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Destinations: Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Starts in/Finishes in: Luang Prabang/Vientiane
Highlights:

• Luang Prabang – a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 that is well-known for its high concentration of Buddhist temples and serene location on the banks of Mekong
• Explore Xieng Khouang with the famous Plain of Jars
• Visit Vientiane, the pleasant capital of Laos with its highlights

Duration: 6 days

Travel Style: Classic & Culture , Featured Tours
Suitable: First timers, Culture seekers

TRIP IN DETAILS

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia.
After a short break, visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai; you then hike up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and the watch the setting sun as it is reflected on the Mekong River. From there, visit the Night Market, where you can browse a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hill-tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals:
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of Alms Giving, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the daily procession.
After breakfast back at the hotel we begin our journey to Khouangsi Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.
On arrival at the Khouangsi Waterfall you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary. You will also enjoy a picnic lunch below the falls.
Upon return to Luang Prabang we board our private boat for a pleasant and scenic cruise up on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.
Returning to Luang Prabang we disembark our boat and have the option of taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving or returning to the hotel for free time to relax.
Your evening is free to treat yourself a spa treatment or massage, do some shopping or relax at your hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

Today we depart early for a drive through spectacular scenery to Xieng Khuang Province, the home of the Plain of Jars. There are many stunning photo opportunities along the way and a couple of stops to explore hill tribe villages. After check-in at your hotel in Phonsavan there will be time to go for a wonder through town, visit the MAG Centre or chill out over a drink at the hotel.
Overnight in Xiengkhouang

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

After breakfast, head out to explore the Plain of Jars. We will be visiting Sites 1, 2 & 3 as well as taking a short trek to a Tai Dam and Lao Leum village along the way.

Following lunch, drive on to explore the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hilltribe and Tai Dam people.

Returning to Phonsavan to board a short flight to Vientiane. On arrival we check in to the hotel.

Your evening is free to take a stroll along the waterfront and enjoy a few drinks as you watch the sunset over the Mekong River.
Overnight in Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

This morning we head out to see the major highlight. You are seeing the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, from there you visit COPE Center. The COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This museum was set after in 1997 to help covering the victim during Indochina war.

After lunch and time to relax we drive south from Vientiane city to see the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures set in parkland on the banks of the Mekong close to the Friendship Bridge. Here we find over 200 religious images dating back some 500 years faithfully recreated by a mysterious Buddhist monk.

Your evening is free to explore the Night Market and sample some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants the town has to offer.

Overnight in Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Transportation: Private vehicle

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation:
Transportation: Private vehicle

PRICE & INCLUSION

From: US$ per person for a private tour of minimum 6 guests traveling together
Valid till October 31, 2021

Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch
Transportation: Private vehicle
Accommodation: 5 Nights
  • All pick up and transfers by private vehicle with experienced driver
  • Accommodation in Luang Prabang in chosen hotel with daily breakfast
  • English speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals at good local restaurants
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Private boat trip to Pak Ou Caves
  • All VAT and government taxes
  • Entry visa to Laos
  • International and regional flight tickets and airport taxes
  • Domestic flight ticket from Xieng Khouang to Vientiane: US$ per person
  • Travel Insurances
  • Drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not mentioned on the program

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