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Journeys by Le Bel Air Resort are a series of customized experiences enabling every guest to gain a deeper and more meaningful understanding of elements which define our destination and to pursue their personal passions.
A CLASSIFIED UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Luang Prabang is a place where history, atmosphere, and religion combine to create astonishing beauty. Set in the northern mountains where the Nam Khan tributary joins the Majestic Mekong, the surrounding mountain ranges, are spectacular, and rise up to 1200 meters in height. The town itself is a magical mixture of 32 ancient and exquisite Buddhist temples combined with French colonial architecture that creates a unique Indo-Chinese atmosphere. The city of Luang Prabang has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 because of its architectural, religious and cultural heritage. Today, it is one of the richest province in Laos, yet remaining quiet, peaceful with a unique and traditional atmosphere.
A WALK THROUGH
THE HERITAGE TOWN
You can start a walking tour at Mount Phousi on the right of the main street coming from the junction in front of the resort. At the summit of the hill, overlooking the town and surrounding countryside is Tat Chomsi, which also has a temple and is a tourist highlight of Luang Prabang. Just opposite side of Mount Phousi is Royal Palace (National Museum) which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Then, in 1975 the palace was converted into a national museum. Continue on the main street passing all of the old buildings. You can see a lot of charming temples along the way such as Vat Sene, Vat Siboun Heuang, Vat Sop, and Vat Khili, Then, there is the confluence at the far end of the peninsula which allows you to enjoy beautiful view of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers and of monasteries on the far bank of the Mekong. Following the Mekong, on gateway to Luang Prabang from the Mekong and is a one of the most beautiful temples that was built by the Lao King Setthathirath in 1559 – 1560 and was instrumental in the town becoming a world heritage site.
OCK POP TOK
An artisan social enterprise pioneering ethical fashion since 2000. Visit the Living Crafts Centre, set along the banks of the Mekong river to learn about Lao textiles, meet weavers, or make your own traditional craft in one of their workshops. Shop unique handmade textiles from basic accessories to collectors pieces in one of their 3 shops.
LIVING LAND FARM
Experience the life of a rice farmer and learn all about the process of planting and harvesting rice. You can even get your hands dirty if you want and participate in the various activities including sloughing with Rosy the buffalo. Or just view it all from the comfort of the traditional Lao rice house terrace.
The Bamboo Experience is a local family run-business established with passion and working for the benefit of Local people. Enjoy an interactive cooking class and bamboo weaving exercise, learn about the importance of the ubiquitous bamboo plant to Lao culture. Spend half a day in the workshop located in a local village close to Luang Prabang town.
PHA TAD KE
The first botanical garden in Laos offering a collection of tours, workshops and activities for visitors! The garden excursion starts with a leisurely 15-minute boat ride down the Mekong. Once you enter the garden the itinerary is entirely up to you. You will also find a wonderful café for lunch or afternoon tea and gift shop.
MANDALAO ELEPHANT CONSERVATION
Luang Prabang’s first and only non-riding elephant experience. Manda Lao focuses on education and animal welfare. It creates a unique tour – meeting with the guide, feeding the animals giving them a bath, trekking along their side and most importantly interaction with them in a friendly and Intimate way.
KUANG SI BUTTERFLY PARK
Situated 300m before the entry of the Kuang Si Waterfall, Kuang Si Butterfly Park is a project that was initiated in January 2014. The mission is to create a research centre studying and publishing about Laos butterflies, host plants and preservation because of environmental issues in Laos.
KUANG SI WATERFALL
One of the most Laos’ breathtaking attraction. A majestic tiered waterfall tumbling 100 meters over white limestone formations into turquoise multi-level pools. The site is also host to Free the Bears Fund, a wildlife conservation and animal welfare organization. The rescue centre is now home to around 23 bears.
For centuries monks and novices have left their temples every day and walked through the town accepting alms from the local townsfolk; a way for people to gain merit and for the monastic community to maintain contact with their community. The locals place sticky rice and other foods into their alms bowls before the monks return to their temples with the collected food for breakfast. There is a procession along the town’s main street, though we prefer the quieter and less frequented Tak bat close to the hotel.