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Laos & Mysterious Heritage Trails - 11 Days

Laos & Mysterious Heritage Trails - 11 Days

Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Vientiane, 4,000 Islands
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$ 911
One of the best Laos tour packages to see the charming beauty of Luang Prabang, the vibrant local life in Si Phan Don, historic value of Plain of Jars and Vat Phou and many more attractions of Laos.
Highlights: 
 
  • Pay visits to Vientiane and Luang Prabang as well as famous attractions of the two biggest cities in Laos.
  • Take a nice dinner in Luang Prabang while enjoying a unique fashion show of 20 different ethnic groups.
  • Visit the Plain of Jars, the home of thousands of multi-sized jars which are still mystery.
  • Soak in the tranquil rhythm of daily life in Si Phan Done as well as its attractive villages and waterfalls.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Arrive in Luang Prabang - City Tour

Day 2
Tak Bat - Khuang Sy Fall (B,L)

Day 3
Luang Prabang Free (B)

Day 4
Luang Prabang - Xieng Khuang (B) (By land)

Day 5
Around Xieng Khuang (B)

Day 6
Xieng Khuang - Fly to Vientiane (B)

Day 7
Vientiane City Tour (B)

Day 8
Vientiane – Bolaven Plateau - Pakse (B)

Day 9
Pakse – Wat Phou – Don Khong (B)

Day 10
Don Khong – Khone Island – Pakse (B)

Day 11
Pakse – Departure (B)

Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang - City Tour
Day 1: Arrive in Luang Prabang - City Tour
Our guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel from Luang Prabang airport. After a short rest, you will set out your trip by visiting some most famous sites of Laos.
First, you will visit the National Museum- where remains a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments…
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
Vat May- the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang.
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.
Then, you will climb up Phou Sii hill, from the top of the mountain, you can see spectacular panoramic view of the city. On the way, you will explore the H’mong Night Market organized every day in the main street from 17.00 to 22.00.
 
Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: N/A
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 2: Tak Bat - Khuang Sy Fall (B,L)
Day 2: Tak Bat - Khuang Sy Fall (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- Fresh Morning market at Prakham village 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 you will make is KhuangSy Waterfall- the biggest in the Luang Prabang area. On the way to KhuangSy 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. Then, trrasfer back to your hotel. 
 
After that, you will return your hotel and have an overnight at the hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Lunch 
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 3: Luang Prabang Free (B)
Day 3: Luang Prabang Free (B)

Enjoy the free time in this beautiful ancient town. You can explore the restaurants or temples on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Transfer: N/A
Included meal: Breakfast 
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khuang (B) (By land)
Day 4:  Luang Prabang - Xieng Khuang (B) (By land)

Today, you will spend time to explore the city on your own until you are transferred to Xieng Khoang - a province in the northeast of Laos, lying across a flat high plateau. Upon arrival in Xieng Khoang, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in to your hotel. The rest of day is your free time to relax. Meals on your own. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan
Day 5: Around Xieng Khuang (B)
Day 5: Around Xieng Khuang (B)
Today, you will begin your exploration by visiting the famous site of Xieng Khoang Plain Of Jars- which is located in Phonsavanh-the capital city of Xieng Khoang. The Plain of Jars has been recognized as a heritage site which attracts many visitors every year. It combines ancient and contemporary history with insights into Phuan, Hmong, Khmu and Tai Dam culture. It is dated to the Iron Age (500 BC to AD 500) and is one of the most important sites for studying Southeast Asian prehistory. 
 
In the late afternoon, you continue to visit the old capital of Muang Khun Province and some hill tribe villages-where the Hmong ethnic people and the Tai Dam people live in. Meals on your own.  Overnight at your hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Phonsavan
Day 6: Xieng Khuang - Fly to Vientiane (B)
Day 6: Xieng Khuang - Fly to Vientiane (B)

After your breakfast, you will visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh. Here, you can find beautiful and colorful corner of life. An animated picture of a local village will wake up all your sense.

After that, you will take a short flight to Vientiane. When you arrive in Vientiane, you guide will transfer you to your hotel. Check in your hotel. Meals on your own. Overnight in Vientiane.

Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 7: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 7: Vientiane City Tour (B)
After your breakfast, you will start your exploration to the city. 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. 
 
On the way, you will visit Ban Nong Buathong (Textile village) - where you could find amazing handicrafts made by skillful hands of the locals. Meals on your own.  Overnight in Vientiane.  
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

 

Day 8: Vientiane – Bolaven Plateau - Pakse (B)
Day 8: Vientiane – Bolaven Plateau - Pakse (B)

In the early morning, you will be transferred to Wattay Airport for a flight to Pakse.

When you arrive, our guide will meet and transfer you to Bolaven. Bolaven Plateau in southern Laos is famous for its great scenery, ethnic villages and unexplored corners. Its fertile plains allow farmers to produce some of the best tea and coffee in the country (coffee remains Laos' biggest agricultural export.) On the way, you have chance to admire scenic view of Tad Fane waterfall- The impressive twin which  falls thunder over 100 metres down the steep cliffs into a gorge. The scenic rainforest spot is part of a big national park where wild animals live, including leopards, tigers, elephants and monkeys. You can also visit Tad Yang and Tad Phasoum

n the late afternoon, you turn back to the town. Meals on your own.  Overnight in Pakse.

Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse
Day 9: Pakse – Wat Phou – Don Khong (B)
Day 9: Pakse – Wat Phou – Don Khong (B)

After your breakfast, you will continue your journey to Khong Island after visiting Vat Phou Temple - one of the oldest archaeological sites in Laos. For those who are interested in art and history, this temple is an ideal place to explore.

After having time to discover this ancient temple, we take a short rest and continue drive to Khong Island – the largest island  in the Si Phan Done area on the Mekong river.

Melas on your own. Overnight in Don Khong.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in 4000 Islands
Day 10: Don Khong – Khone Island – Pakse (B)
Day 10: Don Khong – Khone Island – Pakse (B)
Today, you will spend time do explore further Don Khone area on a long tail boat. You will stop to visit a waterfall which situated between the northern portions of Don Sanlat and Don Khon- Liphi Falls (or Somphamit falls). It is is one of the most impressive waterfalls in south-east Asia including a variety of cascades – which makes it a gorgeous view and worth-seeing waterfall for travel lovers. After returning at Ban Nakasang, a fishery village, you continue transfer by land to Khone Phapheng - one of the biggest attractions of the 4000 islands of the Mekong in southern Laos near the border with Cambodia. With a length of almost 10 kilometers, it becomes the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia to Khone Phapheng.
 
In the late afternoon, you will turn back to  Pakse. Meals on your own.  Overnight in Pakse.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Pakse

 

Day 11: Pakse – Departure (B)
Day 11:  Pakse – Departure (B)

After your breakfast, you will be transferred to Pakse  Airport to take a flight to come back home. End of services.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
 
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Inclusion: 
 
  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Internal flight ticket in economy class (Xieng Khuang - Vientiane; Vientiane - Pakse)
  • 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: Arrive in Luang Prabang - City Tour
Day 2: Tak Bat - Khuang Sy Fall (B,L)
Day 3: Luang Prabang Free (B)
Day 4: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khuang (B) (By land)
Day 5: Around Xieng Khuang (B)
Day 6: Xieng Khuang - Fly to Vientiane (B)
Day 7: Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 8: Vientiane – Bolaven Plateau - Pakse (B)
Day 9: Pakse – Wat Phou – Don Khong (B)
Day 10: Don Khong – Khone Island – Pakse (B)
Day 11: Pakse – Departure (B)

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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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