Luang Prabang holidays ideally are a mix between culture, outdoor activities and relaxing.
We are happy to arrange any kind of excursions in and around Luang Prabang to make sure you will have a memorable stay in this beautiful world heritage town.
Some of the excursions organized by The Bellerive:
Kuang Si Waterfall
At the very bottom of the falls, there are several turquoise pools of water and various cascades of up to 3-5 metres. Most of the pools are open for swimming, though the water is a bit cold, as this area is shaded by big trees. This makes the falls a popular cool-off place among locals and tourists alike during the hot season.
Bring your swimming equipment, there are changing facilities. Picnic benches are all around the park. Perfect for a relaxing family outing and picnic. Sitting in the shade watching people enjoy swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be much enjoyable. Try it yourself.
Tad Sae Falls
Tad Sae waterfalls are a natural wonder most spectacular in the rainy season. Despite not being as high as Kuang Si waterfalls, there are many more cascades making a thunderous sound following plenty of rain. The falls pour over beautiful limestone formations across a variety of levels into large pools below, which are fantastic to swim in. Tad Sae can only be reached by boat, making it quite an adventure and an opportunity to retreat into nature and get close to the locals who head there in groups over the weekend. If you prefer tranquillity, then you are better off visiting during the week. The water is chilly, offering swimmers a refreshing dip.
The elephant village is located about 15 km southeast of Luang Prabang right in the jungle on the banks of the Nam Khan River. Compared to some other countries, here in Laos the mahouts treat the elephants really well and do not use wooden sticks at all. The Village offers many outdoor activities ranging from elephant feeding, riding, bathing and training. Trekking and kayaking is also available.
The Living Land Farm
This unique half day activity invites you on an in-depth and hands-on learning experience, where you will participate in 14 steps of the rice cycle on The Living Land Farm. You will be a rice farmer learning how to select the seeds, plant, plough with the help of the farm’s water buffalo and every other step until the last one - eating!
Pak Ou Caves
The Pak Ou Caves are one of the most treasured religious symbols of Luang Prabang Province. Several legends tell stories of this site where, over the years, thousands of Buddha statues have been deposited.
The entrance to the caves is a masterpiece. The stairs, even though they are steep, are well looked after and equipped for many visitors. This religious site is very much visited today by tourists, so please do not expect to be on your own. You will be pleased to discover these two caves for their individual character as well as for the 4000 statues representing Buddha in all shapes and sizes.
Bamboo Tree Cooking Class
This cooking class is very unusual as there is no set menu. You may choose from a list of 24 dishes, what you would like to cook. The restaurant is just a 3 minutes’ walk away from the Belle Rive and classes start at 9 am. You will be served coffee and tea and after choosing your menu, you will go to the local ,,Phou Si’’ Market to buy all the ingredients. The market is one of the highlights. The Bamboo Tree guides will explain to you in perfect English the huge variety of local products.
Take a guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Your guide will pick you up here
at the Belle Rive at the time you wish.
We recommend to see the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore Lao’s history. You will further learn all about the different ethnic groups living in this beautiful country at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre (TAEC).
In addition, your guide may bring you to three famous temples: Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. Wat Visoun, first temple of Luang Prabang, and Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered one. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics.