5-Day Classic Lao Experience

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 5 Days

tour highlights

  • Climb the scenic Vat Phousi Hill for sweeping city views
  • Take a relaxing boat ride up the Mekong River
  • Grab a bargain at Luang Prabang's Night Bazaar
  • Wander through the bustling Morning Market
  • Visit Vientiane's Buddha Park & Friendship Bridge

tour details

Discover the French flavour, scenic landscapes, ancient architecture and traditional culture of Laos.

Meet at the Luang Prabang Airport and then transfer and check in to the hotel. The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia and was voted by UNESCO as a World Heritage City in 1995. Magical and charming, it has maintained its long-standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao culture with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness.
Dine at the Le Tangor Restaurant for lunch and then visit the National Museum (a former King’s Palace), which displays a collection of personal artefacts of the Royal Family. Afterward, climb the hill at Vat Phousi for an outstanding view of the city. Continue to the Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa named That Makmo, which is stylistically more Srilankanese than Lao.
Continue on a walk to the nearby Vat Aham, one of the city’s major tutelary shrines that is dedicated to Deveta Luang (spirit) Pu Gneu Ya Gneu (ancestors).

Watch the sunset at Vat Prabaht Tai along the Mekong River and then return to the hotel for dinner and retire for the evening.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then visit one of the most beautiful temples in the city, Vat Xieng Thong, which features classic Luang Prabang temple architecture with roofs that sweep low to the ground. Within the compound are small chapels housing bronze Buddha images, which were displayed in Paris back in 1911. Near the East Gate stands the Royal Funeral Chapel, which is home to an impressive 12-metre-high funeral chariot and various funeral urns of each Royal Family’s member. The gilt panel on the exterior of this chapel depicts a semi-erotic episode from Ramayana.
Afterward, board a traditional boat for a trip up the Mekong River and visit the famous caves of Pak Ou, which is home to thousands of statues representing Lord Buddha. Eat lunch at the Pak Ou Restaurant that overlooks the confluence between the Mekong and Nam Ou Rivers. Return to Luang Prabang by boat and continue by car to Ban Xang Khong, a weaving village where traditional Sa paper is produced.

End the evening with dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then depart by road to the Kuang Si Waterfalls. These waterfalls have a multi-tiered limestone formation and cool, clear pools that are ideal for swimming and relaxing.
On the one-hour drive to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene for a glimpse into their lifestyle. Have a picnic lunch and then return to Luang Prabang after spending time exploring the surrounding area by foot. While en route to Luang Prabang, visit the small Ban Phanom weaving village.

For the remainder of the afternoon explore the Night Bazaar and then wrap up the evening with dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Early in the morning, depart the hotel and witness the monks gathering for their age old tradition of morning alms. The custom of alms gathering is an ancient monastic tradition where monks or nuns walk quietly long the road with their alms bowl visible and accept food offerings from generous people. Join with the local people and give alms to the monks.
Afterward, stroll through the streets of the local fresh morning market where villagers and ethnic minority from the remote areas come daily to trade their goods. Return to your hotel for breakfast and then afterward visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, which is a museum about the ethnic cultures of Laos. The centre has exhibits of ethnic clothing, household objects, religious artefacts and handicrafts. Eat lunch at the Tamnaklao Restaurant and then transfer to the airport for Lao Airlines flight to Vientiane.
After landing at the Vientiane Wattay Airport, take a transfer to the hotel and check in. Vientiane’s major attractions are the serene Buddhist monasteries that dominate the centre of town. The city has kept its timeless charm with tree-lined avenues, brightly painted temples and quaint French architecture.
That afternoon visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane and features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Built in 1818, Vat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. Nearby is Ho Phra Keo, once the royal temple of Lao monarchy. Built in 1565, Ho Phra Keo has been used as a museum since 1970 and contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artefacts in the country. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Keo.
One of the most photographed images of Vientiane is Patouxay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture was inspired by the Arc of triomphe in Paris. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the That Luang Stupa, which was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 45 metres tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus.

Return to the hotel for dinner and to retire for the evening.
Eat breakfast at the hotel and then visit the surroundings of Vientiane including the Buddha Park and Friendship Bridge. The Buddha Park is a religious sculpture park located by the Mekong River, 24 kilometres south of Vientiane. The Buddha Park captivates visitors with an unusual blend of Buddhist and Hindu imagery.
Take a short stop to admire the impressive Friendship Bridge, which links Laos and Thailand. Return to hotel and have lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, visit the Morning Market (Talaat Sao) and then transfer to the Vientiane Wattay Airport for your departing flight.

includes

  • Accommodation in shared double/twin room with air conditioning (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= Breakfast, L= Lunch & D= Dinner
  • Transfers and tours with English-speaking guides in private air conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Mineral water available in the vehicles

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Laos (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures, such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities, etc.
  • Meals and services other than mentioned in the programme
  • Drinks with meals
  • Compulsory gala dinners during festive seasons and peak season surcharges which will be advised at the time of booking or when available
  • Early check-in and late check-out at hotels, if not mentioned in the programme

notes

Upon request, a licensed French, German, Spanish or other language-speaking guide can accompany participants for the whole duration of the trip at an additional cost.

Tour code: LCT5

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