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Great Laos Experience in 5 Days

CODE: LAO-05-4 DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights
TRAVEL TYPE: CLASSIC  
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.

This guided tour takes you to explore Laos and its heritage wonders in Vientiane and Luang Prabang in five days. Begin your tour with a glimpse to the slow-moving city of Vientiane and sightseeing the unique temples, monuments, wide boulevards and local markets before traveling north to Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Lane Xang Kingdom. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. this enchanting town of Luang Prabang is a great representative of traditional Laotian cultures and architectures. Visit the tranquil temples and fascinating local villages. Cruise on the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves and enjoy your day at the natural surrounding of Kuangsi Waterfall.

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Ho Pha Keo

Phra That Luang
Ho Pha Keo
Wat Xieng Thong
Patuxai (Victory Gate)
Wat Visoun
Wat Si Saket
National Museum
Pak Ou Caves
Kuang Si Water

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1:  ARRIVE VIENTIANE

When you arrive in Vientiane, meet and greet with your guide and transfe to the hotel. Start your tour with the visit to Pha That Luang, famed for its glorious golden stupa which can be dated back to the 3rd century. Standing magnificently against time in the heart of the city, Phat That Luang is revered as the sacred monument and severs as a national symbol of Laos. Further on to Ho Pha Keo, once a royal temple that claimed to house the Emerald Buddha before Siamese seizure several centuries ago. Having been converted into a museum, it contains many beautiful Buddhist sculptures. Nearby visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane since 1551, renowned for its stylish Laotian architecture and containing thousands of Buddha relics. Drive along the wide boulevards of Vientiane to visit a momumental arch - Patuxai or “Victory Gate”, built in resemblance to Arc de Triomphe in Paris but decorated with Lao motifs and designs. Get a panoramic view of the city at the top of Patuxai. Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 2:  VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG (B)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang, one of the most fascinating towns in Northern Laos, full of historic temples, cultures and traditions. Begin the tour with visit to Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang since 1513 and famous for the collection of Buddha antiques and the impressive That Makmo or “The Watermelon Stupa” Nearby visit Wat Aham or “the temple of the opened heart”, beautifully designed with ancient interiors and roof decoration. Next visit to Wat Xieng Thong or “The Temple of the Golden City” built in 1560 on the confluence of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple represents a classic architectural style of Luang Prabang and arguably the most beautiful temple in Laos. Then stroll down the Wat Street of Luang Prabang where you may stop if time permiets at Wat Siboun Heang, Wat Si Moung Khoun Wat Sop and Wat Sene. In late afternoon, visit the Mount Phousi for sunset. It is a spectacular hill right in the center of the town with a small temple on top. After climbing 328 steps from the entrance, you can enjoy a picturesque scenery of the town and the river. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

After breakfast, experience the touch with the locals at the Phousi Market where you can find a unique market scenario of people buying and selling fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, clothing, and household goods. Then take a brief tour to the Luang Prabang National Museum, a former Royal Palace built by French as a royal residence to the last king of Laos. The museum offers a good insight to the Laos tradition and history. Visit the nearby Wat Mai or “the New Monastery”, a picturesque temple with its five-tiered roofs and traditionally-designed veradah. Afterwards, take a scenic boat trip along the Mekong River to the famous Pak Ou Caves where you can see the village life along the riverside. The Pak Ou caves are consisted of a lower Tham Ting and an uppoer Tham Phueng, both of which are impressively overhanging on the limestone cliffs. Inside these two caves, you can find thousands of Buddha statues in different shapes, sizes and positions lying all over. Nearby visit an ethnic local village of Ban Xang Hai, famous for its production of local rice wine whisky called lao lao. which is a unique traditional whisky bathing the creatures such as snakes, scorpions, geckos or centipedes. Then visit Ban Xang Khong, renowned for its silk weaving by traditional handlooms and traditional Sa paper making before returning to Luang Prabang for overnight.

DAY 4:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Take a trip to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Luang Prabang - the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Its cascading steps of waterfalls and ponds nestled in the forested green trees offers a pleasant, perfect atmosphere for relaxation and swimming. Very close by to the waterfalls is a Khmu Village of Ban Tha Pene where you can visit and touch the village life of Khmu. Return to Luang Prabang and spend the rest of your day freely on your own to explore the town, street, or market further. Overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 5:  LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE (B)

Take your hearty breakfast. Today you are free on your own at leisure for further exploration and shopping. If you rise early enough, you can enjoy seeing the traditional alms giving to the Buddhist monks in the morning. Transfer out to the airport or departure to the next destination.


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 Pakse
  • By 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
  • Domestic flights from/to Vientiane and Pakse
  • By road - 10 hours driver from/to Vientiane
  • By boat from/to Huay Xai border via Pakse (connection with Thailand)

Prices

Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 651 556 131
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 645 550 120
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 651 556 131
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 721 626 219
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 699 604 195
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 721 626 219
Superior 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 909 820 425
Superior 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 874 785 388
Superior 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 909 820 425

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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