Luang Prabang Local Life Full-Day

Luang Prabang, Louangphabang, Laos


Experience the daily life of a Luang Prabang local on this unique and in-depth full-day city excursion. Along a journey through temples, riverside communities and artisan villages, discover the charms of three distinctive cultures: the H'mong, Khmu and Loa Loum. Make your own H'mong flute, cook traditional dishes in a family home and chat with monks in a historic temple. Your journey supports the local economy and livelihoods in Luang Prabang.

Get ready for an in-depth look at the daily life of Luang Prabang’s three most prominent ethnic cultures: the H’mong, Khmu and Lao Loum. Start your journey at the home of a local H’mong family, one of many H’mong residents in Luang Prabang. Here, sit down with the family and your guide for a chat and learn about how resettlement efforts for ethnic communities like the H’mong changed the rhythm of their daily lives. Afterwards, follow the lead of your host as he walks you through the intricacies of traditional flute making, one of the H’mong community’s most treasured traditional instruments. The traditional art of flute-making is quickly disappearing in modern Laos, but your host is both a flute enthusiast and one of the most respected flute players in the city. Listen to how the flute is played before rolling up your sleeves to make your own!

After the workshop, head out by tuk-tuk toward a local temple in central Luang Prabang. As the home of three dozen ancient temples, Luang Prabang’s most pious Buddhist locals gather in temples like this one to make merit nearly every day. Spend your time here interacting with the monks and novices, and learn a bit about how Buddhism plays an important role in Laotian life. Then, head to the banks of the mighty Mekong River and travel onward to Ban Xienmene village. This sleepy rural community is home to the Khmu and Lao Loum minority groups, and remains a testament to traditional ethnic lifestyles in Laos. Chat with a local family before learning to make Laos Sa Mou or River Weed salad for a family lunch before heading back to central Luang Prabang for a city highlights excursion.

Wander the city alongside your guide and visit some of Luang Prabang’s most famous temples, including the arrestingly ornate Wat Xieng Thong and the magnificent Royal Palace. Then, head to the craft-making village of Ock Pop Tok to see how Laos textiles and handicrafts are made sustainably and responsibly here. Wrap up your journey with a visit to Big Brother Mouse, an organization devoted to promoting literacy in children and young adults. This is a perfect chance to strike up a conversation with a young local learning English before heading back to your hotel.

Important Information


  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Driver/guide

Exclusions Additional beverages (available for purchase)

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Other expense or meals not mentioned above
Additional info
  • This group tour departs with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8. If there are not enough passengers to meet requirements, you will be notified 48 hours prior to departure and will be offered an alternative or full refund
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Activity type : Daily Activity
Activity Time : 8am
Duration : 10 hours
Maximum number of people : 8
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