Fall in Love with Laos in 9 days @ Luang Prabang

Lowdown :

Famous for its stress-free atmosphere, Laos has become a top destination for laid back traveller. There are so many reasons to love about this country; whether it’s the lovely people, the charming culture, the beautiful attraction or the breath-taking natural sites, this country seems to have them all. This 9 days trip from Laung Prabang to Xieng Khouang to Vang Vien to Vientien will take you on exploration of beautiful temples, astonishing cities and interesting historical sites that will enrich your soul.

 

Luang Prabang, once the royal seat of the Lane Xang Kingdom or “Land of a Million Elephants”, is a sleepy town nestled in a mountain valley at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan Rivers in north central Laos. Considered as the center of Lao culture, the city offers a fascinating glimpse into the Buddhist religious practice and traditional lifestyle of the various hill-tribe groups in this northern region. The town is endowed with a picturesque landscape of palm lined riverbanks, ornate golden temples, and ancient monuments amongst the backdrop of the towering Mt. Phousi. It is no wonder that UNESCO declared Luang Prabang as a World Heritage Site in 1995 describing it as an “outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries.”
After arrival, transfer to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. 

What :

 

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Upon your arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang in the evening, you will be transferred to the hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure. You may choose to visit Luang Prabang night market which runs from 5pm until 10pm every night.

 

Day 2: Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you will start off with visitng the Royal Palace, now a National Museum and house to precious exhibits of former Laos Royal family’s possessions. Then, you will visit Buddhist temples of Luang Prabang including Wat Visoun, a 16th century temple; Wat Aham, an early 19th century temple and Wat Xiengthong, a 16th century temple. You may also take the opportunity to pay respect to and interact with the monks at Wat Mai like Buddhists do. Before dinner, do not miss ending your day with climbing 328 steps to the top of Phousi Hill. Up there you will be able to watch sun set over Luang Prabang town as well as the two rivers and forested hills.

 

Day 3: Pak Ou Caves

After breakfast, let’s take a two hour cruise in a long-tail boat in the Mekong River and visit the Pak Ou Caves: Tham Ting (lower cave) and the Tham Theung (upper cave). Both two caves house thousands of Buddha sculptures with height ranging from mere centimetres to two meters in height. After caves visit, you will travel to Ban Muang Keo village where you can observe local weavers and whisky distillers honouring their traditional crafts. After the long day, you will return to Luang Prabang and enjoy the evening in the city at your leisure.

 

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang

Early morning, you will depart Luang Prabang to Xieng Khouang, referred to locally as “Phonsavan”, the province where the Plain of Jars is located. Upon arrival to the town in the evening, you will be transferred to your hotel where you can get a good night sleep.

 

Day 5: Xieng Khouang – Plain of Jars – Vangvieng

After breakfast, you will take a ride to “the Plain of Jars”, an archaeological site where mysterious giant stone Jars, believed to be 1,500 to 2,000 years old, are scattered around the area. Continue the trip by visiting nearby villages of Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people live, and study their lifestyle and be amazed by their vibrant local culture and history. Depart Xieng Khouang for Vang Vieng after your last visit on the day. After you have checked in to the hotel, you are free at your leisure.

 

Day 6: Vang Vieng

Today is the day that you will get to explore Vang Vieng at your choice. This city is the destination for those who are keen on adventure activities such as rock climbing, water tubing, kayaking and caving. If you are not the adventure activities type, you may choose to visit spectacular landscape and towering limestone rock formations riddled with caves; or just spend a day doing a stress-free city tour.

 

Day 7: Vang Vieng – Vientiane

Depart Vang Vieng for Vientiane. With just over half a million population, Vientiane is Southeast Asia’s smallest capital city. With very little traffic and lots of tree lined boulevards, the city a perfect place for walking and exploring ancient temples and pagodas.

 

Day 8: Vientiane

In the morning, meet up with your guide and enjoy some free time before starting a day tour to some of Vientien historical sites such as Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple that survived the Siamese war in 1828. The temple is like a Buddhism museum that displays more than 8,000 Buddha statues. After that, you will continue to Wat Ho Phra Keo, the former home of the Emerald Buddha statue. There, you will find yourself with collection of Buddha statues, antiques and artefacts found in and around Vientiane. In the afternoon, you will visit Vientiane landmark, the golden That Luang Stupa, also considered to be the symbol of Laos. End your trip at Patouxay, (aka the Arc de Triomphe), a war monument dedicated to those who fought in the struggle for independence from France. Afterwards, you may choose to finish your day like the local citizen of Vientiane—relax by the Mekong River to watch the sunset.

 

Day 9: Vientiane

Time to Bid Farewell.  You are free at leisure until you are transferred to the airport.

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How to get there :

There are daily flights to Laos. The transportation for the rest of the trip is included. 

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