Option: Tak Bat - Luang Prabang locals’ morning ceremony
Rise up early in the morning at around 5.30 to 6.30am, then departure for to Vat Nong temple to observe the Tak Bat ceremony (procession of monks). During the ceremony, locals stand on the sidewalk carrying foods in their arms in order to offer them to the walking-by monks wearing orange robes. You’ll be in awe of culturally momentous scenes as they take place in a peaceful and respectful ambiance and there will be total silence among the monks and locals. You have to make sure to wear suitable clothes (not too revealing) and photos should be taken from a distance to show your respect and to avoid unexpected issues.
After lunch, visit Luang Prabang, situated on the left bank of the Mekong River, by a tuk-tuk tour. Used to be a religious capital, Luang Prabang has more than 100 beautiful temples. Specially, you will visit :
Vat Xieng Thong – contains numerous holy buildings (or Temple of the Royal City – the finest temple in the city).
Vat Visoun – the city’s most ancient temple with wooden windows designed under influences of the Vat Phou’s Khmer temple.
Finally : the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre.
Board a traditional boat afterwards to take a cruise along the Mekong River. Enjoy lunch on boat, stop en route to visit the holy Pak Ou caves which protects hundreds of Buddha statuettes. From the caves you will have an impressive view of the Mekong at the confluence with Nam Ou River. Enjoy the magnificient view of sunset on Mekong River while local snacks & beer Laos are being served. Meals on your own. Night at the hotel.