Laos

5-Day Green Vientiane

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Tour type

Tour Level: Luxury

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Tour Period: 5 Days

5 hours   

Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy a stroll along the Mekong taking in the bustle of the night market
  • Bicycle around the city centre and village surrounds seeing offbeat sights and scenes
  • Marvel at the beauty of wild orchids as you trek among pristine jungle and dense forests
  • Step back in time at the ‘Elephant Palace’ of Vang Xang
  • Relax and float away amongst the backwaters and lush vegetation of Nam Ngum Lake

tour details

This journey combines the pleasure of taking a ‘slow’ look at Vientiane’s temples, lifestyle and food scene, with the joy of being surrounded by the unique natural beauty of Laos’ orchids and lakes.

Why choose this tour?

Discover Vientiane in true Laos style: slowly. There is plenty of time to experience the best of the culture, lifestyle and natural wonders on offer in and around the most laid back capital in Asia.

Arrival Vientiane
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.

You will be met upon arrival at Vientiane (Wattay) International Airport and transfer and check in at the hotel.

Afternoon
Lunch is at Kung’s Café. After lunch we will return to the hotel and in the afternoon you are free to explore the area. Close to your hotel (500m) is the T’Shop Lai Gallery. T’Shop Lai Gallery is popular with art lovers and shoppers. Les Artisans Lao (a cooperative) create fine handicrafts made from local materials, mainly coconut shell, bamboo, egg shell, and salvaged wood. Upstairs there is a gallery to peruse. The tables, chairs and exquisitely designed cabinets are simple and elegant reflecting authentic designs. There are also locally sourced, organic and fair trade cosmetics and skincare products made from coconut.

Late afternoon
As evening falls you will be perfectly situated to walk along by the Mekong River to see the famous bustling Night Market. One of the most well-known night markets in Laos and often referred to as the ‘night bazaar’. It runs along the promenade next to Chao Anouvong Park next to the Mekong River. The red-roofed stalls sell a vast selection of electronics, clothes, accessories, artwork and trinkets. The vendors are not pushy and you can peruse the goods at leisure (open daily from 18:00 - 24:00 hours).

Dinner is at leisure
Morning
After breakfast at the hotel, explore Vientiane by bicycle. A short ride from the city centre, Vientiane’s hidden charm is slowly revealed. Cycle along a path by the Mekong River. Ride down dirt roads and through picturesque villages. Take in the local houses and look out for palm and banana trees. En route there are temples and Buddhist monasteries aplenty to admire. The Mekong sandbanks are home to local people fishing the river (seasonal).

Return to the city centre to explore the hidden backstreets and alleys and discover the beautiful colonial residences, home to Laos’ former colonial leaders. After some off-the-beaten-track experiences cycle by some of the iconic landmarks of the city including That Luang Stupa, Wat Sisaket, Wat Phra Kheo, the Presidential Palace, and Patousay. At Patousay climb to the top of the arch and look out over the city. An opportunity to take some great photographs of Vientiane.

The cycling is easy and generally flat. Lunch is at a local restaurant.

At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Rest of the afternoon at leisure.

Dinner
Dinner tonight is at Doi ka Noi - This gem of a restaurant is under the guidance of owner and chef Noi. As the first Laos member of the world renowned Slow Food movement, Noi presents food that uses fresh seasonal local produce based on a deep respect for traditional Lao recipes that means dishes are bursting with flavour. The menu changes daily and serves up seven or eight dishes based on what is freshest and available, including organic vegetables in the backyard garden.

Meal included:
Lunch at a local restaurant
Dinner at Doi ka Noi
Morning
After breakfast at the hotel, we take you out into nature to discover the wild orchids of Laos. With hundreds of species, wild orchids are a stunning part of the awe-inspiring biodiversity of the natural landscape of Laos. Join us on this nature discovery tour and we'll see the colourful and unique wild Lao orchids in their natural habitat while discovering the Phou Khao Khouay National Protected Area, a natural jewel of Laos. Trek with an expert guide from the village of Hathkai to observe the beautiful wild orchids of Laos. Start by walking through the diverse forests and deep jungle of one of Laos' most beautiful nature reserves where you'll see a mix of vegetation, bamboo and jungle flora. Here, you'll also observe the varied landscape of the country and see the unique orchids of Laos.

Afternoon
Then head to the waterfall at Tad Say and enjoy a picnic lunch. Relax by the waterfall and watch the water cascading over seven steps, before taking the option of a dip in the cool river. Finally, we'll trek back through the evergreen forest to Hathkai village.

After enjoying the trek and marvelling at incredible landscapes and variety of vegetation in the forests we transfer back to Vientiane.

Dinner is at leisure.

Estimated driving time/distance:
4 hours/120 kilometres

Meal included:
Picnic lunch
Morning
After breakfast, will be picked up around 8:30 hours to spend a day in nature that includes a boat trip, visiting local villages and exploring the ruins of an 8th and 11th century Mon-Khmer site.

On the way to the Nam Ngum Reservoir, 100km from Vientiane, you stop at the Hmong village to visit the Market and meet the people. Here you can learn more about the Hmong people, their culture and traditions. Our next stop takes you to the famous Vang Xang archaeological site, dating back to the 11th century. The name of the site translates to 'Elephant Palace' in reference to a nearby elephant graveyard. Here you'll wander through the historic sites and see the fascinating Buddha sculpture reliefs inscribed onto the pink sandstone cliffs. From here you'll continue to Nam Ngum Lake for lunch. Our lunch will be served at the boat restaurant on the lake.

Afternoon
After lunch, we embark on a 1-hour boat ride to visit fishing villages in the islands. In the peaceful and beautiful natural surrounds, sit back and relax as you explore the lush vegetation along the backwaters and soak up the local river life. Here you will see traditional forms of agriculture still being practised. On the way back to Vientiane our final stops of the day are at a traditional salt abstraction site at Ban Keun and Dong Mark Khai market where local people gather to sell wild animals and a large selection of insects. We return Vientiane in the late afternoon.

Dinner at Lao Kitchen Restaurant

Estimated driving time/distance:
5-6 hours/200 kilometres
Morning
Following breakfast at the hotel, there is a morning visit to the bustling Morning Market (Talat Sao), which is known for its superior silk weaving, metal work and woodcarving. Look out for the textiles, clothes and bags. Enjoy your lunch at the Lao Derm Restaurant.

Afternoon
Transfer to Vientiane (Wattay) International Airport for your departure.

Meal included:
Lunch at Lao Derm Restaurant

customise the tour

  • Extend your holiday with a deeper exploration of southern Laos and the fascinating 4000 Islands region
  • Extend your holiday with a visit to Luang Prabang, a stronghold of Lao culture and with splendid natural surrounds
  • Extend your stay with a trip to northern Laos to visit fascinating hilltribes and Namkat Yorla Pa eco resort

includes

  • Accommodation in shared double/ twin room with air-condition (AC) and private bathroom
  • Meals as stated in the programme B= breakfast, L= lunches & D = Dinner as program mention.
  • Transfers and tours with your selected local English speaking guide in private air-conditioned vehicles
  • All entrance fees and boat fees as mentioned in the programme
  • Drinking water and cold towels available on the vehicles
  • Local Government Tax

excludes

  • Domestic airfare (quoted separately, if requested)
  • International airfare to / from Lao (quoted separately, if requested)
  • Optional tours
  • Surcharges for other language guides
  • Surcharges for Lao Pimai (New Year)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenditure, 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
  • Immigration border tax is not inlcuded
Tour code: VTEDLGR5

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