Luang Prabang City Tour & Kuang Si Waterfalls


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Duration: 12 hours

Departs: laos, laos

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Overview

This full-day small group tour combines a Luang Prabang city tour with an afternoon excursion to Kuang Si Waterfall.

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 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

Kuang Si Waterfalls Entrance Fee

What's Not Included

3-course deluxe set lunch menu including coffee or tea at Ock Pop Tok Silkroad Café can be arranged upon prior request. (15$/person) Please choose from Lao or Western set menu and message us.

Entrance Fee (Museum, temple)


Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 0 - 100

Additional Info

  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap

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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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 Free

Royal Palace Museum
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

Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre
After visiting the museum, you will have free time for a lunch break until 2:30 in Luang Prabang. If you wish, you can spend your lunch break at the Ock Pop Tok Living Craft Center. See traditional Laotian crafts and enjoy lunch in a beautiful cafe overlooking tropical gardens and the Mekong River.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Free

Kuang Si Falls
After a break for lunch, at 2:30 PM, head to Kuang Si Waterfalls. 

Kuang Si Falls, sometimes spelled Kuang Xi or known as Tat Kuang Si Waterfalls, is a three levelled waterfall about 29 kilometres (18 mi) south of Luang Prabang.

Upon reaching falls, relax and enjoy the magnificent natural surroundings. The water tumbles down and cascades gently into several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. The adventurous may walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views are awaiting them. Kuang Si Waterfalls also is a place where a rescue center for protecting sunbears, the endangered species, is located.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included

Wat Phra Bat Tai
Return to Luang Prabang from the waterfall in the evening. On the way back, stop at a Hmong resettlement village. Finally, weather permitting, visit a local temple, Phra Bat Tai, to watch the sunset over the Mekong River.

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Free


Reviews

Wonderful day-long tour of Luang Prabang
LarryG143, 03-09-2022
Our very enthusiastic guide, Jack, was extremely knowledgeable about the city and brought us to places we never could have found on our own. The highlights included an early morning participation in almsgiving to the local monks in a quiet part of the city far from the tourists. With nearly 100 monks passing in procession, this was a very moving experience for us. Jack also took us to a number of temples and gave us very thorough explanations of the practices and customs, and told us some wonderful folktales that were depicted on the temple walls. When we expressed an interest in learning about the problem of the unexploded ordinance in Laos from the bombs dropped during the US-Vietnam War (there are reportedly about 80 million unexploded cluster bombs across the countryside in Laos), Jack added a stop at a museum documenting this very severe problem. Though the museum was closed, Jack tracked down the manager and got her to let us in and see the exhibits.

We ended our day with a beautiful trip to the waterfalls, then the sunset over the Mekong River. Jack frequently offered to take photos for us, too, so we have more than awkward selfies. We could not have asked for a better day or a better guide!
Great way to learn about the history
Jonah B, 15-08-2022
Jack (our tour guide) was knowledgeable, patient, and never rushed us. He was extremely knowledgeable about Buddhist history and religion, and gave us a real insight into his culture. We are very appreciative of him and would highly recommend booking a tour with Jack.
Wonderful Tour And Guide!
Cliff G, 28-07-2022
We did this wonderful and informative tour with Thin, and he was absolutely amazing! He taught us a lot about Luang Prabang, its history, and local Buddhist customs, and both his English and Thai were phenomenal! On top of that, he was very friendly, and made sure we were well taken care of for the entire day. I definitely recommend going on this tour with him!
Great tour
Cal, 23-02-2020
Great tour by Mr. Thin! He's very knowledgeable, kind and helpful. A really good person who really cares for his guests.
Great way to see Luang Prabang!
MarisaSloane, 21-12-2019
Had a truly wonderful day on this tour! The Alms Giving Ceremony was a once in a lifetime experience and it was wonderful being able to participate in a respectful way by going with this tour. They provided rice for me to hand out and my tour guide was kind enough to take some photos from afar of the experience. Luang Prabang is super charming and it was super helpful being taken around by a local since I was able to get the history and background of the temples we visited. Kuang Si Waterfalls were great as well! I especially liked seeing the Moon Bears which are near the entrance of the waterfall park area.




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