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Laos Highlights

Laos Highlights

This is the ideal time to discover Laos, Southeast Asia’s best-kept secret. Having opened up after decades of isolation, Laos is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. Laos Highlights journey offers a chance to experience the enchanting allure of Luang Prabang, with its faded colonial architecture and serene Buddhist monasteries, as well as the rustic charm of the capital, Vientiane. This tour takes you on a captivating journey through the history of the “Land of a Million Elephants.”

Duration
06 days
Price from
$710
when
Year-round
destination
Laos
type
Private Tour

Itinerary

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  • Day 1 Arrive Luang Prabang

    Upon arrival at Luang Prabang International Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is widely regarded as one of Southeast Asia's best-kept traditional cities. Its tranquillity, charm, and rich landscape and culture make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos.

    Take a walking tour of the city to find your way around. Highlights include Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs, and the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun. Ascend over 300 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to see the sacred, gilded stupa and enjoy a panoramic view of the city and surrounding hills at sunset. Later, head to the night market, where you'll find a beautiful collection of hand-woven textiles and other handicrafts created by the hill tribes and local artisans of Luang Prabang.

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang
    Meal: No

  • Day 2 Luang Prabang Experience and Discover Pak Ou Caves

    Continue to discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Luang Prabang with your local guide. Visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roof sweeping low to the ground. This exquisite 500-year-old temple is the best example of the classic Luang Prabang style. Then visit the National Museum, housed in the former Royal Palace, with personal objects from Laos’s royal past.

    Drive through the scenic countryside to Pak Ou village, with a stop at Ban Xang Khong village, known for hand-woven silk and traditional Saa papermaking. A private boat takes you across the river to the sacred Pak Ou caves, a mystical pilgrimage site containing a thousand Buddha images of various shapes and sizes. After exploring the Pak Ou caves, your boat will take you back to Luang Prabang, offering scenic views of rural life along the riverbanks. You will have the option to visit Ban Xang Hai, renowned for its Lao Lao rice spirit production.

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 3 Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls

    Begin the day at the morning market, where goods include dried buffalo skin, local tea, saltpeter, chickens, vegetables, and hill-tribe weavings. Travel to the impressive Kuang Si Waterfalls, stopping at a village of Lao ethnic minority groups - Ban Quay, Ban Ou, and Ban Thapene - and get an impression of the rural lifestyle. Relax by the waterfall's tiered limestone pools and take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters.

    On your return journey, make a stop at Ock Pop Tock, the Living Crafts Centre, where you can learn about textile traditions and practices and meet the artisans who keep these traditions alive. Spend the rest of your day exploring your surroundings at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Luang Prabang
    Meal: Breakfast

    Option: Early-risers can attend the morning Buddhist Alms Giving and watch hundreds of orange-robed monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang receiving offerings of food from residents and businesses. Laos is one of the few Buddhist nations that still preserve this tradition.

  • Day 4 Fly to Vientiane

    Fly to Vientiane, Laos's laid-back capital. Upon arrival at Wattay Airport, you will be warmly greeted by your guide who will then escort you to your hotel. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, boasting an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences.

    Take a tour of the Patuxay Monument for a panoramic view of the city. Visit Carol Cassidy’s workshop to see the textile masterpieces and then enjoy a relaxing afternoon drink along the Mekong riverside. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city at your own pace.

    Accommodation: Vientiane
    Meal: Breakfast

    Option: Early-risers can attend the morning Buddhist Alms Giving and watch hundreds of orange-robed monks walk through the streets of Luang Prabang receiving offerings of food from residents and businesses. Laos is one of the few Buddhist nations that still preserve this tradition.

  • Day 5 Explore Vientiane & Buddha Park

    Experience a guided sightseeing tour of Vientiane. Explore the National Museum to learn about Laos's rich history and cultural heritage. Visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane, adorned with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and Wat Prakeo, previously housing the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Afterward, discover Laos' national symbol, the sacred Pha That Luang, and enjoy lunch at Makphet restaurant, a vocational project for Laos's disadvantaged children.

    Following lunch, continue your exploration by visiting Xieng Khuan, known as Buddha Park, situated 27km along the bank of the Mekong River outside of Vientiane. This remarkable park showcases a vast collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures, creating a unique and enchanting experience. Return to Vientiane and spend the evening discovering Laos cuisine at your leisure in local restaurants.

    Accommodation: Vientiane
    Meal: Breakfast

  • Day 6 Depart Vientiane

    Depending on your departure time, you will have some free time to explore and enjoy the beautiful surroundings at your leisure. Later, you will be transferred to Wattay International Airport in a private vehicle for your onward flight.

    Accommodation: Check-out time is 12:00
    Meals: Breakfast

PRICES & DETAILS

A rough idea of the price and what is included in this tour program. The exact price depends on the season, accommodation and activities, it will be provided on your personalised quote.

Prices

GROUP SIZE2 PERSONS3 – 6 PERSONS7 – 10 PERSONSSINGLE SUPP.
Valid from Oct 01, 2022 – Sep 30, 2023
Deluxe174616411535980
Premium1094990884355
Superior993889783253
  • Prices are quoted in USD per person based on double-sharing occupancy.
  • Prices apply for individual traveller bookings only (FIT, not groups).
  • Single supplement will be added to the package prices for bookings of single occupancy rooms.

What's Included

  • Five nights of hotel accommodation
  • All sightseeing as specified, including entrance fees
  • Transportation and transfers in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Knowledgeable local guide proficient in either English or French
  • Domestic flights as specified
  • Daily breakfast and one lunch
  • Government tax and service charges

What's Not Included

  • Any International flights
  • Laos Visa
  • Single supplement
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone, drinks
  • Any other services not specified in the itinerary

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