INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS

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LUANG PRABANG - XIENG KHOUANG - VANG VIENG - VIENTIANE - PAKSE AND THE SOUTH
12 Days/ 11 Nights
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This 12-Day Laos Family Vacation will be best time for you to discover all highlights of Laos. Your time in Luang Prabang - an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Laos urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries, and visit Vientiane - the city of major temples...
* BRIEF IITINERARY:

Day 1: Arrival – Luang Prabang City Tour
Day 2: Luang Prabang Sightseeing Tour to Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Caves Adventure Tour (B/L)
Day 3: Luang Prabang Travel Package to Khuang Si Waterfall and Ban Chan (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang Package Tour to Xiengkhuang – Xieng Khuang Discovery Tour (B)
Day 5: Xieng Khuang Adventure Tour – Discover Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun (B)
Day 6: Xieng Khuang Travel Package to Muang Khoun – Vang Vieng Adventure Tour  (B)
Day 7: Vang Vieng Package Tour to Vientiane (B)
Day 8: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 9: Vientiane Tours to Pakse – 4000 Islands (B)
Day 10: Full day Sightseeing Tour in 4000 Islands (B)
Day 11: 4000 Islands –Tad Lo – Pakse (B)
Day 12:  Pakse – Departure (B)

DAY 1 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: ARRIVAL – LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR 

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting, you will enjoy a half day city tour which begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.  We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.  We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Laotian Architecture in Luang Prabang       Monks in Luang Prabang - Laos
Luang Prabang

DAY 2 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOUR TO BIG BROTHER MOUSE – BAN KHIA LUANG – PAK OU CAVES (B/L)

The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit.  We then head north by car along route 13, before taking a unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. We then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books.  We also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. We stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers. After lunch we drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes us through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin we then board a private boat down the Nam Ou River for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims and continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: LUANG PRABANG TRAVEL PACKAGE TO KHOUANG SI WATERFALL AND BAN CHAN (B)

Today we cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village.  We then visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Khouang Si Waterfall in Luang Prabang - Laos       Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang - Laos
Khouang Si Waterfall – Pak Ou Caves

DAY 4 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: LUANG PRABANG PACKAGE TOUR TO XIENG KHUANG – XIENG KHUANG DISCOVERY TOUR (B)

Today, we make the day’s drive through wonderful natural scenery toXiengkhuang.  On the way, we will have plenty of opportunities for photos and visiting hill tribe villages. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit Site 1 of the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau.
Overnight in Xiengkhuang.

DAY 5 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: XIENG KHUANG ADVENTURE TOUR – DISCOVER PLAIN OF JARS AND MUANG KHOUN (B)

This morning we have time to visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan, visit the MAG exhibition and Site 2 of the Plain of Jars before taking a short scenic trek to Site 3 via a Tai Dam and Lao Leum village. Following lunch we have a half day morning tour seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people.
Overnight in Xiengkhuang.

DAY 6 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: XIENG KHUANG TRAVEL PACKAGE TO MUANG KHOUN – VANG VIENG ADVENTURE TOUR (B)

This morning we have time to visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan, and then we transfer to Vang Vieng by road, arriving there mid afternoon. Vang Vieng is the 8th largest city of Laos, situated in a stunningly beautiful valley, directly at the Nam Song River, surrounded by a picturesque karst hill landscape.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Hmong People in Xieng Khouang - Laos        Tubing in Vang Vieng - Laos
Hmong People in Xieng Khouang – Tubing in Vang Vieng

DAY 7 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: VANG VIENG PA
CKAGE TOUR TO VIENTIANE (B)

As part of our half day tour of Vang Vieng, 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. Following lunch we head south to Vientiane, where we arrive before sunset.
Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 8 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR (B)

Your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane – This delightfully friendly capital, studded with crumbling French mansions, bougainvillea­-blooming streets and steaming noodle stalls, is somewhere between a big town and a diminutive city; the kind of place you might find a Graham Greene protagonist. Its conveniently compact travellers’ enclave is based around Nam Phu, the Mekong riverside and Setthariat and Samsenthai streets.
The tour will start with the oldest temple Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. The afternoon is at leisure.
Overnight in Vientiane.

DAY 9 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: VIENTIANE TOURS TO PAKSE – 4000 ISLANDS (B)

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport early this morning for your flight to Pakse – is the capital city of Champasak province of Southern Laos, and the forth largest town in the country, serving as a major transport and commerce hub for southern Laos.
On arrival in Pakse, we drive south to Champassak and to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of 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. Following lunch, we continue our journey by road and long tail boat to the 4000 Islands area, where you have the rest of the day to relax.
Overnight in 4000 Islands.

Vientiane - Laos       4000 Islands in Pakse - Laos
Vientiane – 4000 Islands in Pakse

DAY 10 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: FULL DAY SIGHTSEEING TOUR IN 4000 ISLANDS (B)

After an early morning breakfast, we explore Khone Island. Here we begin by re-tracing the French colonial-past at Ban Khone, where some old colonial houses still stand and glimpse the first Lao railway with its own locomotive. We continue our exploration of the area of the 4000 islands by boat and visit the beautiful Liphi waterfall, also known as the Samphamith, which forms a natural border between Lao and Cambodia. We return to Ban Nakasang and drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng – the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the ‘Niagara of the east’.
Overnight in 4000 Islands.

DAY 11 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: 4000 ISLANDS – TAD LO – PAKSE (B)

This morning we leave Khone Island and we will go to the Bolevean Plateau.  The Bolevean Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. The area is famous for its many waterfalls, and the most beautiful of these falls, Tad Fan, we visit.  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 observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route.  In the afternoon we arrive at Tad Lo, home to another scenic waterfall and numerous ethnic minority groups. We visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu before returning to Pakse.
Overnight in Pakse.

DAY 12 – INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS: PAKSE – DEPARTURE (B)

After breakfast; you will be transferred back to Pakse Airport for your flight to Siem Reap.

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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

INCREDIBLE FAMILY VACATION IN LAOS
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