Treasure of Laos Tour
DAY 1: ARRIVAL – VIENTIANE (D) – Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Vientiane is a fascinating capital, with a fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. This charming and easygoing city will provide a smooth introduction to Laos. After a short rest, an orientation of Lao Capital is a pleasant way to spend the day, strolling around some of the city‛s most historical sites and seeing some of the French colonial architecture. Overnight in Vientiane
DAY 2: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR & BUDDHA PARK (B/L/D) – After breakfast, we start to visit the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we will stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane‛s own Arc de Triumph. From there, we visit the central market known as the ‘Morning Market‛ which is a great place for browsing antiques, handmade textiles and gifts. Heading out of town we see the Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on a parkland located by the Mekong River and the impressive Friendship Bridge which links Laos and Thailand. A perfect way to round off the day is to watch the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River from one of riverside bars. Overnight in Vientiane
DAY 3: VIENTIANE – LUANG PRABANG (B/L/D) – This morning, we spend time to visit the rest of Vientiane, 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 board our short flight to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best – preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to hotel. After a short rest, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as viewing a beautiful and panoramic sunset over the ancient and once royal city and the Mekong River. We then stroll around the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of textiles made by the local and the hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG: PAK OU CAVE (B/L/D) – An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. You will visit the morning Market where you will find dried buffalo skins, local teas and saltpeter among the many chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city‛s oldest temple, Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low representing the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. We then embark on a boat journey upstream along the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as 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. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On return, we will disembark at traditional villages such as Ban Xienglek and Ban Xang khong, the villages known for handmade jute paper. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE (B) – After breakfast you will experience the highlight of the tour to leave your mind with an impressionable image of this charming city. We visit The National Museum (close Tuesday) the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating back from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Free at leisure until the time to the airport for departure flight. End of services.
- Private transportation with English speaking guide throughout the program
- Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, based on Twin sharing
- Private boat trip as stated in above sights
- Meals, sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
- Purified water during transferring
- 1 FOC based on the above services for 15 paying pax. Maximum 2 FOC
- Arrival / Departure air ticket
- Domestic airticket Vientiane- Luang Prabang with airport tax: 115 USD/pax (no FOC for group)
- Travel Insurance & other personal expenses.
- Meals not mentioned in the program, beverage during meals
- Visa fee (if applicable)
- Tips for guide and driver:
- 1 – 3 pax: USD 10 /Group/Day
- 4 – 6 pax: USD 15/Group/Day
- 7 pax up: USD 3/pax/Day