This is all about getting in to the countryside surrounding Luang Prabang, centring on a visit to some beautiful waterfalls, but also including visits to small ethnic minority villages en route.
After stopping at several view points overlooking the Mekong River, you will gain valuable insight in to the unique cultures and traditions of Laos’ hill tribe people. Just before lunch you can then swim in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si waterfalls (just 20 miles southwest of the town) – the water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, irresistible clear pools. For the adventurous, it is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views await you at the top.
There is also a bear rescue centre at the waterfalls, engaged in wonderful work providing bears with new lives away from the vile bile farms they have been saved from. The bears were quite active in the morning, later in the day after they are fed all they want to do is sleep.
After enjoying a picnic lunch beside the waterfalls, you return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon to visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts.