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LP is one of Purple Dragon's favorite destinations in Asia. Here are five great reasons to extend your vacation time in Luang Prabang. Although time passes at a very leisurely pace in LP that does not mean there is little to do. Here are some fun suggestions for optional activities in and around Luang Prabang that will help make your stay even more enjoyable and are worth adding a few extra days to enjoy. If you have special interests please let us know. While there is no surfing or skiing in Laos, our staff are very resourceful when it comes to finding or even creating unusual activities that fit your interests. All of these trips begin between 08:00 and 09:00 a.m. and return mid- to late-afternoon.
Khuang Sii WaterfallThis is a half-day trip, although we can easily make it longer you want to spend a leisurely day there. The Kuang Sii Waterfall is really a series of falls cascade over many calcified You are going to get wet and you will love it. Leave your hotel in the morning and journey upriver to a small village where your kayaking guide will provide equipment and give instructions on kayaking. Begin your descent down the Khan River past villages and lush countryside. This close-up experience with nature and the nearby villages shows a very different lifestyle than Luangprang or Vientiane. You will be on the river a total of about three to four hours, including breaks and return to Luang Prabang mid-afternoon. This is not a white-water rafting trip and it is only moderately challenging. Safety equipment is provided, of course, but bring your own sun screen.
Two Wheels, One Adventure in Luang PrabangPedal out of town this morning to Wat Pa Phon Phao, a forest temple famous for the teachings of Ajahn Saisamut. When he died in 1992, his funeral was the largest that Laos had seen in decades. It's Santi Chedi (Peace Pagoda) was built in 1988. This large yellow stupa contains three inside levels plus an outside terrace with a view of the surrounding plains. After another kilometer you will arrive in Baan Phanom, a village that is home to Thai Lue (a tribe with its origins in Southern China) people which is well known for cotton and silk hand-weaving. Here we have the opportunity to watch how traditional Lao cotton fabric is loomed. We pass leisurely through teakwood plantations and wind up the Nam Khan Valley. Along the way you pass the tomb of Henry Mouhot, the French explorer who "discovered" Angkor Wat. Continue our easy bike adventure through rice paddies and dense forest until we arrive at the Elephant Park Project, about 15 km from Luang Prabang along the Nam Khan River. This unspoiled valley is one of the most beautiful places in the area. Until recently, wild elephants and tigers roamed here, but nowadays it is a special place to relax in a relatively unspoiled setting. Lunch will be served on the mountain view terrace or at the magnificent Tad Sae Waterfalls (depending on the season). After a little time for relaxation and a coffee we will return to Luang Prabang by van, arriving mid-afternoon. Total biking time is two to three hours. Moderate difficulty.
Travel outside of Luang Prabang to the Xieng Lom Elephant Camp, where you learn about these magnificent beasts as you prepare for your own ride of a lifetime! If you always wanted to ride an elephant in its natural setting rather than a circus, this could be the perfect opportunity for you. Elephant rides are scenic, tranquil, relaxing and require no specific fitness. In the wet season (July through September) ride your elephant to the stunning Tad Sae Waterfall. In the dry season (March through June) your elephant will take you through rice paddies along the riverbank and to a nearby village. Enjoy lunch and then return to Luang Prabang mid-afternoon.