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Pakse, Sekong, Attapeu, Pakse
5 Days / 4 Nights
Vientiane, Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang
6 Days / 5 Nights
Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang
7 Days / 6 Nights
Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang, Pakbeng, Houexai
8 Days / 7 Nights
Houexai, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Pakse, Vat Phou, Bolovan Plateau
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Vientiane

 

 

7 Days / 6 Nights - Tour
Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang
- Pakbeng - Houexai
Lao's People Democratic Republic

Day 1 Arival - Vientiane
Arrival at Vientiane Airport. Transfer to your hotel and check in. The capital of Laos is a very laid-back city, busy and hectic in comparison to the rest of the country very quiet however if compared with any other city in Asia. The tree lined boulevards and the old temples give the town it's special touch of ancient past and French colonialism. Lunch at local restaurant.

Today we will visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, Wat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. All other temples in the city have undergone extensive restoration. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Nearby is Haw Phra Kaew, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. Built in 1565, Haw Phra Kaew has been used as a museum since 1970 and contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts in the country. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok's Wat Phraw Kaew. Next we will visit the That Luang Stupa. This is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Built in 1566 by King Sethtathirat its central structure is 45 meters tall and can be seen from far. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. We will then continue to Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the "Arc de Triumph" in Paris. Late afternoon we will stroll along the Mekong River and enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the simple riverside cafes on the board of the river. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at hotel, Vientiane.
Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Vientiane - Vang Vieng
Breakfast. This morning we will leave Vientiane and drive north out of town. We will drive through a beautiful plain of rice paddies towards the mountains of Laos. Our first stop will be in Thalat where we will visit the busy and colorful market. It is the main market for this region and various hill tribes come to Thalat to sell their goods. We will then continue our journey and visit Vang Sang on the way where 11th Century Buddha Figures are carved into the rocks. Our last stop on the way will be at a Paper Weaving Workshop, an ASEAN Handicraft Project. Early afternoon (total driving time is approx. 3-4 hours) we will reach our destination for today: Vang Vieng, a small town nestled along a scenic bend of the Nam Song River and about half way between Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The little town is not without charm, but the main attractions are the limestone cliffs and the many caves along the river. Check-in to your hotel and lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon we will visit Tham Chang Cave, one of the largest and most impressive caves in the area which was used as a bunker in defense against the Chinese in the early 19th Century. A set of stairs leads up to the main entrance and from the end of the main chamber we have a beautiful view over the surrounding area. We will then cross the river and visit Ban Huai Ngai Village. A very pleasant village where we can enjoy the tranquil local life. Time permitting we can go for an approximately 1 ½ hours walk through the rice fields and visit two smaller caves - Khan & Khil Cave - before returning to our hotel on the other side of the river. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Namsong Hotel, Vang Vieng.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang
Breakfast. This morning we take a walk through the little city of Vang Vieng and visit the local market in the center of it. We will then continue our journey to Luang Prabang. Driving time today is approximately 4 - 5 hours. The very scenic drive winds through the mountains and we will stop along the way and visit several villages of different ethnic minorities. Simple lunch en route.

Early afternoon arrive in Luang Prabang. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. The ancient capital of the former Kingdom is one of the best-preserved ancient cities in South East Asia. Nestled in the mountains at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers the town has a unique charm with gilded temples on nearly every corner and saffron robed monks strolling through the quiet streets. The city center of this World Heritag Site has kept the flair of the bygone days and is rich in cultural heritage with old monasteries and temples. Late afternoon we will walk up 350 steps to Wat Phousi Hill. The temples on the slopes of Phousi are all of rather recent construction but from the top we have a very nice view over the city and it's surroundings. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Luang Prabang.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Luang Prabang
Breakfast. This morning we will first visit a few smaller temples: Wat Sop, Wat Sirimungkhun, Wat Si Bouan Heuang and Wat Khili. Almost at the end of the Penninsula we will find the richest and most beautiful temple: Vat Xieng Thong. The temple was built in classic Luang Prabang architecture in 1560. The rear wall of the Sim features an impressive "tree of life" mosaic set in red background. Inside richly decorated wooden column support a ceiling vested with Dharma-Wheels. In the compound stand several chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris in 1911. Lunch at local restaurant.

This afternoon we will visit Khouang Si Waterfall which are about 30 km south of Luang Prabang. The pleasant drive through the countryside takes about 1 hour. The waterfall tumbles over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools, which invite for a refreshing swim! After we enjoyed this relaxing site we will visit a village of the Khmu minority close by. On the way back to Luang Prabang we will visit Ban Phanom Village, which is well known for cotton and silk hand weaving. You can stroll through the village and watch the weavers working on their handlooms. Time permitting we will also visit the tomb of Henri Muhout, the French explorer who re-discovered Angkor Wat in the 1860's. It is located in the jungle outside the village on the banks of the river. Return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. Dinner at local restaurant. Accommodation at Hotel, Luang Prabang.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Luang Prabang
Breakfast. Today we will discover the oldest part of the city on foot. We will first stop at Wat Mai. It is build in traditional Luang Prabang style and has a remarkably rich decorated veranda. We will then visit the National Museum, which is located in the former king's palace in the center of Luang Prabang. On display is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the Royal Family as photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign visitors. We will continue walking along the main road before turning left to visit Wat Nong. Opposite this temple is an Art School where over hundred students from all over Laos learn the ancient art of Lao workmanship. Further down the little road we will enter Wat Saen, a Thai style monastery with several wats. Lunch at local restaurant.

Afternoon at leisure to relax at the hotel or further explore the charming city of Luang Prabang. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel, Luang Prabang.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Luang Prabang - Pak Ou - Pakbeng
American Breakfast. This morning we will board the Luang Say Boat and depart from Luang Prabang on the Mekong River. We will pass by local fishing villages and enjoy this relaxing way of travel. On the way we will stop at Pak Ou village to visit the famous Tham Thing Caves of a Thousand Buddhas and at a local village, which is famous for it's rice wine! Pick-nick lunch is served on board. Late afternoon arrival in Pakbeng and check-in the very charming Luang Say Lodge on the banks of the River. Dinner will be served on the terrace of the resort overlooking the Mekong River. Accommodation at Luang Say Lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Pakbeng - Houexai - Chiang Khong
Breakfast. Today we are back on the boat for the second leg of our journey towards Thailand. We will enjoy the beautiful scenery and will stop along the way at some local villages and sample the simple but peaceful life of the local people. Pick-nick lunch is served on board. Afternoon arrival in Houexai on the boarder to Thailand. Upon arrival we will proceed to the immigration check-point and exit Laos. We will then cross the Mekong by ferry and upon arrival in Thailand on the other side your Thailand Guide will be expecting you.
Breakfast, Lunch

Tour Guides

All our tours are conducted by an experienced tour guide. All our prices are valid for; English, French, German speaking guides and the language requested must be specified by the time of booking. Other languages guides are subject to confirmation by the time of booking and subject to extra charges.

Included

Sightseeing tour & transfer as detailed in the itineraries
Tour Guide as described above
Accommodation in specified hotels or hotels of similar category
Full board as specified throughout the whole tour
Domestic flights with Lao Aviation as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic Airport Tax where applicable
All entrance fees
Boat trips as specified
Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle

Not Included

Services not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals not mentioned
International flights To and From Laos
Lao visa fees (currently US$30 per person if arranged on arrival)
Expenses of personal nature (e.g. drinks, laundry, souvenir, etc)
International Airport Tax (currently US$10 net)
Personal Travel Insurance

 

 
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