in Laos for over 20 years, he has expertise in the cultural heritage of the country as well as understanding of Lao history and people.

Luang Prabang Heritage Tour (half day)

Duration:
08:30 – 13:00
Location:
Luang Prabang city
Note:
private tour and presentation, no lunch included.

PROGRAM
  • Enjoy a lively 1 hour presentation by Mr. Engelmann in your hotel or at a cafe.
  • Say goodbye to Mr. Engelmann and set out on foot for a walking tour with your Lao guide to places and sites off the beaten track and observe Luang Prabang’s distinct architecture.
  • Wander through small streets and alleys to witness the rural lifestyle that local people have maintained.
  • Observe many ponds and traditional houses.
  • Visit Boua Kang Bung House for an overview of typical Luang Prabang architecture.
  • Stop by a local house, engage in a casual talk with the host and the family and get a glimpse of their daily life in this laid-back town.
  • After tour finishes transfer back to your hotel.

Bamboo weaving workshop

Luang Prabang Heritage Tour (half day)

Suggested time:
09:00-12:00 or 13:00-16:00
Location:
Luang Prabang Ock Pop Tock Weaving Centre
Note:
There is potential for other participants to join in this activity. Lunch is not included.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and transfer to the famous Ock Pop Tock textile gallery and weaving centre.
  • Learn in this bamboo weaving workshop how to weave bamboo into many items, used in the everyday life in Laos (baskets, placemats, floor mats, and so on).
  • Get instructions from the master weaver how to weave a placemat of traditional fan that you also can take home as souvenir.
  • After class transfer back to your hotel.

Rice farmer for a day

Spend a morning on a community based living rice farm situated in the idyllic countryside, surrounded by mountains and rice paddies. Experience the life of a farmer and try your hand at some of the activities.

Upstream Cruising The Mother of Rivers

Duration:
6 hours
Suggested time:
8:00 – 14:00
Location:
A small village outside of Luang Prabang
Note:
It is recommended to wear proper walking attire and carry anti mosquito spray.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide at your hotel lobby and transfer by private vehicle to the local village.
  • Learn all about rice cultivation and try your hand at planting or harvesting depending on the season.
  • Take some time to visit some local handicraft workshops like bamboo weaving, blacksmith work, and sugar cane processing.
  • Join a tour of the organic garden with explanation on how natural herbs are used in traditional medicine.
  • Transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Cycling off the beaten track

Grab your mountain bike, test the gears and brakes and get ready for an exciting trip off the beaten path to a scenic waterfall and a local village. First cycle to the Mekong River where we board a local boat (with our bikes) for a 30 minutes trip down stream. Once back on land, cycle for about 30 minutes longer to reach the picturesque Hoy Khua waterfall. Here we’ll take a rest and enjoy a picnic lunch. You may also like to swim in the spring-fed natural water pool. On the way back, pass by a typical local Lao village and visit the village temple. From here, cycle back to the river and head back upstream to Luang Prabang town where our trip finishes.

Upstream Cruising The Mother of Rivers

Duration:
6 hours
Suggested time:
10:00 – 16:00
Location:
Chompet District
Note:
Cycling is over mostly easy terrain and suitable for those with an average level of fitness. Picnic lunch is included.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide at your hotel lobby, hops on your mountain bike and test out the gears & brakes.
  • Cycle to the River and board a local boat for a 30 minute tridpo wnstream.
  • Cycle for around 30 minutes along local village roads to Hoy Khua waterfall and take some time to enjoy the scenery, you can also go for a swim in the natural pool.
  • Cycle through a local Lao village and stop to visit the village temple.
  • Cycle back to the boat and head upriver back to Luang Prabang.
  • Transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle.

Meditate With Monks

There is no place better to practise meditation than in a Buddhist temple in the heart of a Laotian forest. Allow yourself to leave all your concerns behind as you are taught the ancient mysteries of meditation by monks in this peaceful and relaxing environment.

Meditate With Monks

Duration:
4 hours
Suggested time:
8:00 – 12:00
Location:
Ban Xang Khong
Note:
Please dress appropriately, shoulders and knees should be covered and do not wear orange or yellow.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide at the lobby of the hotel and transfer by private vehicle to Ban Xang Khong.
  • Board a rustic boat and cross the Mekong river.
  • Climb the steps to Wat Hat Seo Temple located in the middle of a tranquil, tropical forest.
  • Meet with the monks, novices to receive an introduction to the customs of Buddhism.
  • Learn to chant with the monks and be instructed on the principles of meditation.
  • Practise meditation close to the temple or in a more secluded area in the forest.
  • Return to the hotel by boat and private vehicle.

Cooking class at Kuang Si falls

Meditate With Monks

Duration:
5.5 hours
Suggested time:
08:30 – 14:00
Location:
Kuang Si Falls
Note:
There is potential for other participants to join in this activity with a maximum of 7 people. Lunch is included. Please inform upon booking of any dietary requirements.

PROGRAM
  • Meet your guide in the hotel lobby in the morning and drive to meet Ms. Vandara, a published author of Lao food cookbooks.
  • Drive to the waterfalls and to the organic farm of Ms. Vandara.
  • Start your cooking class with selecting items from the garden and learn in this beautiful environment how to prepare Lao food under the guidance of Mrs. Vandara.
  • Enjoy your lunch of Lao food, prepared by yourself.
  • Say goodbye to Mrs. Vandara and head to the Kuang Si Waterfall Nationalpark and enjoy a leisurely hike or swim before heading back to your hotel.

Tariff

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Art, Antiques & Shopping

CONCIERGE

Anakha
- in the blue house opposite Villa Santi has a lot to showcase from table & bed linen, scents. Ask for Fabienne on Sakkarine Road, open daily from 9.30 am - 10.00 pm

Caruso Lao
- Lovely Ebony, Rosewood and Accacia homeware. On Sakkarine Road - 071 254 574

Naga Creation
- Right on the main shopping drag, Naga specializes in jewelry for all budgets. You can see the craftsmen at work on the premises. Located on Sisavangvong Road, open Daily 8:30am to 9pm.

Le Pavilion De Jade
– This beautiful pavilion offers a small selection of silver jewelries combined with their collection of antique items of exquisite quality. Upstairs you will find a range of hand woven, naturally dyed silk scarves. The owner himself sources his items from all over South-East Asia. Open daily 8.00am – 8.00pm. Ban That Luang - 071 260 157

Pathana Boupha Antique House
– In an impressive old French mansion, Pathana Boupha carries antique statuary, jewelries, Royal Lao government currency and old photos, mostly from the Lao owners’ private collection.The lady who runs the shop has lived in the house - her grandfather's - all her life, and knows all the luminaries of the recent and not-so-recent past. Open Daily 8.30 am – 5.30 pm 071 252 383

Project Space
– The Design Studio presents precious objects, furniture and fabrics, creating a bridge between traditional handicraft and the art world. Closed on Mondays 10.00 am – 7.00 pm 071 213 091

Patta Textile
– Meet Ms. Tadam to explain the art of textile making and have a show around in her two studios. Open Daily - 11.00 am – 6.00 pm 071 213 047

Ma Te Sai
– Jewelry, textile, candles and a lot more! All produced from villages all over Laos. The profits goes to Mine Risk education and help around the country. Open Daily 8.00 am – 9.00 pm 071 260 654

Temples

CONCIERGE

Wat Xieng Thong
- The oldest temple in Laos that was built in 1560 by King Sethathirath, a Hallmark not to be missed.

Wat Chom Phet
- Was built in the XVII perched on the hill opposite the peninsula

Wat Pa Pai
- Built in the XVII this is a hidden gem to discover being an arch of bougainvillea

Wat Phra Phone Phao
- The most peaceful temple set in the forest overlooking the Nam Khan River

Wat Mai
- Was built in the XVII and has an unusual roof line next to the National Museum

Wat Visounarat
- Built in the XVI this temple has an impressive stupa and is the former National Museum

Wat Phoussy
- Up here you can see the whole of Luang Prabang and enjoy the sunset with at 360 degrees view

Historical Monuments

CONCIERGE

National Museum
– In this old house of a former king you can learn about the history of Laos. Either with a guided tour, audiotape or walk around alone.Closed on Tuesdays 8.30am-11.30am & 1.30pm-3.30pm

Traditional Art & Ethnology Centre
- Situated in a historical building, protected by UNESCO, the public exhibitions shows ethnic clothing, religious art facts, working tools etc. Closed on Mondays 9.00am-6.00pm

Heritage House of Architecture Development
- Study the architecture development of Luang Prabang. UNESCO has several duties in this town and this house was classified in the World Heritage List in 1995.

Villages

CONCIERGE

Ban Phanom Village
- Visit the tomb of the historical French naturalist and explorer, Henri Mouhot, who died just out side Luang Prabang in 1861. The village is also famous for their weaving art.

Ban Xang Hai Village
- The traditional local Lao Whiskey is produced in this charming village.

Ban Jane Village
- Stroll around the houses and watch as the locals are producing traditional jars and pots.

Ban Xangkhong Village
- Famous for their Mulberry paper and textile production, this picturesque village features small manufacturers run individually by the families.

Luang Prabang Life

CONCIERGE

Tak Bat / Alms giving
- Watch the monks and novices pass by to collect the alms. Together with the sunrise they will walk along the streets of Luang Prabang. Mon-Sun 6.00 am.

Baci ceremony
- To give their blessings and good wishes the Lao people organize the Baci ceremony. This very important ritual is a way to honor weddings, new buildings, Pi Mai and baby births. This is also a way of showing compassion when a family member is unwell.

Childrens Workshop
- Located between two of Luang Prabangs biggest orphanages, the Childrens Workshop teaches the children to create, to give them a chance of life in the future. Open daily 10.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Royal Ballet Theatre
- The re-established ancient Lao Ramayana performs the Lao version of the sacred poem, Phra-Lak Phra-Lam. Mon/Wed/Sat 6.00 pm.

Cooking classes at a lakeside pavilion
- An early morning tour of Luang Prabang’s major food market, followed by the introduction of a Lao kitchen. A hands-on cooking class of traditional Lao food US$ 81/ person

Markets

CONCIERGE

Morning Market 5.30-10.00
- Every morning, Lao people gather here to buy and trade fresh vegetables and fish that have been taken from the Mekong the very same morning.

Phousy Market 5.00-18.00
- This is a great place to find souvenirs. Luang Prabang candy, sweet & spicy chili sauce and seaweed directly from the Mekong itself.

Chinese Market 7.00-20.00
- After the name, the products here are all from China. TV’s, clothes, telephones and jewelries.

Na Wieng Kham 5.00-18.00
- This is the market , located just outside city centre, where Lao people will come to buy their fresh fruits.

Hotel Information

A small luxury boutique resort

The Luang Say Residence is located only 10 minutes away from the airport and 5 minutes from downtown.

Flying Time from:

Bangkok 2 hours
Chiang Mai 1 hour
Siam Reap 1 hour 45 minutes
Hanoi 1 hour
Vientiane 1 hour

Accomodation

24 luxuriously appointed residence suites including:
20 Pioneer Suites 43 sqm
4 Explorator Suites 74 sqm

All suites include a flat screen television, satellite programming, air- conditioning, personal mini bar, idd telephone lines, wifi internet access, in-room safe and large bay windows allowing for natural daylight.

Pioneer Suites - 43 sqm

One-Bedroom Suites showcase spacious indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Each suite offers Twin or King Sized beds which are covered by a cozy mosquito net adding a softer, elegant touch to the room. The suite boasts ample space including a large bathroom with a walk-in shower and a lounge area equipped with a writing desk and divan.

Explorator Suites - 74 sqm

One-Bedroom Suites showcase spacious indoor and outdoor sitting areas. Each suite offers Twin or King Sized beds which are covered by a cozy mosquito net adding a softer, elegant touch to the room. The suite boasts ample space including a lounge area equipped with a writing desk and divan.

The suites’ luxurious, spacious bathroom also includes a bathtub, walk-in shower and double vanity unit.

‘La Belle Epoque’

restaurant at The Luang Say Residence delights and surprises its guests with simple yet sumptuous cuisine, attractively priced and served in impeccable surroundings. All diners will enjoy their meal from a creative menu changed quarterly with a tempting selection of regional dishes from Laos and other countries in South East Asia.

‘1861’

is a traditional café that brings back the grand old days of exploration by featuring a display area filled with ancient ethnic hunting weaponry. The pleasurable ambience is enhanced with its offerings of fine wine and a variety of enticing cocktails. ‘1861’ also encourages its guests to discover Laos’ historical background through well - chosen articles and photo books in the extravagant library and fumoir.

Additional Services

Swimming pool Library & fumoir Laundry service Foreign exchange Airport transfer, In suite dining Concierge and Golf arrangements All major credit cards accepted

Laotian Calendar

When planning your Luang Prabang holiday, it is important to note that Luang Prabang offers several local events and festivals that you should be aware of before travelling. Make sure, if on your Luang Prabang holiday during one of these events or festivals, that you book your Luang Prabang hotel and Luang Prabang tours in advance.



From Courtship to Kinship: Wedding Celebrations of Laos’ Ethnic Groups

Place: Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, Luang Prabang, Laos (15 Sep 2013 - 30 Jun 2014)

“From Courtship to Kinship: Wedding Celebrations of Laos’ Ethnic Groups” is an excellent exhibition providing a rare insight into the distinct wedding traditions of the Lao people and several of the country’s ethnic minorities. It features documentary photography of rituals and ceremonies, explanations of the lore and symbolism of wedding customs in Laos, and unusual artefacts, such as the wedding crown of the Kim Di Mun.


Pii Mai Lao (Lao New Year)

Place: Luang Prabang (14 Apr 2014 - 16 Apr 2014)

Lao New Year is the biggest and most famous of the festivals in Laos. Luang Prabang gets very busy over this time and hotels are often fully booked, weeks if not months, before this time. Book early to ensure rooms are available.


Boun Bang Fai (Rocket Festival)

Place: Luang Prabang (1 May 2014 - 31 May 2014)

A ceremony for calling for the rains is performed in the temple during the morning. In the afternoon, people gather in fields on the outskirts of towns and villages to launch their rockets with much revelry.


Rice and Boat Racing Festival

(24 Aug 2014)

On the Khao Padabdin ceremony day, people visit the local temples to make offerings to their dead ancestors as well as to share in merit-making. This festival includes boat racing on the Nam Khan river and a trade fair in Luang Prabang town.

Henri Mouhot wrote in his diary on the 15th of July 1861

A splendid night; the moon shines with extraordinary brilliancy, silvering the surface of this lovely river, bordered by high mountains, looking like a grand and gloomy rampart.
The chirp of the cricket alone breaks the stillness.