LAOS – Luang Prabang – Self-Guided City Tour

A self-guided exploration of Luang Prabang is a great way to discover the most important cultural and historical sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and to learn about their interesting history and the legends that surround them.

Theme

Art & Culture, Classic, Self-Guided Tours, Sustainable

Country - City

Laos - Luang Prabang

Market segment

Groups, Thematic Leisure

Price Level

$$

Level of difficulties

LEVEL 0

Max pax

10

Seasonality

All year round, but best from October to March

Arrival city

Luang Prabang

Departure city

Luang Prabang

Description

A self-guided exploration of Luang Prabang is a great way to discover the most important cultural and historical sites of this UNESCO World Heritage Site and to learn about their interesting history and the legends that surround them. With its privileged location at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Southeast Asia. Highlights of this walking tour include the chance to view a myriad of ancient, colorful, and picturesque temples, the top of the sacred Phousi Mountain (optional), and the jewels of the town: Wat Visoun (the oldest temple in the city), the Royal Palace Museum and the temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat May!

For those wanting even more exploration, an optional extension to the half-day city tour follows the Ancient Lao Royalty’s Pilgrimage Path across the Mekong.

Selling points

  • A city tour, in one form or another, is a must when visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang.
  • A carefully created half-day walking tour to explore the city’s main sites, and to explore the rich and diverse culture and history of Luang Prabang.
  • An optional extension to the half-day tour creates an enjoyable full day experience.
  • An application with a GPS route, points of interest with in-depth information, and suggestions to help travelers explore Luang Prabang on their own and at their own pace.
  • Ideal for those looking for more freedom in a tour.

Time And Transportation

MAIN CITY TOUR
FromToKmByDurationRoad condition
Starting PointWat Visoun / Wat Aham0.75Walking10 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat Visoun / Wat AhamWat Aphay0.2Walking2 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat AphayFrench Bridge Viewpoint0.25Walking2 minutesGood, flat, quiet
French Bridge ViewpointRiver Confluence1.1Walking15 minutesGood, flat, quiet
River ConfluenceWat Xieng Thong0.2Walking3 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat Xieng ThongWat Choum Khong0.9Walking10 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat Choum KhongRoyal Palace0.3Walking5 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Royal PalaceWat Mai0.2Walking3 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat MaiEnding Point0.3Walking4 minutesGood, flat, quiet
PHOUSI VARIANT
Wat Choum KhongRoyal Palace, Via Phousi Mountain0.9Walking1 hourUneven steep steps
PILGRIM’S PATH EXTENSION
Ferry Pier (Luang Prabang)Ferry Pier (Chompet)0.6Boat5 minutesWet, it’s a river
Ferry Pier (Chompet)Wat Xieng Maen0.6Walking9 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat Xieng MaenWat Chompet0.6Walking9 minutesGood, steep steps up to the temple
Wat ChompetWat Long Khun0.4Walking6 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat Long KhunWat Tham Sakkalin0.2Walking3 minutesGood, some steps up to the cave
Wat Tham SakkalinWat Had Siaw0.7Walking10 minutesGood, flat, quiet
Wat Had SiawStatues in the Forest0.2Walking3 minutesGood, uphill, quiet
Statues in the ForestFerry Pier (Chompet)3.3Walking45 minutesWet, it’s a river

 

Duration

  • For the standard tour without Phousi mountain it takes around 4 hours (about 1 hour walking, 2 hours for visits, and an extra hour for coffee stops and other things)
  • With Phousi Mountain it takes around 1 hour longer.
  • With the Pilgrim’s Path extension it takes around 2 hours 30 minutes longer.
  • These estimated timings depend on walking speed and how long is spent in each place.
  • On average these are the approximate durations of a visit to each place (based on previous travelers):
    • Wat Visoun – 15 minutes
    • Wat Aham – 5 minutes
    • Wat Aphay – 2 minutes
    • French bridge Viewpoint – 2 minutes
    • River Confluence viewpoint – 5 minutes
    • Wat Xieng Thong – 20 minutes
    • Wat Choum Khong – 5 minutes
    • Wat Xieng Mouane – 5 minutes
    • Royal Palace – 45 minutes
    • Wat Mai – 10 minutes
    • Phousi Mountain Viewpoint – 15 minutes
    • Wat Xieng Maen – 5 minutes
    • Wat Chompet – 15 minutes
    • Wat Long Khun – 10 minutes
    • Wat Tham Sakkalin – 10 minutes
    • Wat Had Siaw – 10 minutes
    • Statues in the Forest – 10 minutes

Min pax

1

Max pax

10

How to sell it

  • Best included in a self-guided tour program to Laos or combined with other destinations.
  • Good to include if travelers have a day to themselves and want to try something new.
  • A city tour is one of the highlights of Luang Prabang and must be included in a program in one form or another.
  • This can be sold as a standalone activity (think expats when the borders reopen), included in a hybrid guided/SGT tour, or as one of the components of the 4D3N or 7D6N SGT modules (HD option).

Why this activity

  • Developed as one of the first products in our self-guided project.

Good to combine with

Other self-guided products in Luang Prabang:

If travelers include Vang Vieng in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Vientiane in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Hinboun in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

If travelers include Nong Khiaw in their self-guided itinerary we suggest including:

Do not combine with

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Competitor comparison

  • No competitors currently offer self-guided tours.

Pros

  • Easia Signature
  • Cheaper to sell than a conventional city tour as there is no guide and no transport.
  • It puts Easia ahead of our competitors and shows that we are innovators as nobody else sells this type of tour in Laos.
  • Easy to operate as travelers basically take care of themselves.

Cons

  • Travelers need to have a basic knowledge of technology.
  • There is no guide to assist with on-spot issues.

Information

  • Distance: 4.2 kilometers (without Phousi) or 5.1 kilometers (with Phousi). The optional Pilgrim’s Path extension would add another 6 kilometers
  • If travelers did not want to walk then it is also possible for them to rent a bicycle or motorbike and do it that way. Please note that we decided to create this as a walking tour as we believe that is the best way to experience the city, so if they decide to do it any other way it is at their own risk and expense.
  • The Luang Prabang part (not the extension) could also be done by tuk-tuk, either negotiated by travelers on spot and with the driver guided to each place by the traveler and the app, or with a tuk-tuk booked by Easia.

Alerts

  • While this tour can be done all year round, we do not recommend it from late March to late May due to the intense heat, or during the rainy season (unless travelers buy an umbrella and don’t mind getting a bit wet).
  • Travelers should be advised to stay close to the side of the road and be aware of traffic that may be approaching from behind. They should also be warned that when they need to cross the road they should take their time, don’t expect anyone to stop at a crossing and to always look both ways – even on one-way streets!
  • On this tour travelers will be responsible for paying for their own entrance fees.

Important information

  • We recommend this tour be started in the morning and not be rushed.
  • Some of the sites close for lunch so if travelers walk slowly or start late then they may have to stop for lunch as well and resume their visits in the afternoon.

Price range

$$

Quotation guideline

Roadbook Template Trips

  • HALF DAY (City Tour):
    • https://protracer.mhikes.com/5f8865f28aabe9.86390725/travels/template/4584/details
  • FULL DAY (City tour + Extension):
    • https://protracer.mhikes.com/5f8865f28aabe9.86390725/travels/template/4997/details

ERP modules

  • HALF DAY (City Tour)
    • Tour Classification: S41-Easia Active
    • Language: English
    • Tour Type: FIT
    • Tour Name: SGT – Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Half-Day City Tour – 1D – ENG
    • Tour Code: 210203102137
  • FULL DAY (City Tour + Extension)
    • Tour Classification: S41-Easia Active
    • Language: English
    • Tour Type: FIT
    • Tour Name: SGT – Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Full-Day City Tour and Pilgrim’s Path – 1D – ENG
    • Tour Code: 210211032636

Sales should add the SIM card and internet package if necessary.

On this tour travelers will be responsible for paying for their own entrance fees. The costs they will have to pay will be as follows:

  • On the main city tour:
    • Wat Visoun – 20,000kip/person
    • Wat Aham – 20,000kip/person
    • Wat Xieng Thong – 20,000kip/person
    • Royal Palace – 20,000kip/person
    • Wat Mai – 20,000kip/person
  • On the optional Phousi Variant:
    • Phousi Mountain – 20,000kip/person
  • On the optional Pilgrim’s Path extension:
    • Ferry Crossing – 8,000kip/person (each way)
    • Wat Xieng Maen – 10,000kip/person
    • Wat Chompet – 10,000kip/person
    • Wat Long Khun – 10,000kip/person
    • Wat Tham Sakkalin – 10,000kip/person

Inclusion

  • Self-guided program downloadable to the Roadbook app on the travelers’ phones.

Exclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals and drinks.
  • Ferry crossing

Different Choice

  • There are no other self-guided city tours in Luang Prabang at this time.

English

Luang Prabang Self-Guided City Tour (Half-Day)
The city of Luang Prabang with its privileged location at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and the foot of an age-old mountain range is one of the most beautiful cities in Southeast Asia. On this tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Town you will have the chance to view its most emblematic temples and cultural sites. There is also a variant of the route which takes the more physically capable to the top of Phousi Mountain where they will be rewarded with panoramic views. The jewels of the city are Wat Visoun (the oldest temple in the city), the splendid Royal Palace Museum and the stunningly beautiful temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai.

Distance of the walking: 4.2 kilometers (without Phousi) or 5.1 kilometers (with Phousi)
Duration of the walking: approximately 4 hours, including stops (or 5 hours with Phousi)
Elevation: 12 meters accumulated ascent, 12 meters accumulated descent. (and an additional 65m of ascent/descent if including Phousi)

Notes: a sun hat and sun cream are recommended. 

Luang Prabang Self-Guided City Tour + Pilgrim’s Path (Full-Day)
The city of Luang Prabang with its privileged location at the meeting point of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and the foot of an age-old mountain range is one of the most beautiful cities in Southeast Asia. On this tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Town you will have the chance to view its most emblematic temples and cultural sites. There is also a variant of the route which takes the more physically capable to the top of Phousi Mountain where they will be rewarded with panoramic views. The jewels of the city are Wat Visoun (the oldest temple in the city), the splendid Royal Palace Museum and the stunningly beautiful temples of Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Mai. In the afternoon, once you’ve finished the city part of the tour and had your lunch, you’ll head to the Mekong ferry and cross the river to Chompet where you will follow an ancient meditation route, with temples and viewpoints, used by Lao princes in the weeks leading up to their coronation.

Distance of the walking: 10.2 kilometers without Phousi or 11.1 kilometers with Phousi.
Duration of the walking: including stops, approximately 6 hours 30 minutes without Phousi or 7 hours 30 minutes with Phousi.
Elevation: 83 meters accumulated ascent, 83 meters accumulated descent. (and an additional 65m of ascent/descent if including Phousi)

Notes: a sun hat and sun cream are recommended. 

 

French

Visite guidée de la ville de Luang Prabang (demi-journée)

La ville de Luang Prabang, avec son emplacement privilégié au point de rencontre du Mékong et de la Nam Khan et au pied d’une chaîne de montagnes séculaire, est l’une des plus belles villes d’Asie du Sud-Est. Lors de cette visite de la ville classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, vous aurez l’occasion de voir ses temples et ses sites culturels les plus emblématiques. Il existe également une variante de l’itinéraire qui emmène les plus aptes physiquement au sommet de la montagne Phousi, où ils seront récompensés par des vues panoramiques. Les joyaux de la ville sont le Wat Visoun (le plus ancien temple de la ville), le splendide Musée du Palais Royal et les temples d’une beauté époustouflante du Wat Xieng Thong et du Wat Mai.

Distance de la promenade : 4,2 kilomètres (sans Phousi) ou 5,1 kilomètres (avec Phousi).
Durée de la marche : environ 4 heures, arrêts compris (ou 5 heures avec Phousi).
Élévation : 12 mètres de montée cumulée, 12 mètres de descente cumulée. (et 65 m de dénivelé supplémentaire si vous incluez le Phousi).

Notes : un chapeau de soleil et une crème solaire sont recommandés. 

Visite guidée de la ville de Luang Prabang + Chemin des Pèlerins (journée complète)

La ville de Luang Prabang, avec son emplacement privilégié au point de rencontre du Mékong et de la Nam Khan et au pied d’une chaîne de montagnes séculaire, est l’une des plus belles villes d’Asie du Sud-Est. Lors de cette visite de la ville classée au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO, vous aurez l’occasion de voir ses temples et ses sites culturels les plus emblématiques. Il existe également une variante de l’itinéraire qui emmène les plus aptes physiquement au sommet de la montagne Phousi, où ils seront récompensés par des vues panoramiques. Les joyaux de la ville sont le Wat Visoun (le plus ancien temple de la ville), le splendide musée du Palais royal et les temples d’une beauté époustouflante du Wat Xieng Thong et du Wat Mai. Dans l’après-midi, une fois que vous aurez terminé la partie ville de la visite et pris votre déjeuner, vous vous rendrez au ferry du Mékong et traverserez le fleuve jusqu’à Chompet où vous suivrez un ancien itinéraire de méditation, avec des temples et des points de vue, utilisé par les princes laotiens dans les semaines précédant leur couronnement.

Distance de la marche : 10,2 kilomètres sans Phousi ou 11,1 kilomètres avec Phousi.
Durée de la marche : avec les arrêts, environ 6 heures 30 minutes sans Phousi ou 7 heures 30 minutes avec Phousi.
Dénivelé : 83 mètres de dénivelé positif, 83 mètres de dénivelé négatif. (et 65 mètres supplémentaires de montée/descente si vous incluez Phousi).

Notes : un chapeau de soleil et une crème solaire sont recommandés. 

Spanish

Visita autoguiada a la ciudad de Luang Prabang (medio día)

La ciudad de Luang Prabang, con su privilegiada ubicación en el punto de encuentro de los ríos Mekong y Nam Khan y al pie de una cordillera milenaria, es una de las más bellas del sudeste asiático. En este recorrido por la ciudad, declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, tendrá la oportunidad de ver sus templos y lugares culturales más emblemáticos. También existe una variante del recorrido que lleva a los más capacitados físicamente a la cima de la montaña Phousi, donde serán recompensados con vistas panorámicas. Las joyas de la ciudad son Wat Visoun (el templo más antiguo de la ciudad), el espléndido Museo del Palacio Real y los bellísimos templos de Wat Xieng Thong y Wat Mai.

Distancia del paseo: 4,2 kilómetros (sin Phousi) o 5,1 kilómetros (con Phousi)
Duración de la caminata: aproximadamente 4 horas, incluyendo paradas (o 5 horas con Phousi)
Elevación: 12 metros de ascenso acumulado, 12 metros de descenso acumulado. (y 65 metros adicionales de ascenso/descenso si se incluye Phousi)

Notas: se recomienda llevar sombrero y crema solar. 

Visita autoguiada a la ciudad de Luang Prabang + Camino del Peregrino (día completo)

La ciudad de Luang Prabang, con su ubicación privilegiada en el punto de encuentro de los ríos Mekong y Nam Khan y al pie de una cordillera milenaria, es una de las más bellas del sudeste asiático. En este recorrido por la ciudad, declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO, tendrá la oportunidad de ver sus templos y lugares culturales más emblemáticos. También existe una variante del recorrido que lleva a los más capacitados físicamente a la cima de la montaña Phousi, donde serán recompensados con vistas panorámicas. Las joyas de la ciudad son Wat Visoun (el templo más antiguo de la ciudad), el espléndido Museo del Palacio Real y los bellísimos templos de Wat Xieng Thong y Wat Mai. Por la tarde, una vez que haya terminado la parte de la ciudad y haya almorzado, se dirigirá al ferry del Mekong y cruzará el río hasta Chompet, donde seguirá una antigua ruta de meditación, con templos y miradores, utilizada por los príncipes laosianos en las semanas previas a su coronación.

Distancia de la caminata: 10,2 kilómetros sin Phousi o 11,1 kilómetros con Phousi.
Duración de la caminata: incluyendo las paradas, aproximadamente 6 horas y 30 minutos sin Phousi o 7 horas y 30 minutos con Phousi.
Elevación: 83 metros de ascenso acumulado, 83 metros de descenso acumulado. (y 65 metros adicionales de ascenso/descenso si se incluye Phousi)

Notas: se recomienda llevar sombrero y crema solar. 

Italian

Tour autogestito della città di Luang Prabang (mezza giornata)

La città di Luang Prabang, con la sua posizione privilegiata nel punto d’incontro dei fiumi Mekong e Nam Khan e ai piedi di una catena montuosa secolare, è una delle città più belle del Sud-Est asiatico. Durante questo tour della città patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO avrete la possibilità di visitare i suoi templi e siti culturali più emblematici. Esiste anche una variante del percorso che porta i più abili fisicamente in cima al monte Phousi, dove saranno ricompensati con una vista panoramica. I gioielli della città sono il Wat Visoun (il tempio più antico della città), lo splendido Museo del Palazzo Reale e i templi di straordinaria bellezza di Wat Xieng Thong e Wat Mai.

Distanza della passeggiata: 4,2 km (senza Phousi) o 5,1 km (con Phousi)
Durata della passeggiata: circa 4 ore, soste incluse (o 5 ore con Phousi)
Dislivello: 12 metri di ascesa accumulata, 12 metri di discesa accumulata. (e altri 65 metri di salita/discesa se si include Phousi).

Note: si consiglia di portare un cappello e una crema solare. 

Tour autogestito della città di Luang Prabang + sentiero dei pellegrini (giornata intera)

La città di Luang Prabang, con la sua posizione privilegiata nel punto d’incontro dei fiumi Mekong e Nam Khan e ai piedi di una catena montuosa secolare, è una delle città più belle del Sud-Est asiatico. Durante questo tour della città patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO avrete la possibilità di visitare i suoi templi e siti culturali più emblematici. Esiste anche una variante del percorso che porta i più abili fisicamente in cima al monte Phousi, dove saranno ricompensati con una vista panoramica. I gioielli della città sono il Wat Visoun (il tempio più antico della città), lo splendido Museo del Palazzo Reale e i templi di straordinaria bellezza di Wat Xieng Thong e Wat Mai. Nel pomeriggio, una volta terminata la parte cittadina del tour e consumato il pranzo, ci si dirigerà verso il traghetto sul Mekong e si attraverserà il fiume fino a Chompet, dove si seguirà un antico percorso di meditazione, con templi e punti panoramici, utilizzato dai principi laotiani nelle settimane precedenti l’incoronazione.

Distanza della passeggiata: 10,2 km senza Phousi o 11,1 km con Phousi.
Durata della camminata: comprese le soste, circa 6 ore e 30 minuti senza Phousi o 7 ore e 30 minuti con Phousi.
Dislivello: 83 metri di salita e 83 metri di discesa. (e altri 65 metri di salita/discesa se si include Phousi).

Note: si consiglia di indossare un cappello e una crema solare. 

German

Luang Prabang Selbstgeführte Stadtrundfahrt (halbtägig)

Die Stadt Luang Prabang mit ihrer privilegierten Lage am Zusammenfluss von Mekong und Nam Khan und am Fuße einer uralten Bergkette ist eine der schönsten Städte Südostasiens. Auf dieser Tour durch die UNESCO-Weltkulturerbestadt haben Sie die Möglichkeit, die bedeutendsten Tempel und Kulturstätten zu besichtigen. Es gibt auch eine Variante der Route, die die körperlich Stärkeren auf den Gipfel des Phousi-Bergs führt, wo sie mit einem Panoramablick belohnt werden. Die Juwelen der Stadt sind der Wat Visoun (der älteste Tempel der Stadt), das prächtige Königliche Palastmuseum und die atemberaubend schönen Tempel Wat Xieng Thong und Wat Mai.

Entfernung des Spaziergangs: 4,2 Kilometer (ohne Phousi) oder 5,1 Kilometer (mit Phousi)
Dauer des Spaziergangs: etwa 4 Stunden, einschließlich Pausen (oder 5 Stunden mit Phousi)
Höhenunterschied: 12 Meter kumulierter Aufstieg, 12 Meter kumulierter Abstieg. (und zusätzlich 65 m Aufstieg/Abstieg, wenn Phousi eingeschlossen ist)

Anmerkungen: Ein Sonnenhut und Sonnencreme werden empfohlen. 

Luang Prabang Selbstgeführte Stadtrundfahrt + Pilgerpfad (ganztägig)

Die Stadt Luang Prabang mit ihrer privilegierten Lage am Zusammenfluss von Mekong und Nam Khan und am Fuße einer uralten Bergkette ist eine der schönsten Städte Südostasiens. Auf dieser Tour durch die UNESCO-Weltkulturerbestadt haben Sie die Möglichkeit, die bedeutendsten Tempel und Kulturstätten zu besichtigen. Es gibt auch eine Variante der Route, die die körperlich Stärkeren auf den Gipfel des Phousi-Bergs führt, wo sie mit einem Panoramablick belohnt werden. Die Juwelen der Stadt sind der Wat Visoun (der älteste Tempel der Stadt), das prächtige Königliche Palastmuseum und die atemberaubend schönen Tempel Wat Xieng Thong und Wat Mai. Am Nachmittag, nachdem Sie den städtischen Teil der Tour beendet und zu Mittag gegessen haben, fahren Sie zur Mekong-Fähre und überqueren den Fluss nach Chompet, wo Sie einer alten Meditationsroute mit Tempeln und Aussichtspunkten folgen, die von laotischen Prinzen in den Wochen vor ihrer Krönung benutzt wurde.

Entfernung der Wanderung: 10,2 Kilometer ohne Phousi oder 11,1 Kilometer mit Phousi.
Dauer der Wanderung: einschließlich Pausen ca. 6 Stunden und 30 Minuten ohne Phousi oder 7 Stunden und 30 Minuten mit Phousi.
Höhenunterschied: 83 Meter kumulierter Aufstieg, 83 Meter kumulierter Abstieg. (und zusätzlich 65 m Aufstieg/Abstieg mit Phousi)

Hinweise: Ein Sonnenhut und Sonnencreme werden empfohlen.