Day 9 - 11: Laos
Day 9 Hanoi - Luang Prabang, Laos
Flight time 0.40 hours
Laos is a beautiful country in Southeast Asia. With its vast, green and mountainous landscape, Laos has become an increasingly popular destination for travellers. Laos still offers visitors a slice of untouched Asia, with terraced rice fields, breathtaking temples and incredibly friendly and welcoming people. Luang Prabang is without a doubt Laos’ most charming town. With its French colonial buildings, picturesque alleys, impressive panoramic views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, stunning temples, young monks in saffron robes, luxurious boutiques and cosy eateries, there’s plenty to explore.
It is only as recent as 1989 that Laos opened up to tourism. The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Dubbed the Pearl of Mekong and considered by many travellers and writers as being the heart of Laotian culture, Luang Prabang is quite possible the most beautiful place in Southeast Asia.
Luang Prabang, the former Royal capital, is the main centre for Buddhist learning in Laos and is the perfect location for spiritual contemplation.
Your hotel for the next two nights is the stunning and serene Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao, an oasis of calm in the mountains of Laos. Located on a hill top with mesmerising views of the sacred mountains. Designed in a traditional style, this intimate hotel is gemmed with teak, silk and fresh cotton accents.
Day 10 Luang Prabang and the Mekong River
The alms giving ceremony gives you a wonderful opportunity to experience an ancient Lao tradition in the wee hours of the morning. Watch the procession of colourful, barefooted monks walk by as they collect their daily alms from devotees in their bowls. Witnessing the alms giving ceremony is a must-do.
Today you will explore the town and its surroundings. Situated just outside Luang Prabang are the spectacular Kuang Si waterfalls and the statue-filled Buddhist Pak Ou caves. You will take a boat trip floating down the Mekong River. A relaxing and scenic 25 km Mekong River cruise will take you to the sacred caves. As you drift along, you will see scenic country villages, French colonial architecture and local weaveries, and have the opportunity to meet local people.