Krabi and Luang Prabang discovery
ITINERARY: Luang Prabang- Ao Nang.
DURATION: 8 days and 7 nights.
Note: Upon your arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, it is possible to obtain your visa on arrival (VOA). Simply bring 1 passport picture along with between USD 30 and 45 / person in cash, visa fees varying from one nationality to another. Make sure your passport is valid at least 6 months beyond your return departure date. Visa on Arrival forms are available before immigration counters.
Meet and greet your Lao English-speaking tour guide in the arrival hall and transfer to your hotel for check-in.
Lunch at Tamarind restaurant, where you can try the intriguing and fresh new tastes of Lao cuisine.
In the afternoon, head to the top of Mount Phou Si for panoramic views of the city and the surrounding hills. The mountain is dotted with small shrines and monasteries. The top of Mt. Phou Si is a popular spot to watch the sunset, as the golden spires of nearby Vats are beautifully illuminated.
Once back to ground level, stop at the awakening Hmong minority people Night Market. It is held daily in the streets around the National Museum. Villagers come here to sell their handicrafts.
Accommodation in Luang Prabang.
05h40 – Head by Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula to witness and attend alms giving. 06h – Long lines of monks and novices stroll the street of the town center to collect their daily food subsistence from the worshippers. This ancient ritual is locally known as “Tak Bat”.
Continue with a visit to the open-air fresh food market that is held daily in the streets nearby the former Royal Palace. Lao people still like buying fresh food. While fridges are widely spread in households, people prefer going to local markets and returning home with fresh ingredients.
Return to hotel for breakfast.
Morning, visit to The National Museum that used to be the former Royal Palace. Inside the complex of the National Museum, you will see the “Prabang” sacred golden statue, giving its name to the town. Then visit Vat Mai, the former royal temple.
TAEC, the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre depicts Laos ‘rich ethnic diversity with themed rotating exhibits. It is hosted in a former French colonial times judge’s mansion.
The Heritage House being a perfect example of Luang Prabang traditional building made of wood on poles, at the back of Vat Xieng Muane and the beautiful Vat Xieng Thong, one of the most emblematic temples in Laos. It is located at the top of the peninsula, where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet.
Lunch at “Luang Prabang Kitchen”. This 1920’s restored mansion is an enjoyable place in a quiet part of town. The terrace with frangipani trees is pleasant.
Afternoon, transfer to pier and take a boat excursion up the Mekong River to the holy caves of Pak Ou, where some of the most famous Buddhist sculptures in Southeast Asia are found. In Pak Ou cave, thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues are crowded into the two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. They range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. Re-board your boat and travel downstream to rice-wine producing villages on the banks of the Mekong.
7pm – Head to Hive Bar to attend an “Ethnic Fashion Show” with drinks and snacks. This shows displays 95 different costumes from ethnic minority people inhabiting northern Laos. It is the largest private collection of costumes in Asia. They are worn by young Laotian models willing to showcase the rich diversity their country has to offer.
Accommodation in Luang Prabang
05h40 – At discretion: Head by Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula to witness and attend alms giving. 06h – Long lines of monks and novices stroll the street of the town center to collect their daily food subsistence from the worshippers. This ancient ritual is locally known as “tak bat”.
Continue with a visit to the open-air food market that is held daily in the streets nearby the former Royal Palace. Lao people still like buying fresh food. While fridges are widely spread in households, people prefer going to local markets and returning home with fresh ingredients.
Return to the hotel for breakfast.
Optional: French style breakfast at Café Ban Vat Sene bakery. Indulge in a croissant, fruit juice, coffee or tea plus French toasts with butter and jam. Lao people have inherited the culture of eating bread from the French. It is not unusual for Laotians to have a sandwich for lunch or on the go when they are traveling. It is also highly regarded in wedding receptions, while saucing the juice of a meat ragout.
08:30 – 09:00 am. Departure from your Hotel.
Pick up and transfer to the site of elephant riding at the elephant Village. Enjoy the impressive experience of approx. 3km elephant back ride on the Howdah (Elephant seat). Boat trip on the Khan River. Take a return pirogue trip to the Tad Sae Waterfall and spend some time in the clear water. Possibility to swim in the falls, water levels permitting.
Lunch will be provided at the Elephant Village Restaurant (Buffet lunch served with drinking water).
Return to Luang Prabang.
This afternoon, cross the Mekong to Ban Xieng Mene and ascend to the top of the hill and enjoy the views over Luang Prabang form Vat Chompet. Go down the steep staircase and head to Vat Longkoun, this very distinctive temple complex that stands out for its timber post facades. If you are fortunate, take a chance to talk to the small monk community that gathers in the afternoon under the large and old mango tree in the front yard. Return to town and free time at leisure.
Return to town and enjoy Petanque games with local residence. Another French legacy here. This balling game is extremely popular with Lao gentlemen. Civil servants and retired people are numerous to gather in the late afternoon and evening to share some happy moments together. Bottles of Beerlao are often around and chit-chat playing with friends is another opportunity to cheer on any occasion!
Rest of the day free at leisure.
Accommodation in Luang Prabang.
Breakfast at the hotel.
Departure at 0830 towards Ban Xeng Mouk from where we will start our 2 days/ 1 night trek. This village is famous for its vegetable and pineapple production. We will discover the life a rural lowland Hmong communities before heading through rice paddies and pineapple plantations and then entering to the jungle.
After 2 hours trekking, we will reach the peak of a mountain range where we will stop to enjoy the view and take some forces with our picnic lunch.
We will pursue our trek towards another summit before heading downwards into the forest. Along our way, we will discover some tiny community settlements before arriving near Ban Nong Touk which is surrounded by rice fields.
The last part of the trek will drop us after 30 minutes to Ban Long Lao where we will spend our night and get the opportunity to discover this Hmong & Khamu village.
Dinner in the village and overnight in the village.
Approximately: 40 minutes driving, 6.5 hours trekking
Breakfast in the village and time to start and follow a trail with some very steep sections in the forest. The trek will pass through the jungle before reaching one of the rivers which feed the Kuangsi waterfall.
Then an extra hour will afford us to reach the waterfall where we will enjoy a picnic lunch.
Enjoy some times to swim in one of the numerous turquoise blue ponds at the foot of the waterfall and spend as well sometimes at the Asian Black Bear Rescue Center to better understand the threat over wildlife in Laos.
Back in the early afternoon in Luang Prabang at the airport for your flight to Bangkok and then Krabi.
Flight Bangkok Airlines PG 946 Luang Prabang- Bangkok at 1720-1850
Flight Bangkok Airways PG 269 Bangkok- Krabi at 2025-2150
(flights subject to change without prior notice from the airlines)
Arrival in Krabi, airport welcoming and transfer to your resort in Ao Nang.
Check in, relax and spend the night in Ao Nang.
After breakfast (around 8:30 am) depart towards Ao Thalane Bay for a sea kayaking adventure through the mangroves. For 2 hours through the meanders of the bay you will meet the monkeys and various birds of the region.
After a delicious Thai lunch you will then depart on a long tail boat to the fabulous islands of Koh Hong. Inside the main island you will visit an amazing lagoon surrounded by limestone rocks followed by relaxing on a small paradise beach.
Return to pier 16h and transfer to your hotel to enjoy your evening and overnight stay in Ao Nang.
Today (around 12 pm) you will board a traditional long tail boat to explore the local islands of Ao Nang. We stop first at Railay Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Thailand. Railay is surrounded by lush jungle and huge limestone formation, it is known around the world as “haven” for climbers.
Then we will visit Koh Tup, a fabulous white sand beach. The island is connected to Chicken Island by sandbanks at low tide and surrounded by crystal clear water. We will go around Chicken island where you will see its incredible rock formation in the shape of a chicken.
Then we will reach Koh Sii one of the best diving and snorkeling spots in the area where you can see coral and tropical fish. In Koh Poda, enjoy a delicious Thai dinner buffet watching the fabulous sunset.
Finally on return, we invite you to share a unique experience: swimming in the bioluminescent plankton. Back to Ao Nang around 8pm, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Ao Nang.
Free day to enjoy Ao Nang and transfer to the airport according to your flight schedule.
Each program is absolutely customizable in terms of duration, itinerary, stops, types of accommodation, inclusions and activities. Anything actually! In line with your wishes and budget constraints.