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Flavour Of Laos - 8 Days 7 Nights

Flavour Of Laos - 8 Days 7 Nights

Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang
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$ 561
Travelling from Centre to Northern Laos and discover the cuisine of Laos through delicious local meals to interesting cooking classes and simply by enjoying its variational local snacks and famous beer Laos.
Highlights: 
 
  • Attend interesting cooking classes in Vientiane and Luang Prabang to learn how to cook local specialties.
  • Enjoy the adventure filled up with architectural monuments and flavours of Lao food.
  • Savour the tranquil atmosphere by taking a boat trip along Nam Song River in Vang Vieng.
  • Take full exploration in two biggest cities in Laos and their well-known attractions.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Vientiane arrival (D)

Day 2
Join-in Cooking Class - Vientiane City Tour (B,L)

Day 3
Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B)

Day 4
Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)

Day 5
Join-in Cooking Class - Luang Prabang Sightseeing (B,L)

Day 6
City Sightseeing and Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)

Day 7
Luang Prabang Free Day (B)

Day 8
Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Day 1: Vientiane arrival (D)
Day 1: Vientiane arrival (D)

Our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel from Vientiane Airport. Check in the hotel. The room is at your disposal from 14.00pm. Then you could stay at the hotel to relax or explore the city on your own. In the evening, you will be served a welcome dinner at Phatoke Laoderm Restaurant and enjoy Cabaret in Vientiane. Cabaret is a kind of entertainment including comedy, music and dance. It is distinguished with others by performance stage and performance place. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 2: Join-in Cooking Class - Vientiane City Tour (B,L)
Day 2: Join-in Cooking Class - Vientiane City Tour (B,L)
Today, you will discover Vientiane cuisine. At 8h00 am, after meeting your team, you will start your journey to visit a market in Vientiane- where you can find a variety of fresh food. It will be a worth-travelling visit because through which, you can get more experience about Lao cuisine and have further understanding about Lao people and their customs. After an interesting experience, you will have a short break with a cup of coffee/tea. There is still other cuisine experiences  awaiting you to discover-the cooking class. It is a must-go place if you are interested in Lao cuisine. Joining this class, you have chance to use traditional Lao cooking implements to make a lot of dishes as well as explore some key points to have delicicious courses. After your cooking, you will enjoy your favourite fruits in the beautiful garden.
 
In the affternoon, it is time for you to discover Vientiane. In this tour, you will visit :
Vat Sisaket- one of the most important temples in Vientiane. It is not only famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of tiny Buddha images and rows with hundreds of seated Buddhas but also for its beautiful architecture and layout with history dated back to 1818.
Vat Phra Keo, which was built in 1565, is one of the most impressive and interesting temples in Vientiane. It previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha image.
Pha That Louang (built 1566, reconstructed 1930). It is the most important Laotian religious and national monument. The temple has an unique architecture reflecting Lao culture and identity, becoming a symbol of Lao nationalism. 
Patuxay- the memorial monument –was built in 1957 and is the most prominent landmark in the city. The architecture of the monument was inspired by the architecture of Triomphe in Paris and combined with typical Lao motifs. From the top of the monument, you can see an excellent panoramic view of the city.
 
At the end of the afternoon, you will wander along the Mekong river to relax. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B)
Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B)
In this morning, you will be transfered by private vehicle to Vang Vieng. En-route, you will make a stop at a local market to discover daily life of the locals. You visit Ban Keune to have a look at a rustic Idozined Salt Factory.
 
After a short rest, continue your tour by road to Vang Vieng- a riverside town in Central Laos. It is urrounded by splendid karst scenery and overflowing with activities such as caving and tubing down the river. When arriving at Vang Vieng, check in to your hotel. Then, stroll around the town to relax and stop at a local beer station to enjoy Beer Laos.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng

 

Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
This morning, after your breakfast, you will start your trip by taking a boat on Nam Song river- a small river in Laos that flows through the town of Vang Vieng. It is a popular tourist destination because many people enjoy seeing the Laotian countryside while going down the river in the inner tube of a tractor tyre or in a kayak. The river is surrounded by striking karst rock formations. After enjoying enchanting view of the river, transfer back by private vehicle.
 
After that, you will take a road to Luang Prabang for 6 hour drive. En-route, you could see peaceful atmosphere of beautiful local villages. After arriving at Luang Prabang-the world heritage site, you will check in to your hotel and spend the rest of day to relax or explore the city on your own.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 5: Join-in Cooking Class - Luang Prabang Sightseeing (B,L)
Day 5: Join-in Cooking Class - Luang Prabang Sightseeing (B,L)
Today, you will have another new experience related to Lao cuisine. You will join a cooking class at Tamarind Restaurant. After meeting at the restaurant next to Apsara Hotel on the bank of the Nam Khan River, you will be guided to the local market by the chef. It is an opportunity for you to discover diverse food including fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, meats and fishes. After having all you need for your dish, return to cooking place-  a garden with several kinds of vegetables. Here, you will observe how traditional dishes are prepared and different flavors of different regions are combined together. Then, you will have time to practice what you have seen to make your own dish. Your dish will be what you enjoy in the lunch time.
 
After your lunch, you will start your exploration to the city by tuk tuk. When visiting LuangPrabang- the religious capital of Laos, you will explore the most beautiful temples, in particular:
Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City- one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
Vat Aham- a significant religious centre of Luang Prabang
At the end of the afternoon, you have chance to admire the sunset on Phousi Mount- a 100m high hill in the centre of the old town of Luang Prabang. The, on the way back to your hotel, you could explore H’mong Night Market, organized every day in the main street from 17.00 to 22.00.
 
Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 6: City Sightseeing and Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)
Day 6: City Sightseeing and Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)
You are recommended to get up early, around 5.30 to 6.30am to visit Vat Nong temple. Here, you will witness The Tak Bat ceremony ("TAK BAT" means giving alms to monks). In this ceremony, from the early morning Thai people go to the temple and bring food with them. They are filling monks’ bowl with food such as rice, soft drinks, cakes and so on… This ceremony happens in peaceful and respectful atmosphere. That’s why we recommend that you should wear decent clothing when watching the rituals or if you want to save this moment, you should take photos from a distance to show your respect.

After leaving the temple with solemn rituals, you will be taken to a busy local market with diverse sights, sounds and smells. Here, you will have chance to taste savor some local snacks- a flavor that not anywhere you could also find. After enjoying local market savor, you will stop at a coffee shop for a light breakfast (or you can return to hotel for proper breakfast).

Then you will visit the Royal Palace and then Khuang Sy Waterfall - the biggest in the Luang Prabang area. It is one of Luang Prabang’s most popular tourist attractions thanks to its breathtaking cascades of water.

On the way to Khuang Sy Waterfall, you will stop to visit some of the villages- where the older female villagers still dress in traditional costume.

Enjoy a picnic lunch by this beautiful natural pool.

If you want to swim, it is a great place because the waterfall scatters into many basins with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle. On the way back, you will visit some local villages- where you can watch villagers making Posa paper (‘made from mulberry bark’) and weaving traditional textiles. Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang Free Day (B)
Day 7: Luang Prabang Free Day (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure or explore the city on your own. 
Meals on your own and overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: N/A
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 8: Luang Prabang Departure (B)
Day 8: Luang Prabang Departure (B)

Today is free time at your leisure. Then you will be transfered to the airport to get a departure flight. The room is at your disposal until noon time only. Meals on your own. End of services.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
 

Flavour Of Laos - 8 Days 7 Nights

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Inclusion: 
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary 
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees
 
Exclusion: 
 
  • International flights
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Laos visa
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
Important notes:
  • We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance (covering emergency medical evacuation) for trips to Laos.
  • Prices are valid 30 days from the date of offer. After this date, price and conditions may be readjusted.
  • The cost of air tickets is subject to change without prior notice by the airlines.
  • Reservations during peak times (Christmas, New Year, Laos New Year, National Holidays) may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Rooms at hotels are available only from 14.00 on arrival day till 12.00 on departure date. A supplement will be added if early check-in or late check-out is desired.
  • Please note that all the above services & tours have yet to be booked, they are proposed for your information only and we will not make any reservations before we receive your confirmation to do so.
  • If one or some proposed service(s) is (are) not available at the moment of booking, we will try to find other possibilities/options or other similar service(s) in order to avoid changes to the program.
 
Visa:
You will require a visa to enter Laos. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.
 
Passport:
Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.
 
Booking Procedure:
Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 30%.
 
Money Exchange:
Laos’s currency is called the KIP, pronounced “kip”. 
Bills that represent Kip are broken down into 500; 1000; 2000; 5000; 10000; 20 000; 50, 000 and 100, 000 KIP denominations. Please be aware that the KIP is a non-convertible currency and cannot officially be exchanged abroad. The official exchange rate in Laos is around 8,000 Kip = 01 USD (as of July 2014).
Foreigner currencies such as US Dollars, Euros, Thai Baht, Australia Dollars…are popularly accepted in Laos to be exchanged in KIP and tourists are entitled to exchange easily money at the current market rate at the banks, airport or at any licensed moneychanger. The presentation of your passport is sometimes requested. Please ask your tour guide for assistance in case you need.
 
The official currency of Thailand is the Baht (THB).
The official currency of Cambodia is the Riel (KHR). 
Unofficially however, US currency (US$) runs the country and is the currency you should bring, mostly in cash - notes should be 2006 series onwards. Clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Notes should be 2006 series onwards. Torn, dirty or old notes, as well as the $2US note will be refused in most businesses. ATMs are available in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap and also dispense in both KHR and US$. 
 
The official currency of Vietnam is Dong (VND).
Some establishments will accept US currency (USD), but usually only for large purchases and in some restaurants and hotels that cater to tourists. It's not possible to exchange Vietnamese Dong outside the country, so convert or spend all your Dong before leaving.
The most convenient and cheapest way to obtain local currency in is via an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). ATMs are now available in most towns and visa cash advances are available in major banks. The use of credit cards is restricted, mainly to major hotels. Foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded can be very difficult to exchange; clean bills in small denominations are most useful. Traveller's cheques are unacceptable to change. 
 
Tipping:
If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Asia destinations. Although can be difficult to source we advise you to carry small notes of local currency each day to make tipping easier. Please note we recommend that any tips are given directly to the intended recipient by a member of your group as our group leaders are prohibited from collecting cash for tips.
 
The following amounts are per person suggestions based on local considerations and feedback from our past travelers:
- Restaurants: Local markets and basic restaurants - round your bill up to the nearest US$1. More up-market restaurants we suggest 10% to 15% of your bill.
- Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your tour leader. We suggest US$2-US$3 per day for local guides.
- Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest a higher tip for those more involved with the group, however we suggest US$1-US$2 per day for drivers.
 
Please don't tip with coins, very small denomination notes, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
 
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1. ITINERARY AND ACCOMMODATIONS

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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Day 1: Vientiane arrival (D)
Day 2: Join-in Cooking Class - Vientiane City Tour (B,L)
Day 3: Vientiane - Vang Vieng (B)
Day 4: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 5: Join-in Cooking Class - Luang Prabang Sightseeing (B,L)
Day 6: City Sightseeing and Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)
Day 7: Luang Prabang Free Day (B)
Day 8: Luang Prabang Departure (B)

2. PARTICIPANTS AND DATE OF TRAVEL

This tour is designed with balanced activities and pace. If you want to customize it, you may always change its itinerary and accommodations according to your needs.
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