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Classic Laos From Northern To Centre - 7 Days / 6 Nights

Classic Laos From Northern To Centre - 7 Days / 6 Nights

Houeixay, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang, Vientiane
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$ 551
You will visit Houeixay, Pakbeng, Luang Prabang& Vientiane and discover some most famous sites of Laos. You will start your tour at Huay Xai, then cruise on the Mekong River, visit the numerous temples of LuangPrabang and finish your journey in Vientiane.
Highlights:
 
  • Float along the mysterious Mekong River with chance to enjoy the magnificent landscape around.
  • Admire the locals’ talent of turning normal pottery into the artistic products. 
  • Pay visits to Vientiane and Luang Prabang as well as famous attractions of the two biggest cities in Laos.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Huay Xai - Cruise to Pakbeng (L)

Day 2
Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (B,L)

Day 3
Tak Bat - Luang Prabang Temples (B)

Day 4
Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Sii Waterfall (B,D)

Day 5
Luang Prabang - Fly to Vientiane (B)

Day 6
Vientiane Sightseeing - Buddha Park (B)

Day 7
Vientiane - Departure (B)

Day 1: Arrival in Huay Xai - Cruise to Pakbeng (L)
Day 1: Arrival in Huay Xai - Cruise to Pakbeng (L)

Welcome on arrival at Huay Xai - the border with Chiang Khong (Thailand). Our Laotian guide will lead you to a traditional boat for your cruise to Pakbeng. Here you will have chance to admire splendid landscape and explore view along the banks of the Mekong. It is an important and busy route- which is the main entry to Northern Laos and LuangPrabang. After enjoying gorgeous sights on the Mekong, you will stop in a village nearby the river.

A lunch will be served on board.

Your trip to Pakbeng will continue after that. At the end of the afternoon, you will get to Pakbeng- where you can find a variety of tribes such as H'Mong, Lue and Khamou.

Then, you will check in to your lodge and have wonderful time to walk around to discover surroundings on your own. Dinner on your own and overnight is at your hotel.

Transfer: Non-private boat
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakbeng
Day 2: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 2: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (B,L)

A new itinerary lasting around seven hours from the Mekong river to Luang Prabang will start today. A picturesque view of the river will open in front of your eye with a fresh flow of water and tropical forest invading its banks, a village hiding in the mist..  

After a lunch on the board, you will have time to discover Pak Ou- a famous cave hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. It shows a splendid view of the Mekong. The final arrival of the day is LuangPrabang- the capital of Laos- which is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Transfer: Private car, Non-private boat
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 3: Tak Bat - Luang Prabang Temples (B)
Day 3: Tak Bat - Luang Prabang Temples (B)
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 welcoming local restaurant to have a breakfast for your new energetic day. Today will be a long tour for you to discover this quaint land.
 
When visiting Luang Prabang- 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 May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
Vat Senna - literally means "Temple of a 100 000 treasures" also one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang. 
Your long day tour will end after you climb Mount Phousi to admire the sunset and explore H’mong Night Market.
 
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Sii Waterfall (B,D)
Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Sii Waterfall (B,D)
Today you will visit the Royal Palace and then Kuang Sii 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 Kuang Sii Waterfall, you will stop to visit some of the villages- where the older female villagers still dress in traditional costume.
 
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. 
 
In the evening, during your dinner, you will enjoy Ethnic Fashion show - performance of 20 male and female models in the customary fashions of 20 different ethnic groups. After enjoying customary fashions and unique music of Laos, you will return your hotel and have an overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang - Fly to Vientiane (B)
Day 5: Luang Prabang - Fly to Vientiane (B)

Free at your leisure to explore the ancient town on your own. 

In the afternoon, our driver will transfer you to the airport to get a flight to Vientiane.

Here, our guide will take you to your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 

Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 6: Vientiane Sightseeing - Buddha Park (B)
Day 6:  Vientiane Sightseeing - Buddha Park (B)
In your Vientiane tour, you will visit:
 
Vat Sisaket - which is famous for not only its cloister wall storing thousands of tiny Buddha images but also its beautiful architecture and layout with history dated back to 1818.
 
Vat PhraKeo- 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. 
 
Talat Kua Din Market- is the busiest market area around Vientiane- where you can find animated daily life activities- a colorful corner of life of the locals. Don’t miss it!
 
In the afternoon, we will explore Buddha Park and the waeving village Ban Nong Bouathong.
Transfer back your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 7: Vientiane - Departure (B)
Day 7: Vientiane - Departure (B)

You are free at leisure to enjoy the city on your own until transfer to the Vientiane aiorport for flight to next destination. Room is at your disposal until noontime only.

Meals on your own. End of services. 

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
 
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Classic Laos From Northern To Centre - 7 Days / 6 Nights

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Inclusion: 
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight ticket in economy class (LuangPrabang – Vientiane)
  • 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: Arrival in Huay Xai - Cruise to Pakbeng (L)
Day 2: Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (B,L)
Day 3: Tak Bat - Luang Prabang Temples (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour - Kuang Sii Waterfall (B,D)
Day 5: Luang Prabang - Fly to Vientiane (B)
Day 6: Vientiane Sightseeing - Buddha Park (B)
Day 7: Vientiane - 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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