LAOS HIGHLIGHT 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS (LUANG PRABANG – VANG VIENG – VIENTIANE- PAKSE – 4000 ISLAND – UBON RATCHAHANI
LAOS HIGHLIGHT 12 DAYS 11 NIGHTS (LUANG PRABANG – VANG VIENG – VIENTIANE- PAKSE – 4000 ISLAND – UBON RATCHAHANI
Duration : 12 Days 11 Nights
The Price : 2.585 $
Max People : 10
Start Location: Luang Prabang
Age Range : 0-80
Total Seats : 10/10
Travel Date : Tue 22 Aug , 2023 - Sat 31 Dec , 2050
Laos is one of Southeast Asia’s less visited corners, but those who do come to make a beeline for Luang Prabang (City of the Buddha of Peace) at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan rivers in the mountainous north. The sleepy former capital is home to hundreds of saffron-clad monks who inhabit its more than 300 pagoda-like temples. Throughout town, a languid air of serenity mixes with a new-found sense of stylishness. Of the growing number of chic hotels, many are housed in refurbished French-colonial buildings, and outdoor restaurants offer mouth-watering fusion dishes.
You will also fly to the capital city of Vientiane. You will be able to learn about its colonial French buildings, ancient temples, and colorful markets. You will also visit major sights such as Wat Sisaket, the famous and sacred That Luang Stupa, and the imposing Patuxay Monument.
Next, you will fly to Pakse in southern Laos. You will explore Champassak, which has a wonderful mix of architectural jewels. You’ll discover typical Laotian wooden stilt houses, exquisite colonial villas, Lao-Chinese shop houses, and buildings with more modern aesthetics. There is even a beautiful Catholic church (which unfortunately remains little-known by visitors) and you will be one of the lucky few who learn about and visit it.
Luang Prabang–Vang Vieng–Ban Thaheua–Vientiane–Pakse–Bolaven Plateau–Wat Phou–4000 Islands–Khone Phaphaeng–Pakse–Chongmek–Ubon RatchathanI
Places You’ll See :
Vang Vieng in Laos
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LUANG PRABANG – BACI CEREMONY ( NO MEAL)
On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel. Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment. After a soft rest, you may want to stroll around for the first impression of this ancient city. Late afternoon, join a private Baci ceremony at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants. Dinner will be served after that for you to share with the host family, that gives you the best start of Laos culture exploration. Overnight in Luang Prabang
ANCIENT CITY – MEKONG RIVER – PAK OU CAVES (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On arrival back in the city, we will visit the old Wat Sene and the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall. If time permits, we will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts. We also visit the nearby village of Ban Xienglek specializing in making the traditional Saa paper. You can either get to the nearby village and join a petanque game with the local team. Late afternoon, we will make a stop at Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the ideal place to catch the last beauty of the day. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang Tip: If you are fond of various ethnic cultures, you can visit Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday).
DAY 3: MORNING ALMS GIVING – KUANG SI WATERFALL (BREAKFAST)
Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets. We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. If time permits, we will visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos. Then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists If you wish, take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers. On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. This is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang Tip: + For the family vacation, you can visit the Buffalo Dairy Farm on the way to Kuang Si waterfalls, which offer the fun and interesting experience for the kids. + After visiting Kuang Si waterfalls, you can visit the nearby Butterflies Park, where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with the homemade cookies whilst relaxing inside the green peaceful garden full of colorful butterflies.
DAY 4: NAHM DONG PARK NATURE EXPERIENCE – VANG VIENG BY EXPRESS TRAIN (BREAKFAST, LUNCH)
After departing at 8:30 am from your hotel, transfer to Nahm Dong park, which locates in Ban Xiengmouk, 10Km from city center. Arriving at the park, we will have a short welcome by the park manager before joining the morning activities here. We will first start with the Zipline flying over the jungle and the waterfalls admiring the amazing evergreen scenery. The zipline will take about 1 hour. Then we will walk back via the jungle trail crossing some flying bridges, small streams, and clear natural pools, where you can take a refresh splash if you wish so. The picnic lunch will be served at the viewpoint where you can spread your view over the region, including the view of mount Phousi in the city center. You can either spend the rest of the afternoon stroll around the park, relax by one of the huts at the camp, or enjoy the fresh cool clear natural pools. We then transfer out to the train station to take afternoon express train to Vang Vieng. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in town. Overnight in Vang Vieng.
DAY 5: VANG VIENG EXPLORATION – BAN THAHEUA (BREAKFAST)
The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous of these caves is Tham Jang, which was used by the local people as a refuge from Chinese invaders 200 years ago. Your tour continues by crossing the Nam Song River for a short drive to Tham Pou Kham (Golden Crab Cave). After passing through a small entrance hole you descend 100 meters into the ground. You have ample time to visit Blue Lagoon, which is a great spot to relax and cool off before transferring directly to Ban Thaheua, which locates at the north side of Nam Ngum Lake, the “sea of Laos”. Upon arrival, check in your lakeside bungalow. Free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Ban Thaheua
DAY 6: NAM NGUM LAKE BOAT TRIP – VIENTIANE (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, we will have a 4-hour cruising around the Nam Ngum Lake to explore some islets, and local fishing villages. You will pass by local coal fire ovens before visiting a traditional farm, where you can enjoy some swim by one of the sandy islands. From there, we head back towards ThaHeua Village where our guide will give you an explanation of the dried fish preservation method. Arriving at Ban Houay Phanom, enjoy some in house coffee / tea before joining a demonstration of weaving techniques. The picnic lunch will be served at one of the picturesque islands along the way before heading back to the resort. We have ample time to take some rest before transferring to Vientiane via the highway Vang Vieng – Vientiane. Overnight in Vientiane.
DAY 7: VIENTIANE EXPLORATION – BUDDHA PARK (BREAKFAST)
In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. We then visit Lao Disable Women Development Center, which assist disable women to cope with their disability and advocate for their rights. Spend time watching the video and learn about the effort to earn their daily living. You can support them by buying some small handicrafts at the shop. Start the afternoon with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”. Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. Continue 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. End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls. Overnight in Vientiane. Tips: + You can also visit Sinouk Coffee Pavilion to discover the Lao coffee, stroll around the mini coffee gallery, view the in-house coffee roaster and try a cup of delicious and unique coffee or tea. Discuss with our guide about this. Entrance fee and extra coffee/drinks are payable on spot. + There is also the chance to visit Ban Hom, where you can visit the farmers working on the field and learn about the rural local life. Just 12Km from the old quarter!
DAY 8: VIENTIANE – PAKSE – BOLAVEN PLATEAU (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, we take the flight to Pakse, the biggest city of the southern Laos. Upon arrival, we head east to Pakse and onto the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Stop at a tea plantation, followed by a brief visit to Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. We will also visit the local village at Ban Lak Sipchet, which makes iron knife; and Ban Lak Samsip, which makes bamboo basket. If time permits, we will also visit Tad Yeung and take some dip into the cool clear natural pool at the foot of the waterfall Last stop is at a coffee plantation before arriving at your destination for the evening. Overnight in Bolaven Plateau
DAY 9: BOLAVEN PLATEAU – WAT PHOU – KHONG ISLAND
After breakfast, visit Tha Tengcolourful ethnic minority food market. Next explore a couple of fascinating minority villages, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village that boasts a sacrificial altar, and Ban Kokphung, a Katu village where they keep coffins under their houses. In the afternoon visit Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th Century. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos, which was built by the rulers of the Khmer empire before the construction of Angkor Wat. The temple served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples. After your visit, we continue in to Champassak to see samples of French colonial architecture before driving to Done Khongwhere you have the rest of the day to relax or to explore the island. Overnight in Done Khong Island
DAY 10: KHONG ISLAND – 4000 ISLANDS – KHONE ISLAND (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, embark on a 1.5 hour long tail boat for venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River, where during the dry season the waters recede and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Done”. Upon arrival, explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue to discover the 4000 islands area by tuktuk and visit the marvelousLiphi waterfall, also called the "Corridor of the Devil" one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. Free for the rest of the day for your own exploration of the island. We recommend you take a bike for a ride around the island to see the local life and admire the sunset along the Mekong riverbank. Overnight in Khone Island.
DAY 11: KHONE ISLAND – KHONE PHAPHAENG – PAKSE (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng, which is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia Khone Phapheng is an impressive spot near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Afterwards we drive back to Pakse. Founded by the French in 1905 as an administrative post, the capital of Champasak Province is a relatively new town at the confluence of the Mekong and Se Don rivers. In the afternoon, we will first visit Ban Khoh, which specializes in stone carving, and walk to the nearby Wat Chomphet, which hosts the biggest sitting Buddha in Laos. Late afternoon, we will ascend to the top of Wat Phou Salao to admire the panoramic view over the town of Pakse, and the nearby area, whilst the dark is falling over the city. Overnight in Pakse
DAY 12: PAKSE – UBON RATCHATHANI – DEPARTURE (BREAKFAST)
After breakfast, we will transfer directly to Ubon Ratchathani (Thailand) via Chongmek Border to take the flight to Bangkok and connect to your departure flight back home. Note: + Transfer time: 3 hours including border time. + From Pakse, you can also take the flight to Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, Vientiane, Luang Prabang, or Bangkok
- Airport Transfer
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Entrance fee
- Ground Transportation
- Hotel Accommodation
- Meals as tour program
- Beverages or Drinks
- Cambodia Visa Fee
- Compulsory Gala Dinner (if any)
- Early Check in & Late Check out
- Holiday Surcharge
- Personal expenses
- Single Supplement
- Tip for tour guide
- Travel Insurance