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Luang Prabang to Vientiane 6days 5nights

CODE GCLTV6D5N
DESTINATION Lao
CATEGORY Classic
DURATION 6 days 5 nights
TOUR DETAILS

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Enjoy an orientation tour of the major highlights of Luang Probang in cozy historical atmosphere, laid-back pace of life – these are some of the undeniable trademarks to understand why it becomes the World Heritage site over years.

Laung Prabang boasts both traditional Laos and colonial architecture with charming results that make exploring the city an absolute ecstasy of delight. Glittering the Palace Museum of Luang Prabang to see an eclectic collection of Asian artifacts. Take a discovery of “responsible Luang Prabang”… in a quiet way on electric bike

Take a boat cruise upstream the Mekong River to the holy and mysterious Pak Ou Caves which filled with thousands of gilded statues of Buddha.

Gain insight Vientiane, one of the least discovered capitals in Asia to explores the different highlights of the city, including gilded temples and important monuments.

ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS

Phou Si Mountain Pak Ou Caves Pak Ou Caves

 


DAY 01: LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

Upon your arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang, you will be greeted by your guide and driver for private transfer to your hotel for check-in. In early after-noon, 14 hours, your guide will pick you up for a short transfer by tuk-tuk to the station of electric bicycles.

After a short briefing to explain you the use of your new vehicle, it will be time to start your discovery of our “responsible Luang Prabang”… in a quiet way! These electric bikes are an emissions-free mode of transportation and allow the user to either pedal the bike by their own power or to coast along using the bike’s battery-powered, rechargeable motor.

From our station, we pedal along the Mekong to Phosy Market where you can join the locals and support vendors by buying fresh products or fruit. Your guide will be there to encourage you to taste some of the exotic flavors of the local fruits, helping to identify new items not found in your grocery store back home!

Then, we will continue for a short ride to Ock Pop Tock, a non-profit organization seeking to preserve traditional weaving techniques as silk is an important income sources for several families in the country.  We will spend some time to learn about the process of silk weaving from the creation of dyes to the final process of loom weaving.

Continue your ride to the Traditional Art & Ethnology Center. The Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre is 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. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday). Then, it will be time to bring back our bike to the station.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

Day 02: Luang Prabang

After your breakfast, enjoy a free morning to stroll through the streets of Luang Prabang. This afternoon, 13 hours, you will be met by your guide and driver at your hotel to go to an orientation tour in the city of Luang Prabang, which will already give you brief information on history and culture of this small town.

First you will visit one of the many temples, spiritual center and symbol of Buddhist culture, Wat Xieng Thong. You will have the opportunity to talk with monks or students living in the temple that will give you an overview of the spiritual life of Laos.

Your next step will be at Phou Si Mountain, located in the center of town.   Climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of the hill 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.  Every evening along the main street, the area’s ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts.  The quiet evening atmosphere and soft lights of the stalls combine to create a magical market setting from which to shop for souvenirs.  

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 03: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves

After breakfast, discover the most famous temples of Luang Prabang. You start your tour by Wat Visoun and its famous stupa shaped watermelon fruit that gave it its name. This temple was destroyed in 1887 by Black Flag from China and restored in 1930 by Buddhist monks and locals.

You will also visit Wat Aham where you will discover the spirit of the two keepers of Luang Prabang. Continue your tour by Wat That where the ashes of the former king of Laos, Vong Sisavang are kept inside the large central stupa.
Then visit the former Royal Palace now the National Museum. You dive into the history of Laos.

At 2 pm, you will be met by your guide at your hotel for a short transfer by tuk-tuk to reach the docks. You will board a long tail boat for a cruise of privatized two hours on the Mekong River to the famous caves of Pak Ou.

Located upstream of Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting, contains thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimetres tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai.  After visiting the caves, return downstream to Luang Prabang. 

En route stop to visit Ban Xang Hai. Ban Xang Hai - the ‘Jar-Maker Village, this was traditionally the cottage industry performed in this village. These days the villagers source the jars from elsewhere and fill them with the lao-lao (rice whiskey) that they brew. A sniff was enough for me, but Bernie was game to sample a shot each of the extremely potent white/clear lao-lao and the slightly less potent and sweeter red lao-lao!!! Then return to Luang Prabang and transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 04: Luang Prabang- Kuang Si - Vientiane

At your discretion: 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.  It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Return to the hotel for breakfast.

And then set off to the Kuang Si Waterfall, located at 32 km from Luang Prabang. These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is filled with wildlife and pleasant walks can be taken along the natural footpaths. For the adventurous, it is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views await you at the top.

Picnic lunch at Kuang Si waterfall

On way to Luang Prabang drive and stop to visit a weaving village (Xang Khong) where traditional Lao textiles are woven and where Sa paper is made and the Wat Xieng Lek.

Arrive in Luang Prabang, and then transfer to airport for your flight to Vientiane by QV 104 departs at 17:40, arrive at 18:20 (Subject to change). Arrive in Vientiane and transfer to hotel.

Overnight in Vientiane
Meal included on this day: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Day 05: Vientiane City Tour

This morning, 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.

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 go inside, it is a good glimpse into the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. 

In the afternoon, continue 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. Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considered 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.

As the day comes to a close, take a stroll along the banks of the Mekong River for sun set. This is a great chance to see local life as the locals gather for dinner at the numerous food stalls.

Overnight in Vientiane
Meal included on this day: Breakfast

Day 06: Vientiane - Departure

This early morning transfer to airport for your flight back home \

Meal included on this day: Breakfast

 

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:

  • All permissions and local taxes
  • Accommodation at selected hotels based on Single, Double/Twin Room with breakfast.
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary. B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner.
  • English Speaking National Guide
  • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles with driver in the itinerary or Tuk Tuk in center of town in Luang Prabang due to the regulation
  • Monks alms giving
  • Private boat cruise to visit Pak Ou caves as mentioned

OUR SERVICES DO NOT INCLUDE:

  • All domestic and international ticket flight
  • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry...)
  • Visa stamping fee for Laos (visa on arrival, valid 30 days: 30 to 42US$ upon client’s nationality + 1 photo. Passport has to be valid at least 6 months after departure date of the country). Subject to change without prior notice
  • Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels’ porters
  • Meals other than those mentioned above
  • All air tickets with airport and departure taxes
  • Other services not clearly indicated in the Package Inclusion above

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