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Highlights: Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou
Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights
Trip start: Vientiane
Trip end: Luang Prabang
Price range: from US$ per person
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
DAY 1: ARRIVAL - VIENTIANE
DAY 2: VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG - PAKOU CAVES OR TAM TING CAVE - LUANG PRABANG
DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG - ELEPHANT RIDING - TREKKING
DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG - BAN HUAYPHENG
DAY 6: BAN HUAYPHENG - BAN LONG LAOBAMBOO RAFT IN WET SEASON
DAY 7: BAN LONG LAO – KUANG SI WATERFALL – LUANG PRABANG
DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.


DAY 1: ARIRVAL VIENTIANE

You are warmst welcomed by our guide on arrival at Wattay Airport and transferred to hotel. The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, Vientiane is a small city conjuring up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.
Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues.


Haw Pha Kaew which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
Patouxai standing in Lane Xang Avenue. This imposing monument is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe and provides stunning views of the city.
That Luang Stupa

Overnight in Vientiane

 

DAY 2: VIENTIANE -  LUANG PRABANG (B/-/-)

Transfer to airport for scenic flight to Luang Prabangand transfer to hotel. The royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, You are warmst welcomed by our guide on arrival at Luang Prabang Airport and transferred to hotel. The royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop, retains an unique charm rarely found in all Asia. An orientation tour around this picturesque town will give you the opportunity to chat with monks at a local temple. At sunset, ascend the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and cityscape. In the evening, wander through the bustling Night Market where ethnic hill tribe minorities peddle their wares of traditional costumes and handicrafts.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

DAY3: LUANG PRABANG - PAKOU CAVES OR TAM TING CAVE - LUANG PRABANG (B/L/-)

Rise early at dawn to experience life as a local by watching monks in saffron robes going on their Alms Collection before visiting the local fresh market. Soak in the history of Luang Prabang at the Royal Palace, now the National Museum, Wat Visoun with its iconic Watermelon Stupa and Wat Aham. Watch the adept skills of weavers as they demonstrate the significance of Silk Weaving in Lao culture at the Ock Pop Tok gallery where you will be inspired to design your own scarf.

Afternoon, gently cruise down Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Caves. Free Traditional Laos Message.

Overnight inLuang Prabang.

 

DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG - ELEPHANT RIDING – TREKKING (B/L/D)

Depart from Luang Prabang; we first drive uphill toward the northeast of Luang Prabang to Ban Pha Nom, a silk waving village. We continue to Noon Rapid to visit the tomb of the 19th century French explorer Henri Mouhot; the first European to rediscover Angkor Wat and to visit the Royal Kingdom of Luang Prabang. We then drive a bit further to Ban Noon for 1 ½ hour elephant ride. After lunch, our trek starts from Ban Suan of Hmong and Khmu ethnic minorities. After 2 hours trekking, we arrive to Tad Sae Waterfall. From here we take a fishing boat upstream to Ban Ann Savan for a transfer back to Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

 

DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG - BAN HUAYPHENG (B/-/-)

We depart from hotel. We first cycle toward south of Luang Prabang, on the way to Xayabouly. It takes around 2 hours on paved road and 1 hour on dirt road. We then make a stop for lunch. We continue our off road ride. The ride will be gradually up hill through a forest and go deeper to a jungle. Time for a rest nearby a waterfall! Afterward, we cycle through beautiful landscape before arriving to Ban Huaypheng (Khmu hill tribe) for the night. We will have a chance to attend a Baci ceremony with the villagers.
Meals: Breakfast

Approximately: 1 hour tranfer/6 hours cycling.

 

DAY 6: BAN HUAYPHENG - BAN LONG LAOBAMBOO RAFT IN WET SEASON (B/-/-)

After breakfast, we follow the path in the valley of the Khmu village. A nice walk leads us through the rice field and scenic landscape. We see a hug pond, a special spot for local people around the area, why? In the dry season, the land is covered by trees that are called second forest and special and high limestone mountain. In the wet season, no one knows where the water comes from to flood the whole area. The high limestone mountain also disappears in the water. In the dry season we take a walk and in the wet season we take a bamboo raft.

We break for lunch and then continue the trek through the second forest to Hmong Camp in the valley before arriving to Ban Long Lao, another Hmong village for the overnight. We will attend Baci ceremony with villagers.

Approximately: 5 hours trekking /1 hour caving

 

DAY 7: BAN LONG LAO - KUANG SI WATERFALL - LUANG PRABANG (B/-/-)

After breakfast, from this rural setting, the trail leads thru rice fields and vegetable gardens before reaching the forested mountains with some steeper parts. A cave is explored on the way, which during the Second Indochina War, used as a bomb shelter for the villagers living in this valley.

One more hour of trekking takes you to the crystal clear water of just one of the springs that feed the Kuang Xi waterfall: a beautiful pool full of big sacred fish. After descending from the top of the waterfall, a Lao-style lunch is served around lush setting.
The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing by the turquoise pools below. Make sure, you visit Phet, the orphaned tiger, and a young bear living just by the entrance gate. Before returning to Luang Prabang, we take a walk around nearby Ban Thapene, a Khmu village that lies around some of the most beautiful waterfalls.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.


DAY 8: LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

There is leisure time to explore cirty before after transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for departure.


Price Include:

  • Transportation in private vehicle with driver and truck on bad road conditions
  • Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner
  • Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotels, guesthouses or similar one and village huts during the trek
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Entrance fee to indicated sights
  • Boat trip in Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang
  • Trekking package

Price Exclude:

  • An entry visa (if require).
  • (Supplement Italian, German, Russia & Japanese speaking guide is 70USD/day)
  • Pre & Post trip in Laos (if any).
  • International & Domestic airfare & airport taxes
  • Entrance fee for photo and video camera to the sites.
  • Drinks in meals and mini bar as well.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, photos, and tel / fax fees
  • Others not mentioned in the price above.