LAOS CULTURE & NATURE

(7 DAYS)

duration
7 days
destination
Laos
travel in style
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This trip will take you to discover Luang Prabang – listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites for unique and “remarkably” well preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage, a blend of the rural and urban developments over several centuries, admiring the authentic landscapes of Vang Vieng and Vientiane – home of the most significant national monument in Laos.

Tour Highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival Luang Prabang
  • Day 2: Luang Prabang: Pak Ou caves
  • Day 3: Luang Prabang: Kuang Si waterfall
  • Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng
  • Day 5: Vang Vieng – Vientiane
  • Day 6: Vientiane: Buddha Park
  • Day 7: Vientiane – Departure

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LAOS CULTURE & NATURE Itinerary

Arrival in Luang Prabang, reception and transfer to the hotel. Free time and overnight.

  • Notes: the official check-in time is after 14h00.

After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum. We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
On arrival back in the city, we will visit the old Wat Sene and the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong. Late afternoon, we will make a stop at Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the ideal place to catch the last beauty of the day. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market.

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace.

After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.

If time permits, we will visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos. Then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream.

After visiting the falls, you can visit the nearby Butterflies Park, where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with the homemade cookies whilst relaxing inside the green peaceful garden full of colorful butterflies. On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center.

In the morning, we travel by road south to Vang Vieng. After about 2-hour drive, we will have chance to enjoy the panoramic view at the highest peak of the area, which is more than 2000 meter high.
From there, we will drive to visit Pha Hom market, where we can find various offer of wild animals.
We will also stop at Ban Phouhin Lekphay to see the life of Khmu hill-tribe. Our next photo stop is at Phatang Mountain view point to admire the beautiful scenery before reaching the town of Vang Vieng
Upon arrival, we still have time to visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We will make the last transfer to the nearby Ban Theua to spend the night at the lovely resort overlooking Nam Ngum lake, the “sea of Laos”.

Optional: Wake up early today, you never want to miss the serene sunrise over the peaceful lake.
After breakfast, you are free to stroll around the resort and the nearby village for your own exploration.

In the afternoon, we will transfer to Vientiane. Along the way, visit Dong Makkhai Market, where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions.

We will arrive in Vientiane around late afternoon. Check in your hotel and free time at leisure.

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. We then visit Lao Disable Women Development Center, which assist disable women to cope with their disability and advocate for their rights.

Start the afternoon with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.
Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”. Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set.

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight.

  • Notes: the official check-out time is before 12h00 noon.

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*** INCLUSIONS
  • 06 nights in proposed or similar hotels with daily breakfast.
  • Transfer: by private vehicle according to the program.
  • Meals: as indicated (excluding beverages).
  • Expert and professional guide in English according to the program.
  • Entrance fee to indicated site.
  • Boat fee as program.
*** EXCLUSIONS
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Visa to Laos
  • Meals not mentioned and beverages
  • Travel insurance, tips and personal expenses.
  • All other expenses not clearly mentioned in the program.

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