Highlights of Laos

7 days - 6 nights

  • Upon arrival, when you leaving the airport terminal please look for a tour guide displaying a welcome signboard with your name  and a private transfer to your hotel for check – in . the rest of your day is free at leisure and overnight in Luang Prabang.

  • After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local speciality of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. We also have time to visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

  • After breakfast depart for a drive down the spectacular Route 13 towards Vang Vieng, taking roughly 5 hours . Stop in Kasi for having lunch at local restaruant . This journey takes you through spectacular scenery and you might want to stop regularly for photos. Please be aware that there are numerous sharp bends and you will climb/descend a lot of mountains along the way. Arrive in Vang Vieng , a small town on the banks of the Nam Song River surrounded by spectacular limestone karst scenery. The rest of the afternoon is free at leisure with your driver and guide at your disposal. You might like to explore nearby caves, villages and an organic farm where you can stop for Mulberry tea. Otherwise you might like to relax and enjoy the views. Do not forget to enjoy sunset on the Nam Song River and Overnight in Vang Vieng.

  • 8:30 Am depart from the Hotel  in Vang Vieng and cross the Nam Song River via a bamboo bridge before starting off the day with exploring one of the most unusual caves in the area 'Tham Poukham' (Blue Lagoon) the amazing "Cave of the Golden Crab". After this we shall head off via mountain bike on a tour which covers approximately 26km through the karst range of the Nam Song & Vang Vieng. After reaching the far side of the ridge, a steep hike leads to the Tham Poukham Cave. Its hidden corridors are filled with an endless array of stalagmites and stalactites, underground lakes, deep wells and up to 80 m high chimneys ! Continuing westwards the trail gets increasingly rough as we follow the narrow valley of the Houay San stream until Pha Deng 'red cliff' comes into sight to the right . Continuing on we arrive in Phonxay the first village on the banks of the Nam Khouang. The road here continues south and runs beside the Nam Khouang , we follow it until the crossroads in Ban Nathong Tai where the road to the Nam Song Bridge is met which leads us back to Vang Vieng where a sunset drink by the river marks the end of a great cycling adventure.

    Approximately : 4 hours cycling  / 1.5  hours caving/walking
    Difficulty :  Easy to Moderate
    What to bring : Hat, Sun-cream, Clothes/shoes to get wet, Sarong for bathing, Mosquito repellent

  • After breakfast at the hotel, you visit the famous caves around Vang Vieng which include Tham Xang, before we setting out to Vientiane , the capital of Laos . Situated on the northern bank of the Mekong River facing Thailand, Vientiane is a quaint and easygoing town compared to other frenetic capitals in the region , Vientiane is Southeast Asia’s most laid-back capital. This city boasts outstanding French colonial architecture and low level buildings that are spread out in the city, enhancing a cultural and relaxed atmosphere. Life in this pleasant capital is slow-paced and there is always a light flow of traffics, even during rush hour . peaceful nation at a leisurely pace visiting some of the finest and most important historical sites in Laos . Arrive in Vientiane and transfer to your hotel for check – in and the rest of your day is free at leisure and overnight in Vientiane.

  • After breakfast we explore the charming and laid-back capital of Laos with a city tour. We visit the oldest Buddhist monastery temple in the country – Wat Si Saket – and the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo, built to house the famed Emerald Buddha. Today it serves as the national museum of religious art. Learn about Laos’ tragic past and present suffering at the COPE Centre, an organization that works with victims of unexploded bombs and mines. Next visit Pha That Luang, the most important monument in Laos and a symbol of both Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.

    We also stop to view the imposing Patuxay monument – Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Later in the afternoon enjoy time exploring the hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures scattered throughout Buddha Park. End the day with a sunset dinner besides the Mekong River (optional). Overnight in Vientiane.

  • After breakfast , free at leisure until transfer to the international Vientiane airport for flight to Hanoi onwards

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