Full Day Wellness in and around Luang Prabang
Full Day Wellness
in and around Luang Prabang
Natural sources for languid and health-conscious stay in Luang Prabang
WHY THIS TOUR?
Luang Prabang is well documented for its stupendous, gleaming hillside temples but avid explorers know that Laos’ most in-demand destination for temple galore offers ample activities to expand your experiences. Actually, many visitors that head away from its temple galore know of its intriguing wetlands and natural phenomenon such as the Kuang Si Waterfalls.
But adapting to the demand and the traditions of its neighbouring countries, with an amalgamation of hidden corners, serene hideouts and culinary secrets, Luang Prabang actually leans well for the wellness seeker, too. This full day exploration intertwines the essentials of this UNESCO World Heritage protected town with a well-balanced mix of meditation, yoga and soothing massages that bring you beyond the admiration of one of Asia’s most cherished treasures.
Even before the sun has risen above the horizon, you are welcomed by your guide for an early morning drive towards the Kuang Si Waterfalls. The Kuang Si Waterfalls are the beautiful sight where you can hike, swim and soak up the beauty of surrounding area. The waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. With the sounds of nature as your back drop in the distance, your yoga and meditation instructor will set the tone for 1,5 hour yoga / meditation session nearby one of Laos’ most soothing natural monuments (2 minutes from the main entrance to the Kuang Si Waterfalls).
Feeling refreshed, it is breakfast time and where else than a short drive away from waterfalls to enjoy a selection of Laotian favourites with international dishes. When time permits, the natural pools at the falls also are excellent for swimming and bathing and perhaps just the thing you need after this early morning session.
Before reaching the town borders, and your accommodation, of the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang, we will make a stop at the leading Asian Bear sanctuary in the country. The well-being of these animals and preservation of its species are the back bone of a group of volunteers and conservationists, eager to see this species roaming freely in the Laotian jungle.
Themed in line with bringing forth the wellness of Laos, a vegetarian lunch will be served at the Elephant Vert Restaurant. One of the finest examples of Laotian cuisine has been a solid choice for many guests who find fresh ingredients and sampling the finest of what Laos has to offer on a culinary level.
Treating your mind, body and soul for moments of respite is taking a more broadening approach as we make visit to the nation’s Royal Palace Museum. Situated at the banks of the Mekong River, the Royal Palace was constructed to French designs for King Sisavangvong between 1904 and 1909. From the outside, it looks like a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs, but the inside shows marvels of days gone by. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos (NB: the museum is closed on Tuesdays).
No visit to Luang Prabang is complete without entering the spiritual realm of some of the most notable temples inside its protected heart. Wat Xieng Thong is one of Laos’s most famous temples and monastery plays such an important part in the daily lives of monks and residents alike that simply cannot be ignored. With its almost-reaching-the-ground sweeping roof, its characteristic Tree of Life mosaic and all this enclosed with a UNESCO seal of protection. Another must-sight in Luang Prabang is Wat Mai. This temple was built in typical Luang Prabang style and purely Lao design in year 1796. During Lao New Year, the Prabang (the golden Buddha statue from which the town derives its name) is put on display for a ceremonial cleansing ceremony in which inhabitants bathe the statue in perfume and flowers.
Before the day comes to an end, the professional therapists at the Burasari Spa await your arrival for soothing your final troubles away in a calm and serene way. For the coming hours, you will be guided by the gentle, trained hands of some of Luang Prabang’s most in-demand masseuses. A combination of foot baths, a 120-minute oil massage and combined with a purification ritual that has been sourced from the Tibetan mountains, these hours of pure bliss unfortunately will end when we transfer you back to your accommodation in Luang Prabang