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Our 09-day Essential Laos Tour tour will allows you to discover Laos’ northern beauty and top attractions such as Vientiane to the charming town of Luang Prabang and take the scenic and winding mountain roads through spectacular countryside and traditional rural villages to the small town of Vang Vieng and Xieng Khoaung.
Explore Laos’ essential sites starting from Luang Prabang - UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, explore the town, take a boat ride on the Mekong River, stop to see the city’s key temples and the former Royal Palace. You also take some time to relax, visit the limestone caves nearby, and stroll through local villages in Xieng Khoaung and Vang Vieng before getting back on the road to head further south to the sleepy riverside capital of Vientiane. Discover it’s exquisite Buddhist temples and ornate architecture as well as it’s unique cultures.
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Day 01: Luang Prabang Arrival
Upon arrival Luang Prabang International Airport, you will be welcomed by our Asia Senses Travel Guide, then be transferred to hotel for check in. Depend on your actual arrival time, some soft sightseeing for an orientation tour is suggested. Overnight in Luang Prabang hotel.
*** Luang Prabang is located in the northern of Laos and is around 360 km north from Vientiane. Since 1995, UNESCO has declared Luang Prabang a World Heritage site for it’s preserved architectural, religious and cultural heritage, a blend of the rural and urban developments over several centuries, including the French colonial influences during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Apsara Hotel Luang Prabang
Day 02: Luang Prabang Sightseeing
After breakfast, we will take a visit to Wat Xieng Thong Temple - one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art. After that, we move to Wat Sene Souk Haram or literally "Temple of a 100,000 treasures" is one of the most beautiful temples in Luang Prabang, singular by its restored painting of a deep ochre colour, flamboyant and glittering with gold. Then continue tour to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun (oldest temple in Luang Prabang) and the shrine of Wat Aham. Tasting the best of Laos in restaurants which are suggested by our your guide.
In the afternoon, we will visit the National Royal Museum. It is the former Royal Palace which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The Museum hosts a range of interesting artifacts from the Royal period in Luang Prabang.
After that, we continue tour to visit Wat Mai - one of Luang Prabang’s largest and most richly decorated temples. Both its interior and exterior are extensively adorned with black and red lacquer decoration and gold leaf. At the late afternoon, we will start climbing up 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi, for panoramic views of the city, surrounding countryside and witness the memorable sunset, one of the most unforgettable sights on this tour. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Apsara Hotel Luang Prabang
Day 03: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kuang Si Waterfall
This morning, our driver will transfer us to a pier on Mekong River. Start a Mekong River Cruise trip on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century.
On the way back, make a short stop along the way to visit a local village where they make a living from weaving on ancient wooden looms. After that, broad back Luang Prabang for lunch.
In afternoon, we continue to visit Kuang Si Waterfalls, where you will enjoy beautiful natural scenery, have fun in waterfalls and relax. Drive back to the town for dinner. On the way back, we will stop to visit Black Hmong Village. You will see and chat with villagers who make handicraft as souvenirs and sell them for visitors. Overnight in Luang Prabang hotel.
Apsara Hotel Luang Prabang
Day 04: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang - Plain of Jars
In the early morning, wake up early to the sound of the temple gong and witness Luang Prabang’s mystical daily ritual. Observing a procession of thousands young monks walk silently by, collecting sticky rice and other foods in their bronze bowls along the streets of Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, head off on your road trip to Xieng Khoang. It takes about 8 hours to drive from Luang Prabang to Xieng Khoang. On the way, we will stop to visit remote villages where you can get a glimpse of Laos daily life and chat to the locals. Xieng Khouang is a mountainous region full of caves and plateau. From an aircraft, you will observe how large the province is with its vast plateau.
By early evening arrive in your hotel in Phonsavan, the gateway to the Plain of Jars. If time permits, we will visit the side B of Plain of Jars. Overnight in Phonsavan hotel.
Visit the mysterious Plain of Jars - mysterious and ancient, the stone jars are apparently carved out of solid rock and area scattered all over the plateau - from sunrise until lunch. The Plain of Jars archaeological site is believed to be over 2,000 years old, remains a mystery. Huge jars of mysterious origin are arranged haphazardly in over a dozen different groupings, including several hundred in five major groups. Wander among them and try to imagine their history yourself.
After that, take a six-hour drive along picturesque winding roads to Vang Vieng. Enjoy the beautiful sceneries, stunning vistas of towering limestone karst hills around every turn and enjoy great photo opportunities of Hmong tribal villages along the way. Arrival in Vang Vieng, checking in to the hotel for a good night rest. Overnight in Vang Vieng hotel.
Enjoy the scenic wonders of Vang Vieng at your leisure. You can trek through countryside, visit caves and have picnic lunch outside cave, tube in the cool, lazy river, try your hand at kayaking or slow boat ride back to town, or just relax and enjoy the amazing views from your balcony.
Overnight at hotel in Vang Vieng.
Vieng Tara Villa
Day 07: Vang Vieng - Vientiane
This morning, we will explore the network of caves surrounding Vang Vieng. Visit Tham Chang, with its vast panoramic views, and Tam Xang, or the Elephant cave, where the limestone formations create an image of an elephant.
After that, we will travel to Vientiane. It takes three hour to drive from Vang Vieng to Vientiane. On the way, visit a Temple ruin of Mons "Vang Xang", a place with old Buddha statues from 11.Century. Upon arrival in Vientiane, check in your hotel and free at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane hotel.
Today, we will visit Vientiane, the charming capital city of Laos with rich heritage of Buddhist culture, is waiting for you to discover.
Your guide will take you to visit the highlights of Vientiane. Firstly, take with a visit the symbolic site Pha That Luang Stupa - the most important national monument in Laos. It is a symbol of Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Then, take a visit to Patuxay Monument (Victory Monument) which is located in the center of Vientiane prefecture. You could climb up to the top of this monument and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
We continue to visit the temple Wat Sisaket which is the oldest surviving temple with thousands of Buddhist images. These images mainly date from the 16th and 19th centuries and come in all sizes and are made from wood, stone and bronze – more than 6,800 Buddhas in total. After that, you will visit Wat Si Muang and Wat Prakeo which housing the famous Emerald Buddha image really amazed the Indochina tour makers.
In the afternoon, we will take a visit to National Museum the best place to learn about the history, cultural and people of Laos. After that, we will visit the Dong Mak Khai Market where locals come and trade vegetables, wild life animals, handicrafts and other poultry. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel
Day 09: Vientiane Departure
Our Essential Laos Tour would be end today. Free at leisure until our guide and driver come to pick up then transfer you to Vientiane International airport for your onward flight to home.
We thank you for your patronage & look forward to serving you again in your next journey in Laos.
Private Tour Price (2 Pax Up)
Tour Price Includes
08 night accommodation.
Local English speaking guides.
Meals as mentioned.
Boat in Luang Prabang.
All sightseeing as specified and entrance fees included.
Bottled drinking water per touring days.
Tour Price Excludes
Visas if required.
Other meals not mentioned in the program.
Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, etc.
Tips for your guide and driver (discretionary).
Any camera or video fees at any sites.
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