VIENTIANE - LUANG PRABANG - BIG BROTHER MOUSE - BAN KHIA LUANG - PAK OU CAVES
5 Days/ 4 Nights
This Essence of Lao Tour within 5 days includes the most famours destination in Vientiane and Luang Prabang of Lao country. Here’s a wonderful way to experience the highlights of this exotic land...
* BRIEF ITINERARY:
Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang – Luang Prabang Sightseeing Tour (B/-/-)
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Caves ( B/-/-)
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls – Ban Chan (B/-/-)
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Departure (B/-/-)
DAY 1: ESSENCE OF LAOS TOUR: ARRIVAL – VIENTIANE
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at you leisure to relax.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Pha That Luang Pagoda in Vientiane – Wat Sisaket in Luang Prabang
DAY 2: ESSENCE OF LAOS TOUR: VIENTIANE – FLY TO LUANG PRABANG – LUANG PRABANG SIGHTSEEING TOUR (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital;
Vientiane a bustling city set on the swirling waters of the Mekong River. For many years Vientiane was a sleepy backwater capital of an equally backwater state, but as Laos has slowly opened up to foreign investment and tourism, Vientiane has gone through vast changes and continues to expand.
A city tour includes the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. . En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We then transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you have the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight in Luang Prabang .
DAY 3: ESSENCE OF LAOS TOUR: LUANG PRABANG – BIG BROTHER MOUSE – BAN KHIA LUANG – PAK OU CAVES (B/-/-)
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. Then continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Pak Ou Caves – Nam Ou River
DAY 4: ESSENCE OF LAOS TOUR: LUANG PRABANG – KHOUANG SI WATERFALL – 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 Khouangsi 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.
DAY 5: ESSENCE OF LAOS TOUR: LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.
• 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
• 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
• Itinerary is subject to change depending on the confirmed flights, road conditions, and room availability.
• Hotels listed in above might not be upto standard of your expectation, especially in the remote area where limitation of accommodation.
• Prices are subject to change in case of VAT or other tax increases and USD currency fluctuations