l Laos culture in-depth 8 days for an insightful understand about Laos
Laos culture indepth 8 days

Laos culture indepth 8 days

8 days | 7 nights

Travel Style

Culture - History

Destinations

Plain of jars, Vientiane, Khuangsi Waterfalls, Pak Ou Cave, Luang Prabang

Highlights Itinerary Accommodation Inclusions/Exclusions

Highlights


An inimitable Laos travel itinerary of 8 days to gain insightful knowledge about Laos culture; and fall in love with this intriguingly laidback and peaceful Buddhist country. Chosen tourist destinations of Laos for your journey include Vientiane Capital with iconic religious Buddhist temples and colonial influences; Xieng Khuang Province in the East renown home of vast plains of mysterious jars which is Laos' Stonehenge; and the spiritual serenity Luang Prabang. Being the meeting point of two rivers, Luang Prabang is a tranquil town rich of culture. Beside visiting awe-inspiring temples and staggering natural attractions, you shall attend Baci rituals at local house and have chance to observe the Tak Bath Ceremony while traveling in Luang Prabang.

Itinerary

Sabaidee, Welcome to Vientiane, the capital and the largest city of Laos mean “city of sandal wood”. This is a beloved city remained with French architecture influences, the Buddhist serenity sites; and unique from other South-East Asian countries. There's hardly to find the bustle living pace, the traffic congestions in rush hours or the noisy horn likewise other chaos capital cities.

Upon your arrival in Vientiane - the starting point of your Laos culture tour in 8 days, you will meet up with your local tour guide and take transfer from airport to your hotel for resting. Have free and easy time to get off your jetlag. 

In the morning, embark on a pleasant trip to explore the hidden gems of Vientiane, a city located pretty close to border with Thailand. Visit Wat Sisaket five-tiered temple, the only intact temple in Vientiane after Siamese’s attack in 1828. Wat Sisaket is the largest and the most beautiful temple of the city. Next, you will enter Haw Phra Keo temple where showcased fine art of Laos and Khmer. Surrounded by the lush garden, this tranquil temple home the renown Emerald Buddha and some of wooden panels and colonnades. Then, visit the Pha That Luang a symbolic shrine of Laos corresponds to the Buddhist religion and Laos sovereignty.

This afternoon, head to Buddha Park or Wat Xieng Khuan in 30-minute drive from Vientiane. This unique park, constructed in 1958 by the monk Luang Pu Bunleua Sililat, displays a collection of over 200 statues of Buddhism and Hinduism deities.

You will check out hotel and then get transfer to airport for morning flight from Vientiane to Xieng Khuang to delve into the home of the mysterious prehistoric stone on Plain of Jars. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the mulberry farm in Xieng Khuang and learn of 26 steps making silk by the local people. This is a social enterprise training, provide works for local people; and also encourage the sustainable traditional weaving works and organic fertilizers to alternate the opium productions, forest burn and using harmful chemicals.

In the morning, traverse from Phonsavan the capital city of Xieng Khuang Province, with a stop on the way at Muang Khoun and visit the remained ruins of the royal kingdom. Carry on to the Xieng Khuang Plateau for the famous Plain of Jars, the reminiscent of Stonehenge in England. This place is still a mystery that many theories and facts haven’t figured out the scatters of massive jars over such vast plain. There is a belief that those are funerary urns. Come and have a closer investigation yourself on those stone jars in clusters or single appearing at the largest site 1 to learn about the history; then move on to the other sites 2 and 3. 

Leave Plain of Jars in the morning, you will fly from Xieng Khuang to Luang Prabang UNESCO Heritage town taking only 30 minutes by local airlines. Upon your arrival in Luang Prabang, you are welcomed by your local tour guide and travel to hotel for check-in.

Resting till late afternoon, your tour guide will escort you to a local house and participate in traditional Baci Ceremony, one of very important ceremonies in laos means “Soul calling” which is indispensable to Laos people in many life occasions including wedding, health, birth, death, Laos New Year, etc. During the ritual takes place, the participants’ wrists will be tied with a white string to preserve the luck.

Begin your exploration of the delightful ancient city Luang Prabang or city of Golden Buddha Phra Bang. You will find an impressive blend of colonial buildings and admirable temples and pagodas; especially enjoy the slow living pace of the city at the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers’ conjunction. Get off the van at the beginning of the old town, you will have a leisure stroll and shortly find Vat Mai, the shrine from 18th century outstanding with a noticeable 4-tiered roof. Walking along the street you will find the National Museum which formally is the Royal Palace built in 1904 under King Sisavang Vong’s mandate after the Chinese destruction in 1887. Royal Palace was the home for royal family; very soon then it was occupied by the colonial when Laos was under protection by the French. These days, its intact architectures are very well preserved; and the palace become National Museum. Displayed in the museums are the precious royal items and country’s holy artefacts as well as the Phrabang Buddha which the city is named after.

In the afternoon, board a local wooden boat, you will sail upstream Mekong river toward renown Caves of Pak Ou on the karst cliffs. This area comprises of 2 caves Tham Ting and Tham Phum where there are thousands of buddha sculptures displayed. On the way sail back to Luang Prabang town, you will have chance to enjoy stunning sunset over Mekong River.

In the morning, your tour guide will show you around Luang Prabang and explore the other outstanding attractions of Luang Prabang. Hike up 328 steps to Mount Phousi, you are rewarded with Luang Prabang ‘s panoramic view as well as the city’s neighborhood. Then, see Wat Xieng Thong, a temple dating back 1560 sitting along both Mekong and Nam Khan River. In the complex of this royal temple, there are over 20 structures adorned with stunning mosaics and wood carvings.

Leaving Luang Prabang town, you will travel roughly 25 km (15.5 miles) to Khuang Si Waterfalls. Have a short visit of the Bear Rescue Center, you then will find the turquoise ponds of the terraced waterfalls resting in the verdant green jungle. It’s possible to take a swimming in the crystal water before returning to your hotel in Luang Prabang. On the way, visit the living craft center Ock Top Tok to learn about the finest textiles of Laos; then spend chilling time to have a coffee at the riverside café there.

It's the last day of your 8 day itinerary in Laos. Wake up early today to observe the rituals of Tak Bath Ceremony in Luang Prabang or the Alm giving. At dawn the barefoot monks in saffron-clads will leave pagodas and temples; then walk in line along different streets of Luang Prabang and collect the offerings of food from local people. The devoted locals will receive back monk’s merits and believe to accumulate their Buddhist karma. Afterward, pay a visit to colorful local morning market with interesting local products of all ranges.

Afterward, have free time on your own till the transfer from Luang Prabang to airport for your flight to next destination.

Inclusions / Exclusions

Inclusion:

  • 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

Exclusion:

  • Laos Visa and stamping fees

  • Domestic & International air ticket

  • Surcharge for festive season

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in program

  • Tips, drinks, personal expenses and others.

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