Highlights Of Laos

6 Day Tour

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Prices are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.

OVERVIEW

Unearth amazing Laos on this 6-day holiday through a landlocked country where rich cultural traditions are combined with stunning natural environs. Beginning in Vientiane, Asia's biggest village, discover why the Laotian capital draws parallels with Paris when you visit Patuxay monument, Laos' version of the Arc de Triumphe. Enjoy a cup of famous Laos coffee, grown in the Boloven Pleateu both the scent and flavour are distinctively aromatic. Your time in Vientiane ends with a guided tour of the city on which you will visit the capitals main and most revered sites before departing for Luang Prabang.

The second part of this Laos tour will see you descend upon the country's spiritual capital, Luang Prabang. A unique blend of temples and colonial buildings set between two rivers and a range of limestone mountains, it is one of the last Shangri-la's in the world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, we will bring you deep into the limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Caves to see the repository of Buddha statues and up Mount Phou Si to capture the spectacular panorama of the town. Bath in the warm waters of the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos' ethnic minorities that will serve you well on the next part of this Laos tour.

Traversing deeper into the pristine wilderness of northern Laos, the second leg of this Laos holiday takes you to Kamu Lodge, nestled in the heart of a lush jungle by the riverbank. An overnight stay at the lodge offers a charming interlude to cultural touring. You will have time to experience the local lifestyles from the wide array of activities available, ranging from rice planting in the paddy fields to forest hiking in search of indigenous herbs.

VIENTIANE CITY TOUR - COFFEE TASTING - LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR - KUANG SI WATERFALLS - COOKING CLASS - PAK OU CAVES - KAMU LODGE

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO VIENTIANE, LAOS - CITY TOUR

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

In the afternoon, visit 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. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.

Overnight in Vientiane

DAY 2 - VIENTIANE - CITY TOUR - LUANG PRABANG

After breakfast enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capitals in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals and far from the real-estate frenzy of the regional megalopolis.

Your 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 miniature 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 in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace.

Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considred the guardian of the spirit of the city. Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian-era pillar and it is a popular belief that if you circle it three times and make a wish, then that wish will come true.

Enjoy a delicious Lao-style lunch at Makphet Restaurant.

Your guide and driver will then transfer you to the airport for your departure flight at 17:10 to Luang Prabang.
Arrive in Luang Prabang at 17:50, your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to the heart of the spiritual capital of Laos.
You will then be dropped off at your hotel to check in and relax.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 3 - LUANG PRABANG - CITY TOUR

After breakfast, your city tour begins with a visit to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. End this morning’s tour a Wat Xieng Thong, Laos’ most photographed temple. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the MekongRiver, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat.

Break for lunch. You guide can recommend local restaurants.
This afternoon, 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.

Then visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories.

In the evening you will have the unique opportunity to experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions: The Baci. The purpose of the Baci, which is a mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back escaped spirits to the body.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI WATERFALL - LUANG PRABANG

For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the 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.

This morning you will be driven through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls (32km southwest of the city). Along the way you will drive through beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. There are also viewpoints overlooking the Mekong River. Stop en-route to visit a small village which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities. You will have an opportunity to learn about their traditions and culture, much of which has remained unchanged for centuries.
Upon reaching Kuang Si Waterfall, relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings.

Before you leave you might like to visit the bear sanctuary which is next to the falls, run by Free The Bears Fund Inc. There are currently 23 Asiatic Black Bears living in the sanctuary, which has saved them from poaching.

Return to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure until 16:00.
Guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of Mount Phousi where you will be rewarded with marvelous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the neighboring mountain ranges, and the city buildings. The sunset views are particularly spectacular as the sun casts glorious colors over the peaceful scenery below. Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colorful Night Market.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU CAVES - KAMU LODGE

After breakfast depart from the Kamu Lodge pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge.

Along the way stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The Buddhas range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human.
Continue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge for lunch time. The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each one of which is protected from the elements by a thatch roof. The tents are also decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture allowing the Lodges’ grounds to harmoniously blend with surrounding nature. They each feature private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity.

This afternoon, you may choose to participate in a variety of different activities. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience:

  • rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields
  • gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong.
  • traditional fishing techniques in the Mekong.
  • Local village visit and encounters
  • Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6 - KAMU LODGE - LUANG PRABANG

This morning is at your leisure to enjoy breakfast and relaxing surroundings of the Kamu Lodge. Travel by boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, arriving aound 12 noon.

PRICES ON REQUEST

There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the season, and any additional services added to your holiday.

Includes: 2 nights Vientiane: 3 nights Vientiane: 1 night Kamu Lodge

Prices are per person based on two people travelling together and sharing a room.

Your holiday includes:

  • Hotel accommodation in shared twin/double room.
  • Domestic internal flight
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles.
  • English speaking local guide
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary

Non-inclusive of:

  • Meals other than mentioned above.
  • Camera/video entrance fees.
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance, tips, visa
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above

Highlights of Laos - 6 Days
Holiday from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. (EXO)

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