After breakfast enjoy a cultural tour of the city in a quiet way! Ride electric bikes that are an emissions-free mode of transportation allow the user to pedal the bike by their own power or coast along using the bike’s battery-powered, rechargeable motor.
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Luang Prabang for a short transfer by tuk tuk to our electric powered bikes station. After a short briefing to explain you the use of your new vehicle, it will be time to discover the local architecture and art of Luang Prabang.
Your guide will point out to you the four different types of buildings categorized by UNESCO. The first is the traditional Laos house which is made from tropical hardwood or bamboo and built on stilts. The second is a half wood and half cement house built after the arrival of the French. The third is the traditional French Colonial buildings that are similar to those found in Vietnam and Cambodia. The last form of architecture you will see is the old Chinese shop houses that were built to be used for both commercial and residential purposes. Your guide will also explain to you the history of architecture in Luang Prabang and you will discover what these buildings were used for in the past. Continue to Project Space a non-profit multifunction space for producing exhibitions, events and objects in the cultural capital of Laos. After that visit Yensabai Books and Art where you will learn more about stencil art Laos and how it is used to decorate the walls of many temples and buildings in Luang Prabang. End your tour with a visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre (TAEC), a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday).
For lunch sample a menu of different dishes from the many ethnic groups of Laos at Le Patio Café located next door to the TAEC.
In the afternoon cross the Mekong River and visit a local village where you can see how the local people live. Continue to Wat Chomphet and ascend the 200 steps to the temple for a different view of the Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Long Khoun, a former center for royal retreats that also features some beautiful royal artwork. Lastly visit the sacred limestone caves of Wat Tham Sakkalin before enjoying refreshments and watching the sun set along the Mekong. Return to your hotel Luang Prabang to freshen up before dinner.
OPTIONAL: Enjoy this tour with the man who put Luang Prabang on the Map
Francis Englemann has been researching ancient sites in Laos for more than 20 years and it is thanks to his studies and deep knowledge of Lao Culture and it’s colonial past that Luang Prabang was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. He also started Heritage House in Luang Prabang which provides visitors with more details about the management of the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang and is a consultant to many NGO’s in the region.
Dinner at L’Elephant. Located in a beautiful French colonial building enjoy delicious French fare in Luang Prabangs finest restaurant.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner