An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron‐clad monks collecting offerings of alms from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
After breakfast, we visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. Our next stop is the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We will also take a look at the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center to learn about the diversity of Lao ethnic groups. We then visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddha.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit some local villages of ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou, a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails.
On the way back, stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday), one of the must‐visit spots. Return to Luang Prabang, ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and Mekong River.