A LAOS ADVENTURE

Trip Facts

Starts FromVientiane
Ends inLuang Prabang
Country Visited Laos
Best Time Oct-Apr
Price (per person) Fr. $915
Single supplement $185
Internal airfare (per person) N/a

Scheduled departure | Scroll down for dep. dates | Based on double occupancy

Day 1 Vientiane

Arrival in Vientiane

Transfer

Sightseeing in Vientiane

The capital city of Laos, Vientiane still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, and interesting temples and colorful markets. Tour the different highlights of the city, including PHA THAT LUANG, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; HO PHA KEO, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; WAT SI SAKET; and PATUXAI, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2 Vientiane - Vang Vieng (Breakfast: Hotel )

By vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng with a boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake

Drive to the north through the scenic province of Vientiane. The climate is pleasant and the views are equally so as the vehicle makes its past mountains and cliffs along the first part of the journey. Visit a SALT FIELD in Ban Keun. Continue for a boat ride on Nam Ngum Lake, a serene, man made reservoir which also generates a portion of the electricity sold to Thailand. Stop at Talat fish market in Huay Mor before continuing to Vang Vieng.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 3 Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh (Breakfast: Hotel )

By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh with sightseeing at Khounlang Cave in Kasi

Travel from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh, with a stop and sightseeing at Khounlang Cave in Kasi. Kasi is one of 13 districts in Vientiane province. It lies about 200 km north of Vientiane and is 60 km beyond Vang Vieng district. Road no 13 passes through the district on the way to Luang Prabang Province. The Khounlang cave is situated in an area of thick forest and terraced rice paddy and is famous for its spectacular waterfall and two streams nearby. The two streams meet at the edge of a cliff, creating a 30 metre cascade.

Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 4 Phonsavanh (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion to the Plain of Jars (Sites I and II) and Muang Khoun

Spend the day visiting LOCAL MARKETS. Continue to the famous PLAIN OF JARS, a vast area extending around Phonsavanh from the south-west to the north-east. Mysterious and ancient, over 300 huge stone jars apparently carved out of solid rock are scattered around the plateau. The jars vary in size from 1 to 3.25 metres high and weigh up to six tons each. There are several different theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old. According to local legend, King Khun Chuang had them constructed in order to store wine for the celebration of his conquest of the province in the 6th century. Today’s tour will focus on SITE I and SITE II, out of the many sites so far discovered. Stop at BAN NA PIA (War Spoon Village).
Afterwards continue to MUANG KHOUN, an ancient capital and stronghold for the Xieng Khuang royal family which was destroyed during the Indochina War. The town was rebuilt after 1975 with rows of wooden Lao houses and a market area and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Visit WAT PHIA WAT, THAT FOUN and THAT CHOMPHET.

Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 5 Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang (Breakfast: Hotel )

Visit local market

Visit this lively open-air local market.

By vehicle from Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang) to Luang Prabang with sightseeing at Muang Sui

A slow journey along mountain roads with stunning views of the forested mountains, lush valleys and karst formations. Stop at MUANG SUI, visiting the scenic NONG TANG LAKE, rimmed with limestone cliffs; and the extensive cave network of THAM PHA CAVE. Only discovered recently, this cave contains a 5m high Buddha image dating from 777 AD, surrounded by gold and wooden statues of smaller size.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 6 Luang Prabang (Breakfast: Hotel )

Sightseeing in Luang Prabang (full day)

Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Start the day at WAT VISOUN (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby WAT AHAM before continuing to WAT XIENG THONG, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stencilled murals. From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including WAT SIBOUNHEUANG, WAT SI MOUNGKHOUN, WAT SOP and WAT SENE.
Continue to the NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos.
Then, visit HOR PHRABANG. In the right front corner room of the Palace which opens to the outside, is a collection of the palace’s most prized art, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg.
Afterwards, visit WAT MAI.

Visit Mount Phousi for sunset

Climb 328 steps starting from the entrance on the opposite side of National Museum or 410 steps on the other side of Khan River to the small temples atop PHOU SI, the 150m high hill which sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 7 Luang Prabang (Breakfast: Hotel )

Excursion by boat to Tham Pak Ou Caves

Travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the THAM PAK OU CAVES. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the way to Pak Ou Cave, stop at BAN XANG HAI VILLAGE (if time permitted, open 6.00 am – 3.00 pm and closed every major Buddhist holiday), a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky.

Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong

Visit BAN XANG KHONG, a village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper.

Transfer to airport for homeward bound flight.

DayCityHotels
1VientianeVansana Riverside Hotel (or)
Standard
Sabaidee@Lao Hotel Vientiane (or)
Superior Double
City Inn Vientiane
Deluxe
2Vang ViengThe Elephant Crossing Hotel (or)
Deluxe Double-King with Bathtub
The Elephant Crossing Hotel (or)
Deluxe Twin-Share with Bathtub
Vansana Vang Vieng Hotel
Standard
3-4PhonsavanhVansana Plain of Jars Hotel (or)
Standard
Anoulack Khen Lao Hotel
Luxurious Twin
5-6Luang PrabangMy Dream Boutique Resort (or)
Classic Garden Dream
Villa Nagara
Classic
  • – Accommodation in hotels as described or similar category
    – Daily breakfast
    – All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
    – Economy class internal flights
    – All entrance fees
    – English speaking guide

  • – International airfare (we will be glad to help arrange your international flight)
    – Visa fees
    – All meals except mentioned in cost includes
    – Expenses of personal nature, drinks, tips, laundry etc

Fixed Departures