Vientiane Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTHEAST ASIA 493

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Day 1: Luang Prabang

Upon arriving you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Luang Prabang. Once an ancient capital of northern Laos, the UNESCO World Heritage listed site of Luang Prabang is the very essence of charm and tranquillity. Set 700m above sea level at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers, the city is surrounded by spectacular scenery of lush, green covered mountains, colourful flowers, sacred caves and waterfalls. The perfume of frangipanis and freshly made coffee and baguettes fills the narrow streets between crumbling French colonial buildings whilst bicycles and pedestrians rule the roads. After a short rest you will visit Waqt Visoun and the Shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. You will also have the opportunity to visit Phousi Hill followed by a visit to the Night Market.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as explore the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

Today you will travel to Vang Vieng. Nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River surrounded by lush countryside is the delightful village of Vang Vieng. The local caves are the prize attraction as the laid back atmosphere iof the village itself. Opt take a bicycle ride through the rice paddie filled fields or go tubing along the river. Vang Vieng is located midway between midway Vientaine and Luang Prabang. later today you will embark on a boat for a trip along the Nam Song River.

Day 4: Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Today you drive to the capital Vientiane. Along the drive you will make a stop at Vang Xang, a famous archaeological site. The capital of Laos, Vientiane manages to retain the charm of a provincial town despite being the largest city in the country. Sitting along the banks of the Mekong River, the city streets of elegant French mansions bloom with bougainvillea while the aroma of steaming noodle stalls fills the air. The tree-lined boulevards and friendly locals endow the city with a relaxed yet captivating ambience and the riverside cafes provide the perfect place to enjoy a beer while watching the sun set over the Mekong. This afternoon you will explore the town.

Day 5: Vientiane

Today after breakfast you will visit the morning market. Afterwards you will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home.