Day 01: Arrival - Vientiane
Day 02: Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake -Vang Vieng (B)
Day 03: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 04: Luang Prabang City Tour (B)
Day 05: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 06: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
Day 1: Arrival - Vientiane
Welcome to Vientiane! 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.
On arrival in the Laos capital of Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. This afternoon, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national icon, the precious and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. The Mekong Riverside is the perfect place to end the day and admire the sunset.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane – Nam Ngum Lake - Vang Vieng (B)
After breakfast, we start our drive to Nam Ngum Lake. On the way stop at the local Market of 52 Km the market is known for Hmong textiles, household items and numerous stalls selling dubious foodstuffs like bats, squirrels, monkeys, rats, mice and other animals as food. Then stop en route at the village of Ban Keune to visit the salt extraction plant (salt making village). Arrive at Nam Ngum Lake, the largest lake in Laos, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. This artificial lake was built to produce electricity and was the first hydroelectric dam ever built in Laos: it generates 160 Mega Watts of electric power (Electricity being one of the most significant source of income in Laos). Take a boat cruise on the lake, soaking in the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, hills and forests. With an abundance of fish in the waters, Nam Ngum Lake is a favorite fishing area for the locals and you will see the fishermen using hoop nets, regular nets and lines. After lunch by the lakeside (not included), drive north to Vang Vieng. After checking into your hotel, you are at your own leisure.
Overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 3: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, we head 2km out of Vang Vieng town we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different lifestyles of the locals. Upon leaving Vang Vieng, the roads begin to deteriorate; however the stunning mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. We wind our way through the mountains to Luang Prabang. This town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be "the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia". There is little traffic on Luang Prabang roads and monks in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour (B)
After breakfast, explore some of Luang Prabang’s most important temples. Our trip will start at Wat Visoun, where you will see the famous Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. This temple was destroyed in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from China, and was restored in 1930 by Buddhist monks and local people. We will also visit Wat Aham where you will see the altar of the two guardian spirits of Luang Prabang. Then, we will continue our visit to Wat That, where the ashes of the last King of Laos, King Sisavang Vong, are interred inside the large central stupa.
This afternoon, visit the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Finish this afternoon’s tour by climbing the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city and surrounding countryside before descending to the evening hill tribe market. Browse for handmade textiles, handicrafts, and souvenirs sold by the Lao hill tribes who set up stalls every evening on the town’s main street.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)
Today, we continue our city tour, seeing the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways. The back wall has an intriguing large flame 'tree of life' pattern set in colorful glass mosaics. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a taste of the tranquil countryside and an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at Ban Xang Hai, where the local rice wine is produced. On our return, we drive to the famous weaving village of Ban Phanom where shoppers have a chance to try their hand at bargaining. Finally, return to your hotel for relax.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
At your discretion: For early risers, 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 people. Return to the hotel for breakfast.
After breakfast, you will be met and transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for your onward flight to your trip. On the way to the Airport, we will visit to Ban Xang Kong where the Lao paper is made (Porsa).
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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
+ All permissions and local taxes