Half Day Luang Prabang city tour


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From $25.00

4 reviews   (4.25)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 4 hours

Departs: laos, laos

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Overview

Walking with a local guide and visit Luang Prabang Unesco World Heritage sites. You will hear many unique local stories about Luang Prabang, from the history of the temples and the city to the Buddhist narratives and legends painted all over the temple walls. The Luang Prabang community shares such stories and collective memories, and the locals are still firmly connected through sharing them. Join in this small group tour, you will gain insight into Luang Prabang’s culture, which is difficult to know just by looking around on your own.


What's Included

Air-conditioned vehicle

All Fees and Taxes

English speaking licensed local tour guide

Foods for alms giving ceremony

What's Not Included

All entrance fees for museum, temples

Breakfast

Lunch


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 3
  • ADULT: Age: 4 - 99

Additional Info

  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Service animals allowed

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

What To Expect

Alms Giving Ceremony
In Buddhism, alms or almsgiving is the respect given by a lay Buddhist to a Buddhist monk, nun, spiritually-developed person or other sentient being. It is not charity as presumed by Western interpreters. It is important to know the ceremony is also a spiritual practice to accumulate good karma for those who give the alms. It is closer to a symbolic connection to the spiritual realm and to show humbleness and respect in the presence of the secular society. The act of almsgiving connects the human to the monk and what he represents.

The morning alms giving is a living Buddhist tradition for the people of Luang Prabang which, because of its beauty, has become a major tourist attraction. However, when tourists are unaware of its customs their inappropriate behaviors can be disruptive.

-Do not stand too close to the monks when taking photographs
-Dress appropriately: shoulders, chests and legs should be covered.
-Do not make physical contact with the monks.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The Morning Market
Following alms giving, we visit a local morning market. Luang Prabang morning market lining a couple of quiet streets near the Royal Palace, starts early and is over by mid-morning. It sets up along a couple of side-streets next to one of the city’s many Wats. A butcher and some of the more touristy stalls have actual tables for their wares. But most of the vendors, selling anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground.

We go back to your accommodation and have a free time for breakfast until 8:30 am.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Riverview Park
The second part of this tour begins at riverview park on the peninsula tip. You will have a brief introduction to Luang Prabang, standing where the Nam Khan River meets the Mekong River. From there, walk to the famous Wat Xieng Thong temple.

10 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Wat Xiengthong
Wat Xiengthong was considered the ceremonial gateway to the city and was the arrival and departure point for foreign dignitaries for centuries. We will walk up the stairs to the main gate and enter the temple like ancient dignitaries.

Wat Xieng Thong, once known as “The Temple of the Golden City”, holds great cultural, historic and architectural importance. It is serenely situated near the tip of the peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, with a grand staircase leading up from the Mekong. (Entrance fee 20,000 kip)

40 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Next, we will go temple hopping in the neighborhood. At Wat Sene, where there is a school for novice monks, you may meet again with novice monks you met on the morning alms. The temple was built in 1718 by King Kitsarath with 100,000 stones from the Mekong river. It literally means "Temple of 100,000 treasures"

15 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

Heuan Chan Heritage Luang Prabang
We will drive to Heuan Chan Heritage. There we will see a well preserved traditional Lao house and take a short break in their gardens. Heuan Chan Heritage is a traditional wooden house dated back to 19th century. In Lao language, Heuan means house and the owner of this house was Mrs. Chan – that is how the name derived from. Situated in the heart of Luang Prabang peninsula, Heun Chan is a very rare surviving example of a pre-colonial Lao style aristocratic mansion. It shelter a museum and its surroundings promotes the Luang Prabang Way of Life. (Admission Fee: 1.85US$/person)

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included

Royal Palace Museum
Finally, we will visit the Royal Palace. The Royal Palace, which is today the national museum and built by French colonialists between 1904-09, displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture. (Entrance fee 30,000 kip)

The tour will end in the city center or you will be transferred to your hotel.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Not Included


Reviews

Fantastic morning out with knowledgeable guide
Lauren_vdM, 25-10-2019
A great jam-packed morning covering plenty of interesting information about Laung Prabang, the alms tradition, morning market and temples. Our guide Somdy was excellent. Highly recommend this tour!
とてもよかった!Great people, food and experience with cute elephants and slow boat!
Kurumi112233, 02-10-2019
Inexpensive tour but very kind and full of hospitality. Before I join I had a bit worry about theft and fall from an elephant, but everything was okay. You can just leave all the valuables in your hostel and come to the tour, and sit firm on the elephant, relying on her and staffs who you ride on the elephant with!
Nice introduction tour to central Luang Prabang
VinnieLondon_SE2, 28-09-2019
Communication with tour company all good and guide Samedi arrived at hotel on time and explained itinerary for afternoon. It is very helpful having an experienced guide at the National museum and central temples to explain the history of Luang Prabang and Laos. Modest dress is required at the National
Museum and you have to put all bags, mobile etc in a locker before entering the palace.
Visit to all central temple sites and a nice walk down to the Mekong River to stop for a drink and snacks. Tour finished with a walk up main hill in centre of town with a temple at the top..be aware this is a very steep climb and not for the less abled. Entrance fee payable half way up of 20,000 Kip (£2) but the views at the top are fantastic and worth the climb. Great at sunset. You come down an easier route after Hadley’s through local houses which is really interest then van back to hotel. Nice little introduction tour of Luang Prabang by knowledgeable and friendly guide. Recommended. Note that entrance fees are not included but don’t add up to more than around 80,000 Kip (around £8).
A sampling of the sights in Luang Prabang
Talampakan, 31-12-2019
I booked a half day private Luang Prabang city tour with this company. They were efficient in acknowledging the reservation and good in reminding us of arrangements we had made.

On the day of the tour, we made sure to be at reception by 5:40 a.m. as requested, only to be told that we would leave at 6:00 a.m. (we could have used the extra minutes of sleep!). I was surprised to be asked by the tour guide what our itinerary was, since I expected him to know what the plan for the day was. After sorting out our schedule, we headed to the first activity of the morning, the almsgiving ceremony.

We appreciated being taken to a less touristy area where we felt that our participation in the almsgiving ceremony was authentic. We received a very useful briefing on how we should conduct ourselves and were surprised to know that photos and videos of the event could be taken (our guide dutifully took those photos and videos). Note that if you do not want to or cannot (i.e., if you have difficulty staying seated on a low stool for a long period of time) participate in the ceremony, you can opt to simply watch it from a respectful distance.

We then proceeded to the morning market, a very pleasant sensory experience for morning people like us. Our guide answered all the questions that we had and even helped us to interact with the locals.

After a brief stop at the hotel for breakfast, we proceeded to visit Was Xiong Tong, the Luang Prabang Museum, That Phu Si, and the paper village. If you are not in very good physical condition, then skip the climb to That Phu Si (it takes about 300 steps to get to the top ).

Our guide tried his best to answer all of our questions and apologised when he could not. His English was generally good, but I hope that it improves with time so that he can be a more effective guide.




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