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Essence of Luang Prabang - 4 Days/3Nights

Discover the hidden charm of this UNESCO World Heritage town as you explore the back lanes of Luang Prabang. Visit famous old temples, charming French colonial architecture and spend some time chatting with young Buddhist monk novices to learn more about their daily lives. Explore local villages just outside of Luang Prabang before relaxing in turquoise blue pools surrounded by secluded waterfalls. 

Privately-Guided! Whether you are a single person, a couple, or a group, you'll have your own guide and driver for all airport transfers and daily excursions.  
Choose Your Own Dates! This is not a fixed-departure-date tour. Just let us know the dates that work best for you.
Customizable! Need more time? Less time? Want to see or do something that isn't included? Just let us know, and we will arrange it for you.
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Trip Highlights

  • Sunset dinner cruise on the Mekong River
  • Boat cruise to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • Hill tribe villages
  • Picturesque Kuang Si Waterfalls


Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang                    
Upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel for check in. In the evening, you will enjoy a sunset dinner cruise along the Mekong, aboard the Nava Mekong.
Overnight in Luang Prabang. (Dinner)

Day 2: Luang Prabang
After breakfast, board a private boat for a cruise upstream on the Mekong River. Stop at the village of Ban Muangkeo and trek briefly to reach the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Return to Luang Prabang by boat, stopping at Ban Nongxai, an artisans village. After lunch, visit the quaint Royal Palace Museum before a walking tour through Luang Prabang’s hidden secrets and quiet back lanes. Visit Wat Chomkhong, famous for its decorative carvings. This area also features a mix of old French Colonial buildings and traditional old Lao houses. After, stop at the small but charming Wat Phapai and also the Fine Arts School to see some of the quality artwork on display. This brings you to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style.  Then visit Wat Siphoutthabat, home to a monk school, where you will have the opportunity to chat with a young novice and learn about their daily life.  End the day at the night food market where your guide will show you typical Lao cuisine.
Overnight in Luang Prabang. (Breakfast)

Day 3: Luang Prabang

You can discuss with your guide an optional early morning start (5.30am) to witness and partake in the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving alms to the monks. After breakfast, visit the local Phosi Market, where the locals shop and your guide will explain to you the diverse offerings on display. Next stop is at Ock Pop Tock, a silk weaving center where you can learn the weaving process. Then drive out of the town where you have the option of stopping at Khmu, Hmong and Lao Loum villages, the main ethnic groups of Laos. After proceed to Kuang Si Waterfall where you can have a refreshing swim in the turquoise pool or walk along the forest trails. Next to the falls is the Bear Rescue Center, which does a great job in protect and rehabilitate the rare Asiatic Black Bear. Return to Luang Prabang by early afternoon and rest of the day is free to explore on your own.
Overnight in Luang Prabang (Breakfast, lunch)

Day 4: Depart from Luang Prabang
Your morning is free until it's time to transfer to the airport for your outward flight. (Breakfast)

Inclusions and Exclusions

Our Package Rates Include

  • Private airport transfers
  • Daily accommodation with breakfast
  • Private vehicle transportation for all excursions per itinerary
  • Meals as listed in above itinerary
  • Services of a local, English-speaking guide for all visits and excursions
  • All tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary, including entrance fees

Rates Do Not Include

  • International airfare
  • Lao visa application fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Expenses of a personal nature

To Book This Tour

Please call us toll free at 1-877-362-2793 and let us know that you are interested in this tour. To prepare a proposal, we'll ask questions about how many people are traveling, your preferred travel dates, standard and types of accommodation, and any special interests that we may be able to accommodate.

Once we have finalized a customized price quote for you, your agent will inform you a per-person non-refundable deposit to initiate reservations (typically 20% of tour cost). Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

If your reservation is made less than 75 days prior to departure, the non-refundable deposit will allow us to initiate reservations. Full payment will be due immediately upon confirmation of all hotels and transportation services. If the services quoted cannot be confirmed, alternate accommodation or transportation will be arranged and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

Payments can be made by personal check, bank wire transfer, or credit card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will initiate your reservations and send you a statement showing your payment. Approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure, we will send you a final confirmation containing your itinerary and detailed information on the logistics of your trip.
Please review our complete terms and conditions:
Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellation/Refund Policies

- Cancel more than 60 days prior to departure - forfeit your deposit.
- Cancel between 30 and 60 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the tour cost.
- Cancel less than 30 days prior to departure - NO REFUND of tour cost.
- Cancellations must be made in writing and sent via mail, fax, or email to Red Lantern Journeys.
- Refunds will be processed within 30 days of receipt of your written request.
- No refunds are available for unused services or tours during your trip.

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