Following the alms ceremony we’ll take a stroll through the morning market where local people gather to buy and sell food and goods, then back to the hotel for breakfast and refreshment.
After breakfast it will be time to set out for a city sightseeing tour that includes the most important Luang
Prabang sites. First up is Wat Visoun, known as the ‘Watermelon Stupa’ due to the unusual spherical shape of its stupa, followed by the stunning Wat Xiengthong, a 16th century temple that will impress even those who are feeling rather ‘templed out’. This utterly unique temple features a Red Chapel with elaborate carvings depicting scenes from daily 16th century life, and the Chapel of the Funeral Chariot with gilded decorations and an assortment of Buddha figuirines.
Next on the agenda is a visit to The Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, an exhibition space and fair trade store dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and presentation of traditional art and lifestyles of Laos. We’ll continue exploring important cultural sites with a visit to the National Museum
(closed on Tuesday). Situated in the grand former Royal Palace, the collection of valuables housed here include the famous Prabang Buddha statue and gifts received from foreign dignitaries. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.