Duration: 10 Days/ 9 Nights
Price from: $789
Discover ancients pagodas and temples in Vientiane, capital of Laos today. Enjoy a cruise on Mekong river to explore Pak Ou cave with hundred of Buddha status. Amaze the sunset on Phousi mount with scenic view over Luang Prabang city
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Vientiane - arrival (-/-/-)
Meet on arrival at Vientiane airport, transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure for your own discovery. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane city tour – Luang Prabang (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we explore highlights of Vientiane 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. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, 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 transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Caves (B/-/-)
The day starts with visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. We head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.
After lunch we say good bye to the village and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. And continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls and Ban Chan (B/-/-)
Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. We then visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang - departure (B/-/-)
Breakfast at hotel.
Time at leisure before you will be transferred to Luang Prabang airport for departure flight. Tour ends.
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