Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane – City tour
Day 2: Vientiane – Phou Khao Kway National Park ( B,L,D)
Day 3: Vientiane – Buddha Park- Luang Prabang (B,L,D)
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang (B,L,D)
Day 5: Luang Prabang- Kuang Si Waterfalls (B, L)
Day 6: Luang Prabang -departure (B)
Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane – City tour (D)
Welcome to Laos! Today enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals.
Once you have arrived in Vientiane and met your guide, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in to refresh before starting the days activities.
This afternoon, we will begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considered the guardian of the spirit of the city. Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian-era pillar and it is a popular belief that if you circle it three times and make a wish, then that wish will come true. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun shines upon its towering golden spire. After that, we will visit to Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Before our dinner, we will stroll along the Mekong River to overview of Thailand and enjoy with the sunset.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane – Phou Khao Kway - Vientiane ( B,L,D)
After early breakfast at your hotel (Breakfast at around 6:00- 7:00) your guide will pick you up at your hotel take you on the enjoyable Orchids Trek about 1.5 hours from the city center.
The Orchid Trek will lead you through Phou Khao Kway national park. The terrain is filled with waterfalls, rugged mountains, gorges, and sandstone cliffs. The park is home to more than 50% of the wild orchid species of Laos and a variety of different plants. Likewise, Phou Khao Kway is home to a diverse animal population, including wild elephants.
Start walking from Pha Xay where you can take-in the beautiful view on the waterfalls. Trek through the varied landscape of bamboo forests, evergreen forests, rainforest, and open air fields immersing yourself in the park’s natural beauty. Of course along the way you may see some orchids and spot indigenous wildlife. Your guide will know the best spots for wild orchid growth and you will be amazed at the vibrant colors and shapes of these elusive flowers.
Stop for a picnic lunch alongside a river bank. Soak in the tranquility of the area and keep an eye out for the beautiful butterfly species that flutter about.
Resume your walk, continue toward Tad Xay Waterfall. The water cascades down seven levels and is a great place for swimming or a rest before you finish your trek. Finally, return to Vientiane and will be arrived around 17.30 pm.
This evening, we will have our dinner at the Phatoke Laoderm restaurant where the Lao traditional dance is shown while having our dinner.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 3: Vientiane – Buddha Park- Luang Prabang (B,L,D)
After breakfast at your hotel, we will drive to Buddha Park takes around 45 minutes, along a road which serves as an important link between the Lao capital and Thailand. On the way, stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge which was built by the Australian government in 1994 and links Laos and Thailand.
Arrive at Buddha Park and enjoy a stroll around the park. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Laos shaman. The concrete sculptures are bizarre but intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.
After visiting Buddha Park, start the drive back to Vientiane. On the road, we will stop at Mai Savanh to explore the traditional textiles of the Lao people. This shop specializes in high quality silk products and involves several families in their process, from the northern province of Luang Nam Tha Province and the southern provinces of Attapeu and Sekong. (Note: Mai Savanh is closed on Saturday & Sunday)
Another stop will be made at the Lao Disabled Women Development Center. This center aims to bring knowledge and skills to disabled women so that they can become self-sufficient, productive members of the community. The center focuses its efforts on helping people with disabilities gain independence and self-confidence. A visit to the center provides you with the opportunity to talk to these women and to observe their skill at creating handicrafts such as handmade paper. (Note: Subject to change without prior notice from the suppliers).
Return to the city and have our lunch at Kua Lao restaurant
After lunch, you will be transferred to Wattay International airport for your flight to Luang Prabang by QV xxx @ xxx Hrs.
On arrival in Luang Prabang you will be transferred to your hotel. Then have free time to spend at your leisure.
At the end of the day, we will climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of the Phou Si hill where you will be rewarded with marvelous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the neighboring mountain ranges, and the city buildings. The sunset views are particularly spectacular as the sun casts glorious colors over the peaceful scenery below. Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colorful Night Market. Every evening along the main street, the area’s ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts. The quiet evening atmosphere and soft lights of the stalls combine to create a magical market setting from which to shop for souvenirs.
Before our return to hotel, we will have our dinner at Elephant restaurant and enjoy delicious French fare and great atmosphere at Luang Prang’s top restaurant.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave – Luang Prabang (B,L,D)
Early sun rise, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos. Return to your hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, we will start our city tour at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum (closed on Tuesday), where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue your ride to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade.
This afternoon, we will have our delicious lunch at Pakhouymixay restaurant
After lunch, we will continue our venture to Luang Prabang’s peninsula where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers merge. The beautiful Wat Xieng Thong is located here and a visit to the temple unveils golden gates, ornaments, and colorful murals. After exploring the temple, walk to the nearby pier to board a private long tail boat for a scenic 2 hours ride up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Cave located upstream of Luang Prabang. Pak Ou Cave, locally called Tam Ting, contains thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai. On our return to Luang Prabang, we will visit to Ban Xang Hai where the Lao traditional wine is made (wine wine).
Arrival in Luang Prabang, you will be transferred to your hotel for relax.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang- Kuang Si Waterfalls (B, L,D)
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit to Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, entirely rebuilt after being destroyed in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. You will continue to Wat Aham and then go to Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa.
This afternoon, enjoy with our delicious lunch at Tamarind restaurant. Enjoy a fresh menu of Lao dishes in a family run restaurant dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of the local cuisine. As you order, the friendly staff will explain the ingredients and customs of the cuisine.
After lunch, we will continue to visit the refreshing waters of the Kuangsi Waterfalls, located at 32 km from Luang Prabang. These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is filled with wildlife and pleasant walks can be taken along the natural footpaths. (Note when bathing: please wear a sarong, no bare bodies). On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will stop at Ban Tha Pan that will be a good occasion to learn more about Kamu way of living. Then Ban Ou, a Lao Loum Village, and the majority ethnic group in Laos. Finish by Ban Na Ouane a Hmong village, Hmong people get their origins in the mountains of Southern China. They have an oral tradition but there are no written records except where other people have encountered them. Hmong history has been passed down through legends and ritual ceremonies from one generation to another. In the 1960s and '70s many Hmong were secretly recruited by the American army and the CIA to fight against the communism.
Arrive in Luang Prabang, you will be transferred to your hotel for relax
Later this evening, we will have our dinner at Tamnak Lao restaurant to enjoy with the Lao and International dish and specializes in the wonderful exotic flavors of authentic Lao cuisine. It is a dining experience with best seating and good atmosphere.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang departure (B)
After your breakfast, you will be met and transferred to Luang Prabang International Airport for your onward flight to your next destination by flight xxx @ xxx.
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OUR SERVICE INCLUDED
+ Accommodation at selected hotels based on Single, Double/Twin Room with diary breakfast.
+ Meals as indicated in itinerary. B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
+ English speaking local Guide (One city guide)
+ All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
+ Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles with driver in the itinerary
+ Boat trip as mentioned in the program
+ Trekking at the National Park
+ All permissions and local taxes