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Laos At Glance

Laos At Glance

Time:  8 Days 7 Nights

Departure:  Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Pak Ou Caves - Kamu Lodge

Themee:  Classic Tours
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OVERVIEW

This Laos tour offers a true 'highlights of' experience with plenty of time available for independent exploration of this enigmatic country.  Including visits to Vientiane, Luang Prabang and an overnight at the experiential accommodation of Kamu Lodge on the banks of the Mekong River.  The pace of this trip is perfect for those wanting a guided introduction to Laos combined with time for optional touring and plenty of relaxation.

 

PROGRAM

 

  • Day 1: Arrive Vientiane – City Tour

  • Day 2: Vientiane – City Tour (B)

  • Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

  • Day 4: Luang Prabang – City Tour (B)

  • Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)

  • Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)

  • Day 7: Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang (B)

  • Day 8: Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

   

Day 1: Arrive Vientiane – City Tour

Arrive in Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. rnIn the afternoon, visit Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. rnOvernight in Vientiane

Arrive Vientiane – City Tour

Day 2: Vientiane – City Tour (B)

After breakfast at your hotel enjoys a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’! Vientiane is one of the quietest capitals in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals and far from the real-estate frenzy of the regional megalopolis. rnYour tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. rnContinue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. rnStop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considered the guardian of the spirit of the city. Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian-era pillar and it is a popular belief that if you circle it three times and make a wish, then that wish will come true. rnVisit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. This provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them. rnThe afternoon is free at leisure to stroll along the Mekong and enjoy a great range of restaurants. You might also like to haggle for bargains in the evening market. rnOvernight in Vientiane

Vientiane –  City Tour (B)

Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

Enjoy a leisurely morning.rnYour guide and private car will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight, QV105 departing at 1300 to Luang Prabang.rnArrive in Luang Prabang on flight QV105 at 1340. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.rnFree time in the afternoon to wander the lanes of the spiritual capital of Laos - the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang.rnAs the day comes to an end climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of Mount Phousi, where you will be rewarded with marvelous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the neighboring mountain ranges, and the city buildings. The sunset views are particularly spectacular as the sun casts glorious colors over the peaceful scenery below. Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colorful Night Market. Every evening along the main street, the area’s ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts. The quiet evening atmosphere and soft lights of the stalls combine to create a magical market setting from which to shop for souvenirs.rnOvernight in Luang Prabang

Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

Day 4: Luang Prabang – City Tour (B)

Today, take a half-day guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Town. Your guide will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. rnStart your city tour at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. Finish the tour at Wat Xieng Thong, the most revered temple in Luang Prabang. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat and is decorated with ornate carvings and mosaics.rnThen transfer back to your hotel or restaurant of your choice.rnOvernight in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang – City Tour (B)

Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)

For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people. Return to the hotel for breakfast. rnYour guide will pick you up from your hotel for a short transfer through the Luang Prabang countryside to Kuang Si Waterfalls (32km southwest of the city). Along the way you will drive through beautiful landscapes of rice fields, hills, and small villages. There are also viewpoints overlooking the Mekong River. rnStop en-route to visit a small village which is home to one of the area’s many ethnic minorities. You will have an opportunity to learn about their traditions and culture, much of which has remained unchanged for centuries. rnUpon reaching Kuang Si Waterfall, relax and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is perfect for exploring on foot. For the adventurous, it is possible to walk to the top of the falls via a steep track where stunning views await you at the top. rnThese waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day (Note: when bathing please be respectful, wear a sarong and be careful not to show too much skin). rnBefore you leave you might like to visit the bear sanctuary which is next to the falls, run by Free The Bears Fund Inc. There are currently 23 Asiatic Black Bears living in the sanctuary, which has saved them from poaching. The main threat to these bears is poaching due to the use of their bile in Chinese medicine. You can read about their habits and observe their playful nature, whilst learning about the difficulties they are facing. rnThe rest of the afternoon is free at leisure in Luang Prabang.rnOvernight in Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)

Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge. rnAlong the way stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The Buddhas range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages. rnContinue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge for lunch time. The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each one of which is protected from the elements by a thatch roof. The tents are also decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture allowing the Lodges’ grounds to harmoniously blend with surrounding nature. They each feature private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity. rnThis afternoon, you may choose to participate in a variety of different activities. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience:rn• rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fieldsrn• Gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!rn• Traditional fishing techniques in the Mekong.rn• Local village visit and encounter rnDinner and overnight at the Lodge

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 7: Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang (B)

This morning you will return by boat to Luang Prabang, arriving in time for lunch. rnOn arrival you in Luang Prabang you will be met by your guide who will take you to your hotel. rnAfternoon at leisure rnOvernight in Luang Prabang

Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang (B)

Day 8: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)

Your private car and guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

Luang Prabang – Departure (B)

1. Itinerary

This tour is desinged with balandced activites and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to yours needs.

Daily Program Your Change

Day 1: Arrive Vientiane – City Tour

Arrive in Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your...

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Day 2: Vientiane – City Tour (B)

After breakfast at your hotel enjoys a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of...

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Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)

Enjoy a leisurely morning.rnYour guide and private car will transfer you to the airport...

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Day 4: Luang Prabang – City Tour (B)

Today, take a half-day guided tour of Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Town. Your...

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Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)

For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the...

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Day 6: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Kamu Lodge (B,L,D)

After breakfast you will be transferred to the pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong...

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Day 7: Kamu Lodge – Luang Prabang (B)

This morning you will return by boat to Luang Prabang, arriving in time for lunch. rnOn...

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Day 8: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)

Your private car and guide will meet you at your hotel and transfer you to the airport for...

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