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The tour starts in Luang Prabang, the spiritual capital of Laos. You will visit many temples, day excursions to beautiful caves filled with buddha statues, the stunning Kuangsi waterfall, Vang Vieng and Vientiane.
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Luang Prabang - Arrival
  • Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos. Upon arrival to Luang Prabang, your guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
  • As the day comes to an end learn more about Laos culture and locally made products at the Stay Another Day Exhibit. You will also enjoy a Lao tea tasting ceremony.
  • Climb the stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sunset over the city and surrounding hills.
  • Transfer back to your hotel, stopping along the way at the hill tribe evening market for some shopping.
  • Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Pak Ou Caves / Luang Prabang (B, L)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • After breakfast, start with a morning visit to the most photographed temple, Wat Xieng Thong. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong. This temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat. The library was added in 1828.
  • At 10.30 board the Nava Mekong traditional river boat with its unique configuration that will enable you to enjoy a leisurely paced cruise up and down the mystical Mekong River. As you leave the peninsula of Luang Prabang behind you, you witness rural life and peaceful sceneries on the banks of the river as you cruise upstream. After an hour you will reach the Pak Ou Caves at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Ou River giving its name to the location. In these 2 caves, hundreds of sacred centuries-old Buddha images are displayed, which are the object of pilgrimages during the Lao New Year festivities around mid April. The venue offers amateur photographers endless possibilities. The boat then keeps cruising in the vicinity of the caves and will moor during lunch time at the foot of the beautiful limestone cliffs. A selection of typical Lao dishes will be served onboard. Cruis back to Luang Prabang and return in the early afternoon.
  • The city tour begins in the afternoon with your guide who will enable you to learn more about the enchanting World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang.
  • The tour starts at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum (closed on Tuesdays). Your walk continues to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief. During Pimai, the Lao New Year, the Prabang normally housed in the Royal Palace Museum is brought and put on public display in this temple. Continue walking to Wat Sensoukarahm, built in 1718 with its beautiful dazzling golden facade.
  • Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Luang Prabang / Kuangsi (B)
  • For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting 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.
  • Following breakfast, continue your tour of enchanting Luang Prabang. Visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name.
  • Continue past Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500's and onto Wat That where the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are kept inside the large central stupa.
  • In the afternoon, visit the refreshing waters of the Kuangsi Waterfalls, located at 32km from Luang Prabang. These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools, perfect for swimming on a hot day. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls are filled with wildlife and pleasant walks can be taken along the natural footpaths. (Note: when bathing, please wear a sarong, no bare bodies). Kuang Si waterfalls host a rescue centre for sun bears which aims to raise awareness for the protection of this endangered species.
  • On the return to Luang Prabang, stop to visit two ethnic villages where you can observe the unique traditional lifestyle of the people. If time permits, you will also visit Ock Pop Tock, a shop which works closely with local weavers to preserve traditional techniques and style of Lao weaving.

  • Overnight in Luang Prabang.


Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (B)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for a drive down the spectacular Route 13 towards Vang Vieng (7-8 hours). Stop in Kasi, a fruit growing area along the way.
  • Arrive at Vang Vieng, nestled along the Nam Song River and framed by spectacular formations housing numerous caves this is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Visit Tham Jam Cave in the afternoon and stroll through town along the Nam Song River.
  • If time permits, visit the organic farm, 3km north of Vang Vieng, where traditional gardening ways are maintained in order to produce fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Vang Vieng is a famous place surrounded by an amazing limestone relief where you can visit caves. If the town centre is not for you, then travel a little outside to enjoy the local daily life. Visit the caves and learn more about the local mythology behind the names of the caves. Do not forget to enjoy the sunset upon the Nam Song River!
  • Overnight in Vang Vieng.


Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Drive to Nam Gum Lake (about 2 hours)
  • Nam Ngum Lake is the largest lake in Laos with beautiful scenery. This artificial lake was built to produce electricity and was indeed the first hydroelctric dam ever built in Laos. The dam generates 160 Mega Watts of electric power. (electricity being one of the most significant sources of income in Laos).
  • Lunch by the lakeside. (additional cost) we suggest the delicious fresh and grilled fish from the lake. Then take a boat cruise on the lake and enjoy the scenery of mountains, hills, beautiful forests and islands. Witness the local fishermen at work and soak up the fresh air.
  • After your cruise, transfer to Vientiane with a visit to the salt mine of Ban Kheune and to Don Mak Kai Market, where you will be surprised at the type of things for sale.
  • Overnight in Vietiane.


Vientiane (B)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • After breakfast your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and take you on an enjoyable tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane.
  • The tour 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 minature 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 into the town's colonial past as this building formerly served as the French Governer's palace.
  • Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vietiane, as it is considered the gurdian spirit of the city. Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian era pillar and its 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 Settethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun shines upon its towering golden spire.
  • Your tour ends at 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. Then you will discover another speciality of Laos: coffee. Laos has one of the most famous coffees of the World, and is grown in the Boloven Plateau in Southern Laos. Here you will learn and see how it is roasted and blended.
  • Overnight in Vientiane.


Vientiane - Departure (B)
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Free at leisure until your guide and private car collect you from the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
  • End of service.

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The crown jewel of Laos and former Lanexang, Luang Prabang, is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Magical and charming, it has preserved its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.

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Vientiane is the capital city of Laos, situated in the Mekong Valley. Vientiane's deliciously relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like the small town it is. After you've done the round of temples, the best thing to do here has always been to wander down to one of the riverside beer gardens, kick back with a cold Beerlao - the Lao national beer - and watch the sun set over the Mekong.





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Alms Receiving Ceremony
Luang Prabang
National Museum
Luang Prabang
Caves of Pak Ou

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Kuangsi WaterfallKuangsi WaterfallWat Visoun

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Vang ViengVang ViengVang Vieng

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Wat Sisaket
Vientiane
VientianeBuddha Park
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TOUR INCLUDES:
  • Accommodation at selected hotels based on half Double/Twin sharing room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals if mentioned in itinerary. (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English speaking local guide.
  • All entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Land transportation with driver, as in the itinerary. (could be by tuktuk for short transfers).
  • Private boat trip as mentioned in the program.
  • All permissions and local taxes.
  • Bottle of water and cold towel during transfer and tour.


TOUR EXCLUDES:
  • International and internal flights with airport and departure taxes.
  • Alcoholic drinks + drinks at mealtimes + optional visits + personal expenses
    (telephone, laundry...)
  • Compulsory gala dinner for New Year and Christmas Eve.
  • Visa stamping fee for Laos (visa on arrival, valid for 30 days: 30 - 42 US$ upon clients nationality + 1 photo.
    Passport has to be valid for at least 6 months after departure date of the country). Subject to change without prior notice.
  • Extension visa 2USD/day/pax. Subject to change without prior notice.
  • ATTENTION: Visa on arrival, pay 1 USD more/pax every Saturday and Sunday.
  • Personal Travel Insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos and repatriation).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew and hotel porter(s).
  • Meals other than those mentioned above.

NOTE:
Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions and room availability.

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