An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You then stroll around the Morning Market, a place of interest to many people and are not to be missed before return to hotel for breakfast.
Today you enjoy your cycling tour around Luang Prabang to discover this beautiful town and the cultural heritage. Cycle to Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Next is Wat Xieng Thong considered emphasizing and characterizing the uniqueness of Luang Prabang’s local style: its several roofs sweep low to the ground. Continue to the National Museum (closed on Tuesday), once a king's palace, where displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries. Wat Mai was built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style.
In the afternoon, you continue your cycling to visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making. Continue to a weaving centre, where you get an explanation of the silk weaving process. Look at silkworm, natural dyes and meet the weavers. Then climb up Phousi Hill to enjoy the view overlooking the city and watch the amazing sunset. From here you can see the magic Mekong and the small Nam Khan rivers.
Overnight in Luang Prabang