Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Luang Prabang
An eight-day itinerary to explore the most essential cities of Laos by land driving from the central region Vientiane up to Luang Prabang Heritage town in the Northern Laos. Vientiane is a quiet capital city filled with Laos culture and Buddhist temples. Travel byways from Vientiane to Vang Vieng with a boat trip Nam Ngum Reservoir. Vang Vieng is a pristine plain surrounded by limestone mountains and tranquil river. Relaxing on a local sala and admire sunset in Vang Vieng is stunning and rewinding. Luang Prabang once the capital of Lane Xang kingdom is a captivating escape finding for life serenity. Strolling around Luang Prabang Heritage town, visiting Pak Ou Caves and Hiking in turquoise waterfalls are stunning.
Welcome to Vientiane a languid capital city of Laos stretching along the Mekong River. Serene Vientiane itself is unique from other vibrant capitals in Southeast Asia by its slow pace of life, quietness, and the colonial heritage of architectures and French bakeries.
You will see your local tour guide and have private transfer from Laos airport to city center for check-in. Rest of the day will be free and easy to get off the jet lag.
Enjoy Vientiane city tour today to have a glimpse of this city as well as Laos history, culture, religion, etc. Visit Wat Sisaket one of the most attractive temples in Vientiane which is still intact after the Thailand invasion in 1828 as this temple is constructed in Siamese architecture. Then on, visit the Haw Phra Kaew which once a Buddhist shrine since 1565; and now plays as the national museum housing the finest Laos artifacts. Next, you will visit the That Luang which is the most important religious stupa of Laos. Pha That Luang is the place holds many Buddhist ceremonies of Laos. During the temple festival in every December, thousands of Buddhist monks and Lao people gather to the grounds for the ceremonies and paying respect.
In the afternoon, travel to Buddha Park where lying roughly 200 statues of Buddhism and Hinduism deities. Dating back in 1958, the shaman priest Bunleua Sulilat create this Buddha Park reflecting his philosophy. Back to city center, you will have a short stop at The Patouxay one of the places to visit in Vientiane. This Arch de Triumph is the place to commemorate Lao people died in the war.
Drive from Vientiane to Vang Vieng this morning in nearly 4 hours. On the way, call at a H’mong village and have a short visit. Also, you will visit at Nam Ngum Reservoir around 90 km in the north of Vientiane. Boarding a local boat, you will explore the local fishing village on islands. After around 1.5-hour sailing, have lunch at a boat restaurant. Thereupon, carry on the journey to Vang Vieng. Rest of the day will be on your own leisure.
In the morning, journey to the East of Vang Vieng where you will begin the hike over greenish valley. The paths with lead you through rice paddies, karst mounts and the Heouysan Waterfall in the jungle. Enjoy the picnic lunch and some break, you then come down of the valley in another way with picturesque scenes. Upon your arrival at Ban Phonexai, you will see your driver and travel back to hotel in Vang Vieng. Have free time to relax at hotel or chill-out at a riverside cafe and admire sun set over the Nam Song River.
Free time on your own this morning. It’s optional to ride the RTV to blue lagoons, the countryside of Vang Vieng for further exploration of the area. After check-out, you will travel to Luang Prabang in about 4 hours. Check-in hotel and overnight in Luang Prabang.
Explore Luang Prabang in the morning, you will visit the Wat Mai, a respectable royal shrine whose situation is on the road of Luang Prabang Night Market. Then, you will stroll to the Royal Palace where was the home of royal family till 1975 when the communist Laos party came to power. After the end of Monarchy in Laos, the Palace was turned into the National Museum. In the museum, you will find variable royal items and images, the diplomatic presents from other countries as well as the most sacred Prabang Buddha of Laos. From the intriguing Royal Palace, walk along Mekong River and reach Wat Xieng Thong. Being the Royal Temple, Wat Xieng Thong displays some of the finest arts of Laos which make it the most terrific temple in Luang Prabang.
In the afternoon, board the wooden boat and sail along Mekong River to reach the renown Pak Ou Cave. From these caves of Pak Ou on the limestone cliffs, you will have chance to behold thousands of Buddha statues in different positions like nirvana, standing, sitting, etc. Afterward, head back to Luang Prabang center by boat and rewind when the sun set. From evening onward, you will have free time to chill-out on your own at Luang Prabang night market.
Early this morning, stroll to a local pagoda and get to know the Alms Giving ritual in Luang Prabang. After the chanting at a pagoda or temple, the monks in saffron robes will walk in line around streets of Luang Prabang. Getting roundabout, you also descry different monks and observe local devotes offerings foods to the monks and nuns with the hope to accumulate their karma. Right in Luang Prabang center, you also see the bustling morning market with colorful local goods on sales. Afterwards, travel back to your hotel for breakfast and relax.
In the afternoon, travel to Ban Long Lao Kao, a Hmong ethnic village in Luang Prabang from where have a pleasant jungle hike passing local villages, plantations and enjoy the hardwood tree forest. In the end of the hike, you will find stunning Khuang Sy Waterfalls of terraced crystal pools nestling in the verdant green jungle. On the way back to hotel in Luang Prabang, you will pay a short visit at Ock Pop Tok which is a social enterprise displaying the finest textile of Laos. Touring around the colorful and cozy place, you will able to learn more about weaving and brocading processes in Laos.
At leisure till good time, you will see your tour guide at hotel lobby and take private transfer to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight to next destination.
Accommodation with double/twin sharing with daily breakfast
Private air-conditioned transfers
English speaking tour guide (other language on request)
Boat trips as mentioned in the program
Meals indicated in program
Sightseeing and entrance fees
Bottles of drinking water every day
Laos Visa and stamping fees
International air tickets
Surcharge for festive season
Meals and drinks not mentioned in program
Tips, drinks, personal expenses and others.
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