LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES

TRAVEL PACKAGE TO VANG VIENG - LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES
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LUANG PRABANG - XIENG KHOUANG - VANG VIENG - VIENTIANE - HINBOUN - PAKSE - TADLO - KHONG ISLANDS
14 Days/ 13 Nights
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Immerse yourself in the relaxed pace and witness the fairytale appeal of this extraordinary country. We take you to see the highlights, from the fading colonial architecture in enchanting Luang Prabang, national monuments in Vientiane, picturesque waterfalls at Tadlo and the spectacular limestone caves of Khong Lor. You will visit tranquil Vang Vieng and explore the unspoiled beauty of the south, Pakse and the 4,000 islands region. Discover Southeast Asia’s hidden jewel at its best! 

* BRIEF ITINERARY:

Day 1:  Arrival – Luang Prabang City Tour
Day 2:  Luang Prabang Travel Package – Pakou Cave Adventure Tours (B)
Day 3:  Luang Prabang Tour to Khouangsi Waterfall (B)
Day 4:  Luang Prabang – Xieng Khouang Adventure Tour – Discover The Mysterious Plain of Jars (Road) (B)
Day 5:  Xieng Khouang Travel Package to Vang Vieng (Road) (B)
Day 6:  Vang Vieng Adventure Tour  to Vientiane (Road) (B)
Day 7:  Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 8:  Vientiane Adventure Tour to Thakhek – Ban Na Hin Trekking Tour (Road) (B)
Day 9: Ban Na Hin Package Tour to Khong Lor – Walking Tour in Ban Na Hin (B)
Day 10: Ban Na Hin Adventure Tour to Savanakhet and Pakse (Road) (B) 
Day 11: Pakse Adventure Tour to Tadlo (Road) (B)
Day 12: Tadlo Exploration Tour to Wat Phou and Donkhone by Motorboat (B)
Day 13: Donkhone Cruising Tour to  Khong Island – Khong Isand Sightseeing Trip (River+Road) (B)
Day 14: Done Khone Island – Cambodia Border (B) 

DAY 1 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: ARRIVAL – LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR

Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to hotel. Luang Prabang was the royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, with its gleaming temple roofs, colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop retains a unique charm rarely found in all Asia. This afternoon, your journey will be started, you will have chance to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai with five tiered roofs.

Then this half day tour ends with a climb to Phousi Hill to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. There are 329 steps leading us on zigzag way past various temples to the sacred, gilded stupa of Wat Phousi at the summit.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Monks collecting Alms around Luang Prabang – Laos

DAY 2 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: LUANG PRABANG TRAVEL PACKAGE – PAK OU CAVE ADVENTURE TOUR (B)

Today we continue our tour of Luang Prabang with the temple of Wat Xieng Thong, a magnificent piece of architecture, which nestles at the meeting of the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes as well as doorways and the main sim has a marvelous ‘tree life’ mosaic pattern on an outer wall.

We embark on a boat for a leisurely trip on the Mekong River, stopping en route at Ban Xang Hai to see the production of and to sample the local rice wine. Upon leaving this village we pass through stunning mountain landscape to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves – are one of the most treasured religious symbols of the Louang Prabang Province.

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Pak Ou Caves Golden Statues

These two linked caves are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devout villagers. After the river trip we drive towards Ban Phanom, a small village known for its hand weaving.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: LUANG PRABANG TOUR TO KHOUANG SI WATERFALL (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit to the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace. This interesting structure displays a lovely collection of treasures and artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. Heading out of town we drive southbound passing some verdant and rugged scenery on our way to visiting some hill tribe people at Ban Lao Soung and Ban Ou.

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Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall

Here we take a walk to the beautiful Khouang Si waterfalls – the biggest 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, where water tumbles over multi-tiered limestone formations into cool and crystal clear pools, ideal for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape when the heat becomes unbearable.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 4 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: LUANG PRABANG – XIENG KHOUANG ADVENTURE TOUR – DISCOVER THE MYSTERIOUS PLAIN OF JARS (Road) (B)

Today, after breakfast, we leave this charming Luang Prabang and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area famous for the mysterious Plain of Jars. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs.

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Waterfall in Xieng Khouang

The drive is very long, but we can make many stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. In the afternoon there will be time to see the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and its’ nearby villages.

Overnight in Phonsavanh.

DAY 5 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: XIENG KHOUANG TRAVEL PACKAGE TO VANG VIENG (Road) (B)

The “Plan of Jars” is an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over a plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most of archaeologists still question their purpose. 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.

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TRAVEL PACKAGE TO VANG VIENG

We leave Xieng Khouang for our scenic drive to Vang Vieng – Surrounded by scenic landscape ranging from mountains to rivers and limestone cliffs to rice fields, this small and scenic town offers a long list of interesting attractions. Vang Vieng is 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.

DAY 6 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: VANG VIENG ADVENTURE TOUR TO VIENTIANE (Road) (B)

An impressive way to start our day is a walk around the bustling central market. Heading out of town we enjoy a short bamboo raft along the Namsong River, which gives us a taste of adventure. The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous in Vang Vieng is 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 Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles. We bid farewell to Vang Vieng and drive to Vientiane. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, this capital conjures up exotic images, with a curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.

Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 7 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR (B)

Today is our change to get a full day sightseeing tour of Vientiane commences with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues. The following sight is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the imposing Patouxai Monument well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe before continuing to the great sacred structure and symbol of Laos, That Luang Stupa.

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Patuxay Monument – That Luang Stupa

We also head out of town to see the Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. Admiring the spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset from one of the riverside bars is a perfect way to finish the day.

Overnight in Vientiane.

     
Patouxai Monument – That Luang Stupa

DAY 8 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: VIENTIANE ADVENTURE TOUR TO THAKHEK – BAN NA HIN TREKKING TOUR (Road) (B)

After breakfast, we depart early for our drive towards Khammouane province. Along the way we can make several stops to stretch your legs and take some wonderful pictures of the breathtaking scenery of Lao Countryside. Depending on road and traffic conditions, we will arrive at Ban Na Hin, the gateway to Khong Lor Cave, by mid or late afternoon. On arrival we enjoy a short walk around this charming village, enabling us to understand a little more about their culture and lifestyle.

Overnight in Ban Na Hin.

DAY 9 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: BAN NA HIN PACKAGE TOUR TO KHONG LOR – WALKING TOUR IN BAN NA HIN (B)

Today we take the short drive to the amazing cave of Khong Lor is 7.5km long and was formed by the Hinboun River, which flows though the cave all year round. The cave boasts many impressive stalactite formations. We also stop en route for a walk to That Mouang and That Namsanam Waterfalls.

Overnight in Ban Na Hin.

DAY 10 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: BAN NA HIN ADVENTURE TOUR TO SAVANAKHET AND PAKSE (Road) (B)

We leave Ban Na Hin and continue venturing in southern Laos, towards Pakse, the capital city of the south. Along the way we make stop at Sananakhet. This fast growing town has become an important trade center between Vietnam and Laos. There is not much to see in this town but it is a necessary stop for lunch. We arrive in Pakse Town by mid-afternoon and have time to stroll around and catch our first glimpse of the town.
Overnight in Pakse.
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Pakse Countryside – Water and Wheels on the Bolaven Plateau

DAY 11 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: PAKSE ADVENTURE TOUR TO TADLO (Road) (B)

After breakfast we leave Pakse to Tadlo. On our way we pass many lush plantations, hills, forests and villages. Part of our pleasure of traveling in this region is to observe the beautiful countryside and meet local people. We stop over at some of the nearby villages, home of the Kato hill tribe group. The hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly; welcoming you with waving hands and milling faces.

These ethnic minorities still retain their age and old cultural traditions and are recognisably distinct from each other by their dress. We continue our journey through the Paksong and Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls.

The scenery around Tad Fan waterfall is spectacular with twin waterfalls plummeting into a deep gorge surrounded by flourishing vegetation. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to see the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that are grown in the area. This trip gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region.

Overnight in Tadlo.

DAY 12 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: TADLO EXPLORATION TOUR TO WAT PHOU AND DONKHONE BY MOTORBOAT (B)

Breakfast at your hotel then we depart to Wat Phu – One of Southeast Asia’s most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phu is one of the Laos World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 9th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

A festival of this site is held yearly during the full moon in February and attracts numerous pilgrims from all over southern Laos. We continue our journey by motorboat to Don Khone, in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos.

Overnight in Don Khone Island.

DAY 13 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: DONKHONE CRUISING TOUR TO KHONG ISLAND – KHONG ISLAND SIGHTSEEING TRIP (River+Road) (B)

Heading out of town we embark on a 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”. We 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 it’s locomotive.

We continue to discover the 4000 islands area by boat and visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the “Corridor of the Devil” one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone.

Overnight in Done Khone Island.

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Done Khone Island – Laos

DAY 14 – LAOS TOUR OF MYSTERIES: DONEKHONE ISLAND – CAMBODIA BORDER (B)

After breakfast, we board a boat to Ban Nakasung and take a short drive to the Lao – Cambodia border, en route we visit the breathtaking Khone Phapheng waterfall, the South East Asia’s biggest waterfall, known as the Niagara of the East. The trip ends after transfer to the Lao-Cambodia border at Veukham or Dong Kalor border gate.
 
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* INCLUDING:
•    Transportation in private
•    Accommodation in twin shared room
•    Domestic airticket as stated only
•    Boat trip as stated in above sights
•    English speaking guide
•    Admission fee to indicated sights
•    Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
•    Gov’t tax and service charge
•    Luggage handling and drinking water
 
* EXCLUDING:
•    Visa stamping fee on arrival
•    Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
•    Travel Insurance in all kinds
•    Lunch or dinner unless where stated
•    Single room (quoted separately)
•    Other foreign language guide
•    Peak tourist season or special event rates
•    Child or adult in triple sharing room
•    Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
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