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Mysterious, alluring and tranquil, Laos is still largely untouched by outsiders, and this independent trip in Luang Prabang offers the perfect taste of this South East Asian treasure. Discover its culture, history and impressive scenery, from the gracious monks and kind locals of the streets to the splendid Kuang Si Waterfalls found south of town.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-3 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.

Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang, Laos
Physical rating
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 3

Why we love this trip

  • Experience the serene beauty of Tak Bat, the local ritual of giving alms to saffron-robed monks at dawn that dates back to the 14th century

  • Explore Luang Prabang's best sights and discover why UNESCO rates this city of unique Lao-French architecture so highly

  • Venture south of the city into the surrounding jungles and find an oasis in the beautiful pools of the Kuang Si Falls

  • Get a deeper insight in to the culture and history of Luang Prabang by drawing on the knowledge of an expert local guide

Is this trip right for you?

  • This is an ‘independent’ tour. You’ll have a Peregrine guide for each Experience (but not while on transport between each Experience if you booked several). As the name suggests, this is not a group tour, so it is just you and your travelling companions if you booked with a friend. You’ll never be left totally alone though – you will have 24/7 support from your guide and our local office.

  • Your local guide will be able to recommend restaurants for you to dine in on the evenings.


Your Independent Experience starts today in Luang Prabang with an arrival transfer. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking to organise this transfer. You will meet your guide at your accommodation. They’ll help you out with whatever you need, and give you some tips for your free time, including the best places to eat nearby. In your free time, step out onto the streets of this sacred town that, with its gleaming temple roofs, French architecture and mountainous backdrop, is claimed to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’ by UNESCO. The city takes a prominent position in Laos history, as the centre of the Luang Prabang kingdom for over a thousand years and the home of subsequent rulers of Laos as a whole. The city and its people retain a refined, yet relaxed, air and it’s a wonderful place to wander the side streets and dusty lanes and seemingly step back into another era.

Notes: As this is an Independent tour, the order of some activities on Day 2 is flexible and so may change. Please talk to your guide about your exact itinerary.
  • Sada Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
In the morning, you will have the option to rise early to view the procession of saffron-robed monks on their daily outing collecting alms, a practice that dates back centuries. The people of the town wait out the front of their houses with food for the monks to collect and take back to the temple. It is done early, as the monks cannot eat anything after midday. By giving food to a monk you ‘het bon’ or make merit, which should augur well for your next life. Following breakfast you will visit the major temples, including the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers, and Wat Wisunalat, which is the oldest temple in the city. Wat Xieng Thong is the most enchanting of Laos’ monasteries, unchanged for centuries; the elegant curves of the main temple’s roof and the motifs and mosaics inside are captivating. After the tour you’ll walk around the local shops known for hand weaving and other interesting artefacts, and you can try you hand at some good-natured bargaining over a souvenir. Next, visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, a building that combines French colonial and traditional Lao architecture. The collection of treasures and artefacts reflects the richness of Lao culture, dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign, who was deposed in 1975. In the afternoon, head south of town to the beautiful Kuang Si Falls, a picturesque, multi-level cascade that offers fantastically blue pools that are perfect for a mid-afternoon dip. Back in Luang Prabang this evening you’ll have free time to make further discoveries, including walking around the popular Night Bazaar. Another great optional activity is to sample a traditional Lao massage and herbal sauna.
  • Sada Hotel or similiar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your tour ends today in Luang Prabang after breakfast. There are no activities planned until your included departure transfer to the airport. Additional accommodation is available to extend your stay, or you may like to add on another of our Independent Experiences or Urban Adventures in Laos or South East Asia.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast


2 breakfasts


Private bus, Private vehicle


Hotel (2 nights)

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