Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting, your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph. Overnight...
 

Tour Code: LTA 08
Trip duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Trip grade: Easy
Group size: Private only – 1 person minimum and above
Highlights: Vientiane – Luang Namtha – Muang La – Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang

BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Namtha
Day 3: Luang Namtha – Ban Nam Yang
Day 4: Luang Namtha -Oudomxay – Muang La
Day 5: Muang La – half day tour -Nong Khiaw
Day 6: Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang – half day city tour – Khuangsi Waterfall
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Departure

 
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Day 1. Arrival – Vientiane
Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting, your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.

That Luang Stupa

That Luang Stupa

Day 2. Vientiane – Luang Namtha (Road) (B)
The journey northwards begins as we transfer to the airport and board our flight to Luang Nam Tha, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to you accommodation. No activities are planned for the rest of the day so you can stroll around the town or just relax at the riverside retreat until the briefing about our upcoming trekking days. Overnight in Luang Nam Tha.

Luang Nam Tha

Luang Nam Tha

Day 3. Luang Namtha – Ban Nam Yang (B, L)
This morning we depart by songtaew for the ride to Ban Nam Ngaen where the local guide will help you across the only stream that you will cross that day. We walk for around three hours through forest and upland fields to the highest point of the trek, where there is an Akha resting place. Here you will have a picnic lunch of local food before you descend to the village of Nam Yang for a visit with the villagers. On the way back an Akha hunter will accompany you and display his bird calling skills. We continue down to the Ban Nam Ngaen where you can choose to visit That Poum Pouk if you still have time. Overnight in Luang Nam Tha.

Ban Nam Yang village

Ban Nam Yang village

Day 4. Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Muang La (B)
The local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to barter and trade their goods. We visit this congregation before setting off on our journey along the south to Muong La via Oudomxay. Here we have the chance to visit the intriguing Pra Xack Kham Temple with its sacred Buddha image. The 400 years old legendary statue is said to have many supernatural powers, and is widely worshipped among the faithful local Buddhists. We arrive in Muang La, famous for its natural hot springs by mid afternoon. Here you can relax by taking a traditional massage, or enjoy the hot springs. Overnight in Muang La.

New Buddha Statue Oudomxay

New Buddha Statue Oudomxay

Day 5. Muang La – half day tour – Nong Khiaw (B, L)
This morning we have time for an exploration of Muang La and surrounding ethnic villages before heading back on the road, taking in some wonderful scenery en route to our next stop Nong Khiaw. Overnight in Nong Khiaw.

Nong Khiaw

Nong Khiaw

Day 6. Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang ( B, L)
Today we continue our boat adventure down the Nam Ou, enjoying the lush green forests and landscape. We will be able to stop off at a few villages and admire the breathtaking limestone karst scenery. Along the way we stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. We continue our trip down the river to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, which we shall reach by late afternoon. After a transfer to your hotel you have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Pak Ou Caves

Pak Ou Caves

Day 7. Luang Prabang – half day city tour– Khuangsi Waterfall (B)
First we visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Following lunch we then return to Luang Prabang. Your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Kuang Si Waterfall

Kuang Si Waterfall

Day 8. Luang Prabang – Departure
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight..

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