Luang Prabang and Koh Kood: the unlikely combination

ITINERARY: Luang Prabang – Koh Kood

DURATION: 9 days and 8 nights on the spot

Day 1

Arrival in Luang Prabang (L)

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.

Welcome by your Lao English-speaking tour guide in the arrival hall and transferred to your hotel by your private minivan for check in.

Lunch at local restaurant.

We then ascend to Phou Si hill. The hill commands great views over the town, the Mekong and the Nam Khan rivers and the mountainous ranges. It takes you 328 steps to reach the top, and at sunset set, the changing colors of the sky are particularly spectacular. The light reflecting on the golden spire of the temple at the top is also beautiful. The stairs are lined up with flamboyant and frangipani trees providing a deserved shade as you walk up and down.

Once back to ground level, ends your day by stopping 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.

Day 2

Luang Prabang – City Tour (B/L)

At 0540AM, head by Tuk-Tuk to the peninsula to witness and attend alms giving. 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.

Optional: French style breakfast at Café 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.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Half day city tour with essentials:

The National Museum that used to be the former Royal Palace where is presented the “Pra Bang” sacred golden statue, giving its name to the town.

Then visit Vat Mai, adjacent to the National Museum.

Vat Sene, one of the most beautiful temples in town, with its red walls and golden bas-reliefs.

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.

End with the Heritage House being a perfect example of Luang Prabang traditional building, made of wood on poles, at the back of Vat Xieng Muane.

Drive to Ock Pop Tok traditional weaving centre, on the bank of the Mekong.

Enjoy lunch at “Silk Road Café”.

Ock Pop Tok dyeing session. The Natural Dyes Class is an introduction to silkworms and silk types. In this class, students have a hands-on experience with natural dye preparation and complete their own color dyes. At the end of class you will take home 3 dyed silk skeins. Many of the natural dyes used are grown in their garden. Just to name but a few colors are turquoise, ochre, golden, ivory, emerald green, etc.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 3

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfall (B/L)

Breakfast at hotel.

Morning Visit to 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.

Then, we walk a pier to take a boat Enjoy a cruise 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.

Lunch at the local restaurant.

After your lunch, return to Luang Prabang by road and continue visit Kuang Si waterfalls, 32 km south-west of Luang Prabang. Kuang Si is a good place to get more familiar with endemic and it is also possible to hike to the top of the falls via a steep trail, and if the weather is good, you might enjoy a swim in the crystal clear water ponds at the foot of the falls.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the Asian Black Bear Rescue Center.

On the way back you drop to visit two villages where you can observe the traditional lifestyle of its inhabitants.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Luang Prabang and Koh Kood: the unlikely combination

Day 4

Luang Prabang – Half Day Elephant Village Riding (B/L)

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. 1 hour 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 by kayak to Luang Prabang. The Nam Khan River goes into the direction of Luang Prabang city and offers some soft rapids and a green and lush surrounding countryside. Arriving near town you will be picked up and brought back to your hotel. Depending on water levels, there are a lot of activities on the banks and on the water! Fishermen fishing, ladies collecting river weeds, children playing, buffaloes refreshing, gatherers of stones and sand and usual daily life occupations of villagers.

Around 19h00, head to Hive Bar and enjoy the Ethnic Fashion Show with snacks and soft drinks.

Accommodation in Luang Prabang.

Day 5

Luang Prabang – Koh Kood (B)

Take away breakfast from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward destination: Bangkok. We recommend Lao Airlines QV 441 at 0735-0835 (subject to change without prior notice).

Once in Bangkok, welcome by your driver (no guide) and overland transfer (about 4 hours) towards the boat pier in Trat for your cruise of 90 minutes to Koh Kood Island.

Note : for those who prefer to fly, we can plan a flight between Bangkok and Trat and then a boat transfer to Koh Kood.

Accommodation in Koh Kood.

Day 6

Koh Kood (B)

Breakfast at your hotel and free time at leisure to enjoy your hotel, the beaches and different activities proposed (at your discretion). Meals on your own.

Accommodation in Koh Kood.

Luang Prabang and Koh Kood: the unlikely combination

Day 7

Koh Kood (B)

Breakfast at your hotel and free time at leisure to enjoy your hotel, the beaches and different activities proposed (at your discretion). Meals on your own.

Accommodation in Koh Kood.

Day 8

Koh Kood (B)

Breakfast at your hotel and free time at leisure to enjoy your hotel, the beaches and different activities proposed (at your discretion). Meals on your own.

Accommodation in Koh Kood.

Day 9

Koh Kood, departure (B)

Breakfast at your hotel and free time at leisure till your transfer to the boat pier. Shared ferry to reach Trat and overland transfer towards Bangkok Airport for your onward destination.

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Luang Prabang and Koh Kood: the unlikely combination

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.