With its charming colonial architecture, glittering Buddhist temples and memorable mountain scenery, Luang Prabang is a unique destination that offers a glimpse of another world. There are endless things to do in Luang Prabang's historic old town area, which sits on a peninsula embraced on two sides by the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers. A pleasure to explore on foot or by bicycle, its UNESCO-recognized heritage buildings are home to an array of French-style cafés, boutique shopping, pleasant restaurants, lively local markets and cultural attractions. Outside the heritage area, the surrounding environment is home to numerous outdoor activities.
A romantic candle-lit dinner set next to the mesmerizing waterfalls in beautiful Luang Prabang.
Wake up before the sun does for Tak Bat alms giving in Phanom Village where you will be the only foreigners unlike in Luang Prabang town. Experience this longstanding Buddhist tradition in the company of our English speaking monk-in-residence (and activities master) Noi.
Join our Buddhism expert in residence, Noi, who spent three years as a monk in attending an evening of monks chanting at a nearby temple. Those curious or inspired will find it a privilege to practice meditating.
Inscribed in 1995 on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Luang Prabang is still home to more than 50 Buddhist temples, three of which you’ll visit on this easy village walk along paved paths.
One of Asia's most impressive waterfalls, Kuang Si carves through limestone rocks to empty into three turquoise-colored pools. Enjoy a swim in the cool waters and snack on local treats -- though save your appetite for a special lunch and buffalo milk ice cream on your way back.
Luang Prabang sits on a small promontory in between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, and for centuries the waterways were not only the sole way for residents to get in and out of the city, but also its lifeblood, supplying fish and fresh water.
Set out to explore the distinct lifestyles of two different ethnic communities; the Khmu and Lao Lum hill-tribes.
Once known as the Land of a Million Elephants, Laos is now home to fewer than 500 wild pachyderms. Twenty-five minutes by car from our own retreat, Prasop Tippreasert works tirelessly to change this reality at his ethical Manda Lao Elephant Sanctuary on 150-forested hectares along the Nam Khan River.
This walking conference focuses on the heritage architecture of Luang Prabang, both religious and civil. Guests will understand the different influences which affected the architecture during colonial times up to the present.
Tiao is a master of Laos' ancient heritage crafts, and after years of residing in France, he returned to Luang Prabang in 2002 to devote his time to passing on vanishing local traditions. You are invited to spend a few treasured hours learning the lost arts of stenciling, floral offerings, puppet theater and gold embroidery.
Luang Prabang is surrounded by villages where, over centuries, the locals have honed their weaving skills to produce wonderful textiles. Discover this ancient craft at a nearby village and try your hand at this incredible technique.
On this excellent working farm and information center, you’re given a fascinating hand-on explanation on how rice is made.