Phonsavan Holidays

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Welcome to Laos. Upon arrival you will be greeted by your guide and driver at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Today we walk the 328 steps leading to Phousi Hill. Mount Phousi cuts a distinctive figure in the centre of Luang Prabang skyline. The hill, with spectacular 360 degree views, is a popular as a place to watch the sun rise or set. This evening we wander around the Prabang Night Market, where you can find an array of handmade textiles made by local villagers and the hill tribes of the area.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

This morning we explore Luang Prabang by bicycle to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, a peaceful temple featuring the much-photographed Watermelon Stupa; Wat Aham, the site of Luang Prabang's most important spirit shrine; Wat Xieng Thong. We then explore the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center before walking in Phone Say village, and then Ock Pop Tock weaving centre, run by an organization that offers local weavers the chance to earn a decent income with their weaving skills. You also visit Ban Xang Khong known for hand woven silk and traditional Saa Paper making.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

The exploration of Luang Prabang would be not complete without a visit to the National Museum, which is our first stop this morning. Then we drive out through beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills and villages. You will stop to visit an ethnic minority village. Then at Kuang Si Waterfall, a short walk brings you down to the abrupt waterfall where you will have time for a swim or simply relaxing. Heading back to town we visit Hmong village of Ban Namai and a lowland Lao village of Ban Ou.

Women practising Tai Chi by Hoan Kiem Lake

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Phonsavan

Today you'll be driven over the mountains toward Xieng Khouang, the province best-known for having been heavily bombed during the Indochina War, and famous for the Plain of Jars. Along the 8 hr journey, you will stop at some villages to see the local people, including ethnic minorities such as the Hmong. Arrival in Phonsavanh, the capital of Xiengkhouang province and check into your hotel.

Day 5: Phonsavan

Today we spend time exploring the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered across a plateau. We then visit Muang Khoun, the capital of Xieng Khuang before its total destruction during the war.

Day 6: Phonsavan - Vang Vieng

Today you will travel by road to Vang Vieng. The journey takes you through stunning landscapes of steep terraced fields and hill villages. Today we explore the famous Tham Jang Caves, once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders.

Day 7: Vang Vieng

This morning we drive to Vientiane and visit the COPE educational centre, a heartbreaking but compelling place that teaches us about Laos’ Hidden War. Later, take a tuk-tuk tour of Vientiane visiting - Wat Sisaket, one of the oldest temples and home to thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and also visiting the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo. En route to Lao’s national icon, That Luang Stupa, we pass the Patuxay Monument, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

Day 8: Vang Vieng - Pakse

This morning we head to Wattay airport for your flight to Pakse. Upon arrival in Pakse, you head out to Tad Fane, twin waterfalls plummeting into a deep gorge surrounded by flourishing vegetation and Bolaven Plateau, a place high above the Mekong known for its temperate climate, coffee plantations and mist-shrouded waterfalls. After, we visit Ban Kok Phoung Tai to meet the Katou, an indigenous Mon-Khmer ethnic group. Last stop of the day, the village of Tadlo, where you will enjoy swimming in the pool by Tadlo Waterfall.

Day 9: Pakse - Khong Island

Morning we explore the ruins of Wat Phu. Built by the Khmer, Wat Phu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century, and a highlight of Southern Laos. We then head to your hotel in the 4000 Island region by catching a small ferry to Khong Island. Spend the afternoon exploring the island on bike or by foot at leisure.

Day 10: Khong Island

Today is all about the natural wonders, we explore Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Liphi Waterfall. Also called "Devil's Corridor" and Khone Phasoi Waterfall and witness how dangerous of fishermen with their fishing traps on Mekong River with many rapids.

Day 11: Khong Island - Siem Reap

After breakfast, say good bye to 4,000 islands you will transfer to Pakse airport to take the flight to Siem Reap. Here, meet our driver who will take you to your hotel.

Day 12: Siem Reap

This morning we set off to visit the Ta Prohm Temple, unlike most other Angkor temples, has been left just it was when rediscovered. We have a picnic lunch here in the center of the complex, which makes for a magical experience. We then spend the afternoon exploring Banteay Srey, one of the most unusual temples of Angkor, Cambodia. This evening we explore the NGO Phare Ponleu Selpak (PPS). PPS was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to taking care of vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the Battambang community.

Day 13: Siem Reap - Phnom Penh

Today is spent exploring many areas of Angkor Wat, including Angkor Thom, Bayon Temple, Angkor Wat complex. Late afternoon you a head out to the airport for flight to Phnom Penh. Upon arrive guide escort to check in the hotel.

Day 14: Phnom Penh

This morning we explore the Royal Palace, the incredible solid silver-floored Silver Pagoda and the National Museum, a treasure chest of Angkorian and pre-Angkorian artifacts before ending our city tour with a visit to Wat Phnom pagoda and shopping at the Russian market. In the afternoon we visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum then walk the steps up a small hill to see Wat Phnom Temple, the birthplace of Phnom Penh.

Day 15: Phnom Penh

Sadly your time with us has come to an end, we will transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.