Linking Capitals

7 Day Tour

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OVERVIEW

Steeped in history and filled with beautiful scenery, Laos is quickly emerging as one of Asia's favorite destinations. This week-long holiday connects the country's two capitals: from the spiritual and cultural capital of Luang Prabang to the administrative capital of Vientiane. Visit temples, natural wonders, museums and more as you discover the history and wonders of Laos with expert guides.

Set on a peninsula along the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Luang Prabang has a sleepy feel to it as the waters meander along the tree-lined banks. The city is home to thousands of monks and is evidenced by the hundreds of temples that dot the roads and small laneways of the town. Wake up early one morning to watch the serene alms-collecting ceremony where the towns' monks barefoot down the sidewalks to collect offerings from the locals. The line of bright orange robes swish by, dramatically contrasting to the green trees and white buildings behind them.

Venture away from the main part of Luang Prabang with a trip out to the Kuang Sii waterfalls, where you can swim in the blue waters. Travel up the Mekong by private boat to Pak Ou, where thousands of Buddha statues fill the limestone caves. Spend a night in the peaceful Kamu Lodge, where you can try your hand at planting rice, traditional fishing methods, or simply relax and soak in the scenery of the countryside.

The final stop of your trip is Vientiane, the administrative capital. Although bigger and busier than its northern counterpart, Vientiane is still very sleepy compared to the other capital cities of Asia. A city tour unlocks the hidden charm of Vientiane. Temples such as Sisaket, Simvang, and Phra Keo have an understated elegance and are nestled in courtyards filled with frangipani trees. See the bizarre Patuxai monument, a Lao version of the Arc de Triomphe, and the golden stupa of That Luang, one of Laos' most important religious sites. Learn about one of Laos' delicacies as you watch local coffee being roasted and blended.

LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI WATERFALL - PAK OU - KAMU LODGE - VIENTIANE

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO LUANG PRABANG, LAOS

Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel.
At the end of the day, climb the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside and get back to your hotel via the evening hilltribe market where you may find plenty of local souvenirs to buy such as handicraft, textile.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 2 - LUANG PRABANG

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 Mekong River, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat.

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. As today comes to a close, cross the Mekong for a walk on the opposite riverside and a climb to Wat Chompet for a different view of the city for sunset.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI WATERFALL - LUANG PRABANG

fter breakfast, visit the refreshing waters of the Kuang Si Waterfalls, located at 32 km from Luang Prabang. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is filled with wildlife and pleasant walks can be taken along the natural footpaths. En route, there is an option of stopping at a small village inhabited by one of the country’s numerous ethnic minorities where you will learn more about their traditional way of life and unique customs.

In the late afternoon learn the secrets behind the delicious Lao cuisine with a cooking class at Tamnak Laos run by one of Luang Prabangs most famous restaurants. The expert chefs will demonstrate how to prepare four authentic Lao dishes; you then taste them and choose three to cook yourself. As a reward for your hard work, sit down to a delicious meal of the dishes you have helped create.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

DAY 4 - LUANG PRABANG - PAK OU CAVES - KAMU LODGE

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.

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 5 - KAMU LODGE - LUANG PRABANG - VIENTIANE

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 in time for lunch.
Continue your tour of Luang Prabang this afternoon with a visit to the Heritage Information Center. En route to the airport, visit a weaving village where traditional Lao textiles are woven and where mulberry paper is made. Stop at Wat Pa Phon Pao, a forest retreat before continuing to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

Arrive in Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - VIENTIANE

After breakfast, set off to enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’.

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.

In the afternoon, continue your tour with a visit to the 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
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - DEPART VIENTIANE

After breakfast, today is free at leisure until your guide and private car meets you at your hotel and transfers you to the airport for departure.
Meals: Breakfast

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: 3 nights Luang Prabang: 1 night Ban Gno Hay; 2 nights Vientiane.

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

Linking Capitals - 7 Days
Holiday from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. (EXO)

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