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PRIVATE TOUR – CODE: VIL06
Laos straight forward from Vientiane to Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang. If you’re hankering to discover one of the friendliest countries on the planet you really should take a tour in order to learn the most from a professional guide. Laos classic tours bring you to the solemnest places where you can enjoy the beauty of Buddhist temples and the beauty of nature as well as experience culture and history of Laos.
Travel route: Vientiane – Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang – Departure
- Day 1: Vientiane arrival (D)
- Day 2: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B)
- Day 3: Vang Vieng – Tham Phoukham (B)
- Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
- Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves – Luang Prabang (B)
- Day 6: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
Day 1: Vientiane arrival (D)
Welcome to Laos. You will be transferred to your Vientiane, a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Dinner & Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (B)
We leave Vientiane for our journey northbound on national way 13. We will see some breathtaking scenery en route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. We make a stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century. In the afternoon we reach the small and tranquil town of Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bank of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet atmosphere and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled. We cross the Nam Song river to Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek through mountain landscape to explore the Tam None cave and some hill villages. Today ends with a superb panorama of the sunset reflecting over the Nam Song river. Overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 3: Vang Vieng – Tham Phoukham (B)
After breakfast, we start on a local tractor through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where you enjoy the beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by meeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate. You will have a picnic lunch and spending the day at the caves and its surrounding areas. On the way to return Vang Vieng we will visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam, meet the friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
In the early morning we leave Vang Vieng for Luang Prabang, the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. Roads are well paved and we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages with stops for photos at some small hill tribe village en route. The Muang Xieng Nguen village is our next stop and we spend a short time observing the local lifestyle prior to reaching Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves – Luang Prabang (B)
Today, we enjoy a short city tour seeing the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in colored glass. Its exterior architecture is remarkable with the roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then embark in a cruise upstream on the Mekong river, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside. We take an interesting visit to 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 Xang Hai, reknown for the production of Lao rice wine. On return to Luang Prabang, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village with hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 6: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
The National museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings through the last sovereign. You will be transferred to airport fo onward flights. End of services.
- Private transportation in air-conditioned vehicles
- Accommodation in twin share
- Private boat trip as stated in above sights
- English speaking guide
- Admission fees to indicated sights
- Meals: daily breakfast at hotel & 1 welcome dinner
- Tax and service charge
- Luggage handling, bottles of drinking water every day
- Visa stamping fee
- International air tickets to / from Laos
- Meals: lunch or dinner where not stated
- Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others