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Experience Laos Adventure - Vang Vieng Tour, 7 days

CODE: LAO-07-2 DURATION: 7 Days / 6 Nights
TRAVEL TYPE: ADVENTURE  
TRIP ROUTE: Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

This 7 days “Experience Laos Adventure” offers an inspirational experience in discovering Laos, its culture, traditions and nature. Unearth the Kingdom of Lane Xang - Land of the Million Elephants, excite yourself in trekking and kayaking through rivers and caves in Vang Vieng, and explore the peaceful capital city of Vientiane. Cruise along the lake and travel through mountainous roads where you can see Lao rural life along the remote and untouched countryside in Northern Laos. Visit the ethnic minority villages. All offers you an unforgettable experience!

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WAT VISOUN (Wat Wisunalat)

WAT VISOUN (Wat Wisunalat)
WAT XIENG THONG
NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE)
Mount Phousi
WAT XIENG KHUAN (BUDDHA PARK)
THAT LUANG
HO PHA KEO

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1:  ARRIVE IN LUANG PRABANG

Arrive in Luang Prabang, meet with the guide and transfer to the hotel. As an ancient capital city of Lane Xang (Land of the Million Elephants) from 1354-1560 A.D., Luang Prabang is renowned for its cultural and traditional values, difficult to find in Southeast Asia. UNESCO has listed Luang Prabang as the World Heritage Site in 1995. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2:  LUANG PRABANG (B)

After breakfast at the hotel. Begin your tour with the visit to Wat Visoun, the most ancient monastery in Luang Prabang since 1513, famous for its stone-carved “Watermelon” Stupa, called That Mak Mo. Visit the nearby Wat Aham, or “the Monastery of the Opening Heart”, renowned for its beautiful sim and roof decoration; then to Wat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most beautiful and spectacular temple in Luang Prabang with its unique Laotian achitectural styles. From here, walk down the main road or “wat street” where many beautiful temples line up on both sides of the street. If time permits, stop at Wat Siboun Heuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Further on to Luang Prabang National Museum, once served as a Royal Palace to the last king of Laos. The museum is closed on Tuesday. Nearby, visit Wat Mai (or New Temple), the largest temple in Luang Prabang and one of the most picturesque temple in Laos with its five-tiered roof, veranda and architecture. In late afternoon, visit to Mount Phousi for sunset. You have to climb up 328 steps from the gatte to the top where a small temple lies. Mount Phousi is 150 meters high, centrally located in the center of the city and offers a magnificent view of the entire city and the nearby rivers. Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3:  LUANG PRABANG - VANG VIENG(B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Travel southward from Luang Prabang to Vang Vieng by land, and enjoy the picturesque scenery of Laos countryside and rural life along the way. Experience a soft and short trek through rice paddy fields to visitBan Pha Thao where resides an ethnic Hmong village and Tham Phao Cave. 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. Arrive in Vang Vieng for overnight.

DAY 4:  VANG VIENG (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive 10 kilometers north of Vang Vieng to the ethnic Khmu village of Vieng Samay where you will start the exhilarating kayaking on Nam Song River along its small rapids. Stop at the fantastic cave of Tham Nam Thaem; this cave cuts straight through the mountain, so when you emerge on the other end of the range, you will get a stunning view of the great valley of Nam Kouang. Make a small trek through a pass where you will have your Lao-styled picnic lunch on the side of the river bank. Continue kayaking to the organic farm where mulberry tea and fruit wines are grown and then onward downstream to one of the biggest caves in Vang Vieng, called Tham Non Cave, locally knowned as “The Magic Stone of Vang Vieng” and home to a bat colony. Make a final gentle paddling on the river before returning to Vang Vieng for sunset. Overnight in Vang Vieng

Remarks: Approximately: 15 minutes transfer / 4 hours kayaking / 1 hour caving / 1 hour hiking

Meals: Breakfast and Picnic Lunch

DAY 5:  VANG VIENG - VIENTIANE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start your day with a visit to Huay Mor where you will visit the local fish market. Depart from Vang Vieng and continue with a boat trip along Nam Ngum Lake, a beautiful lake, with river tributaries of the Mekong and a man-made dam. Enjoy Stopover at the salt field in Ban Keun. Drive further south to the capital city of Vientiane. Along the way, enjoy a pleasant scenery of high green mountains, limestone cliffs and Laos countryside. Arrive in Vientiane, a peaceful capital city of Laos, located along the bank of Mekong River. Vientiane became the capital of Laos since 1563 and it is enchanting to see classic Buddhist temples in Laotian styles, old French colonial building, wide boulevards, and an attractive environment. Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 6:  VIENTIANE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Start exploring Vientiane with the visit to the amazing Buddha Park, or Xieng Khuan - literally means “Spirit City”. Here you can find large collection of religious statues, covering from Buddha images, Hindu gods, and many bizarre sculptures, some of which could be dated back over 500 years. Continue to the magnificent Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa, revered as one of the most sacred monuments in Laos and as a national symbol of sacrifice and unification. Visit the nearby religious museum - Ho Pha Keo, the former royal temple, once housed the Emerald Buddha that was taken Bangkok; then onward journey to Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple in Vientiane, famous for its cloistered walls and thousands of Buddha relics and statues. Further on to Patuxai, or “Victory Gate”, a monumental arch resembling the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. On top of Patuxai, get a panoramic view of the city, park, and boulevard in Vientiane. At the end, visit the local market of Talat Sao where you can find Lao people selling their items. Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 7:  VIENTIANE DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. You are free at your own leisure for shopping or sightseeing. Transfer from the hotel to airport for your next destination..


Prices

Category Period 2 Pax 3-6 Pax Supp. Single
Standard 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 832 720 179
Standard 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 822 710 165
Standard 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 832 720 179
First 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 895 741 255
First 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 879 725 253
First 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 895 741 255
Superior 01 Oct 2014 - 30 Apr 2015 1,138 984 425
Superior 01 May 2015 - 30 Sep 2015 1,096 942 381
Superior 01 Oct 2015 - 30 Dec  2015 1,138 984 425

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 Luang Prabang, Vang Vieng & Vientiane
  • 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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