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Laos Adventure classic - 7 Days

CODE: LAO-07-1 DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights
TRAVEL TYPE: CLASSIC  
TRIP ROUTE: Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

Take a one full week break and discover the hidden treasure of Laos, the small, but charmful landlock country. Your first stop is to visit the capital city of Vientiane and tour around to see the temples and monuments. Pack up your belongings and head off by road to Vang Vieng, a less known little town north of Vientiane about 4 hours away. Vang Vieng has becoming more and more renowned for its untouched romantic atmosphere, beautiful scenery of mountains and caves, great rivers and paddy fields. Drive up north to Luang Prabang, the world heritage site, where you will explore the Laotian cultures and traditions, take boat ride to Pak Ou cave and visit the waterfall.

This tour features the land route from Vientiane to Luang Prabang via Vang Vieng. Instead of flying, you will travel by road to view the beautiful countryside of Laos, and pass through amiable local villages and fascinating rice paddy fields.

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Phra That Luang

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

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1:  ARRIVE IN VIENTIANE

When you arrive in Vientiane, meet and greet with your guide and transfer to check in at your hotel. Begin your week with sightseeing around the city that is adored with gilded temples, wide boulevards, colonial style buildings, and classic monuments. First visit to Pha That Luang, considered to be the most important monument of Laos with its magnificent golden stupa and long history since 3rd century, even before the dawn of Lane Xang Kingdom. Nearby visit Ho Pha Keo, once a royal temple housing the most revered Emerald Buddha which was forcibly taken to Bangkok during Siamese seizure several centuries ago. Recently it was converted into a museum that contains various samples of Buddhist sculptures. Continue the visit to Wat Si Saket, a stylish Lao monastery which is the oldest and the most original in Vientiane. The temple, built since 1551 and restored in 1818, contains thousands of Buddha antiques and relics. Then drive along the boulevards to Patuxai, a monumental landmark located in the center of the city, built with the inspiration of the Arc de Triomple in Paris. On top of the monument, you can see beautiful landscape of the city with avenues, surround parks and houses. In the evening, you can relax at the hotel or explore freely the night market on your own. Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 2:  VIENTIANE - VANG VIENG (B)

After your hearty breakfast, begin your journey from Vientiane to Vang Vieng by Road. After about a 55 km drive, we make our first stop at an impressive archaeological cave of Vang Xang, a lost 8th-11th Buddhist sanctuary rediscovered around 1960 by Pierre-Marie Gagneux, a dedicated French historian, who spent most part of his life in Laos and was a top expert in Laotian history and culture. Vang Xang literally means “Elphant Court or Palace” and was believed to be an ancient elephant cemetery before Hindu Khmer and Buddhist Mon converted the cave into a religious sanctuary with old massive Buddha statues carved out of the rock. Further on to Huay Mor where we will visit the local fish market . Before arriving at Vang Vieng, we will make our last stop of the day at Tham Chang Cave, a beautiful cave where you can have a scenic view of the nearby village and rice fields. Beneath the cave are the natural ponds with crystalline clear fresh water where you can bath freely if you like. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

DAY 3:  VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG (B)

Breakfast in the morning and start the tour with a soft and short trek through rice paddy fields to visit Ban Pha Thao where resides an ethnic Hmong village and continue to Tham Xang Cave, literally means “Elephant Cave”. Here you will find the elephant carved stalactites enhanced its name, the impressive Buddha statues and a Buddha footprint. Make a farewell to Vang Vieng and continue our northern journey to Luang Prabang. Along the road, enjoy the picturesque scenery of Laos countryside in more depth and visit the local villages of Ban Phatang and Muang Kas. Late in the evening, arrive at Luang Prabang, one of the most charmful towns in Laos and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relax in Luang Prabang.

DAY 4:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

Take the first morning breathe of Luang Prabang and hearty breakfast. Begin the day with visit to Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang since 1513. Inside the monastery are ancient Buddhas images and a stone stupa “That Mak Mo” or watermelon stupa due to its resemblance to a watermelon. Nearby is Wat Aham, famous for its ancient architectural Luang Prabang style of chapels and roofs. Then visit to Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most prominent monasteries of Laos. The temple contains many beautiful carvings, paintings and images that witness the marvelous skills of the Lao artisans. Its gilded doors, roofs, and ornaments portray the superb artistry of Lao architecture. Walk down the main street of Luang Prabang, so called “Wat Street” , as there are many temples and monasteries lying on both sides of the road - Wat Siboun Heuang, Wat Si Moung Khoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Continue to the former Royal Palace which is now the National Museum (close on Tuesday). It was built by French as a royal residence to the last monarchy of Laos. Then to Wat Mai, built in 1796, magnificent in its five-tiered roof and wall paintings that depict the daily village life of the Laotian people. Last but not least, visit Mount Phousifor sunset. It is a hill lying in the center of the city where there is a small temple of Phousi on top. After climbing 328 steps up from the entrance to the top, you can have a stunning landscape of Luang Prabang and the Nam Song River.

DAY 5:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

After your breakfast, take a scenic boat trip that will show you a beautiful view of the riverside and the village life along the river. Arrive at the famous Tham Pak Ou Caves, notorious for housing several thousands of Buddha images inside its two caves, a lower Tham Ting and an upper Tham Pheung. This Buddhist site is deemed by the Laotian people as a sacred religious place. Every Lao New Year called Phi Mai in Laos, thousands of locals come to the caves to pay respects to the underlying Buddha statues. Explore the caves, pay respect to Buddha statues, and take great photos for your memorials brought home. Nearby take a visit to the local village of Ban Xang Hai, literally means pottery-making village. The villagers had abandoned making pots long time ago, but become experts in producing lao lao - the local rice wine whisky. You may wish to taste or sip lao lao a little for a great experience since the whisky is blended with creepy creatures such as snakes, geckos, scorpions, or centipedes, etc. Get on to another village of Ban Xang Khong, famous for the silk weaving and local paper-making skills. Return to Luang Prabang to relax and overnight.

DAY 6:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. visit to one of the most beautiful natural wonders of Luang Prang, the Kuang Si Waterfal. The green untouched forest and the many cascading steps of waterfalls and, clear pools give visitors a unique experience of nature. Enjoy swimming and relaxing in the crystalline ponds overlooking waterfalls and surrounding green trees. Nestled near to the waterfall is ethnic Khmu Village of Ban Tha Pene. Return to Luang Prabang where you can enjoy your last afternoon and make further exploration of the town on your own such as strolling along the roads, visiting and shopping at the night markets. Tonight, stay at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

DAY 7:  LUANG PRABANG DEPARTURE (B)

If you rise early enough, you can see a traditional morning alms of Buddhist monks along the roads of Luang Prabang. After having breakfast, you are free at your own leisure. Transfer to the airport or continue to the other destination.


Prices

Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 806 696 187
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 794 684 171
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 806 696 187
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 899 748 296
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 873 722 269
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 899 748 296
Superior 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 1,213 1,062 588
Superior 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 1,158 1,007 528
Superior 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 1,213 1,062 588

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, Vang Vieng & Luang Prabang
  • Daily Breakfasts
  • Transfers airport-hotel-airport in Laos
  • Tours and excursions as described
  • 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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