Classic Laos with Kong Lor Cave

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Short on travel time but want to see all the highlights of Laos? This trip delivers the treasures of Luang Prabang with the major cultural and historical places, untouched nature in the surroundings, adventurous Kong Lor, and the colonial French architecture of Vientiane, in just 1 week.


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    Day 1: Welcome to Vientiane!

    After picking you up and dropping you off at the hotel, we start our half-day tour with stunning major temples of Vientiane including the oldest Wat Sisaket- a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Then stroll through the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We cannot miss the Lao national icon- The Luang Stupa and also the imposing Patuxay Monument which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

    Day 2: Vientiane- Prabaht Ponsan- Sala Hin Boun (B, L)

    Join our guide today and delve into traditions and centuries-old heritage, start at Prabaht Ponsan- a Manoluck LPQ stupa dating back to the 15th century and also the home to the Manoluck LPQ Budhhas footprint, discovered in 1933. After lunch, continue onwards into Khammoune province and into the mountainous area for a breathtaking view over the surroundings. The journey back to the hotel will take us through stunning limestone karst scenery and a number of local villages. once we get to the hotel, the rest of the day is yours. Tonight, consider joining an evening market or local café. Please feel free to ask our guide for hot tips!

    Day 3: Sala Hin Boun- Kong Lor Cave (B, L)

    After breakfast, we journey through rive by boat to Kong Lor village. Allow a decent amount of time to explore the village before boarding a smaller boat into the famous Kong Lor Cave. We navigate through the cave which is more than 7m=km long with a spectacular cavern over 100m high. Enjoy your homemade lunch at a restaurant in a remote village on the other side of the cave. Return to our hotel before sunset time.

    Day 4: Sala Hin Boun- Vientiane- Luang Prabang (B, L)

    Say farewell to one of the most spectacular gorges in Southeast Asia, we are off the road to Vientiane. We will stop for lunch and a quick visit to a picturesque Lao Loum village before transferring directly to Vientiane airport to fly to Luang Prabang. Our guide will pick you up when you arrive and drop you off at your hotel.

    Day 5: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfall and half-day city tour (B)

    After breakfast, we will leave Luang Prabang by boat for the picturesque Ban Chan village, then visit Phousi market where we can see a variety of offers from dried buffalo skin, local tea, saltpeter among chickens to hill-tribe weavings. And now, it is the time to know the ethnic minority groups by visiting H’mong’s Ban Ouay village, then Laoloum’s Ban Ou village, and Khmu’s Ban Thapene village. In the afternoon, we will visit the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which offers a natural swimming pool and a walk in the lush forest. Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon for your half-city tour. The first stop of the tour is the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artifacts, followed by a short guided tour seeing Wat Sen – the Luang Prabang temple‘s oldest, and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong. Admire the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang, built-in 1512, and the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. 

    Day 6: Through Luang Prabang, Big Brother Mouse- ban Kia Luang to Pak Ou Caves (B)

    This morning, we will visit the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the visit to Ban Khia Luang village. The books will be given to the kids at school. After spending time with the local children, we will explore the village seeing weaving, and visit local temples. Lunch will be served with a Western picnic style or traditional Laotian food. After lunch, we drive to Ban Khoklin and then take a private boat down to the Nam Ou River to get to Pak Ou Caves. The 2 linked caves are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Return to Luang Prabang by the same mean for the night.

    Day 7: Farewell Luang Prabang (B)

    Enjoy your one last hearty breakfast and say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to depart with wonderful memories.

    Flight’s RouteAgentClass
    Vientiane-Luang Prabang Lao AirlinesEconomy
    Hotels based on ROH and similar category
    LocationStandardFirst ClassSuperiorDeluxe
    Luang PrabangVansanahotelVilla Santi ResortThe Grand LPQSanakeoboutique
    VientianeVansanariversideSabaidee at LaosLao Plaza HotelGreen Park
    Hin BounChanthaHotelKonglorviewresortSpringriverresortSpringriverresort
    • Transportation in private
    • Accommodation in twin shared room
    • Domestic airticket as stated only
    • Boat trip as stated in above sights
    • English speaking guide
    • Admission fee to indicated sights
    • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
    • Gov’t tax and service charge
    • Luggage handling and drinking water
    • Visa stamping fee on arrival
    • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
    • Travel Insurance in all kinds
    • Lunch or dinner unless where stated
    • Single room (quoted separately)
    • Other foreign language guide
    • Peak tourist season or special event rates
    • Child or adult in triple sharing room
    • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses

    NOTES: Tour can be modified, hotels changed to suit your tastes and budget. Minor program changes are sometime necessary, depending on road conditions and weather.

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    Diep Van

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    Besides my unlimited passion for traveling, a professional tour guide for over a decade, I have been taking photographs since sitting at Hanoi of the University of Culture in the early 2000s. Photography started as a hobby but it was seriously taken due to my work relations and my significant passion for the beauty of our world, especially in Southeast Asian parts such as Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

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