Wat Sene- LuangPrabang
 
National Museum
 
The great Stupa ThatLuang
 
 

ST OL 01 : MAGICAL VALLEY
7days / 6nights Vientiane -Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

 

Laos in brief the people's democratic Republic of Lao is located in the center of in the center of Indochina, sharing borders with China to north west, Thailand to west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
Laos has a population of a bout 5,5 millions inhabitants and make up of 48 different ethnic groups with an are of 236,800 square kilometres. Around 70 % of its terrain is mountainous reaching a maximum elevation of 2,820 m in Xieng Khouang province. The landscapes of northern Laos and regions adjacent to Vietnam in particular are dominated by hills. The Mekong river is the main geographical feature in the west and in fact, from a natural border with Thailand and some areas. The Mekong flows through nearly 1,900 km of Laos. In the south the Mekong reaches a breadth of 14 km, creating an area with thousands of land. The capital Vientiane and all other major cities and towns are located of the bank of the Mekong river, while virtually every village depends on the vital bon between the land and water. The first kingdom of laos is Lane Xang kingdom (the Land of Million Elephants.)

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Day 1: Arrival into Vientiane
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.   The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane – full day tour
After breakfast, we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. . En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon, we transfer out to see the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and to reveal his ideas about the universe. A spectacular view of over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.
Overnight in Vientiane (Breakfast)
Day 3: Vientiane – Vang Vieng (Road)
We leave the capital early for our journey northbound; we will see some breathtaking scenery en-route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. Along the way we visit the busy and colorful market of Thalat where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions. A next stop of our trip is Vang Xang, famous for the archeological site dating back 11th century. We reach our final destination Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. After checking into your hotel you are at your own leisure. Overnight in Vang Vieng (Breakfast)
Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (Road)
Heading 2km out of Vang Vieng town we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang, which was once used by the local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different lifestyles of the locals. Upon leaving Vang Vieng, the roads begin to deteriorate; however the stunning mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. We wind our way through the mountains to Luang Prabang. This town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be "the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia".  There is little traffic on Luang Prabang roads and monks in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas to shade themselves from the sun.
Overnight in Luang Prabang (Breakfast)
Day 5: Luang Prabang – City tour, and Pak Ou Caves
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 also 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 the 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 (Breakfast)
Day 6: Luang Prabang – City tour, and Khouangsi falls
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual.
After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace.  It displays a collection of artifacts 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. We then continue towards Khouangsi Waterfall, en route, we visit the local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, Ban Ou, Laoloum and Ban Thapene, and then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall.   Here you can take a dip in the inviting pools or walk along the forest trails surrounding the waterfall.  We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkhong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and for traditional Saa Paper making. Overnight in Luang Prabang (Breakfast)
Day 7: Luang Prabang – Departure
After breakfast, free and easy at own leisure until time to transfer to the airport for your outbound flight to the next destination.
End tour in Laos!

Validity: 01 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017 : USD per person.

DESCRIPTION

Number of passenger(s)-Nett per person

Single
supplement

In single

in half-twin room

1

2

3-5

6-9

10-14

15-19

20-24+1

Standard class

1623

839

643

483

461

412

393

200

Superior class

1792

923

729

568

546

502

482

272

First class

2130

1092

898

737

719

673

659

434

Validity: till 30 April 2017 & 01 Oct 2017 – 31 Dec 2017 : USD per person

DESCRIPTION

Number of passenger(s)-Nett per person

Single
supplement

In single

in half-twin room

1

2

3-5

6-9

10-14

15-19

20-24+1

Standard class

1696

876

681

519

498

450

432

237

Superior class

1865

959

765

604

582

538

519

306

First class

2495

1275

1080

919

902

856

850

607

+ Surcharge for Christmas and Eva New year upon confirmation
+ 1 FOC in half twin room for group from 20 pax and up.

DESCRIPTION

CITY

HOTEL NAME

Economy class

Vientiane

Lao Orchid hotel (Deluxe room) *** www.lao-orchid.com

Vang Vieng

The Elephant Crossing Hotel (Deluxe room)***
 www.theelephantcrossinghotel.com  

Luang Prabang

Chitcharleurn hotel (ROH room) *** www.cm-hotel.com

First class

Vientiane

Mercure Hotel (Superior room) **** http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-1828-mercure-vientiane/index.shtml

Vang Vieng

Silver Naga Hotel (Deluxe room) or similar***+ www.silvernaga.com 

Luang Prabang

Villa Santi Hotel & Resort (Deluxe room) **** www.villasantihotel.com

Superior class

Vientiane

Lao Plaza Hotel (Superior room) ****+ www.laoplazahotel.com

Vang Vieng

The Riverside Boutique Hotel**** www.riversidevangvieng.com 

Luang Prabang

Villa Maly Hotel (Superior room) ****+ www.villa-maly.com

Including services

  • Hotel accommodation by twin share basis with daily breakfast
  • Ground transportation by private, air-cond vehicle
  • Regional ENGLISH speaking guide
  • Sightseeing with admission fees
  • Private boat trips as programmed
  • Mineral water and cold tissues on tours

EXCLUDING services

  • International air tickets arrival to and departure from Laos
  • Visa stamping on arrival to Laos (US$ 30 per person)
  • All other meals & beverages are NOT mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses and Tips

 

Trip Summary :

Where:

Trip starts in Vientiane and ends in LuongPrabang -Laos

When:

All year round;

Grade:

Moderate to Strenous;

Accommodation:

Tourist-class hotels (Standard and clean hotel),

Transport:

Private car or bus, boat, public ferry,

Meals:

As indicated;
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

 

 

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