6D5N Highlights of Laos

by Travel Haven

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  • Travelling to Vientiane and Luang Prabang
    Minimum of 2 persons
    Activities include Arts & Museums, Boat Tour, City Tour, Cultural, Family Activities, Nature & Scenery and Sports and Adventure
    Includes Hotel Transfer and Meals
    Travelling period Every day from December 17th, 2014
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  • Choice of Flight

  • Hotels in Package

    • Our Services Includes:
      • Accommodation at selected hotels based on Double/Twin Room with breakfast
      • Airfare for flight: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (All airfares are subject to change by the airline)
      • Meals as indicated in itinerary. B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
      • English Speaking Local Guide (one place one guide)
      • All activities and boat trips indicated in the itinerary
      • All entrance fees as indicated in itinerary
      • Kamu Lodge package 2 days 1 night
      • Land transportation with driver in the itinerary
      • All permissions and local taxes
    • Our Services Do Not Includes:
      • Airport and departure taxes
      • Alcoholic drinks & drinks at mealtime + Optional visits + Personal expenses (Telephone, laundry)
      • Visa stamping fee for Laos (visa on arrival, valid 30 days: 30 to 42US$ upon client's nationality + 1 photo. Passport has to be valid at least 6 months after departure date of the country). Subject to change without prior notice
      • Extension visa 2 USD/day/Pax. Subject to change without prior notice
      • Personal travel insurance (should include helicopter evacuation for Laos & repatriation)
      • Personal expenses
      • Tips for guide, driver, boat crew & hotels' porters
      • Meals other than those mentioned above
      • Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusion above

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Vientiane - City Tour

Arrive Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, visit Patuxay monument, where you can climb the stairs to the roof for sweeping panoramic views of the city. Next, your tour takes you to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided tour of Vientiane and discover the hidden charms of the capital, whose name means 'the city of sandal wood'. Vientiane is one of the quietest capitals in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals and far from the real-estate frenzy of the regional megalopolis. Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace. Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considered the guardian of the spirit of the city. Your guide and private car will then transfer you to the airport for your departure flight QV105 departing at 1300 to Luang Prabang. Arrive in Luang Prabang and your guide and private care will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon you will be taken on a brief orientation tour of the spiritual capital of Laos. Climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of Mount Phousi where you will be rewarded with marvelous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the neighboring mountain ranges, and the city buildings. Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colorful Night Market. Every evening along the main street, the area's ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang - City Tour (B)

After breakfast, your city tour begins with a visit to the former Royal Palace now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. End this morning's tour a Wat Xieng Thong, Laos' most photographed temple, built in 1560 by King Setthathirat.
This afternoon, visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. Visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos' ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. (note: closed on Monday). As today comes to a close, cross the Mekong for a walk on the opposite riverside and climb to Wat Chompet for a different view of the city for sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfalls - Cooking Class (B/D)

Optional: For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people.
After breakfast, visit the refreshing waters of the Kuang Si Waterfalls, located at 32 km from Luang Prabang. These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day. (Note: when bathing, please wear a sarong, no bare bodies). En route, there is an option of stopping at a small village inhabited by one of the country's numerous ethnic minorities where you will learn more about their traditional way of life and unique customs. In the late afternoon learn the secrets behind the delicious Lao cuisine with a cooking class at Tamnak Laos run by on of Luang Prabang's most famous restaurants. The expert chefs will demonstrate how to prepare four authentic Lao dishes; you then taste them and choose three to cook yourself. You will be given a cook book that you can take home and use as a guide to impress your family and friends with new flavors and your new expertise. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 5: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Kamu Lodge (B/L/D)

After breakfast depart from Wat Xieng pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge. Along the way stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The Buddhas range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages. Continue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge for lunch time. The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each one of which is protected from the elements by a thatch roof. The tents are also decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture allowing the Lodges' grounds to harmoniously blend with surrounding nature. They each feature private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity. This afternoon, you may choose to participate in a variety of different activities and be rewarded with a very original Lao experience:




  • Rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields

  • Gold panning (January toJune<) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!

  • Forest walks in search of medicinal plants

  • Trekking through the forest to waterfall

  • Traditional fishing techniques in the Mekong. You can sample your catch for dinner!

  • Local village visit and encounters
    Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

Day 6: Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

This morning is at your leisure to enjoy breakfast and relaxing surroundings of the Kamu Lodge. Travel by boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang, arriving in time for lunch.

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