Lao New Year in Luang Prabang
5 Days / 4 Nights

Coming and enjoying with our people will help you appreciate 
the Lao New Year!
(April 14-16)




DAY 1:

Arrive in Vientiane, transfer to domestic airport for connecting flight to Luang Prabang. Afternoon tour of main temples (i.e. Vat Aham, Phousy Hill and Vat Mai mostly built in the 13th-16th century).

DAY 2:

From 7am-11am the New Year fair will take place in Luang Prabang. Take part by walking along the street to buy various offerings including Zodiac flags. In the afternoon, see the crowded festival taking place on the sand beach by the Mekong river. Watch as the locals build votive mounds of sand, giving life to birds and fishes. Take part in the dancing and singing and water throwing on the beach until sunset.

DAY 3:

Take a traditional boat upstream on the Mekong river to visit the famous Pak Ou cave. See the Ban Xanghai rice distillery on the way. Visit Tam Ting, the Buddha cave.  After lunch participate in the New Year procession where masks of ancestors are taken out of their wooden boxes at Wat Aham. The procession makes its way up to Wat Xiengthong, the former royal pagoda, led by mask wearers. The procession also includes the Queen of the Lao New Year (Miss Luang Prabang), rows of young girls dressed in traditional costume, monks and older people on pick-up trucks. Watch as dancers and musicians parade through the procession.

DAY 4:

Morning visit to the former King's palace to see the invitation ceremony of Prabang (the most revered Buddha image in the country) to be placed at Wat Mai for paying homage. Follow by a visit to the market, after which we transfer you back to the airport to return to Vientiane.  In the afternoon, we take you to see the activities of the Lao New Year at temples in Vientiane.

DAY 5:

Morning visit to That Luang stupa, weaving village (Ban Nong Bouathong) and shopping centre. Transfer to Wattay Airport or Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge for departure.


Our service includes:

    Transfers and tours as program specified by our English/French (or   specified) speaking local guide.

     Hotel accommodation in twin sharing room.

     Meals: fullboard.

     Domestic airline tickets and baggage handling.

     Entrance fees to temples and touristic sites visited.

     Service charges and taxes.



     Airline tickets to / from Laos.

     Airport departure tax.

     Anything else not mentioned above.


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