4 Days | 3 Nights Luang Prabang Family Explorer

Laos is made for family vacations with its temples, parks, museums, palaces, waterfalls and adventure around every corner.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Laos is made for family vacations with its temples, parks, museums, palaces, waterfalls and adventure around every corner. Asian Trails Laos’ 4-day Family Explorer is centred around the ancient town of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The programme includes visits to the three-tier Kuang Si Waterfalls, Asian Bears Rescue Centre and Nahm Dong Park for zip-lining and climbing – activities suitable for all. Luang Prabang’s collection of restaurants also offers suitable dining options for even the youngest traveller.

Above all, it is the hospitable, friendly Laotian people who make travel with children such a treat in this country.

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TRAIL ITINERARY

Day 1 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Luang Prabang Family Explorer

Day 1

ARRIVAL LUANG PRABANG – LUANG PRABANG                                            [-/-/D]

Arrival by your confirmed flight to Luang Prabang International Airport, followed by a private transfer from the airport to your booked accommodation by air-conditioned vehicle. Located 4 kilometres north-east of Luang Prabang, the transfer will take approximately 15 minutes to reach your accommodation in town.

Luang Prabang is an ancient kingdom of former Laotian kings, a stately royal palace and abundant glittering temples – reasons it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1995. Situated in a deep valley alongside the meandering Mekong and with a dramatic mountain backdrop, this is the country’s leading tourism draw.

No lunch included

Depending on your arrival, the remainder of the day is completely at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Luang Prabang Family Explorer

Day 2

LUANG PRABANG                                                                                                           [B/L/-]

Breakfast is included at your hotel for the whole family

After breakfast, you are welcomed by your guide and driver for the morning before heading out into the countryside. The buffalo is a common sight in rural Laos, and two families have set up a project in Luang Prabang – Laos Buffalo Diary – around this trustworthy animal. The country’s first social enterprise of its kind, the concept is to create awareness of the buffalo’s multifunctional roles, from providing milk to ploughing the fields. Visits to this both educational as well as fun-filled morning do not only keep the kids smiling from ear to ear; this project to help the local communities support the buffalo population. Revenue generated also help fund local and regional workshops on animal care, organic ways to produce feed and milking methods, as well as improve children’s nutrition in rural villages.

After saying goodbye to the buffalos and the hosting family, we head towards the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Before reaching this natural phenomenon of natural splendour, lunch will be served at a local restaurant called Carpe Diem

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. The falls begin in shallow pools atop a steep hillside which lead to the main fall with a three-tiered cascade. The water collects in numerous turquoise blue pools as it flows downstream. The many cascades that result are typical of travertine waterfalls with beautiful scenery; an abundance of flora and fauna surrounds the area.

Although pristine and lush as it was decades ago, the forests and mountains surrounding Luang Prabang are under constant pressure. Wildlife, and in particular the bear population in Laos, are under the careful watch of the country’s leading research and preservation centre, located near the Kuang Si Waterfalls. A visit the Asian Bears Rescue Centre is an educational visit where all members of the family are shown how local experts and volunteers take their expertise (and passion for the bear population) and translate this into conservation work. The day ends with a transfer back to your booked accommodation in Luang Prabang. Still energy left? Then the resort’s swimming pool or wandering around town may just be the remedy!

No dinner is included on this day, on own arrangement

Overnight at your booked accommodation in Luang Prabang

Day 3 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Luang Prabang Family Explorer

Day 3

 LUANG PRABANG                                                                                                           [B/L/-]

Breakfast is included at your hotel for the whole family

No trip in Laos is complete without trying out some of the local transportation and what else than the ubiquitous Laotian tuk tuk to start off your morning exploration of Luang Prabang. Your children will love it from beginning until the very end!

We start the morning with a visit to the country’s national museum. The former Royal Palace, which was constructed from 1904 to 1909 during the reign of King Sisavangvong, has now been converted into the National Museum. A collection of personal artefacts belonging to the former Royal Family, historical photographs, musical instruments and gifts to the nation from foreign countries are on display. After this visit, we enter the compounds of one Luang Prabang’s most famous temples – the Wat Xieng Thong is the crowning jewel in the town’s collection of temples. Built in the 16th century by King Saysethathirath, it is the last temple to be constructed before the capital moved to Vientiane. The temple is located close to the meeting point of Mekong River and Nam Khan River. It was used to organize the highest royal ceremony and houses the funeral vehicle of the former King.

At the end of the morning, we head over to Luang Prabang’s Discovery Centre. An interactive playground for young and old, this Swiss-managed initiative aims to educate in an entertaining and interactive way the challenges Mother Earth is facing on a daily basis and how it all works on earth. Dedicated to awaken the curious minds with interactive panels and displays, it is here in Laos where people can learn more about science, conservation and biology in an understandable way.

Lunch is included at a local restaurant

After lunch, we head out for an afternoon of zip-lining and climbing. Nahm Dong Park, about 10 kilometres from the Laotian city of Luang Prabang, is 12 hectares of lush greenery, diverse flora and fauna, stunning waterfalls, breath-taking valley views and many places to relax. The park is the perfect place for eco-tourism related events with nature as its setting. Depending on the participant’s age, the whole family is in for an afternoon of enjoying nature through many activities. The park has an unblemished safety record on climbing and zip-lining activities for young and old.

At the end of the day, we make our way back to Luang Prabang where you will be dropped off at your booked accommodation.

Day 4 of 4 Days | 3 Nights Luang Prabang Family Explorer

Day 4

LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE                                                                            [B/L/-]

Breakfast is included at your hotel for the whole family

Matching breakfast with your scheduled departure time from your Luang Prabang hotel to our next destination will be something worth considering on the final day of this family adventure package. Following the hotel’s check-out times and conditions, our guide and driver will be waiting for you at the resort to bring you in comfort back to Luang Prabang International Airport.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Mai areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Mae Rim, Hang Dong, Doi Saket, Mae Taeng and Chiang Mai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Chiang Mai area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • The road up and down Doi Angkhang is not suitable for large coaches; for group travel, note that the group needs to be split up into mini-vans. We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation.
  • For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Due to the absence of ATM machines and credit cards payment portals, we highly recommend to bring sufficient cash with you. Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is recommendable to bring a jacket / sweater with you as temperatures on Doi Angkhang are often much cooler than around Chiang Mai.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package.
  • Any changes in accommodation outside 48 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 48 hours may be on request.

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