Amazing Laos

It is no exaggeration to say that Laos is an amazing country. By the end of your very short trip you will be dazzled by the kaleidoscope of sights and sounds you will have seen and heard – from temples to forests – from a bustling capital city to the old world charm of the ancient city of Luang Prabang – from caves to waterfalls and last, but not least, markets full of a tempting array of handicrafts.

Day 1 : Arrive Vientiane

You will be met upon your arrival and taken to your hotel in the centre of the busy capital city of Vientiane. The city is modernising rapidly but it still retains many features of the sleepy, little town it was once.

Take a short rest, and refreshed you will be given a short orientation tour. Stroll around the city taking a look at the mix of architectural styles, sit to watch the sun set over the Mekong River and later in the evening enjoy just watching the Lao people relaxing. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2 : Sightsee in Vientiane and then fly to the World Heritage City of Luang Prabang

After a good night’s sleep and breakfast, your day begins with our visit to the major sights of the capital. First we visit the oldest wat - Wat Sisaket - with its thousands of miniature statues and then just across the road is our next stop - the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously was home to the famous Emerald Buddha. Then on our way to the sacred

That Luang Stupa – a renowned place of Buddhist pilgrimage - we will stop for you to take some photographs of the imposing Patuxay Monument – the “Victory Gate” standing proud at the end of the broad Lane Xang Avenue. This is Vientiane’s answer to the Parisian Arc de Triomphe. We will also have time to visit Talat Sao – the Morning Market – Vientiane’s main market. Here is your opportunity to shop till you drop. The market is full of a rich variety of Lao handicrafts and souvenirs. Then it’s off to the airport for the plane to Luang Prabang.

The rest of the day will be spent in Luang Prabang with a long drive to a beautiful waterfall in natural surroundings. You can splash about in the clear, cool pools or walk along the green forest paths, visiting local ethnic minority villages along the way. Then you will return to the city in the late evening to watch the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (L, D)*

Day 3 : Tour Luang Prabang and Pak Ou Cave

After breakfast, you can enjoy a short-guided tour around the city’s oldest temple – the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine at Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground. This is typical of the architectural style of Luang Prabang temples.

We then board a boat for our upstream journey on the Mekong River. This will give us beautiful views of the tranquil countryside as well carrying us effortlessly to our destination - the mysterious Pak Ou cave, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. On the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai – a village famous for making the traditional Lao drink of rice alcohol. You can see the distillation process and sample the product.

On our return, we will stop at the villages of Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan before going on to see the former royal temple and the nearby Sackarine Cave. Then we cross to the city and take a short drive to Ban Phanom well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B, L, D)

Day 4 : Depart Luang Prabang

In the morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual when groups of saffron-clad monks carrying bowls are given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice.

After breakfast we then visit the former royal palace, now the National Museum, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao history dating from the days of the early kings right through to the last sovereign. Then before your transfer for your departure at either the airport or the boat pier there is time for a visit to the central market which should not be missed.

{{}} 1 pax 2 pax 3-5 pax 6-10 pax 11-15 pax 16-20 pax Suppl. Single
2* hotel 840 489 600 523 424 375 83
3* hotel 912 525 672 583 477 420 113
4* hotel 984 561 744 643 529 465 143
5* hotel 1542 840 1302 1108 935 814 375

These Rates Include :

  • Hotel
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Private Air-Conditioned Minivan
  • Private Slow Boat
  • Full-Board Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Drinking Water
  • Government Taxes

Not Included :

  • Airfare
  • Lao Visa
  • Insurance
  • Beverages
  • Gratuity

All prices are listed at PER PERSON rates in US Dollars for the above itinerary. Any adjustments to the itinerary may raise or lower these rates accordingly. Please contact us for a personalized quote.