You are recommended to get up early, around 5.30 to 6.30am to visit Vat Nong temple. Here, you will witness The Tak Bat ceremony ("TAK BAT" means giving alms to monks). In this ceremony, from the early morning Thai people go to the temple and bring food with them. They are filling monks’ bowl with food such as rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on… This ceremony happens in peaceful and respectful atmosphere. That’s why we recommend that you should wear decent clothing when watching the rituals or if you want to save this moment, you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.
Another choice that you could make is visiting a monk school in the city. This will be a great chance for those who are interested in monastery because you will have time to talk with young monks, learn about their daily life.
After your breakfast at the National Museum - where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…, you will start your city tour. In this tour, you will visit some most famous temples of the city. Highlights include:
One of the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang is Wat Mai and Wat Visoun. The next is Wat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
The last one you will visit in this morning is Arts and Ethnology Centre.
In the afternoon, you will Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek- the weaving and textile villages. Here, you will have time to explore traditional handicrafts, admire diverse and unique products made by skillful hands of artisan. After that, you will return to town to visit a monk school. To finish a long day, you will climb Mount Phousi to enjoy spectacular panoramic view of the city at sunset.
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.