Morning Alms Givings
Alms Giving is held at 4 or 5am daily morning. When attending this special ceremony, everyone brings food, which is prepared and laid carefully on a silver tray, or in rattan basket, sits on the roadside and wait for silent lines of saffron-clad monks walk down the streets of Luang Prabang to collect alms. The ritual is done in silence; the monks walk in meditation, and the almsgivers reciprocate with respect by not disturbing the monk’s meditative peace, even when they pass already.
Elephant Riding Tours
Take a short driving outside the city, guests will have a chance to visit Elephant Camp near River bank and learn how to control, ride an Asian Elephant. Other activities can be combine such as trekking, visit Waterfall, kayaking, or some mahout course with Camp’s staff.
Baci, an authentic ceremony of well wishing, dating back to the times before Buddhism, was widely accepted as the main religion of Lao people. During the ceremony, white cotton threads representing 32 benevolent spirits are symbolically tied around the wrist of the attendants. Locals believe that these Khouan work to protect the people from illness, sadness and the general malaise of everyday, modern life. The blessing is overseen by a Mo Phon (like a Master of Ceremonies) who ensures the Khouan are correctly wound and aligned. After the ceremony, guests are invited to enjoy a special Lao meal comprising many renowned local dishes.
A Lao cooking class teaches everything from selecting the best market produce to identifying the right ingredients, how to prepare sticky rice to perfection, and how to cook Lao dishes on an open fire. Guests can customize dishes to taste, making them authentically local or tailored for easy preparation at home. Of course, the dishes cooked are enjoyed at the end of the lesson.
This special tours takes an opportunity for customer to visits some of most famous gallery & textiles centers in Luang Prabang: TACE, Ok Pop Tok, Caruso, Ma Tei Sai…and learn about Laos Traditional Handicraft Culture. Asia Reveal Tours offer package half day, full day, combination day with private and join-in group to satisfy whatever client wants.
Main sight-seeings in Luang Prabang
Wat Xieng Thong
Wat Xieng Thong is one of the most important temples in the country of Laos. The word “Wat” in Lao means temple, in this case, the Temple of the Golden City. The temple laid on the bank of Nam Khan River, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.
Royal Palace (other name: National Museum) displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign.
Phousi is the main hill in the city where tourists can observe a panorama view of whole area. The 328 steps lead to a top of Mount Phousi with an ancient, sacred gilded stupa and it’s time to relax with a great view of Mekong River.
This busy and colourful Market opens daily from 17h30 pm to 22h pm (except festival days) and it is the ideal place for tourists to find a range of lovely textiles selection made by the local and the hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Kuang Si Waterfall
Around 30km south of Luang Prabang (about one hour driving), the Khuang Si waterfall is an ideal place for hiking, swimming and soaking up with the natural beauty of the surrounds. The soaring limestone surfaces and cascading drops they make for some memorable views and fun activities.
Pak Ou caves
The Pak Ou caves – Tham Ting – are among the most revered holy sites in Laos. A river trip on the Mekong to this famous attraction near Luang Prabang offers a pleasant boat ride, combining a visit to the culturally important caves with a day out in superb riverside landscape and local villages.
Witness the secrets of Lao textile and weaving practices by spending an afternoon to visit some local villages such as: Ban Xang Hai – local wine making, Ban Phanom – hand weaving, Ban Xang lek – Saa paper making, Silk weaving and some of H’mong Village famous for bamboo weaving.
Oh lam is a stew mainly made from vegetables: beans, eggplants, gourds, black mushrooms, then seasoned with lemongrass, chili, and coriander and finally thickened with sticky rice. Ho or Oh is loosely translated as “to put in”, which implies that this stew is a hodge podge of whatever ingredients are on hand. But the key ingredient is sa kan, a bitter root herb.
Probably the best-known Lao dish, laap is a chopped meat “salad” made of pork, chicken, beef, duck or fish, dressed with lime juice, garlic, crushed, roasted rice and herbs and served at room temperature. Another flavor in laap is the rice grains that are roasted then crushed to a powde (kao kua). Not only does it add a fragrant nuttiness to the dish, it also serves to absorb some of the moisture.
This special dish is very famous in Luang Prabang, which contains sticky rice, lemon grass, onion, dill, basil leaves, chili and garlic mixed with chicken or fish. Mixed meat and ingredients together and wrapped with banana leave before steam.