Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights
Price from: $389
Explore Laos by road offers you a great flexibility whilst touring Laos from Luang Prabang to Vientiane via Vang Vieng. You travel in your style and at your own space without hassle. Our guide and driver will escort you to see authentic landscapes in Laos.
Itinerary in brief:
Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng
Day 4: Vang Vieng – Vientiane
Day 5: Vientiane City Tour – Departure
Day 1: Luang Prabang – Arrival (-/-/-)
Welcome to Luang Prabang, Laos !
You will be met and greeted at Luang Prabang Airport by our local tour guide. Luang Prabang used to be the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. Transfer to hotel for check in.
Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture;
Climb up Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang. From there, we explore Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou (B/L/-)
We depart hotel to the boat landing, and take an excursion by boat upstream on Mekong River to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a limestone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. We are welcome to taste it and also take away. Lunch is served at a riverside restaurant.
We arrive back to Luang Prabang in late afternoon to visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries…etc,
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Vang Vieng (B/L/-)
Drive to Vang Vieng, a small and tranquil town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. Depending on road and traffic conditions, we will arrive at Vang Vieng by mid or late afternoon. Stop at Phoukhoune with its lively market. Lunch at local restaurant via Kasi As you approach Vang Vieng district karstic cliffs covered by lush vegetation appear. Arrive in Vangvieng walk around the bustling central market.. The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous in Vang Vieng is the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 4: Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B/L/-)
After breakfast at hotel, drive to Vientiane. Located on the banks of the Mekong River. This capital conjures up exotic images, with a curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.
Arrive in Vientiane at lunch time, we start to visit city’s major historic sites including religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple that survived from the Siamese war of 1828 with its cloister containing more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in and around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa, containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Lao Arc de Triomphe), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today the landmark of Vientiane.
Overnight in Vientiane
Day 5: Vientiane City Tour – Departure (B/L/-)
After breakfast, drive to Buddha Park which takes around 20 minutes away. On the way, stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge which was built by the Australian government in 1994 and links Laos and Thailand.
Arrive at Buddha Park and enjoy a stroll around the park. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Laos’s shaman. The concrete sculptures are bizarre but intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.
Afternoon transfer to Vientiane Airport for flight to go home or extension to Vietnam. Tour ends.
Price: from US$ 398/ person of group 15 pax and up.
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Exciting journey !
This touring gives you a great flexibility to discover authentic Laos via its rural areas such as Vang Vieng or small villages in Luang Prabang. A perfect journey to travekers of all ages children or seniors. Come to discover Laos differently.
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