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$1380
10 days 9 nights
TourID: LAO10
Deluxe & Private

10 days - Classic Laos

The easiest way to discover Laos. Classic Laos – 10 day tour takes you to the most famous places of Laos. Discover the majestic land of Laos including: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Kuang Si Waterfall, Plain of Jars, Pak Ou cave, Mekong river and much more…

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Day 1: Luang Prabang / Arrival

Arrival at airport in Luang Prabang, we welcome you and transfer you to hotel. Check-in at hotel.

Spend your leisure time in Luang Prabang city.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Morning, visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Then visit Wat Xieng Thong, the royal city’s most important temple.

Embark and cruise upstream on the Mekong River, visit the famous and mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Back to the city. Stop at the village of Ban Xanghai where they make the local rice wine. Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, visit some major places: National Museum (Royal Palace), Wat Mai, UXO Visitor’s Centre and Wat Visoun famous for its enormous stupa and its collection of old gilded Buddhas.

Finally, we reach the Mount Phousi to enjoy a panoramic sunset view of Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B,L)

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Morning, we drive to Living Land Lao Organic Farm at Phoung Van village. Learn and experience the real activities and life of a Lao farmer.

Afternoon, we drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Before coming back to Luang Prabang, we still have time to visit Kuang Si Falls Butterflies Park, newly opened January 2014, it is now one of the must-see spots in Luang Prabang. We return to the city.

Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B,L)

Day 4: Luang Prabang → Xieng Khouang

After breakfast, we make our way over the mountains to Xieng Khouang, best-known for having been heavily bombed during Indochina War and also famous for its historic Plain of Jars.

The journey takes about 8 hours and we can make some stops at villages to observe the rural life of local people, including ethnic minorities.

Arrival in Phonsavanh, the capital of Xieng Khouang province and check into your hotel.

Overnight in Phonsavanh. (B,L)

Day 5: Xieng Khouang

Morning, we make a visit to the 3 “Plain of Jars” sites and also discover some local villages where you can observe local village life.

Afternoon, we drive to Muang Khoun, one that was not been destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war. Muang Khoun is home to unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that lies in ruins. Return to Phonsavan.

Overnight in Phonsavan. (B,L)

Day 6: Xieng Khouang → Vang Vieng

After breakfast, we have time today to explore the site and some nearby villages, populated by the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. Even though living a poor life, they possess a vibrant local culture and an interesting history.

We leave Xieng Khuang for our scenic drive to Vang Vieng, a small town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Arrive at Vang Vieng by late afternoon.

Overnight in Vang Vieng. (B,L)

Day 7: Vang Vieng

In the morning, we will first stroll around the town to visit the local market to catch a gimpse of everyday life in a typical Lao rural area. We then visit Organic Farm Vang Vieng.

After that, we visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngae, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles.

Afternoon, start cycling to Blue Lagoon (7Km from the town center), of which the waters are an aqua-blue, and are always cool. Visit the nearby Tham Phoukham Cave.

We go back to the city and board on a leisurely long-tail boat along the Nam Song River to admire the sunset.

Overnight in Vang Vieng. (B,L)

Day 8: Vang Vieng → Vientiane

Morning, your leisure time in Vang Vieng. After early lunch, we leave Vang Vieng and head to Vientiane.

We visit Ban Houy Mo, a fishing village, along the way. Continue our journey and stop to visit an archaeological site of Vang Xang, where you can admire one of the country’s oldest Buddha statues, dating back to the 11th century. Arrival in Vientiane, check-in at hotel.

Overnight in Vientiane. (B,L)

Day 9: Vientiane

We begin our tour by visiting the serene Wat Sisaket, one of the most beautiful temples in the capital. 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. Next, we visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we stop at the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe. Continue out visit at Pha That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. We drive out of the city to visit the Buddha Park which contains numerous religious images. Back to the city.

Overnight in Vientiane. (B,L)

Day 10: Vientiane / Departure

Breakfast at hotel.

Your leisure time to explore the city on your own until we transfer you to airport for your departure flight.

End of the tour! (B)

Day 1: Luang Prabang / Arrival

means car

Arrival at airport in Luang Prabang, we welcome you and transfer you to hotel. Check-in at hotel.

Spend your leisure time in Luang Prabang city.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

means car

In the morning, we visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Our next place to visit is Wat Xieng Thong. Built by King Setthathirath (1559), Wat Xieng Thong is the royal city’s most important temple. Its multiple roofs sweep low to the ground and there’s a stunning ‘tree of life’ mosaic set on its western exterior wall.

We then embark on the 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. Have lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we visit the fascinating National Museum (Royal Palace). The National Museum in Luang Prabang, Laos, was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. The site for the palace was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly below the palace and be received there.

We continue our visit at Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham (often simply Wat Mai or Wat May) is a Buddhist temple or wat in Luang Prabang, Laos. It is the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang. Built in the 18th century, it is near the Royal Palace Museum. An emerald Buddha statue sits inside the red-gold interior.

We’ll visit either the UXO Visitor’s Centre (UXO Museum is closed on Saturday & Sunday, we can visit peruse local crafts at Ock Pop Tok alternatively).

Next, we’ll explore the 16th century Wat Visoun, known for its enormous stupa and its collection of old gilded Buddhas.

We end the day’s tour on top of Mount Phousi in the city centre. Enjoy a sunset view of the gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city and surrounding landscape.

Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B,L)

Day 3: Luang Prabang

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After breakfast, we drive to Living Land Lao Organic Farm at Phoung Van village. Upon arrival, your guide and the representative of the farm will brief about the historical and activity of the farm. After that it is your chance to experience the real activities and life of a Lao farmer. You will really have your hand on all the activities including ploughing, seeding, manuring, until reaping the harvest.  For sure you will know how hard to grow the rice. Last but not least, we will have a short visit to the vegetable garden and the guide will teach you how to realize many type of vegetable. It is really exciting to learn all those things for the first time.

Afternoon, we drive to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk along the forest paths. Before coming back to Luang Prabang, we still have time to visit Kuang Si Falls Butterflies Park, newly opened January 2014, it is now one of the must-see spots in Luang Prabang. We return to the city.

Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B,L)

Day 4: Luang Prabang → Xieng Khouang

means car

After breakfast, we make our way over the mountains to Xieng Khuang, the province which is best-known for having been heavily bombed during Indochina War. But of course it is also famous for its historic Plain of Jars.

The journey takes about 8 hours and we can make some stops at villages to observe the rural life of local people, including ethnic minorities such as the Hmong people.

Arrival in Phonsavanh, the capital of Xieng Khouang province and check into your hotel.

Overnight in Phonsavanh. (B,L)

Day 5: Xieng Khouang

means car

In the morning, we make a visit to the 3 “Plain of Jars” sites and also discover some local villages where you can observe local village life. Site 1, close to the town is settled at Thong Hai Hin and is the biggest site. Site 2 is at Hai Hin on Phou Salator, “Phou” in Lao means “Mountain”. End your tour at site 3 in Hai Hin Lat Khai. Site 3 is the most impressive with over 150 jars. Close to this site, you will visit Ban Xiengdi where there is a small monastery with Buddha images. On the way back, you will pass areas that were important battlefields during the American secret war. You can still see bomb craters from that time today.

Attention: The Plain of Jars has been heavily bombed during the war and you have to respect all the signs and stay along the defined trails due to bombs, UXO and landmines.

The Plain of Jars is a huge archaeological complex littered with mysterious 2000 years old stone jars sized from 70cm up to 3 or 4 meters. Their true origin remains a mystery. It seems that they were carved into boulders. Several researches lead by the French archaeologist Madeleine Colani in the 30’s suggested that they could be old graves, but to this day they remain an enigma.

In the afternoon, enjoy a half day trip to Muang Khoun. Muang Khoun one place in the old provincial capital that was not been destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war. Muang Khoun is home to unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that lies in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period.

Return to Phonsavan.

Overnight in Phonsavan. (B,L)

Day 6: Xieng Khouang → Vang Vieng

means car

After breakfast, we have time today to explore the site and some nearby villages, populated by the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people; they are very poor but possess a vibrant local culture and an interesting history.

We leave Xieng Khuang for our scenic drive to Vang Vieng, a small town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with its limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.

Depending on road and traffic conditions, we will arrive at Vang Vieng by mid or late afternoon.

Overnight in Vang Vieng. (B,L)

Day 7: Vang Vieng

means car

In the morning, we will first stroll around the town to visit the local market to catch a gimpse of everyday life in a typical Lao rural area. We then visit Organic Farm Vang Vieng.

After that, we visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngae, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles.

Early morning, start cycling to Blue Lagoon (7Km from the town center), of which the waters are an aqua-blue, and are always cool. We will also visit the nearby Tham Phoukham Cave, which contains a reclining Buddha statue as well the requisite formations normally found in caves.

We go back to the city and board on a leisurely long-tail boat along the Nam Song River to admire the sunset.

Overnight in Vang Vieng. (B,L)

Day 8: Vang Vieng → Vientiane

means car

Morning, your leisure time in Vang Vieng. After early lunch, we leave Vang Vieng and head to Vientiane.

On the way to Vientiane, we stop to visit Ban Houy Mo, a fishing village. See the local life of fisher.

We continue our journey and stop to visit an archaeological site of Vang Xang, where you can admire one of the country’s oldest Buddha statues, dating back to the 11th century.

Arrival in Vientiane, check-in at hotel.

Overnight in Vientiane. (B,L)

Day 9: Vientiane

means car

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane. Vientiane is one of the quietest capital cities in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals.

We begin our tour by visiting the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.

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. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace.  Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace.

Next, we visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them.

Lunch at a local restaurant.

After lunch, we stop at the Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Take some photos before we continue out visit at Pha That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire.

We drive out of the city to visit the Buddha Park. Buddha Park, also known as Xieng Khuan, is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. Although it is not a temple, the park may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan, since it contains numerous religious images. The name Xieng Khuan means Spirit City.

Back to the city.

Overnight in Vientiane. (B,L)

Day 10: Vientiane / Departure

means car

Breakfast at hotel.

Your leisure time to explore the city on your own until we transfer you to airport for your departure flight.

End of the tour! (B)


INCLUSION:

  • Transportation in private
  • Accommodation in twin shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals mentioned
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water

EXCLUSION:

  • Tip
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

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