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Laos at a Glance - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Laos at a Glance - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang
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$ 459
Enjoy the trip with unique authentic experience and most highlighted sites in Laos in Vientiane, Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. Not only famous for temples, monk, and magnificent nature, Laos has lots of wonderful beauty in traditional custom and cultural life.
Highlights: 
 
  • Learn about Lao religious belief by visiting Vientiane attractions, specially the famous Buddha Park.
  • Visit Vang Xang where you understand deeply about Buddha images and explore some regional caves.
  • Visit Luang Prabang, the pride of Laos tourism and its attractions to comprehend about this country.
  • Take a nice dinner in Luang Prabang while enjoying a unique fashion show of 20 different ethnic groups.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Vientiane arrival

Day 2
Buddha Park - Vientiane City Tour (B)

Day 3
Vientiane – Vang Vieng - Tham Jang (B)

Day 4
Blue Lagoon – Luang Prabang (B)

Day 5
Luang Prabang Sightseeing - Pak Ou Caves (B)

Day 6
Tak Bat – Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)

Day 7
Luang Prabang Free Day (B)

Day 8
Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

Day 1: Vientiane arrival
Day 1: Vientiane arrival

Our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel from Vientiane Airport. Check in to the hotel. The room is at your disposal from 14.00pm. Then you have time to explore the city on your own.

Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 2: Buddha Park - Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 2: Buddha Park - Vientiane City Tour (B)
In this morning, you will transfer to the south of Vientiane to visit Buddha Park. Buddha Park (Xieng Khuan) is a famous sculpture park with more than 200 religious statues including a huge 40-metre high reclining Buddha image. It was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism. This explains why his park is full not only of Buddha images but also of Hindu gods. You will also admire Friendship Bridge- which connects Nong Khai province and the city of Nong Khai in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Opened on April 8, 1994, it was the first bridge across the lower Mekong, and the second on the full course of the Mekong. En-route, you will visit National Cultural Park.
 
In the afternoon, you will spend time to explore the capital city of Laos. 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. 
 
At the end of the afternoon, you can stroll along the Mekong river. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
 
Day 3: Vientiane – Vang Vieng - Tham Jang (B)
Day 3: Vientiane  – Vang Vieng - Tham Jang (B)
Today we will say goodbye to Vientiane and drive to Vang Vieng. 
 
On the way, you will make a stop at Vang Sang - where remains dozens of Buddha images dating from the 16th century.
 
Vang Vieng is surrounded by limestone caves and today you will visit Tham Jang. It may not be the most impressive cave, but the view from top is worth the steps you have to climb. Check in your hotel and enjoy tranquil town. 
 
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng

 

Day 4: Blue Lagoon – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 4: Blue Lagoon – Luang Prabang (B)
After your breakfast, we will visit Tham Phu Kham - Blue Lagoon. As per its name, the place offers a short hiking up to visit a cave with easy steps which are shaed by the lush trees. Afterwards, enjoy a swim in the famous blue lagoon if weather permits. 
 
Then, you continue to arrive at  Luang Prabang after about 6 hour drive. On the way, you have chance to admire peaceful and beautiful scenery of local villages. When reaching Luang Prabang - the world heritage site, you have free time to discover and relax on your own.
 
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 5: Luang Prabang Sightseeing - Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 5: Luang Prabang Sightseeing - Pak Ou Caves (B)
After breakfast, you will take part in a new journey- a cruise on the Mekong river. 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..  En-route, you will have time to discover Pak Ou -  the “mouth” of the “Ou” River, a famous cave with hundreds of statuettes of Buddha. Overlooking the river, it shows a splendid view of the Mekong.  
 
In the afternoon, you will spend time to explore the old city on the left bank of the Mekong River. 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 Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
 
At the end of the afternoon, climb Phousi Mountain to enjoy sunset and then explore the H’mong Night Market, which is held every day in the main street from 17.00 to 22.00.
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel. 
 
Transfer: Private car and boat
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 6: Tak Bat – Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)
Day 6: Tak Bat – 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, the 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.
 
The next stop will be 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 Khuang Sy Waterfall, you will stop to visit some of the villages- where the older female villagers still dress in traditional costume.
 
Then you will have a picnic lunch at the waterfall. 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. You will return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon.
 
Dinner on your own. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
 
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)
Today is a great chance for you to relax after tours and activities. You can leisurely explore the town as you wish or enjoy the hotel. 
Meals on your own. 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)

You are free at leisure until transfer to the airport to catch your departure flight.

Meals on your own. End of services. 

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
 
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Laos at a Glance - 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.
DAILY PROGRAM
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Day 1: Vientiane arrival
Day 2: Buddha Park - Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 3: Vientiane – Vang Vieng - Tham Jang (B)
Day 4: Blue Lagoon – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 5: Luang Prabang Sightseeing - Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 6: Tak Bat – 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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