An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual.

You will visit Wat Xieng Thong Temple, then take a traditional boat trip upstream on the Mekong River to visit the famous caves of Pak-Ou (located on the side of a steep cliff), home to hundreds of Buddha statues. En route you will visit a local rice wine distillery and Ban Phanom weaving village. Next, you will visit Wat Phousy on the top of the hill overlooking the Mekong River and have an overnight stay in Luang Prabang