Luang Prabang combines a spectacular natural setting and distinctive built heritage with traditional arts and crafts, food, language, festivals and rituals.
With its isolation having served as a shield against the forces of globalization, Luang Prabang is one of the few remaining historically authentic places in Asia. However, since it was ‘rediscovered’ by travellers a little over a decade ago, Luang Prabang has become subject to the pressures of an ever-growing tourism industry.
You are picked up in the airport by a tour guide then taken to the hotel. After that, you are welcomed with a delicious meal in a native restaurant. At night, you will rest in this capital city.
We are going to drop in on Ngoc Son Temple which is located in Old Quarter in the forenoon. Next we pay a visit to Dong Xuan Market before calling on ancient citadel. The following destinations are the museum and mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh. After that we call on Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple and One Pillar Pagoda. Before paying a visit to Quoc Tu Giam, literature temple and anthropology museum, we will relish the lunch. We may attend a water puppet performance in the night time then take a rest.
The morning time will be used freely. After that, in the afternoon, we are going to stroll around the capital city. Then at night, we travel to Lao Cai by train. It is a town which is situated in the railway extremity on the boundary with China. In the Vietnam – China War in the year 1979, this frontier was shutdown until the year 1993. Recently, Lao Cai can be regarded as the tourist attraction in the midst of Sapa, Kunming and Hanoi.
In this day, we are going to climb the mountain reaching Sa Pa. Before traveling to Sa Pa Valley, we have to impale the bicycles. Sa Pa which is compared as the mountain queen offers a view to gorgeous dale along with high mountains surrounding the town. It was regarded as the hill station of France constructed in the year 1922. We will take a rest here at night.
We are going to explore Ta Phin Village by cycle. It has some bushed mountainsides, hamlets and descends, which makes the journey become demanding. Then we return to Sapa to stay the night.
The first activity is cycling to the hill heading to Tram Ton Pass. After that we go down a long steep toward Binh Lu. Next, we are going to travel on jeep pathway and small-rocky route to Pa So where you stay and Tam Duong.
Firstly, we ride the bike toward Sin Ho and Lai Chau where we can admire many magnificent sceneries. After that, we go up the mountain on the major route and go down on tarmac road. We are going to rest in Lai Chau.
We will participate in the most difficult but worthiest journey in the forenoon cycling toward Tuan Giao and then to Dien Bien Phu. The whole route is tarmac; however, we will not be bored because of the striking landscapes as well as the tranquil rural hamlets. We take a rest in Dien Bien Phu.
We are going to visit Dien Bien Phu which is a historical spot playing the role of battleground in the combat against French attackers in the forenoon. After that we travel toward the boundary at Tay Tran by bicycle about 70 kilometers. Tay Tran is the sparsest land of Laos is in the north east. Alongside Nam Ou River, we keep cycling toward Muang Khua where we stay overnight in the afternoon.
In the morning, we have a meal and then travel to Oudomxai on the major route about 75 kilometers. On the way there, we pass a beautiful quiet lane. Oudomxai was the heart of Chinese supporters for Laos in the 2nd Indochina War. Nowadays, it is the commercial core of Laos situating in the midst of avenue 4, 2 and 1.
Before starting the trip, we eat a meal in the morning, pour off the water and do warm-up activities with the aim of getting ready because the journey will be challenging with the ascend from mountain to mountain. However, it is worth trying due to the spectacular views. After that, we stop for resting and then head to Pak Mong. We are going to spend the night there.
It is the hardest day because there is not any day that we travel longer than the twelfth day. Through the major route, we cross Ban Thabu and then move alongside the bank of Nam Ou River where we are going the eat our lunch and rest for a while. We also come throughout various hamlets to watch the ordinary life of native people. After lunchtime, we travel to Pak Ou which has the well-known cave named Pak Ou. When reaching Luang Prabang, we relish a meal in the evening and then take a rest.
Introduction about Luang Prabang: Because of its outstanding heritage values, Luang Prabang was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. This drew international attention to the town and sparked a tourism boom. Since 1988, tourist arrivals into Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) have increased from a few hundred intrepid backpackers to more than 600,000 in 2003, with Luang Prabang being Lao PDR’s second most popular destination after Vientiane, the capital.
In the morning, we enjoy a meal and then travel to Luang Prabang to admire the striking untouched forests and mountains. Reaching Nam Khan River, we move downstream by motor taxi. In the dam close to Ban Phanom, the bicycles are organized for us to return Luang Prabang. On the way back, we drop in on a famous village named Tai Lue which has the traditional craft “weaving”. In the past, royal family of Laos used their silk products. In the afternoon, we will get Luang Prabang and go around there in advance of the time that the sun goes down.
When the sun appears, we are going to join the donation with Buddhist priests and after that we travel to northern Luang Prabang heading to Ban Pak Ou Village. At noon, we will have a meal in the midst of gorgeous rural land. Next we keep cycling to Thamting Cave and Pak Ou nearby the bank of Mekong river.
In the morning, we enjoy our breakfast before reaching the one-time Royal palace to call on National Museum which owns a cute relics collection showing the Laos culture’s affluence from the earliest supreme emperor. Then we drop in on Phousi Market to admire the distinctive vegetables, brocades, parched skin of buffaloes and chickens in the pepper and tea farms. It is the end of our service. You are taken to the airport where you take the flight home.