Trip Overviews: Luang Prabang-Seuang River Homestay is a wonderful adventure experience when travelling to Laos, the welcoming country. Discover the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang, watch the monks collecting their morning alms, cycling its picturesque streets, visiting fantastic caves, swimming in jungle waterfalls, and have elephant ride. You will also spend two nights living with a village family in a traditional village on the Seuang River. This is special rural life activities in the Mekong River. BRIEF ITINERARY Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival – Sightseeing – Biking (L) Day 2: Luang Prabang – Seuang River (B, L, D) Day 3: Seuang River (B, L, D) Day 4: Seuang River – Luang Prabang (B, L) Day 5: Luang Prabang (B) Day 6: Luang Prabang Departure (B)
Beautiful Temple In Luang Prabang
DETAIL ITINERARY Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival – Sightseeing – Biking (L) Arrive in Luang Prabang, and enjoy a gentle bike ride around this beautiful World Heritage town. Nestled in a stunning setting amid lush mountains, this sacred city of golden temples and saffron robed monks provides endless opportunities for sightseeing. Visit a number of Wats (temples) and other fascinating sites. Spend the afternoon exploring on your own at the relaxed pace of laid-back Laotian life. Day 2: Luang Prabang – Drive Seuang River (B, L, D) The early birds will join in a special event with local people: the following morning, wake at dawn to experience the Buddhist practice of almsgiving. Hundreds of saffron-robed monks walk the cobbled streets providing blessings in return for alms. After breakfast, drive two hours north of Luang Prabang to our sustainable tourism project in Seuang River, set in spectacular countryside. Tour the village, and learn about the local way of life. Meet the family you will be staying with for the next two nights. The house will have electricity, a clean Asian-style squat toilet and bathing area, but no hot water. You will be provided with fresh sheets, blankets, pillows and mosquito nets. Attend a cooking class in one of the local homes. The kitchen is basic, with an earthen floor and burning firewood, but it’s clean and a truly authentic location to learn some new cooking techniques. Cooking, chopping and mixing are usually done at ground level, but for those who prefer, a table and chairs are available. Enjoy dinner with a cool Beer Lao, if desired. Day 3: Seuang River – Outdoor Activities (B, L, D) In the morning, visit a village school. We encourage you to interact with the students. It’s fun for everyone to meet people from another country and culture. Your guide and the Lao teachers will have activities prepared, but they’ll be happy if you have more to add. After lunch, you’ll learn to build a raft from bamboo and vines, and use it to explore the river! Paddle past waterfalls and towering mountains to the next village (life jackets are provided). In the evening, enjoy traditional songs, dance and games with the villagers. Day 4: Seuang River – Boat trip -Buddha Caves -Luang Prabang (B, L) Say goodbye to your host family with a traditional Basi Su Khouan ceremony. Basi is Pali for “ties of thread,” and su khouan is Lao for “defending the spirit or soul.” A group will perform the ceremony around a centerpiece made from banana leaves on a tray piled with offerings. This ceremony helps to bond the community together and demonstrates the persistence of animist beliefs in Laotian culture. Drive to the village of Pak Ou and take a riverboat trip to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. The caves overlook the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers and are home to thousands of Buddha images. Explore the caves before returning by boat to Luang Prabang for a nice hot shower! Day 5: Luang Prabang – Elephant ride – Boat trip – Water fall (B) After breakfast, visit the Elephant Village. The setting is beautiful: jungle surrounded by towering mountains. Learn a bit about these magnificent creatures, then, enjoy a one-hour ride through the jungle on elephant back. Enjoy a short boat ride to a waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers into a series of cool, turquoise pools. This is a popular swimming spot and a beautiful location for a picnic lunch. Return to Luang Prabang to freshen up and relax before dinner at a popular local-style BBQ restaurant to celebrate your last evening in town. The next day transfer to the airport for your flight. Day 6: Luang Prabang – Departure (B) After breakfast, free at leisure until transfer to the airport for your flight home. End of services. You want to extend your vacation to Vietnam and Cambodia? Don’t miss this opportunity to get our special discount packages only for you. Please contact our Vietnam and Cambodia Holiday Planners for more details!