Laos Adventure

Departure every Saturday.
Validity: Until 28Oct 2017
Cities:
Duration: 7 day / 6 nights

1399
Land Only

Day 1: Vientiane
Sightseeing in Vientiane
The capital city of Laos, Vientiane still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, interesting wats and colorful markets. Tour the different highlights of the city, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps 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.

Day 2: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (Breakfast: Hotel )
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 nice, with mountains and cliffs along the first part of the journey. Visit Salt Field in Ban Keun. Continue for a boat ride on Nam Ngum Lake, a serene, man-made reservoir which also generates most of the electricity sold to Thailand. Stop at Talat fish market in Huay Mor before continuing to vang Vieng.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 3: Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh (Breakfast: Hotel )
By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh with sightseeing at Khounlang Cave in Kasi
Travel from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh, with a stop and sightseeing at Khounlang Cave in Kasi. Kasi is one of 13 districts in Vientiane province. It lies about 200 km north of Vientiane and is 60 km beyond Vang Vieng district. Road no 13 passes through the district on the way to Luang Prabang Province. The Khounlang cave is situated in an area of thick forest and terraced rice paddy and is famous for its spectacular waterfall and two streams nearby. The two streams meet at the edge of a cliff, creating a 30 metre cascade.
Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 4: Phonsavanh (Breakfast: Hotel )
Excursion to the Plain of Jars (Sites I and II) and Muang Khoun
Spend the day 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 will focues on Site I and Site Ii, out of the many sites so far discovered. Stop at Ban Na Pia (War Spoon Village). Afterwards continue to Muang Khoun, an ancient capital and stronghold for the Xieng Khuang royal family 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.

Day 5: Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang (Breakfast: Hotel )
Visit local market
Visit this lively open-air local market.
By vehicle from Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang) to Luang Prabang 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 Luang Prabang.

Day 6: Luang Prabang (Breakfast: Hotel )
Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
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. Start the day at Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains 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 mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street of Luang Prabang, stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene. Continue to 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, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy. This Buddha stands at 83 cm tall and weighs around 50 kg. Afterwards, visit Wat Mai.
Visit Mount Phousi for sunset
Climb 328 steps starting from 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 150m high hill which sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 7: Luang Prabang (Breakfast: Hotel )
Excursion by boat to Tham Pak Ou Caves
Travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the way to Pak Ou Cave, stop at Ban Xang Hai Village (If time permitted, open 6.00 am to 15.00 pm and closed on every Buddha day), a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky.
Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong
Visit Ban Xang Khong, a village near Luang Prabang well known for its traditional handwoven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper.

Twin Share*Single Supplement
$1399$349

Price includes:

• Accommodation with twin share at local 4* hotels:
   Vientiane – Mercure Vientiane Hotel or Similar;
   Vang Vieng – The Elephant Crossing Hotel or similar;
   Phonsavanh – Vansana Plain of Jars Hotel or similar;
   Luang Prabang – Ban Lao Hotel or similar
• Daily breakfast at hotel
• Sightseeing tour with English speaking guide

Price excludes:

• International air tickets
• Insurance and all other personal expenses
• Gratuities for local guides, drivers, and porters. Suggested at USD10 per passenger per day (pay locally)
• Laos Visa fee on arrival

Price is based on per person twin share. Package prices are based on minimum TWO people traveling.  Prices and schedules are subject to change without prior notice.  Deviation/amendment Fee and restrictions will be applied.  Please contact Silk Holidays for details.

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*Prices are in CAD and based on minimum of 2 passengers travelling.

For bookings of roundtrip or module packages, we will confirm one of the hotels mentioned above according to the selected category. Please note that compulsory gala dinners and peak season surcharges may apply during peak periods surrounding the public holidays of Christmas and New Year and Lunar New Year (TET Festival) - these surcharges will be confirmed at the time of booking.

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