Laos Highlights

Laos Highlights

Starts
Luang Prabang
Destinations
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Ends
Pakse
Luang Prabang → Vientiane → Pakse

Highlights

  • Admire Alms Giving ceremony – A very famous activity of Theravada Buddhism.
  • Boat trip upstream Mekong River to visit sacred Pakou Caves.
  • Visit Wat Xieng Thong and many beautiful temple in Luang Prabang.
  • Kuang Si waterfall – One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Laos.
  • Visit ancient temples and golden stupa in Vientiane.
  • Wat Phu Ruins – A world heritage site.
  • Majestic waterfall of Khone Phapheng and 4000 island area.
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Transportation

To experience different Laos, you should travel from Laos from North to South. The ancient town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Laos. it’s encircled by mountains at the confluence of the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers. Luang Prabang is considered by many as the heart of Laotian culture, where you can see traditional wooden houses, royal structures, colonial architecture, and over 30 temples.
Vientiane has a relaxing atmosphere you won’t find in many capitals across the world – many travelers enjoy a relaxing riverside break with a cold beer and sunset views over the Mekong.
Pakse is located at the mouth of the rivers Xe Don and Mekong in southern Laos. If you wander around a little, you’ll soon discover old French Colonial Buildings, a Vietnamese quarter, Buddhist and Chinese temples and an old Catholic church, or you can sit and have a freshly brewed Bolaven Coffee or Lao tea while watching people and life go by. Pakse is an ideal base for the weary with its relaxing atmosphere and friendly locals.

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Itinerary

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  1. Day 1: Luang Prabang Arrival.

    Welcome to Laos! Upon arrival Luang Prabang airport, you will be picked up by our representative and transfer to hotel for checking in and relax.
    The rest of the day is in free at leisure.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  2. Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves.

    Following breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a museum – Royal museum. The many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes, arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. We then board a boat upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. Then visit Wats Xieng Thong, the Golden City Monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos.
    Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang.

  3. Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khuang Si Waterfall.

    Wake up before dawn to witness the long lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s a fantastic experience and for many a highlight of their visit to this iconic city.
    Then you will visit the Local morning market where you will see such diverse offerings such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weaving. Then visit Wat Mai temple. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit the Ban Ouay, Hmong Hill tribe, Ban Ou, Lowland Lao and Ban Thapene of Khmu village. Continue driving to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths.
    Later of this day, transfer to airport for your flight to Vientiane.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  4. Day 4: Vientiane – City Tour.

    Today we have a full day to explore Vientiane- the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese 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 stop at the older part of Morning market is recommended before the visit 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.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane.

  5. Day 5: Vientiane – Fly to Pakse – Wat Phou Ruins.

    After breakfast, we will take the transfer to the airport for your flight to Pakse.
    Upon arrival transfer to Champasak town, home to Wat Phou ruins. Until the 1860s, Champasak was the major town of southern Laos, however French-built Pakse eventually replaced it as the area's commercial hub. Nearby Wat Phou, a UNESCO World Heritage temple is all that remains of one of Southeast Asia's most mysterious and least understood kingdoms. The Hindu-influenced Wat Phou ruins is the finest example of Khmer temple ruins outside Cambodia, and little has changed since French explorers first visited the site in the late 1800s. This site was once the nexus of the Khmer Kingdom which spanned over much of present-day Southeast Asia.
    Back to Pakse town and visit Phou Salao, the best place to enjoy sunset panoramic view in Pakse.
    Meals: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  6. Day 6: Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Done Khong.

    Today, you will have an excursion by car to visit the highlights of the fascinating Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau, which was formed by an ancient volcano, is famous for its agricultural products including many coffee and tea plantations. The plateau has a number of tribal villages, some of them still practicing Stone Age culture. They use extremely primitive agriculture tools and conduct frequent spiritual ceremonies.
    You visit numerous of waterfall: Tad Yuang, Tad Fane Waterfalls.
    Here you will visit the Tribal Villages Museum to learn about the tribal vernacular architectures and life of the Southern Laos tribes. You will have chance to see the coffee plantation on the way, and take the stop to buy some packs of coffee from this plateau if you want.
    Transfer to Done Khong in late afternoon
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Khong island.

  7. Day 07: 4000 Island Surrounding – Pakse.

    After enjoy the breakfast, you will check out the room and then take the long tail boat down stream of Mekong River to Don Khone. From here, take motorized tuk tuk to see the remains of the sole railway built by the French during their time as colonial occupiers, followed by vibrant Li Phi Falls. Come back to Nagasang boat pier where the car and driver will wait for you transfer to the most beautiful fall: Khonephapheng Fall - the largest fall in Southeast Asia in terms of water volume. The falls had a profound effect on the planned use of the Mekong River as a French trade conduit connecting Vietnam with China, and resulted in the construction of the bypass railway joining Khone and Det islands.
    Come back to Pakse in late afternoon.
    Meal: Breakfast.
    Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse.

  8. Day 8: Pakse Departure.

    You will have free time before transferring to airport for your flight back to home.
    Meal: 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 cave.
      Local boat to Siphandon.

    • Flights

      Luang Prabang - Vientiane by Laos Airline.
      Vientiane - Pakse by Laos Airline.


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    Price Includes

    • 2 domestic flights (Luang Prabang – Vientiane; Vientiane – Pakse).
    • Accommodations with daily breakfast.
    • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Services of private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Service of English speaking guides in every location.
    • Entrance fees for all mentioned sights visited.

    Price Excludes

    • International flights into and out Laos.
    • Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
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    • Personal travel insurance.
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