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Reclining Buddha | Vientiene | Laos
FROM: USD $1,685 pp
Beautiful Laos - 8 days map

PRIVATE TOUR: Take in the very best of Laos on this private 8 day tour. Travelling from enchanting Luang Prabang and the picturesque Khouang Si waterfall in the north, to Pakse and the beautiful 4000 Islands in the south. Taking in the charming laid-back capital of Vientiane en route.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Luang Prabang - Explore the UNESCO Listed former royal capital, visit the National Museum and see the beautiful Wat Xieng Thong Temple
Khouang Si Waterfall - Soak up the scenery at this beautiful three tiered waterfall
Vientiane - Take in the highlights of this laid back capital, including the COPE Centre, That Luang Stupa, Patuxay Monument and the Buddha Park
Khone Phapeng - Marvel at the largest waterfall in South East Asia, known as the Niagara of the east.
Monks life encounter - participate in the monks daily alms-giving ritual at a local temple in Luang Prabang
Stroll around the Luang Prabang Night Market before dinner at a local home, accompanied by a traditional Baci ceremony
Pakse - Visit the provincial capital of Champasack where the Mekong and Sedon Rivers meet and take a boat out to picturesque Khong Island
Enjoy a scenic 4000 Islands boat trip and look out for the rare Irrawaddy Mekong Dolphin!

Included

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Private 4000 Islands boat trip and boat trip out to Khong Island
Train from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Entrance fees to all included sights
An airport arrival transfer day 1 and a departure transfer day 8
5 nights superior hotels and 2 nights standard hotels in Pakse and Khong Island. Accommodation rating – See Trip Notes for details
Economy class flight from Vientiane to Pakse
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
Local English speaking specialist guides for all sightseeing
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping - An entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Luang Prabang

Welcome to Laos. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Luang Prabang

Day 2

City tour & Khouang Si waterfall

This morning take in the highlights of enchanting Luang Prabang on a city tour. Visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the former Royal Palace which is now a National Museum and the sobering UXO Centre, where you will learn about Laos’ Hidden War. In the afternoon travel to the beautiful Khouang Si waterfall, where you can swim in the turquoise pools, and visit the Sun Bear Reserve, a conservation center that rescues animals from the wildlife trade. This evening explore the Luang Prabang Night Market before dinner at a local home, accompanied by a traditional Baci ceremony.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Free day in Luang Prabang

Today is free for you to spend at leisure in Luang Prabang or choose one of the optional excursions Alternatively there is an optional excursion to the Pak Ou Caves on a Mekong boat trip. Within the caves are thousands of tiny gilded statues of Buddha that were left by pilgrims and worshiped for centuries. Then stop at the village of Ban Xangkhong, known for its hand woven silk and traditional Saa Paper making. Alternatively, visit a local farm n Luang Prabang, to learn about the production of rice, using water buffalo for and other traditional processes.
Overnight: Luang Prabang  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Monks life encounter

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. This afternoon we visit Wat Xieng Thong, dating back to the 16th century, it is considered the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang. Our final stop of the day is at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, giving us an insight into Laos' ethnic minority groups. Early this evening board the train in Luang Prabang for a 2-hour rail journey to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Vientiane  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Vientiane city tour

Today visit the COPE educational center, a compelling center 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.

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

Pakse and 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 when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Luang Prabang
Ends
Pakse
Departs
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
Superior
Tour Guide
Yes - for included sightseeing
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Luang Prabang
Countries
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