Take a glance at the pristine natural environment, intact cultures, ancient tradition, simple and friendly village life and the historic cities that Laos has on offer. A short tour taking in the major sights.
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Day 1: Arrive Vientiane
On arrival at the Vientiane International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Hotel: Salana Boutique Hotel
Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
After breakfast, explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights. Start your tour with a visit to the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue to the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We then transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Hotel: Lotus Villa Boutique Hotel, 3 nights
Day 3: Luang Prabang
The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. Head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. Take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. Stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers. After lunch we say good bye to the village. Drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou river for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang
Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. We then visit the morning Phousi Mbudarket. You will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay. A Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, Khmu villages. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Day 5: Depart Luang Prabang
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to Luang Prabang International Airport.
|2020 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller|
|Departs daily from Vientiane:||On Application||On Application|
|Meals:||4 breakfasts, 1 lunch|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers, private air-conditioned vehicle & private boat|
|Flights:||Flight Ticket: Vientiane – Luang Prabang|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.