Top 5 things to do in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang is a mountainous city located at Nothern Laos between Mekong River and Nam Khan River. It is listed under the UNESCO world heritage in 1995. The main historical landmarks are lying between Sakkaline Road and Sisavangvong Road, Khem Khong Road, Kingkitsarah Road along the Nam Khan river.

There are 5 things you should do in Luang Prabang

1. Visit the Wat Xieng Thong


This temple is the biggest and the most glamourous well respected golden temple in Luang Prabang, it was built in 1560 with more than 450 years of history.

The famous “The Tree of Life” mosaic at the back of the temple wall and dhammackakka symbol is crafted at the roof of the temple. There is a building that hold royal grand funeral and a 12 metre high hourse-drawn carriage used by the royal family for funeral ritual is on display. There are many small temples around the main Wat Xieng Thong temple and it is worth exploring while you are visiting the site.

Visitors need to be barefooted when you go inside the temple as a respect to the Buddha. Visitors cannot show your shoulders or wear shorts to go inside the temple.

 

2. Admire the Royal Palace Museum

This is the home of the last royal heir in Laos and it is turned into a museum for people to visit. You can see the glamourous southeast asian architectural style and you will learn the history of Laos in the exhibitions. The royal religious tools and the important Buddhist statues Prabang are standing in the museum and it is also the name of the city Luang Prabang.
Bags and cameras are not allowed in the museum and visitors can not wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. There will be scarf rental to cover your flesh at the entrance of the museum.

3. Alms giving ceremony

Monks in bright orange saffron robes are going to start walking down the street opposite to Wat Sen, the city’s oldest temple, every early morning between 5:45am to 6:30am. Local people who practice Buddhism will wait in line to offer the monks sticky rice and other food on the straw mat they prepared.

4. Take a dip at Kuang Si Falls

 

Kuang Si Falls has the breathtaking scenery and it is hard to resist to take a dip into the naturally formed clear blue lagoon. The hike to the main waterfall is beautiful and relaxing as it seems in the pictures.Watch out for the Garra Rifa fish, the doctor fish in the ponds, they will give you a fish spa for free.

 

5. Watch sunset in Mount Phu si

The mountain is about 100 metre high but it is localted in the heart of Luang Prabang and it is the religious mountain in the area. There are a few stunning temple along the way to the peak. You can enjoy a spectacular sunset along with the view of the Mekong River and the Nam Khan River from That Chomsi, the top of the peak.

 

 

Other honourable mention

Cruise along the Mekong River and explore Pak Ou caves

The caves crammed with thousands of golden buddha status and you can enjoy the spectacular views of Mekong River.

Night market in Luang Prabang

The night market usually takes place between 5pm to 11pm in the area around Wat Mai and from the Sisavangvong Road to the town centre in Settathilat Road. You will find many hill-tribe handcraft products and silk products in the market. You will find some great souvenirs to bring home from here.

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Why is it a good time to visit Laos in April/May?

Why should you visit Laos in April/May?

Boun Pi Mai (14 April -16 April)

It’s Laos New Year “Boun Pi Mai” on 14 April to 16 April this year in 2017 and it is a year of Rooster!

“sôk di pi mai!”

It is the time when the Lao celebrates the start of their Lunar calendar year and this festival makes one of the best time to visit Laos.

The celebration last for three days in mid-April, houses are cleaned, perfume and flowers are prepared for the celebration, people wear new clothes and Buddha images are polished with holy water. This is the celebration of the Laos New Year and is a combination of merriment and meditation. Laos New Year is celebrated with parades, dancing, singing and enthusiastic water splashing. The festival celebrated in Luang Prabang have the strongest religious aspect of Buddhism and the new year is celebrated for 3 weeks, where Buddha images are worshiped with water pouring ceremonies. Offerings are made at temples and small sand Stupas or stone are built in temple courtyard and on the banks of the Mekong River to request health and happiness in the New Year.

Boun Visakha Bu Saar – Full Moon (1st May )

Starting on the day of the sixth lunar month, this celebration commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (death) of Buddha. Visitors can participate in chanting and sermonize at night followed by beautiful candlelight processions.

 

Boun Bang Fai “Rocket Festival” (May to June)

Various villages throughout the country take part in one that most boisterous festivals on the Lao calendar. This festival dated back to pre-Buddhist times and featuring home-made rockets that are fired into the clouds to ask for rain as well as it amidst a great deal of raucous

Chanting, religious instruction, and candlelit processions highlight this temple festival in celebration of the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Lord Buddha.

With its origins in pre-Buddhist rain-invoking ceremonies, this festival now coincides with the Laos Visakha Puja celebrations. Parades, songs, dances and partying all lead to an explosive climax as huge, ornate, homemade bamboo rockets are blessed and fired into the skies to seek for rains. Rocket-makers earn both merit and honour if their creations fly high, otherwise, the fail rocket makers will be thrown into the ponds and muds for punishment.

 

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Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival

Hoi An Full Moon Festival

Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival is one of the must see festival if you happened to visit Hoi An in Vietnam.

Japanese Bridge in Hoi An. Vietnam, Unesco World Heritage Site.

The festival take place in the UNESCO old town area where colourful candlelit lanterns provide lighting on the streets. The festival is in the area between the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Cau An Hoi Bridge, which connects Hoi An with An Hoi, and spills onto the surrounding street and river banks.

Releasing lantern on the river is said to bring good fortune and love. It is a tradition in there to release lantern to hope for happiness and health.

You can buy lanterns along the river from the local sellers where there are also pop up street food stores, souvenir stalls and ancient game stalls. Night market in there is busy and full of smiley and friendly face.

The Hoi An Full Moon Lantern Festival is a stunning experience and you will have a great time with the colourful, lantern filled evening in Hoi An.

Dates

The full month Lantern festival takes place on the 14th day of each lunar month and markets along the riverbanks gets busy when the sun start to set.

2017 Hoi An Lantern Festival dates:
February 10, March 11, April 10, May 9, June 8
July 7, August 5, September 4, October 3, November 2,
December 1, December 31

2018 Hoi An Lantern Festival dates:
30 Jan, 1st March, 30th March, 29th April, 28th May, 27th June, 26th July, 24th August, 23rd September, 22nd October, 21st November, 20th December

 

 

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5 ways to travel Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a UNESCO Heritage Site, majestic and mysterious, thousands of small islands rise from turquoise waters, dotted with beaches and grottoes created by wind and waves. Besides, there are also beautiful caves to explore.

1. Overnight Cruise

Halong Bay cruise

Cruises in Halong Bay is not just your typical cruises tour where you lie on the sunbathing chair on a large sundeck. Our tours in Halong Bay will get you on a cruise vessel, a traditional wooden sailing junk, cruising past beautiful rock formations and limestones peaks. Besides, you will be enjoying the beauty of Bai Tu Long Bay at sunset, sailing through the small floating village of Vung Vieng and enjoy the facilities on board including beloved cooking classes, Tai Chi classes and other workshops on board.

This journey is recognised as a must do experience by many of our customers in the past. It is an amazing journey to enjoy the UNESCO designated natural scenery in Halong Bay while learning some culture about Vietnam in a relaxing way.

However, there are always some of you seeking for alternatives and do not like to follow the flow.

What can you do differently to make you journey suit your own preference?

The answer is……

2. Seaplane Tour

Seaplane

You can get on a flight from the Hanoi to see one of the world greatest landscape from a completely unique angle high up the air! You will see some of the 1,600 islands scattered across the Halong Bay area, Gulf of Tonkin, along with beaches, ponds and towering sea cliffs. This is the aerial photography enthusiast’s favourite way to travel in Halong Bay.

 

 

 

3. 5-star luxurious cruises

5-star luxury cruise

While, with those of you who like to spoil yourself in every possible way because you deserve it, you can choose to cruise along the Halong Bay with the 5-star luxurious boutique vessel with only 10 cabins in the style of French- Indochina design.

 

 

 

4. Kayaking

Kayaking Halong Bay

Kayaking in Halong Bay is definitely one of the popular choices in visiting the caves in Halong Bay and you can go to some area where the cruises can not take you to.

 

 

 

 

5. Snorkeling and Scuba diving

Caves in Halong Bay

Halong Bay is a fabulous place for you all “mermaid” divers as it has a very diverse ecosystem including both tropical evergreen bio-system and oceanic and sea shore bio-system. Halong Bay is home to about 120 hectares of coral reeds with more than 100 species within the area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Vietnam E-Visa Program for 40 nationalities travellers

New Vietnam E-Visa Program

From 30 June 2017 onwards, 40 countries’ passport holder, including all UK travellers with a ‘British Citizen’ passport are eligible to apply for the electronic visa (E-Visa) of Vietnam and makes your journey a lot more convenient to Vietnam with the help of the new system!

The Vietnamese visa is granted by Vietnamese competent authorities, providing permission to travel and enter Vietnam. The Vietnam e-visa is valid for a maximum of 30 days, single entry. Besides, the granting of normal visa will be implemented in line with the regulations of the Law on Entry, Exit, Transit and Residence for Foreigners in Vietnam.

For visits that are longer than 30 days, you must get a visa from your nearest Vietnamese embassy before travelling to Vietnam. Furthermore, you should apply for a multiple entries visa if you are planning for multiple visits in a short period of time to Vietnam. However, if you want to make a second visit within 30 days of leaving Vietnam, you’ll need to get another visa or e-visa to re-enter the country.

The e-visa can be applied online personally or through an inviting/guaranteeing agencies and organisations.
The list of nationalities that are eligible for the program is listed below.

  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bulgaria
  • Belarus
  • Bruney
  • Chile
  • China (Not apply to Chinese e-passport holders
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Denmark
  • Spain
  • Finland
  • France
  • The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • South Korea
  • Luxembourg
  • Myanmar
  • Mongolia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Phillippines
  • Poland
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Sweden
  • Timer Leste
  • Uruguay
  • United States of America (USA)
  • Venezuela