Highlights of Laos

Highlights of Laos

Starts
Vientiane
Destinations
Ends
Luang Prabang
Vientiane → Luang Prabang

Highlights

  • Visit ancient temples and golden stupa in Vientiane.
  • Admire Alms Giving ceremony – A very famous activity of Theravada Buddhism.
  • Boat trip upstream Mekong River to visit sacred Pak Ou Caves.
  • Visit Wat Xieng Thong and many beautiful temples of Luang Prabang town.
  • Kuang Si waterfall – One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos.
Age range
Under 87 year olds
Accommodation
3 / 4 / 5
Transportation

If you have a short time to discover the highlights of Laos, this tour will be the best choice for you. The tour offers you the visit to Luang Prabang – A world heritage.  This is the city you couldn’t miss in Laos. Vientiane capital is totally different – It is the home to the most significant national monument in Laos: That Luang (Great Stupa), which is the symbol of Lao and an icon of Buddhism in Laos and many beautiful ancient wats.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Vientiane Arrival.

    Arrive in Vientiane, you will be welcomed by local tour guide of Laos Travel and get transferred to hotel in Vientiane – the country’s charming capital, with its laid-back riverside ambiance, and alluring monuments.
    Meals: N/A.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  2. Day 2: Vientiane City Tour.

    Today will be a full day to explore Vientiane – The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indochinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: Wat Sisaket – The city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past.  The next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interior and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees.
    Then visit Talad Sao market before heading to Pha That Luang. The giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Next you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane.
    Overnight in Vientiane.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  3. Day 3: Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang.

    Have breakfast at the hotel and then you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at the airport, you are welcomed and transferred to hotel in town for check in. The rest of the day we will visit The Royal Palace (official name "Haw Kham") which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. Continue our trip to Wat Mai, one of the largest and most richly decorated temples in Luang Prabang.
    Before sunset, ascend the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and city before wandering through the bustling Hill tribe Market for traditional textiles and handicrafts made by the hill tribes.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  4. Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves.

    This morning you will wake up early (05:30 AM) and take participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Back to hotel for breakfast.
    Take a morning cruise along the Mekong River, about two hours upstream from the centre of Luang Prabang, and discover the numerous Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves. Pak Ou (mouth of the Ou river) includes the Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave) are caves overlooking the founder name Mekong River. They are a group of caves on the right side of the Mekong River. It is then only a short distance from the caves to the village of Ban Xang Hai. We’ll stop here to learn about Lau Lao (Lao whisky) and Lau Hai (Lao wine). Before returning the old town we stop to visit Ban Xang Khong where the Lue peoples of this village are noted in particular for their arts and crafts. Back to center, we visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong – Representative of classic Laotian architecture.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  5. Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall.

    Today we explore Ock Pop Tok craft living center overlooking the Mekong, set in a tropical Mekong garden. Meaning “east meets west”, Ok Pop Tok brings the fascinating world of traditional Laos handicrafts alive for visitors. Continue our trip to the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weaving.
    Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will take soft trek to visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe and Ban Ou, Lowland Lao. Continue driving to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. You are free to visit the Bear Rescue Centre which relies solely on partners, corporate sponsors and donations from the public. Back to the old town and relax.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  6. Day 6: Luang Prabang Departure.

    You will have free time before our driver pick you up and transfer you to airport for departure flight.
    Meals: Breakfast.

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  • Accommodation

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    1. Guide

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      English Speaking Tour Guide (other language on request).

    2. Meals

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      Daily breakfast at hotel.

    3. Transport

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      Car:
      Private transportation with A/C.
      Boat:
      Local boat to Pak Ou caves.

    • Flights

      1 Flight: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (operated by Laos Airlines)


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      Please note that airfares are subject to availability and to change without notice

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    Price Includes

    • 1 flight ticket (Vientiane – Luang Prabang).
    • Accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.

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    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
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