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Laos - The Kingdom of Famous World Heritages - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Laos - The Kingdom of Famous World Heritages - 10 Days / 9 Nights

Vientiane, Xieng Khoang, Luang Prabang
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$ 631
We invite you to start an amazing discovery from the Centre to the North of Laos, enjoying wonderful experience from classic city sightseeing in Vientiane, Luang Prabang and visit historic Plain of Jars.
Highlights: 
 
  • Pay visits to Vientiane and Luang Prabang as well as famous attractions of the two biggest cities in Laos.
  • Visit the Plain of Jars, the home of thousands of multi-sized jars which are still mystery.

Brief itinerary

Day 1
Vientiane - Arrival

Day 2
Vientiane – City Tours (B)

Day 3
Vientiane – Buddha Park (B)

Day 4
Vientiane – Fly to Xieng Khuoang (B)

Day 5
Around Xieng Khoang (B)

Day 6
Xieng Khuoang – Luang Prabang (B)

Day 7
Luang Prabang – City Tours (B)

Day 8
Luang Prabang - Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)

Day 9
Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)

Day 10
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 the hotel. 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: Vientiane – City Tours (B)
Day 2: Vientiane – City Tours (B)
Today, you will explore Vientiane- the capital city of Laos. Highlights include: 
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 Simuang  and 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. 
The next stop you will visit is 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. 
After a day of interesting places, you will transfer back to your hotel .  Meals on your own. Overnight at your hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
Day 3: Vientiane – Buddha Park (B)
Day 3: Vientiane – Buddha Park (B)

In this morning, after your breakfast, you will transfer by road to visit a famous park in Laos- 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. On the way, you will stop at Lao- Thai Friendship Bridge to enjoy charming landscapes and take photos as many as you want.  In the late afternoon, you will come back to Vientiane. Then, you will have free time at your leisure.

Meals on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khoang
Day 4: Vientiane – Fly to Xieng Khuoang (B)
Day 4: Vientiane – Fly to Xieng Khuoang (B)

Today, after your breakfast, you have free morning to relax on your own. In the afternoon, our guide will transfer you to the airport to get a short flight to Xieng Khouang- a province in the northeast of Laos, lying across a flat high plateau. Upon arrival in Xieng Khouang, 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 at your hotel. 

Transfer: Private car, Flight
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khoang
Day 5: Around Xieng Khoang (B)
Day 5: Around Xieng Khoang (B)
Today, you will begin your exploration by visiting the famous site of Xiangkhouang- 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 Xieng Khoang

 

Day 6: Xieng Khuoang – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 6: Xieng Khuoang – Luang Prabang (B)

In this morning, you will start your journey early by visiting 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. Leaving the market, you will transfer by road to continue your journey to Luang Prabang. En-route, you will make a stop at Thampra to visit a site where remains Buddha images date back about 200 years. Along the route, you also have chance to visit some hill-tribe villages to have a glimpse of daily activities of the locals.

Then, you will have a short coffee break at SalaPhoukhoun-where Xiengkhouang and LuangPrabang meet. After a short break, you will reach LuangPrabang- the capital of Laos- which is exceptional for both its rich architectural and artistic heritage. Your Laos tour advisor has arranged overnight accommodation.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang – City Tours (B)
Day 7: Luang Prabang – City Tours (B)
Today, you will spend time to discover further the city. When visiting LuangPrabang- the religious capital of Laos, you will explore the most beautiful temples, in particular:
Vat Visoun- the oldest and one of the most beautiful temples of Luang Prabang.
Vat Aham- a significant religious centre of 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.
 
Next, you will take 355 steps to reach Mount Phousi - on the way, you have chance to explore WatTham- an unremarkable wat. On the top of the maountain, you can get a spectacular panoramic view of the city and the Mekong river. Then, you will visit Hmong Market -where you could find a variety of unique souvenirs. Meals on your own. Overnight at your hotel.
 
Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

 

Day 8: Luang Prabang - Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)
Day 8: Luang Prabang - Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)

After your breakfast, you will be picked up for your 30 km journey. Today, you will visit KuangSii Falls -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 KuangSii Falls, 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. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Dinner on your own. Overnight at your hotel.

Transfer: Private car
Included meal: Breakfast, Picnic lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 9: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)

In the morning, you will take a cruise on the Mekong river to visit famous Pak Ou Caves. 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 make a top to visit Xanghai village- known for its production for local rice wine. Then, you will arrive in Pak Ou Caves- 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. On the return way, you will have another chance to visit Ban Xang Khong (weaving village). Here you can admire diverse handicrafts made by skillful hands of artisan.

After your interesting exploration, you will turn back to your hotel. Meals on your own.  Overnight at your hotel.

Transfer: Private car and boat
Included meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
Day 10: Luang Prabang – Departure (B)
Today, you will spend time to relax on your own before being transferred to the airport to get a departure flight. Meals on your own. 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 (Vientiane – Xieng Khuoang)
  • 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: Vientiane – City Tours (B)
Day 3: Vientiane – Buddha Park (B)
Day 4: Vientiane – Fly to Xieng Khuoang (B)
Day 5: Around Xieng Khoang (B)
Day 6: Xieng Khuoang – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 7: Luang Prabang – City Tours (B)
Day 8: Luang Prabang - Kuang Sii Falls (B,L)
Day 9: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves (B)
Day 10: 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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Child(ren) (2 - 11 years)

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