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Private Tour Full-day Morning Market, Local Villages & Scenic Kuang Si Waterfall

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Luang Prabang, Laos
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8 hours (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

Escape the city for a day in the Lao countryside on this private full-day tour from Luang Prabang. Take part in a traditional alms-giving ceremony (optional), browse the stalls at the lively Phosi Market, then immerse yourself in Lao culture as you visit typical Hmong, Lao, and Khmu villages. After lunch (included), enjoy a short hike through the rainforest, cool off with a swim beneath the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall, and observe black bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Sanctuary.
  • Full-day tour of Kuang Si Falls and Lao villages from Luang Prabang
  • See an alms-giving ceremony and visit the Phosi market in Luang Prabang
  • Explore traditional villages including Ban Ouay, Ban Ou, and Ban Thapene
  • Hike through the rainforest and swim beneath the beautiful Kuang Si
  • Learn about black bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Sanctuary
  • Great-value tour includes lunch and round-trip hotel transport
  • This private tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
Meet your guide at your hotel to begin your private day tour to Kuang Si Waterfall from Luang Prabang. Make an early start if you want to witness the traditional alms-giving ceremony, a daily ritual in which the monks, dressed in their saffron robes, collect ‘alms’ or offerings from faithful local residents. Choose to watch the quiet procession or participate by adding your own offering to the bowls offered by the monks.

After the morning procession, follow your guide to Phosi Market and soak up the atmosphere of Luang Prabang’s biggest market. Listen as your guide points out oddities like dried buffalo skin, unique tropical fruits, and traditional handicrafts as you stroll around the buzzing marketplace.

Next, swap city life for rural living as you head out into the countryside and enjoy the scenic drive to Kuang Si. Along the way, discover more about Laos’ ethnic hill tribes as you visit the H'mong village of Ban Ouay and the Lao village of Ban Ou. Finally, arrive at the Khmu village of Ban Thapene, which lies just below the falls, and is renowned for its traditional basket weaving.

After lunch (included), continue to the parking area for the Kuang Si waterfalls and follow your guide on a short hike through the rainforest to the falls. Enjoy free time to swim in the clear waters beneath the falls, take photos of the dramatic travertine waterfalls, or hike around the falls. (Note: bring swimsuits, towels and a clean set of clothes with you if you want to swim).

After swimming, pay a visit to the Khuang Si Bear Sanctuary, home to a number of rescued Asiatic black bears, before heading back to your Luang Prabang hotel.

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Great introduction to Luang Prabang
OlliePi2
, Sep 2019
The tour covered pretty much everything I wanted to see in Luang Prabang on my short weekend. It forced me to wake up for Alms giving (which was worth it!) I was able to see and learn about all the delights in the market, had a short visit to see local village minorities and how they live, and rounded up the day with the breathtaking Kuang Si waterfalls which shouldn't be missed! The bus was very comfortable and clean, and I was offered cold water when I needed it. My tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. He explained much of the history of Laos and answered every questions I asked. He was also very patient and kind. Mr. Bhuntan (? Sorry for my terrible memory) really knows about everything and kept me interested the whole time. If there is any downside, the minority villages were a bit tourist-orientated, with children trying to sell things. I had to book a different tour the next day to see the real Hmong and Khmu lifestyle. Nonetheless, this was an amazing tour and very well organised. I would recommend it to anyone. Thank you!
Incredible Tour!
SakibaK3
, Jul 2019
"La" our tourguide was incredibly knowledgable, patient, and enthusiastic. It exceeded our expectations and ended up being one of my favorite spots in Asia. The waterfall is even more beautiful than the pictures. Would hands down plan another trip here with the same tourguide/company.
Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you for the awesome review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the tour a lot. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Great guide and driver saved us a...
Rick C
, Jun 2017
Great guide and driver saved us a lot of additional planning for this side trip. The highlight of course was the trip to the waterfalls. Truly a dream world. Seeing the Sun and Moon bears on the way into the park was also interesting. Lunch at the falls was a good touch - eating right by the main falls. Food was just O.K. We stopped at a local village on the way and walked through where some families had their kids dressed up selling handicrafts. This being a very poor third world country we did feel this was an intrusion into their lives. I suppose getting a dollar or two here and there helps, but you can't help feeling you are the gaudy foreigner sticking your nose into their - what could be called at best - very sad plight in life. Tour included a visit to a loal market which you may not get to see otherwise. Definitely a different world from what we were used to.
We really enjoyed this tour. If...
denise
, Mar 2017
We really enjoyed this tour. If you're comfortable renting a motorbike in Laos, you can easily see these sights on your own and that might be the way to go. However, my wife and I are not comfortable on rented scooters, so this tour was perfect for us. The guide spoke good English and was very knowledgable. We started in themorning market which was completely different than the night market and very local oriented so we really enjoyed it. Lots of big local fish and meat and all the ingredients needed for local cooking. We stopped at a couple of small villages and got a weaving demonstration. Many opportunities to buy things. The Kuang Si Waterfall is gorgeous and an absolute must see if you are in Luang Prabang. I was actually quite surprised by the natural beauty of the falls and the swimming was good. Our guide was with us all the way. That's why if you can rent a motor bike and get there on your own, it might give you more time and freedom to explore the falls as you wish. They provided a good meal at a table almost at the waters edge with a beautiful view. Good tour and guide, and a great way to get to the waterfalls.
Nothing prepares you for the beauty...
Cindy L
, Jan 2017
Nothing prepares you for the beauty of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. We really enjoyed this tour. Mr. Song was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. We learned a lot about the waterfalls, the bears in the adjoining Bear Sanctuary, and the types of plants in the area. He also took us for a quick visit to a small Hmong village, and to see where the Mekong meets the Nam Khan. At the end of the tour, he gave us many tips on what to see in Luang Prabang. We felt very fortunate to have a guide who truly loves his city.

Product code: 29604P19

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