Legend has it the "63 elephant kings" began and ended in Luang Prabang. Lang Xang, the once powerful kingdom was founded by the Great King Fa Ngum in 14th century, and ended by last King Savang Vatthana in 1975. This amazing 6-day tour will help you to relive the rich heritage of Laos, as you visit destinations of historical and national...
 

Starts/Ends: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Tour Code: LTL 07
Tour Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Level: Easy
Group size: Private only – 1 person minimum and above

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane – Xiengkhouang
Day 3: Xiengkhouang – Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Departure

 
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Day 1. Arrival – Vientiane
On arrival in the Laos capital of Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel.Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national icon, the precious and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The Mekong Riverside is the perfect place to end the day and admire the sunset. Overnight in Vientiane.

That Luang Stupa

That Luang Stupa

Day 2. Vientiane – Xieng Khouang (by flight) (B)
We board a short afternoon flight to Xieng Khouang. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also have time, this afternoon seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hilltribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colourful history. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Plain of Jars, Xieng Khouang

Plain of Jars, Xieng Khouang

Day 3. Xieng Khouang – Luang Prabang (by road) (B)
Early morning, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hilltribe people barter and exchange merchandises. We then head out towards Luang Prabang. Enroute we stop off to see the Buddha images in Thampra, a site more than 200 years old, and various Hmong and hilltribe minority villages along the way. After a photo stop, we continue driving uphill, enjoying the splendid natural scenery of the mountains, the forest and landscape. The journey will take us over mountainous regions until we approach Luang Prabang, one of the most beautiful traditional towns in Asia. After checking into your hotel, if time permits, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and theMekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse a lovely selection of handmade textiles, made by the local people and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight at Luang Prabang.

Wat Aham

Wat Aham

Day 4. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave (B)
Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temples of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside as well as exploring the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where local rice wine is produced. On return, we take a short drive to another small village Ban Phanom, which is famous for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Pak Ou Cave

Pak Ou Cave

Day 5. Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace. It displays a collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. There will also be time for us to look around the Central Market. You wil then be transferred to the airport for your flight.

Shopping in Luang Prabang

Shopping in Luang Prabang

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

What’s included?

  • Transportation in private
  • Accommodation in twin shared room
  • Domestic flight with airport tax as stated only
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

What’s excluded?

  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All air tickets in / to / from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Lunch or dinner unless where stated
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses