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24 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos

24 Hours in Luang Prabang, Laos

If you are seeking a relaxed pace of life and a warm welcome, there’s no better place than Laos; golden temples, saffron-robed monks, rusty old bicycles meandering down crumbling colonial boulevards, and a scattering of river islands upon the mighty Mekong River. Follow our whistle-stop guide for a magical 24 hours in Luang Prabang

Sunrise: Alms Ceremony

Start early, waking up before sunrise, to meet your guide and travel like the locals by Tuk-Tuk to the Peninsula, where you will witness the alms giving ceremony, known as ‘Tak Bat’. Every morning yogi-robed monks from the monasteries congregate in the main street to collect their daily food donated by the local villagers.

Morning: Breakfast at the Rosewood & visit the Royal Palace

Return for a traditional Laotian breakfast at The Great House, at the Rosewood, Luang Prabang

After breakfast, wander down the main street to visit the former Royal Palace, now converted into a museum. Built during the French Colonial era in 1904, there is a distinct French influence about the architecture and decoration. Walk barefoot along the polished hallways to see the old living quarters of the royal family, as well as the crown jewels, and explore the many UNESCO World Heritage temples within the Royal Palace complex.

Afternoon: Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre

This afternoon stop by this eccentric museum dedicated to the various ethnic groups that inhabit Laos. It is a non-profit centre featuring religious artefacts, clothing, traditional household objects and various handicrafts practised by the different tribes. There is a focus on the Hmong and their New Year Celebrations; the Khmu, their baskets and the art of backstrap looms; the Mien Yao embroidery and Lantern Taoists religious ceremonies; the Tai Dam bedding and Tai Lue culture. A large proportion of the profits from the shop go directly to supporting ethnic artisan communities.

Sunset: Mount Phou Si

The sun sets early in this part of the world so make sure you climb the steps opposite the Royal Palace by 5pm up to Mount Phousi. This is the highest point in Luang Prabang and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views across the town and the Mekong River, just as the sun dips below the horizon. On the way back down from Mount Phousi you will pass by several monasteries, witnessing monks going about their evening chores.

Evening: Night Market

Back at ground level the path will bring you out at the end of the night market, which, now the sun has gone down, will be in full swing. Huddled between the gazebos and shopping for a few handicrafts, make your way to the start of the market, where you can find sandwich shops serving delicious baguettes.

For more information or to start planning your tailor-made holiday to Laos please contact us:

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