The highlights of this tour includes the 01 day journey on Mekong River to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves and some villages along the way; the activities at the Elephant Village, and plenty of historic sites visits. The tour shows you the best that the two biggest cities of Laos can offer, the real experience for your first time travel to Laos.
TOUR CODE: NEOLAO-701
PLACES VISIT: VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG
Departure Dates: Daily
- DAY 1 LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL
- DAY 2 LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE
- DAY 3 LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALL – BUTTERFLIES PARK
- DAY 4 LUANG PRABANG – VANG VIENG – BAN THAHEUA
- DAY 5 BAN THAHEUA – VIENTIANE
- DAY 6 VIENTIANE – BUDDHA PARK
- DAY 7 VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE
DAY 1: LUANG PRABANG – ARRIVAL
On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel (early check-in upon availability).There is no activities planned for today, so you may stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 2: LUANG PRABANG – PAK OU CAVE (B/L)
After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.
We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching 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 Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
On arrival back in the city, we will visit the old Wat Sene and the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall.
If time permits, we will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts. We also visit the nearby village of Ban Xienglek specializing in making the traditional Saa paper.
You can either get to the nearby village and join a petanque game with the local team.
Late afternoon, we will make a stop at Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the ideal place to catch the last beauty of the day.
The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 3: LUANG PRABANG – KUANG SI WATERFALL – BUTTERFLIES PARK (B/L)
After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.
If time permits, we will visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos.
Then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals
There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists
If you wish, take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.
After visiting the falls, you can visit the nearby Butterflies Park, where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with the homemade cookies whilst relaxing inside the green peaceful garden full of colorful butterflies.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. This is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang
Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – VANG VIENG – BAN THAHEUA (B/L)
In the morning, we travel by road south to Vang Vieng. Our intrepid journey will be strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic regions of Laos.
After about 2-hour drive, we will have chance to enjoy the panoramic view at the highest peak of the area, which is more than 2000 meter high.
From there, we will drive to visit Pha Hom market, where we can find various offer of wild animals.
We will also stop at Ban Phouhin Lekphay to see the life of Khmu hill-tribe. Our next photo stop is at Phatang Mountain view point to admire the beautiful scenery before reaching the town of Vang Vieng
Upon arrival, we still have time to visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. From the cave, we can admire the panoramic view over the town of Vang Vieng and the nearby area .
We will make the last transfer to the nearby Ban Theua to spend the night at the lovely resort overlooking Nam Ngum lake, the “sea of Laos”
DAY 05: BAN THAHEUA – VIENTIANE (B/L)
Optional: Wake up early today, you never want to miss the serene sunrise over the peaceful lake. Our guide will escort you to the nearby area to watch the local villagers preparing for their busy day.
After breakfast, you are free to stroll around the resort and the nearby village for your own exploration.
In the afternoon, we will transfer to Vientiane. Along the way, visit Dong Makkhai Market, where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions.
We will arrive in Vientiane around late afternoon. Check in your hotel.
A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane
DAY 6: VIENTIANE – BUDDHA PARK (B/L)
AM: we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power.
After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues.
We then visit Lao Disable Women Development Center, which assist disable women to cope with their disability and advocate for their rights. Spend time watching the video and learn about the effort to earn their daily living. You can support them by buying some small handicrafts at the shop.
PM: visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”.
Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828.
Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art.
End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls. Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 7: VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE (B)
You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight
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