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The Essence of Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang, Laos
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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the sensory delights of Luang Prabang during this 4-hour city tour exploring the city’s unique architecture, museums and monuments. Wander the temple grounds of the peaceful Vat Xieng Thong and the ornate Vat Mai before climbing to the top of Mount Phousi to take in the city views. A stop at the National Museum helps add context to this UNESCO-listed town.
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Great overview and orientation of the city
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A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide.
Hotel pickup and drop-off in the city center
All applicable taxes and service charges
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
Personal expenses
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Tips and gratuities
Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Transfers from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Luang Prabang hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Start the trip with pickup from your Luang Prabang hotel by your driver and guide. Proceed to your first stop at Luang Prabang’s famous Vat Xieng Thong, where you’ll admire the temple complex’s elaborate walls festooned with gold decoration.

Make your second stop of the day at the city’s Vat Mai (short for ‘Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham’), offering an additional opportunity to admire the beautiful architecture of this Laotian city’s unique architecture. After getting a glimpse at Luang Prabang’s rich religious heritage, take your excursion to new heights by climbing to the top of Mount Phousi, the town’s geographical center and a great lookout spot. Observe the golden stupa that sits at the peak as you soak up the sweeping views of the surrounding countryside.

Finish your trip at Luang Prabang’s National Museum, once the country’s royal palace and home to King Sisavangvong in the early 20th century. Explore the museum’s collection of personal artifacts from the Lao royal family as well as the Phra Bang Buddha image and throne from the country’s Lan Xang Kingdom. You’ll return to your hotel at the conclusion of your visit.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Wat Xiengthong
Your guide and driver for this half day tour will be waiting for you in your hotel lobby. With many temples to choose from in the heart of Luang Prabang, this tour will bring you along some of the most famous and well-known temples and sights that have been the foundation of the popularity that Luang Prabang presents at this stage. Depending on the location of your hotel, we commonly start with the Wat Xieng Thong. The most beautiful details are the walls of the temple, decorated with delicate gold patterns on a maroon background and still are. Within all the temples offered within Luang Prabang, this one is considered to be the most magnificent inside Luang Prabang
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham
Continue your trip though Luang Prabang, the Wat Mai (short for Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham) is the largest and most richly decorated of all the temples in Luang Prabang, thus skipping this important temple would not be appropriate.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Mount Phousi
For those with the stamina and the will to see the town from the highest point, Mount Phousi is the place to be. Also known as the Sacred Mountain, it is the geographical as well as the spiritual centre. It is topped by a golden stupa (called “That Chomsi”), striking from a distance and is the first sight of Luang Prabang that arriving visitors will gaze upon. From the top, the view is spectacular, which is a steep climb up yet most definitely worth it.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Royal Palace Museum
We end this tour at one of Luang Prabang’s attractions that you can’t miss. The National Museum (former Royal Palace) was built between 1904 and 1909 as a residence of King Sisavangvong. The famed Pha Bang Buddha image is enshrined here besides the collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including the royal throne of the Lan Xang Kingdom. After touring along Luang Prabang’ s famed sights and temples, we bring you back to your booked hotel / resort in and around Luang Prabang’ s centre.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum of 2 adults is required per booking
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside Luang Prabang. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside this area such as Kuang Si, along the Ou and Nam Khan River, Nong Kiau and Luang Prabang International Airport are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during The Essence of Luang Prabang?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Luang Prabang.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during The Essence of Luang Prabang?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Luang Prabang.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during The Essence of Luang Prabang?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Luang Prabang.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during The Essence of Luang Prabang?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Luang Prabang.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during The Essence of Luang Prabang?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by The Essence of Luang Prabang.

Product code: 8084P273

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