North Laos beckons you to discover its treasures from Wats (temples) to Waterfalls. A host of experiences awaits – ranging from a rich heritage of Buddhism in the old French colonial town,the beauty of a riverside sunset, to mountains to be climbed, caves to be discovered, or just the long boat rides soaking the beauty of the mountains on both the sides. Make an attempt to take a peek into the unexplained history of the Plain of Jars.
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Land in Luang Prabang, and get whisked away to your hotel. A quick freshen-up and you are ready to hit the town. What awaits you are the Royal Palace Museum, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre and a trek to the top of Mount Phousi . Wind up for the day with a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River at sunset.
Don’t forget to capture the Seven days lucky Buddha at Mount Phousi.
Fulfill your goose bumps quota of the day by participating in the Tak Bat , the Alms giving ceremony at the crack of dawn.
Prepare yourself to get stunned by the astounding classical Laotian architecture of the magnificent Wats and the sheer natural beauty of Kuang Si , a three tiered waterfall having its own large plunge pool and small little terraces of water. Don’t miss the bears lounging in a hammock or climbing timber frames in the nearby sanctuary.
Join a local family as an esteemed guest for a traditional Baci ceremonial dinner. The Baci is to celebrate a special event, such as a marriage, a home- coming etc.
Brace yourself for fabulous views on a drive down to XiengKhouang. Explore the Plain of Jars site 1 and enjoy the sunset with lots of unanswered questions in your mind.
Unwind at Bamboozle or Nisha and shoot the breeze with other travelers
Visit the faded glory of the old capital Muang Khoun and the effects of a war that destroyed even the house of Gods. Visit the Plain of Jars sites 2 and 3 to try and answer questions in your minds from the last evening. You will get enough time to ponder over this in the trek between the two sites. On the way back visit the spoon making village of Ban Napia, where the villagers have perfected the art of making kitchen utensils and mementos out of war scrap.
Visit a village where almost every household makes rice whiskey in its backyard. You are free to consume some if you dare
Drive down to the backpacker’s haven …Vang Vieng. On the way understand the intricacies of silk weaving at the Mulberry farm .
Traipse around this idyllic backpacker town, go river tubing , walking/biking or simply lounge at one of the many restaurants and swap stories with fellow travelers.
The Secret Eden trek
Eat well, do your stretches, drink a lot of water. Today the adrenaline is going to flow. The Secret Eden trek – a long, arduous, utterly exhilarating jungle trek – will stretch you to the limit.
If you don’t want to let the adrenaline flow unhindered then the relatively placid, kayaking and caving option exists.
Kick off your shoes and relax with other backpackers at one of the watering holes with a few pints
Explore the caves – at times scary, at times inviting – en route to Luang Prabang. Relax by the Mekong , crossover the rope bridge and wander around the quaint street before hitting the night market for some serious shopping-metal artefacts, handicrafts and the famous snake/scorpion rice whiskey.
End the day swapping stories over cocktails at the Ikon Club or for the more sober minded natural fruitshakes from the roadside vendors at the night market.
Say Good Bye to Laos and travel back to the airport or like we did, just bid Au Revoir- till we meet again…