Pick up from the hotel at 05.30 by van and an English speaking guide. Wake up early when the sun rises to see the several hundreds monks asking for alms in the main street of Luang Prabang. One of the towns in south East Asia where you could really see that kind of event. We then continue the tour by visiting Vat Xiengthong which was constructed in 1559/1560 A.D. by king Say Setthathirath. Vat Xiengthong is the most beautiful among all monasteries of Luang Prabang and represents the typical Lao art style. Many old and beautiful religious artefacts of the period between the sixteenth and the twentieth centuries, and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art, for a valuable collection of cultural heritage. Vat Mai, constructed in 1821 A.D., during the reign of king Manthatourath, was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriach of the Buddhist clergy). The five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim is the traditional Luang Prabang style.
Vat Visoun was built between 1500/1520 during the reign of King Visounarat. The Phrabang, the fine gold Buddha image, the religious symbol of the Kingdom, was enshrined here from 1504 to 1715 A.D., and from 1866 to 1874 A.D. In 1942, it was turned into a Museum of Religious Arts, and housed collections of Buddha images and religious artifacts from the fourteenth century. Within its precincts stands the gigantic That Makmo (watermelon stupa), originally known as That Patum or Lotus Stupa, constructed in 1503 A.D.. The National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace is our next stop. Constructed as a palace between 1904 and 1909 A.D., during the reign of King Sisavangvong, now turned into a National Museum, it houses the Royal throne of Lan Xang kingdom in its original splendor, and many other regalia and religious treasures. It is located on the bank of the Mekong River, facing Mount Phusi. After this visit we head back to the hotel at 11.00.