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Beautiful Laos - 8 days

Explore the splendours of this intriguing country and discover the charm of Luang Prabang, uncover the incredible Pak Ou Caves, visit the unassuming capital of Vientianne and sail the Mekong Delta on this private tour.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Luang Prabang - the UNESCO Listed former royal capital, National Museum, beautiful Wat Xieng Thong Temple and superb sunset views from Mount Phou Sy
An introduction to Laos cuisine, shopping for ingredients in local markets and sampling the results
Pakse - Provincial capital of Champasack where the Mekong and Sedon Rivers meet, Wat Phou, Khong Island - 1 of the 4000 islands dotting the Mekong
Pak Ou Caves - crammed with Buddha statues and Khouang Si Waterfall
Vientiane - the laid back capital, Wat Sisaket, Wat Prakeo, the COPE Centre, That Luang Stupa, Patuxay Monument and the Buddha Park
Khone Phapeng - The largest waterfall in South East Asia

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunch, 1 dinner
Private boat trips on the Mekong in Luang Prabang and Pakse
Economy class flights Luang Prabang - Vientiane and Vientiane - Pakse
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
7 nights standard 3 star hotels. Superior (4 star) and deluxe (5 star) properties are also available
Airport arrival and departure transfers
Entrance fees to all included sights
Touring and excursions as per itinerary

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

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. Late afternoon offers free time, take a walk around this quaint town and take the time to explore the Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find an array of handmade textiles made by local villagers and the hill tribes of the area. A welcome dinner will be served at a local house accompanied by a traditional Baci ceremony.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Dinner

Day 2

Pak Ou Caves

Today discover the incredible Pak Ou Caves on a Mekong boat trip. Here in the cave walls and worshipped for centuries, are thousands of tiny gilded statues of Buddha that were left by pilgrims. Our next stop today is the local village of Ban Xangkhong, known for its hand woven silks and traditional saa paper making. Later today we make our way to the famous Khouang Si waterfall, visiting the Bear Sanctuary en-route before we have time for a relaxing swim or just relax by the water’s edge.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3

Temples of Luang Prabang

This morning we journey to Tamarind Cafe where we will take part in an introductory lesson in cooking real Lao cuisine. We will tuk-tuk to Phou Sy market to buy our ingredients for the cooking class. Our chef teacher will share his knowledge on local ingredients while touring the market before travelling to our lakeside classroom outside of town where we will learn to prepare some local favourites such as khao niauw (sticky rice), oh paedek (soup with ground pork) and laarb kai (spicy Laotian chicken salad). Afterwards, we will have the chance to enjoy our creations.

This afternoon we’ll visit visiting the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong Temple, famed for its intricate mosaics and painted figurines. Our last stop today is the National Museum, before we make our way up PhouSy Mountain to enjoy a fantastic sunset view of Luang Prabang and the Nam Kan River joining the Mekong River.

This evening is at your leisure, why not opt to see a Ramayana dance show, one of the best traditional dances in Laos.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Vientiane - Laos Cuisine

Today's unique experience is a “Monks life encounter’. Buddhism is the basis of Laos culture and temples play an important role in Laotian daily life. The daily alms-giving ritual is a must-see for any visitor to Luang Prabang, a “Monks life encounter' offers the opportunity to participate in this practice in an authentic manner at a local temple. We will experience how typical Laos dishes like Laap Laos, Olam soup and papaya salad are cooked and then offer food to a local temple. We will receive a blessing where the monks chant for us as a part of this traditional ritual and later, join an open talk on Buddhism in Laos with monks, or enjoy lunch with the food you just cooked, according to your preference. We then transfer to the airport for our flight to Vientiane.
Overnight: Vientiane  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Vientiane - City Tour

Today we visit the COPE educational centre, a compelling centre that teaches us about Laos’ Hidden War and the aid that is being given to help civilian victims of conflict. Afterwards we continue on to the unique Buddha Park or Xiang Khouan as it’s known locally, the park is filled with hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu statues creating a peaceful atmosphere.

On our way back to town we visit the Vientiane Orchid Centre which hosts one of the largest orchid collections in the world. Later, take a 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 Triomphe.
Overnight: Vientiane  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Khong Island

Today fly to Pakse, the laid back provincial capital of Champasack and drive to the ancient temple of Wat Phou, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Then enjoy the beautiful lush scenery as you take a small boat across the Mekong to Khong Island. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring this sedate and picturesque island and its villages on foot or by bike.
Overnight: Don Khong Island  |  Breakfast

Day 7

4000 Islands Boat Trip

Set sail this morning on a scenic 4000 Islands boat trip, where you may spot the rare Irrawaddy Mekong Dolphin! After our boat ride we visit the famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfalls in South East Asia and also known as the Niagara of the east.
Overnight: Pakse  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Pakse

Explore Pakse town your own way. Arrangements come to an end after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.

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Beautiful Laos - 8 days
USD $3035
USD $590

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Luang Prabang
Ends
Pakse
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Standard, Superior or Deluxe
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 1
Countries
Updated
1st March 2017

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