We head to the pier to join the 8.30am long tail slow boat trip departure and head off to the mighty Mekong river. Enjoy the many views from the water, witness rural Laos, pass by local villages, fishermen, children and soak up the scenes of daily life by the river.
After the first hour and a bit, the boat takes its first short stop at the popular Ban Xang Hai, also known as ‘the whiskey village’. See the process of making Lao Lao, the country’s beloved rice whiskey and taste the fresh local delights. Why not pick up a couple of bottles for later!
We continue by boat, travelling slowly along the Mekong in the direction of the glorious Pak Ou Caves. We arrive at a small boat landing dock where stairs lead you straight up to the cave. These limestone Buddhist caves have been a place of worship for thousands of years. Over this time, a collection of Buddha statues and idols have filled these spiritual natural caves.
Take in the beautiful views from the water as the short boat trip takes us to enjoy a full buffet style lunch at the restaurant in Manifa elephant camp, overlooking the Mekong river.
After lunch break, this adventure destination package takes you to Kuang Si waterfall by minivan. You will have time to explore the three layered Kuang Si Waterfall. Walk the trails of the nature reserve, swim in the refreshing turquoise water pools and visit the bear rescue center.
Our way back to Luang Prabang, we make a stop at Ban Na Uan where you have the chance to experience Hmong village life, meet some of the local people and see the makings of their traditional embroidery crafts. From there, it is time to make our way into town. Typically this is between 5:30pm – 6:00pm – drop off location is at the post office on the main street, near the night market or at your accommodation by prior arrangement or on request.
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fee
- Buffet lunch
- Drinking water
- Coffee & tea
- 5% tax for local development
- Comfortable clothes
- Covered shoes
- Insect repellent
Children require mandatory parental or guardian supervision throughout the program.
- Please be at the hotel lobby at least 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up. As this is a join in tour, please be patient in cases of unforeseen delays along the pick up route
- Additional surcharge will apply if hotel is outside of Luang Prabang city, to be paid directly to the operator. Operator will reconfirm the surcharge amount in advance