Pick up from the hotel at 14.00 by van and an English speaking guide. We start the tour by a visit to Ban Phanom village, only 2.5 km from the center of Luang Prabang. The village is famous for cotton and silk weaving, and some beautifully hand-crafted souvenirs. The Lu people of Ban Phanom came originally from Sip Song Panna in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan, having been invited by King Kitsarath. An interesting place to visit Banpo Village. People there still live very traditional with many women weaving beautiful embroideries for bags, clothes, etc.
Since this is a closed-knit society there is not much competition and prices are virtually fixed. are rucksacks and pouches as well, all beautifully embroidered. After the visit we drive back to Luang Prabang where, around 4 or 4:30 PM ,on the Buddhist Day of the week ,the monks in Wat Ho Siang and Wat That begin to beat the drum and the cymbals in the drum tower.
For somebody that loves a good drum beat it is definitively not to be missed. Don't miss the sunset over the Mekong! A very good place to enjoy it is in the Wat Pha Baat Tai or Wat That. After this visit we head back to the hotel at 18.30.