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4 Days Vientiane - Luang Prabang Tour

CODE: LAO-04-3 DURATION: 4 Days / 3 Nights
TRAVEL TYPE: SHORT TRIPS  
TRIP ROUTE: Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Private Tour with daily departure. The program is available in reverse direction with first day in Luang Prabang and last day in Vientiane.

Immerse yourself in the distinctive beauty of Laos and explore the tranquil city of Vientiane, which is located on the bank of Mekong River. You will be intrigued by the well-preserved Laotian heritage of temples and architectures of olden-day colonial style buildings and boulevards. A flight north will take you to Luang Prabang, the Land of Million Elephants and unique beauty of Buddhist monasteries and traditions. Experience the scenic boat trip to Pak Ou Caves and visits local weaving village to see their traditional living style.

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Buddha Park
Pha That Luang

Phra That Luang, Vientiane
Ho Pra Kao
Wat Si Saket
Patuxai (Victory Gate), Vientiane
Pak Ou Cave
National Museum

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Vientiane

Upon arrival at Vientiane, meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. Relax for some times and start the tour to Vientiane attractions, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa, dating back to 3rd centuries. Pha That Luang had faced destruction and reconstruction during the past centuries and yet is able stand magnificently in the heart of Vientiane. It is behold as sacred and holy place, and serves as the symbol of national monument in Laos. Continue to visit Ho Pha Keo, the former royal temple, which claimed to once house the Emerald Buddha that was forcibly taken to Bangkok. Nowaday Ho Pha Keo is a museum with beautiful of Buddhist sculpture. Then continue to Wat Si Saket, located on Lane Xang Avenue just opposite the Presidential Palace, is the most significant temple of Vientiane. Built by King Photisararat in 1551 and reconstructed by King Anouvong in 1818, Wat Sisaket is the oldest temple in Vientiane in its original form and contains many beautiful relics of Buddha images. Onward tour to Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, but executed with Lao motifs. At the top of this monument, you can see panoramic view of the city and the surrounding park. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2 Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Take breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the Wattay airport . Flight north to Luang Prabang where you will met by another tour guide. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, Luang Prabang is a fascinating town, filled with historical temples, colonial style buildings, old Laotian cultures and lovely people. Start the tour with visit to Wat Visoun. This monastery, founded in 1513, is the oldest temple in Luang Prabang and contains a great collection of antique Buddha images. Nearby, visit Wat Aham, famous for the sim’s ancient interior and roof decoration. Further on to Wat Xieng Thong, literally means “The Temple of Golden City” whose origin can be dated back to 1560 when King Setthatilat built it on the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan River. With many ornate chapels, the entire temple complex represents the real gem of traditional Laotian architecture. From Wat Xieng Thong, walk down the main street (or Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. If time available, stop at other fascinating temples such as Wat Siboun Heuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. In late afternoon, visit Mount Phousi for sunset. It is a significant landmark since the mountain sits right in the center of the city. On top of the mountain, there is a small temple where you can pay your reverence and at its viewpoint, you can see the superb landscape of Luang Prabang city and the rivers.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3 Luang Prabang

After your breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and begin the tour of the day. Take a scenic boat trip up the Mekong River and enjoy seeing the rural life of the Laotian people on both sides of the river bank. Arrive at the famous Pak Ou Caves, the overhanging two caves on the striking limestone cliffs. The Pak Ou Caves, revered as a sacred religious site in Luang Prabang, are filled with thousands of Buddha sculptures in varying styles, sizes, and ages. Take a visit to the local village of Ban Xang Hai nearby. In the past, the people of this village were expert in pottery making, but you would not see them making pots or jars. Instead they are expert in producing local rice whisky, called lao lao. The whisky is highly unique as it is mixed with some stunning creatures such as snakes, geckos, lizards, and scorpions. From this lao village, take a visit to another village of Ban Xang Khong. This village is famous in silk weaving with traditional hand loom and Sa paper making from mulberry. Drive back into the town and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 Luang Prabang Departure

After having your breakfast, visit the local market in the early morning where you can see simple daily life activities of the Laotian locals. If early enough, you can see monk collecting alms in magnificent rows along the street of Luang Prabang. Continue to the National Museum, which was once a royal residence of the last Laos monarchy. It was built by French in 1904, but was confiscated and converted into museum during the revolution in 1975. The museum is closed on Tuesday. Not far from the museum is the largest temple in Luang Pranbang, named Wat Mai (or literally means New Temple or Monastery). Its unique architecture with five-tiered roofs and veradah makes Wat Mai one of the most picturesque temple in Laos Transfer to the airport for departure or extension to other destinations in Laos or neighboring country.

In and Out of Vientiane:

  • By plane: Internationally from/to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Phnom Penh, Siem reap,, Kuaal Lumpur, Kunming, and domestically from Luang Prabang, Luang Namtha, Pakse
  • By Road - 10 hours drive from/to Luang Prabang and 10 hours drive from/to PakseBy Train -
    Take train to Nong Khai from Bangkok, Thailand and cross the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to the border and drive to the city about 20 minutes.

In and Out of Luang Prabang:

  • International flights from/to from: Bangkok, Hanoi, Chiang Mai and Siem Reap

Prices

Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 575 486 99
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 570 481 93
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 575 486 99
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 628 539 163
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 613 525 147
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 628 539 163
Superior 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 753 711 300
Superior 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 729 686 275
Superior 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 753 711 300

Note:

  • Rates are quoted in U.S. DOLLARS
  • Except 24 Dec, 31 Dec  and 12 – 17 Apr ; Compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges by hotels during the public holidays of Christmas and New Year - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

Include:

  • Hotel accommodation (twin-sharing)  in Vientiane & Luang Prabang
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Laos
  • Tours and excursions as described
  • Flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang
  • English speaking guide
  • All Entrance Fees

Exclude:

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Airport tax & Personal Expense
  • International Airfare to/from Laos
  • Laos visa fee (Visitors can obtain visa upon arrival at US$ 30-45 with 2 photos)
 
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Fast Fact at Laos

  • The People's Democratic Republic of Lao is located in the centre of Indochina, sharing borders with China to the north, Myanmar to the north-west, Thailand to the west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
  • Laos enjoys a tropical climate with two distinct seasons - the rainy season from the beginning of May to the end of September and dry season from October through to April.
  • Lao language is the national language. Other languages used are French, English, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese.
  • The Kip is the official currency of Laos.
  • The majority of Lao people are Buddhists.
  • When entering a Wat (Temple) or a private home it is customary to remove one's shoes.
  • In traditional homes one sits on low seats or cushions on the floor. Upon entering guests may be served fruit or tea. These gestures of hospitality should not be refused.
  • The head is considered the most sacred part of the body and the soles of the feet the least, one should not touch a person's head nor use one's foot to point at a person or any object.
  • Men and women rarely show affection in public.
  • Women are forbidden to touch a Buddhist monk.

 

 
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