Many come to Luang Prabang to find themselves, and what better way to do it then to unclutter your inner thoughts as well with a traditional Lao spiced sauna, a classic Lao massage and teachings from a revered Buddhist monk in a pristine temple?
We will first visit Wat Visounarat, Luang Prabang's oldest temple which also used to be home of the Prabang Buddhas before they were moved to the Luang Prabang national museum. The watermelon stupa is also a highlight that this temple has. You will also hear about the colourful history of the temple.
After the visit Wat Visounarat, we will visit a senior monk and learning the art of meditation. You are also free to ask the monk any questions about Buddhism.
The Sauna will be at a locally run steam-bath sponsored by the Lao Red Cross. It has been open in Luang Prabang since 1993 and it's a well established organization doing great work throughout Laos. The mission is to work for the improvement of the health situation of Lao people in many sections in society, humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence voluntary service and universality.
We will cap off the zen journey by visiting the Lao Red Cross center. We will be enjoying a sauna like how the locals do it, spiced with Lao herbs and flowers, creating a very distinct aroma that is said to heal your body and tissues. You can go into the sauna as many times as you want, and when you've had enough of the heat, we will have a 1hr massage right at the center.
3.30pm - Pick up and head to the temple and learning how meditation works
4.20pm - Visit Wat Visounarat
4.40pm - Do sauna and Lao traditional massage at the Lao Red Cross Center
6pm - Head to another temple in town to join the chanting with novices, monks and villagers
6:50pm - Join meditation
7.20pm - Drop you off at the main street near the night market area.
*** You can bring a pack of milk or it can be anything to the monk and he will do a blessing back to you
Please kindly note:
- Bring a change of clothes for sauna
- Dress conservatively
- Wear long pants/skirt and T-shirt/shirt for visiting temple
- Bring your own bottled water