Asian tour company Backyard Travel has released a new tailor-made tour to Luang Prabang, Laos, visiting some of the most iconic artistic sites of the region. The culture-packed “History and Arts of Luang Prabang” trip takes travelers to visit the region’s most beautiful attractions, such as Wat Xieng Thong and Pak Ou caves while exploring the relationship between the inspiring scenery and talented local artists. The tour will not only entertain and enchant, but allow travelers to better understand the nation through art inspired by the beauty of local landscapes and culture of its people.
The four-day, three-night Laos tour begins with a visit to scale Mount Phousi and observe the natural beauty of the surrounding area at sunset before visiting a local hill tribe marketplace. The following day invites travelers to explore the Royal Palace, which now exists as the country’s National Museum, before taking a stroll down one of the lanes of Luang Prabang to the Saaifone Contemporary Gallery to discover the region through the eyes of Thep Thavonsouk, a Lao-Canadian artist. Travelers will then explore the region’s temples, starting with the Wat Mai and Wat Sensoukarahm before visiting the Caruso Lao workshop which produces hand-made silks and wood. The nearby Wat Xieng Thong, the most famous temple in Luang Prabang, is the last stop before lunch.
The afternoon of day two begins at Big Tree Café which features an exhibition by Adri Berger, a photographer and film maker. The tour then moves to du Pavillion du Jade, French colonial building hosting a collection by Patrice Bleton, a connoisseur of Asian art and antiques. The Traditional Art & Technology Center is a place where travelers can learn more about the indigenous hill tribes of Laos and travelers on the tour and will make a stop here before enjoying the sunset from the nearby Project Space roof terrace.
Day three provides a chance for travelers to take a river cruise to see the famous Pak Ou Caves packed with hundreds of Buddha effigies. Along the way travelers will have the opportunity to observe natural life on the Mekong and how important the river is to the region.
Bangkok based Backyard Travel is a travel company specializing in tailor-made tours to Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, Japan and China. For more information about Backyard Travel, visit www.backyardtravel.com.