Day 1. Arrival – Luang Prabang (D)
On arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang, welcomed by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore and get to know about Luang Prabang. The welcome dinner will be served at the local restaurant with the traditional dance and folk song, the best chance to experience the local culture.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 2. Luang Prabang – Cruise the Mekong to Pak Ou Caves – Kuang Si Waterfalls (B, L)
Morning, embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives you a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a 16th century cave monastery filled with thousands of Buddha images, which locates 25km North of Luang Prabang in the limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong river.
In the afternoon, we drive south to Kuang Si waterfalls, the biggest fall 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. We will also 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, 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
Day 3. Morning Alms Giving – Vientiane (B, L)
Wake up as the sun rises, 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. From there, we 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. This is the best way to experience the taste of local life.
After breakfast, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.
Then transfer out to the airport to take afternoon flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival in Vientiane, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 4. Vientiane city – Buddha Park (B, L)
In the morning, 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. On the way, stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge which was built by the Australian government in 1994 and links Laos and Thailand. Take a stroll around the Buddha park, also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Laos’s shaman. The concrete sculptures are bizarre but intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.
Drive back to Vientiane. En route, stop at Mai Savanh to explore the traditional textiles of the Lao people. This shop specializes in high quality silk products and involves several families in their process, from the northern province of Luang Nam Tha Province and the southern provinces of Attapeu and Sekong. (Mai Savanh is closed on Saturday & Sunday). Lunch at restaurant.
Afternoon visit to the major sights of Vientiane capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
End the tour of Vientiane 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.
Day 5. Vientiane – Departure (B)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before transferring to the airport for your departing flight.
PRIVATE TOUR 5-day Luang Prabang – Vientiane.
|No of travelers||2 pax||4 pax||6 pax||8 pax up|
|Destination||Hotel (3 star)
|Vientiane||PHASOUK VIEN CHANTRA
|Luang Prabang||ANSARA HOTEL
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- Hotel accommodation on a twin shared basis with daily breakfast,
- Domestic airfare Luang Prabang – Vientiane with Laos airlines,
- Private, air-conditioned vehicle transferring as program,
- Boat trips as stated in the itinerary,
- English speaking tour guide,
- Admission fees to sites as mentioned,
- Meals as indicated (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner),
- Complementary drink water
- Visas and Immigration fees on arrival
- Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
- Travel and/or medical insurance
- Lunch or dinner unless stated in the itinerary
- Peak season or special events surcharges
- Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
- Itinerary is subject to change depending on flight availability, road and/or weather conditions and room availability.
- Group of 10 persons and above will use separate vehicle in Luang Prabang due to UNESCO restrictions on large coaches entering downtown Luang Prabang.
- Hotels listed above may not meet international star rating standards, especially in the remote areas where accommodation options are limited.
- Prices are subject to change at any time as a result of VAT, Fuel Excise or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations