6-Day Journey Beyond the Mekong

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Tour type

Tour Level: High level

Tour Comfort: Luxury

Tour Period: 6 Days

tour highlights

  • Explore the historic sites of Vientiane
  • Wander the backstreets of charming Luang Prabang
  • Cruise the Mekong River
  • Visit a local fresh morning market
  • Have a relaxing picnic lunch by a waterfall
  • Participate in a traditional Baci ceremony

tour details

The Mekong River is the lifeblood of Laos and provides a fascinating glimpse into local culture!

Meet upon arrival at Vientiane Wattay Airport or at Friendship Bridge, transfer and check in at the hotel. 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.
After lunch at a local restaurant, Visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Built in 1818, Vat Sisaket is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. All other temples in the city have undergone extensive restoration. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. 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.
Special displays include antique brass drums and palm leaf manuscripts. The main structure originally housed the famous Emerald Buddha that now resides in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Keo.
Moving on, visit one of the most photographed images of Vientiane, Patouxay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triomphe in Paris. Another famous Vientiane landmark is the That Luang Stupa. 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. The original stupa was said to contain relics of Lord Buddha.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. If time permits, visit the Morning Market (Talaat Sao), known for its superior silk weaving, metal work and woodcarving.
Transfer to the airport for a Lao Airlines flight to Luang Prabang. The crown jewel of Laos, Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. 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. In 1995 UNESCO voted Luang Prabang as a World Heritage City.
Enjoy lunch at local restaurant before visiting Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo. Then walk to the nearby Vat Aham, which is one of the city’s major tutelary shrines, and climb Vat Phousi Hill for an outstanding view over the city, before catching the sunset at Vat Prabht Tai along the Mekong River.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Rise early to witness the alms giving to hundreds of monks along the main road, then return to the hotel for breakfast. Visit the National Museum (a former King’s Palace) displaying a collection of personal artefacts of the Royal Family: photos, musical equipment and gifts received from foreign countries.
Continue to visit Vat Mai, built in 1796 and famous for the five-tiered roof of its wooden sim. Have lunch at Pak Houay Mixay Restaurant before discovering more of the old city and participating in a Baci ceremony, followed by a traditional Lao dance performance.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel then visit the local fresh morning market. Afterward, depart by road to the Kuang Si Waterfalls (about a 1-hour drive). The waterfalls tumble over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool, clear pools ideal for swimming and relaxing. On the way to the waterfalls, visit the Khmu minority village of Ban Thapaene.
Enjoy a picnic lunch nearby the waterfalls and visit the butterfly park then return to Luang Prabang. On the way, visit Ban Xang Khong village to see how traditional Sa paper is made.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Calao Pier and board a traditional local boat to cruise up the Mekong River toward Pakbeng. Along the way, make a brief stop to observe traditional processing of local rice alcohol as well as visit the sacred Pak Ou caves, which house over a thousand Buddha statues. Lunch is served onboard.
Arrive in Pakbeng before sunset and check in at the hotel.

Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Board the traditional boat for the second leg of the cruise toward Houei Xay. Observe rural life along the Mekong River banks with a stop en route at a Yao minority village. Again, lunch is served onboard.

Arrive in Houei Xay in the late afternoon and transfer to Mekong Friendship Bridge to cross the border into Chiang Khong (Thailand).

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: JBM6

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