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7 Days 6 Nights
Group size: Min. 2
Be Curious
1 Small Group
From $508pp

Venture Insight

Journey through landlocked Laos travelling north from the laid back capital through countryside studded with limestone spires and gilded temples to stunning Luang Prabang and along the way be captivated by the charm of its people.


Vientiane

Wide boulevards of French styled monuments blend with Buddhist monasteries where facades give timelines of the country’s cultural + historic past with a laid-back ambience best taken in at a café on the banks of the Mekong with a cup of fragrant coffee + a French style baguette.

Limestone Cliffs + Mountain Shadows

Scenes of natural beauty as you travel north through rugged countryside from the city to Vang Vieng which for many is described as a little piece of heaven on earth over spectacular mountains making stops at local villages to catch a glimpse of everyday life in the rural areas of Laos.

Silver Rivers + Golden Robes

Be captivated by flowing robes of golden monks, gilded teak temples + the stunning French colonial villas that dot the landscape in Luang Prabang known for its bedazzling show of decorative art of mosaics of emeralds + lapis lazuli remnants of a once great kingdom.

Itinerary

day 1

Vientiane

Arriving in Laos’ capital you will be met at the airport + taken to your hotel where you can rest or take a stroll around the city.
day 2

Vientiane

A morning walking tour will show you the charm of this once French trading post as we first visit Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Sisaket, with thousands of miniature Buddha statues then the former royal temple of Wat Ho Phra Kaeo which once housed the famous Emerald Buddha. We will take a photo stop of Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe – the imposing Patuxay Monument on the way to the sacred That Luang Stupa. In the afternoon, surround yourself with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues at Buddha Park, before checking out Vat Ong Teu Temple, an educational institute providing teaching on Theravada Buddhism + if there is time the Tala Sao handicraft market.
day 3

Vientiane to Vang Vieng

After a relaxing breakfast we head north to the small city of Vang Vieng, tucked in amongst giant lime cliffs along the Nan Song River. Be in awe of the immense natural beauty with the river passing through the shadows of dramatic mountains + spend the afternoon relaxing.
day 4

Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

We now drive through amazing mountain ranges up in the northern central part of the country inhabited by many ethnic minority Hmong villages who began a gradual southward migration from southern China in the 18th Century. We arrive into the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in the afternoon located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan + Mekong Rivers + known for its numerous Buddhist temples + monasteries.
day 5

Luang Prabang Tour + Mekong River Cruise

Wake to the sound of temple bells + beating drums where each morning monks collect alms from the locals + worth getting up early to watch with respect. Today it is temple touring starting with the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground. Then board a boat to cruise up the Mekong River with beautiful countryside views along the way where we visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues + stop at Ban Xanghai village, where they distil local rice wine. Continue by road to Ban Xang Khong + Ban Xienglek, known for their handmade paper then once back in Luang Prabang, climb to the top of Phou Si Hill to explore the gilded stupa atop + from this awe-inspiring vista, take in the beautiful sunset over the city + Mekong River.
day 6

Kuang Si Falls

First we travel by tuk tuk to the morning market, where produce comes from outlaying small farming communities + villages then head to Wat Mai “New Monastery” built in 1796 + the National Museum next door which was formerly the Royal Palace + houses the Royal throne of the Lane Xang kingdom in all its original glory. In the afternoon we travel to the Kuang Si Falls – one of Laos’ most famous + beautiful, stopping along the way to pop into visit local villages. At the falls splish splash around the turquoise falls or walk forest paths. On the way back, stop at Ock Pop Tok, set in a tropical Mekong garden, to learn about Lao textiles + crafts where you can meet silk weavers and local artisans.
day 7

Luang Prabang

Your tour ends with transfer to the airport – or your stay can be extended at an additional cost.
day 1

Vientiane

Arriving in Laos’ capital you will be met at the airport + taken to your hotel where you can rest or take a stroll around the city.
day 2

Vientiane

A morning walking tour will show you the charm of this once French trading post as we first visit Vientiane’s oldest temple, Wat Sisaket, with thousands of miniature Buddha statues then the former royal temple of Wat Ho Phra Kaeo which once housed the famous Emerald Buddha. We will take a photo stop of Vientiane’s Arc de Triomphe – the imposing Patuxay Monument on the way to the sacred That Luang Stupa. In the afternoon, surround yourself with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues at Buddha Park, before checking out Vat Ong Teu Temple, an educational institute providing teaching on Theravada Buddhism + if there is time the Tala Sao handicraft market.
day 3

Vientiane to Vang Vieng

After a relaxing breakfast we head north to the small city of Vang Vieng, tucked in amongst giant lime cliffs along the Nan Song River. Be in awe of the immense natural beauty with the river passing through the shadows of dramatic mountains + spend the afternoon relaxing.
day 4

Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang

We now drive through amazing mountain ranges up in the northern central part of the country inhabited by many ethnic minority Hmong villages who began a gradual southward migration from southern China in the 18th Century. We arrive into the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in the afternoon located on a peninsula between the Nam Khan + Mekong Rivers + known for its numerous Buddhist temples + monasteries.
day 5

Luang Prabang Tour + Mekong River Cruise

Wake to the sound of temple bells + beating drums where each morning monks collect alms from the locals + worth getting up early to watch with respect. Today it is temple touring starting with the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground. Then board a boat to cruise up the Mekong River with beautiful countryside views along the way where we visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues + stop at Ban Xanghai village, where they distil local rice wine. Continue by road to Ban Xang Khong + Ban Xienglek, known for their handmade paper then once back in Luang Prabang, climb to the top of Phou Si Hill to explore the gilded stupa atop + from this awe-inspiring vista, take in the beautiful sunset over the city + Mekong River.
day 6

Kuang Si Falls

First we travel by tuk tuk to the morning market, where produce comes from outlaying small farming communities + villages then head to Wat Mai “New Monastery” built in 1796 + the National Museum next door which was formerly the Royal Palace + houses the Royal throne of the Lane Xang kingdom in all its original glory. In the afternoon we travel to the Kuang Si Falls – one of Laos’ most famous + beautiful, stopping along the way to pop into visit local villages. At the falls splish splash around the turquoise falls or walk forest paths. On the way back, stop at Ock Pop Tok, set in a tropical Mekong garden, to learn about Lao textiles + crafts where you can meet silk weavers and local artisans.
day 7

Luang Prabang

Your tour ends with transfer to the airport – or your stay can be extended at an additional cost.

Includes

6 nights' accommodation, sightseeing + touring as stated, transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle, English-speaking local guides, admission fees to included sights, breakfasts daily; local government tax + service charge.

Be enchanted by scenes of shimmering rice paddies, emerald green seas + limestone mountains that are a backdrop for romantic images of gilded temples, colonial architecture + saffron robed monks where a lasting impression will be the people + their stories.

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Indulge in local cuisines, take temple trails through ancient kingdoms, wander lantern lit lanes in old merchant towns + slow down the pace cruising down the rivers of the Mekong or Ayeyarwady, where time seems to have stood still.

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