Highlights of Laos - 8 days

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From Vientiane - the remarkably relaxed capital, to enchanting Luang Prabang - the beautifully preserved, former royal capital, discover the magic of Laos. Timeless temples, safron clad monks and spectacular scenery abound!

Day 1: Vientiane
Saturday. Welcome to Laos! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure. Overnight - Vientiane
Endless Buddhas in Vientiene - the start point for most of our Laos Tours.
Day 2: Vientiane city tour
After breakfast we explore the charming and laid-back capital of Laos with a city tour. We visit the oldest Buddhist monastery temple in the country - Wat Si Saket – and the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo, built to house the famed Emerald Buddha. Today it serves as the national museum of religious art. Learn about Laos’ tragic past and present suffering at the COPE Centre, an organization that works with victims of unexploded bombs and mines. Next visit Pha That Luang, the most important monument in Laos and a symbol of both Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.

We also stop to view the imposing Patuxay monument - Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Later in the afternoon enjoy time exploring the hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures scattered throughout Buddha Park. End the day with a sunset dinner besides the Mekong River. Overnight - Vientiane (B, D)
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One of the lying Buddha's in Buddha Park - Vientiene. As seen on our Laos tours.
Day 3: Vang Vieng
Vientiane – Vang Vieng. We leave the capital early and journey north through lush countryside to Vang Vieng. Along the way we visit Ban Keun, famous for its salt extraction plant and a village of local Lao rice wine whiskey distillation. A next stop is the busy and colourful market of Thalat, where local hill tribes come to trade and shop and also visit the archaeological site of Vang Xang that dates back to the 11th century. Arriving at Vang Vieng, nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River is our delightfully rustic and rural hotel. The remainder of the day offers free time, perhaps opt to explore the local caves or take a bicycle ride through the surrounding countryside. Overnight - Vang Vieng (B, D)
The beautiful rice paddy fields of rural Laos - seen on our Laos Tours.
Day 4: Tham Jang Caves
Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang. This morning we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang once used by the local people as a hideout during Chinese invasions. We observe the lifestyles of the local people at Ban Huai Ngai village before making our way further north to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang. Overnight - Luang Prabang (B)
Luang Prabang's famous Royal Palace as seen on our Laos Tours.
Day 5: Temples of Luang Prabang
Consider rising early this morning to view the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents. After we commence our sightseeing tour of this enchanting city, starting with a visit to the oldest temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun, and the banyan tree graced grounds of Wat Aham, we stop at the Ock Pop Tok weaving centre. Later we marvel at the former Royal Palace, now a national museum and home to gilded rooms and Buddha artifacts.

In the afternoon we stop at ethnic minority villages before arriving at the beautiful Khouangsi waterfall. Dip in the turquoise pools or take a walk along the forest trails. Tonight there is the option to learn to cook tasty local cuisine at a local restaurant. Overnight - Luang Prabang (B)
The picturesque mountain region of Vang Vieng - a highlight of our Laos Tours
Day 6: Cruise the Mekong, Pak Ou Caves
Discover more of Luang Prabang’s holy sites with a morning visit to Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong. Sit back and enjoy the views of tranquil countryside as we cruise upstream on the Mekong River to reach the mysterious Pak Ou caves. Crammed with Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, these two caves stand in the lower part of a limestone cliff overlooking the river. Along the way sample local rice wine at the village of Ban Xanghai and shop for local handicrafts at the village of Ban Phanom, known for its hand weaving. Overnight - Luang Prabang (B, L)
Cruising through the iconic Mekong and past villages in Laos
Day 7: Free time - Luang Prabang
Today is a free day for you to enjoy Luang Prabang at leisure. For the adventurous, we can help organise elephant rides, cycling and kayaking. Overnight - Luang Prabang (B)
Day 8: Farewell Laos
Saturday. Spend the morning further exploring this delightful city before hotel check out and included departure transfer ot the airport. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Vientiane / Ends in: Luang Prabang
  • Departs: Saturday - year round
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & Special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes
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