Essential Laos – 8 Days

The journey promises to stress on the beauty of nature, essential traditional work and life of Laos People that ensure you finally well understand all the charmings of the country. Does it match your expectation than ever ?

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Day 1: Vientiane arrival (Meals: N/A)

Welcome to Vientiane – the country’s charming capital, with its laidback riverside ambience, and alluring monuments. A guide and private car of Laos Tours Expert will meet you at Wattay Airport and transfer to your hotel in town for check-in. Free at your leisure to walk along Mekong River’s bank, especially enjoy a daily night market which offers both modern and traditional local products and some excellent local food stalls found nearby on Chao Anou Road. Elsewhere in the city you will discover a wide array of dining and entertainment opportunities, with something to suit every taste and budget.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
Start your first impression of Laos by visiting Wat Sisaket – the oldest surviving monastery in Vientiane with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
Next stop is Patuxai Monument (or also called Anusawali by Laotian) – the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, where you can climb up on the roof for fantastic panoramic views over the city. Then we move to the most important national monument in Laos and a national symbol – Pha That Luang, and Wat Si Muang – the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane.
On the way back to the town, enjoy some shopping in the biggest market in Laos – Talat Sao. You can buy some souvenirs such as silk and silver jewellery and get insight into daily life of the people of Vientiane.
Overnight in your hotel in Vientiane.

Day 3: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive along route 13 to the sleepy riverside hamlet of Vang Vieng, a small town next to the Nam Song River that is surrounded by jagged limestone karsts.
En-route, we stop to visit Ban Keun, a village where natural salt is produced. Here you will learn about the daily working life of the local people. Continue on to Nam Ngum, a popular lakeside spot for people from Vientiane to visit, especially at the weekends.
Having taken a break for lunch if you wish, continue north to Vang Vieng, arriving by mid-afternoon.
In the afternoon, we will take a tuk tuk through the paddy fields to the Tham Jang caves with the beautiful and famous limestone caverns surrounded by forest. Along the way, you will experience the local life in the village and learn about their daily lifestyle. You will have chance to refresh with the small natural pool in front of the caves. Return to the town in the late afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel or resort on the bank of Nam Song River – Vang Vieng.

Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (Meals: Breakfast)
Today we drive from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive (approximately 7 – 8 hours) with spectacular view of Lao rain forest and the mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in.
In the evening there are plenty of great restaurants to choose from – we also recommend the local river side stalls for some truly authentic Lao flavours, washed down with the excellent Beer Lao.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 5: Luang Prabang city tour (Meals: Breakfast)
This morning you are advised to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Have a simple preparation by your own and show your respect to the monks and our people is highly appreciated.
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Continuing on to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong – the Golden City monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit Wat Visoun which entirely rebuilt after its destruction in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa, which is shaped like the fruit it takes its name from. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts.
Later that day, we adjourn to the Phousi Holy Hill to enjoy the marvelous panoramic views of the town at sunset.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 6: Elephant Riding – Tad Sae Waterfall (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch)
After breakfast, you will be picked up from the hotel then join a group tour of the Elephant Project.The “Elephant Village” is about 15 km out of town, Elephant Tour takes place in the middle of a green, natural surroundings, settled on the banks of the Nam Khan river. Here you will be introduced to the protected Asian Elephants and go out for a scenic ride in the beautiful settings along the river. Enjoy the new perspective and the wonderful nature on this 1 hour Elephant ride through which you support the rescue of our former logging Elephants.A stunning landscape, tranquility and lush nature gives you a relaxed stay on the back of the Elephant. Lean back in your seat and enjoy.
Enjoy your lunch on the river view terrace overlooking the Nam Khan river and the surrounding landscapes.
A short boat ride will bring you to the amazing Tad Sae waterfalls (depends on the water level). Here you can hang out and relax for a while in the refreshing cascades. A short boat trip will bring you back to the Elephant Village. Transfer back to the town in the afternoon.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 7: Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfall (Meals: Breakfast)
After breakfast we take a stroll on the Phousi Market where you see many local products such as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Then we board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves. En route, stop over to visit Ban Xang Hai where distillation sticky rice wine can be seen. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Cave. On the return cruise, stop at small villages to see the production of traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper by local artisans.
In the afternoon, enjoy a short drive through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will have a chance to make the most of beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. After passing the entrance gate, you will visit the Bear Rescue Center where now cares for 23 bears. Most of the bears arrive at the rescue centre as very young cubs having been confiscated by the Lao Government from illegal poaching and trading. It is likely that they would otherwise have been destined for a life of torture in a “bile farm” outside of Laos.
Continue your steps up to the chain of falls to relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. Sitting under the shade of big trees and swimming or jumping up and down in the pools can be relaxing and enjoyable. The water tumbles down a large drop and cascades gently in to several cool, clear pools where you can enjoy a refreshing swim.
Overnight in your hotel in Luang Prabang town.

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Departure (Meals: Breakfast)
You are free to walk around the sleepy town of Luang Prabang where you could view the sun rise over the river before driving to the airport to catch your departure flight back home.

Khawp Jai Lai Lai & La Khawn (Thank you very much & Goodbye)

Price per person
Group Size 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Land Tour $US 889 $US 635 $US 531

Travelling Alone or More?
Price available on request.

Service Included:
– Private transport by good quality van with A/C, all transfer in/out
– Private long tailed boat trip on Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves
– Accommodation in Double or Twin room with daily breakfast at selected hotels
– Meals as mentioned in the tour programme, admission fees to tour sites
– Local English speaking guide
– 1 bottle of water per person per day, Government tax, service charge.

Service Excluded:
– International & Domestic airfare and other not mention up above.
– Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.)
– Travel insurance, Laos Entry Visa fee
– Banking transfer fee/Bank commission charge
– Early check-in and late check-out at hotels