A Laos Adventure
per person based on double share, tax included
Product Category Land Package
Destinations 1301, 1300, 1411
Sightseeing in Vientiane
The capital city of Laos, Vientiane, still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, and interesting temples and colorful markets. Tour the many highlights of the city, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; Wat Si Saket; and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs – Overnight in Vientiane
Vientiane - Vang Vieng
By vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng with a boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake.
Drive to the north through the scenic province of Vientiane. The climate is pleasant and the views are equally so as the vehicle makes its past mountains and cliffs along the first part of the journey. Visit a salt field in Ban Keun. Continue for a boat ride on Nam Ngum Lake, a serene, manmade reservoir which also generates a portion of the electricity sold to Thailand. Stop at Talat fish market in Huay Mor before continuing to Vang Vieng. – Overnight in Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh
By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang) with sightseeing at Muang Sui.
A slow journey along mountain roads with stunning views of the forested mountains, lush valleys and karst formations. Stop at MUANG SUI, visiting the scenic NONG TANG LAKE, rimmed with limestone cliffs; and the extensive cave network of THAM PHA CAVE. Only discovered recently, this cave contains a 5m high Buddha image dating from 777 AD, surrounded by gold and wooden statues of smaller size – Overnight in Phonsavanh
Excursion to the Plain of Jars (Sites 1 and 2) and Muang Khoun.
Spend a short time visiting LOCAL MARKETS. Continue to the famous Plain Of Jars, a vast area extending around Phonsavanh from the south-west to the north-east. Mysterious and ancient, over 300 huge stone jars apparently carved out of solid rock are scattered around the plateau. The jars vary in size from 1 to 3.25 meters high and weigh up to six tons each. There are several different theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old. According to local legend, King Khun Chuang had them constructed in order to store wine for the celebration of his conquest of the province in the 6th century. Today’s tour focuses on Sites I and II, out of the many sites so far discovered. Stop at Ban Na Pia (War Spoon Village).
Afterward continue to Muang Khoun, an ancient capital and stronghold for the Xieng Khuang royal family which was destroyed during the Indochina War. The town was rebuilt after 1975 with rows of wooden Lao houses and a market area and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. Visit Wat Phia Wat, That Foun and That Chomphet – Overnight in Phonsavanh
Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang
Visit the local market (Tour will start early morning)
Visit a lively open-air local market.
By vehicle from Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang) to Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Sightseeing in Luang Prabang (half day)
Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin with a visit to Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living temple in the city, dating back to 1513 and containing a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaics and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street of the city, and if time permits, stop by some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop And Wat Sene.
Excursion to Kuang Si Waterfalls
From Luang Prabang, travel by vehicle to Kuang Si Waterfall. This waterfall is located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment. Visit a local village (Ban Ou or Ban Na Ouane) on the way, before returning to Luang Prabang by vehicle – Overnight in Luang Prabang
Excursion by boat to Tham Pak Ou Caves
Let’s get spiritual as we follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims to the Pak Ou Caves. These ancient limestone caves are crammed full of thousands of Buddha statues, many broken and crumbling, covered in dust and cobwebs. But first, relax on a cruise down the Mekong River observing life on the sleepy riverbanks. Highlights: River cruise to Tham Pak Ou Caves
Visit the National Museum (former Royal Palace) and Wat Mai
Visit the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. Then, visit Hor Phrabang. In the right front corner room of the Palace which opens to the outside, is a collection of the palace’s most prized art pieces, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg. Continue to Wat Mai, which was constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, and was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy).
Visit Mount Phousi for sunset
Climb 328 steps starting from the entrance on the opposite side of National Museum, or 410 steps on the other side of Khan River to the small temples atop Phou Si. The hill is 150m high and sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river
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