Tour code: 20180810-134
Location starting: Laos
Time: 4 days - 3 nights
Serene Laos is one of Asia's most unvisited and charming countries, still retaining its traditional culture and colonial character from the time of the Lao Monarchy and French occupation. This tour allows you to experience Lao’s timeless culture, it’s stunning scenery and still unspoilt ecosystems. You will gain an insight into the livestyles of local people and see how their world is slowly emerging from years of isolation.
Day 1: Arrival - Luang Prabang (N/A)
After a short rest we head out to see the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.
From here climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River.
Decenting the mountain your will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Your evening is free to explore the Night Market and sample some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants the town has to offer. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Khouangsi Waterfall (B)
This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of Alms Giving, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the daily procession.
After breakfast back at the hotel we begin our journey to Khouangsi Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.
On arrival at the Khouangsi Waterfall you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary. You will also enjoy a picnic lunch below the falls.
Upon return to Luang Prabang we board our private boat for a pleasant and scenic cruise up on the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.
Returning to Luang Prabang we disembark our boat and have the option of taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving or returning to the hotel for free time to relax. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Vientiane (B)
After breakfast back at your hotel we take a stroll through the Dalat Sao or morning market full of local foodstuffs from the farms and jungles surrounding Luang Prabang. From here it is a short walk to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang.
We then transfer to the airport for your flight back to Vientiane. You are seeing the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, from there you visit COPE Center. The COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This museum was set after in 1997 to help covering the victim during Indochina war.
Heading for the waterfront your evening is free to enjoy a few drinks watching the sunset over the Mekong River, explore the Night Market and take in some of the city’s nightlife. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 4: Vientiane – Departure (B)
This morning is free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Accommodation in twin shared basis
Private, Airconditioned Transport
Boat trips as stated in the itinerary
English speaking guide
Admission fees to sites stated in the itinerary
Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
Gov’t taxs and service charges
Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
Travel and/or Medical Insurance
Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
Single room accommodation (quoted separately)
Child or adult in triple share accommodation
Foreign language guides other than English
Peak Season or Special Events Surcharges
Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
No Show = 100 % charge
1-7days = 50 % of the tour price
8-14days = 30 % of the tour price
15-30 days = 10 % of the tour price
31 days up = no charge