Duration: 3 nights escorted tour
Price from: £449pp
Luang Prabang 3 nights
Day 1 Luang Prabang: The ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang is one of the most culturally exquisite places you could hope to visit. A delightful mix of traditional Buddhist culture and French colonialism, the city is a patchwork of palm-lined riverbanks, terracotta roofs, gilded temples, saffron-robed monks and traditional timber homes. Afternoon sightseeing includes the Royal Palace which is now a museum housing artefacts belonging to former rulers, Wat Sen, Wat Visun and stunning richly decorated Wat Xieng Thong.
Day 2 Luang Prabang:Full day boat journey on the Mekong River during which you'll visit the Pak Ou Caves, a pilgrimage site for Buddhists across Asia who come to pray and worship at the multitude of Buddha statues amassed here over the centuries. Continue to Ban Xang Hai village known for the manufacture of rice whisky and then after lunch visit the local village of Ban Xang Khong. The evening is free to enjoy the colourful night market where hilltribe traders converge to sell all manner of goods.
Day 3 Luang Prabang: Morning drive to the magnificent waterfalls where you can swim in the secluded turquoise pools or simply take in the surrounding views. Continue with a visit to some tribal villages and in the afternoon visit the village of Ban Phanom, which is famous for weavings.
Day 4 Luang Prabang: Enjoy a visit to a morning market before your tour concludes.
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch also included on day 2.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes accommodation at one of the three properties shown, private transfers to and from your hotel, sightseeing as outlined and services of an English speaking guide.
From £449 pp
This charming boutique hotel is situated on a tranquil riverside lane and blends elegant French colonial design with the intimacy of traditional Lao teakwood houses.
Sofitel Luang Prabang
From £679 pp
This secluded all-suite retreat, a century-old former governor's mansion, is a fusion of colonial charm and sleek style. Located in Ban Mano, a quiet residential area yet within easy walking distance of the wealth of temples and other attractions.