Vientiane - VangVieng- LuangPrabang 05 Days
Day 1: Arrival - Luang Prabang
On arrival at the airport you will be met and transfer to your hotel in Luang Prabang, The Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best- preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete with ascending 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou cave (B/…/…)
Today, we enjoy a short-guided 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 coloured glass. Its exterior architecture is remarkable with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on 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, famous for the production of Lao rice wine. On return to Luang Prabang, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng (B/…/…)
The National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum and the Central market are places of interest to many people and are not to be missed. Then we travel by roads to Vang Vieng. Our intrepid journey will be strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but also one of the roughest routes in Asia. In the afternoon we arrive in Vang Vieng, a small and tranquil town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. We will embark on a boat for a well-paced trip along the Nam Song River, exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape.
Overnight in Vang Vieng
Day 4: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B/…/…)
Early morning, we drive out of town to the fabulous capital, Vientiane. Along the way we make a stop to visit Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back 11th century. Vientiane is the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. This afternoon we explore the town; with Wat Sisaket which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. We continue sightseeing by visiting Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. We then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 5: Vientiane- Departure (B/…/…)
Breakfast at hotel, free at leisure until the transfer to airport for your departure flight.
+ Surcharge for Christmas and Eva New year upon confirmation.
+ 1 FOC in half twin room for group from 20 pax and up.
Lao Orchid hotel (Deluxe room) *** www.lao-orchid.com
The Elephant Crossing Hotel (Deluxe room)*** www.theelephantcrossinghotel.com
Chitcharleurn hotel (ROH room) *** www.cm-hotel.com
Mercure Hotel (Superior room) **** http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1828-mercure-vientiane/index.shtml
Silver Naga Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar***+ www.silvernaga.com
Villa Santi Hotel & Resort (Deluxe room) **** www.villasantihotel.com
Lao Plaza Hotel (Superior room) ****+ www.laoplazahotel.com
The Riverside Boutique Hotel**** www.riversidevangvieng.com
Villa Maly Hotel (Superior room) ****+ www.villa-maly.com
Trip Summary :
Trip starts in Vientiane and ends in LuangPrabang
All year round;
Moderate to Strenous;
Tourist-class hotels (Standard and clean hotel),
Private car or bus, boat, public ferry,
As indicated; (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)