Explore your itinerary:
Welcome to Vientiane!
Upon arriving at the airport, our guide and driver will be there to pick you up and then stop by the hotel to drop off luggage. If time permits, we will see the Presidential Palace and its surroundings (Our first day could be created or modified to meet your needs and your time of arrival).
Vientiane- Full-day City Tour (B)
After enjoying your complimentary breakfast at your hotel, join our guide today and delve into the charming Vientiane and its historic parts. First, visit the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. See the famous structure of the That Luang Stupa, Lao’s national precious heritage, and Patuxay Monument, Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon, walk to Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng, and Wat Haisok before a stop at Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where you can find fresh fruits, delicious food, souvenirs, and many more! Return to our hotel by the afternoon then make our way to the airport for a flight to Luang Prabang.
Vientiane- Xieng Khouang- Plain of Jars- Phonsavan (B)
Start your day with a visit to Patuxai, which seems to be a copy of the Arc de Triomphe but stands on its own as a symbol of Lao’s independence. The following stop is the That Luang Stupa, the most venerable Buddhist monument with the golden stupa now becoming the country’s national symbol. Next, visit the interesting Central Market in Phonsavan. At Phonsavan market, you can sit for a tasty bowl of freshly made steaming pho for breakfast or buy some local fruits or if you dare, try bamboo rats, porcupines, winged critters, snakes, or any bugs. In Laos, anything that can fly, scraw, walk, and swim could be your meal. Take a short flight in the afternoon to Xieng Khouang Plateau to visit the Plain of Jars. Upon arrival, head to Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. Spend the night in Xieng Phouang.
Luang Prabang (B)
An early morning drive from Xieng Khouang to Luang Prabang. The journey is quite long but it offers us rugged and verdant mountain scenery. We will stop at some H’Mong villages along the way for rest and explore the local culture and feel the warm hospitality from the villagers. We will get to Luang Prabang by late afternoon or early evening depending on the road and traffic conditions. Luang Prabang is a remarkable city with saffron-clad monks, exquisite cuisine, gleaming temples, vibrant cultural traditions, distinctive artwork, and interesting history.
Heritage Luang Prabang (B)
Stroll along the narrow streets and visit the famous temple of Wat Xieng Thong, a striking temple that overlooks the two rivers of Mekong and Nam Khan. Wat Xieng Thong is decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways, featuring an elaborate tree of life mosaic and intricately carved walls. Head to the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artifacts, followed by a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple-Wat Sen, 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. After lunch, dive into Culture and gain insights into the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos’ ethnics. Then make our way to Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek weaving villages. Return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai, climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset time.
Luang Prabang- Pakou Cave- Kuang Si waterfall (B)
We cannot miss Luang Prabang’s alms-giving ceremony where approximately 200 saffron-clad monks walk along the streets to collect offerings from the faithful residents and visitors. This long standing tradition dates back to the 14th century and remains until now. Next, embark on a curse upstream on the Mekong River which offers a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside to get to Pak Ou Caves which are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. We will stop at Ban Xang Hai villages for a chance to see how the rice wine is made in Laos traditional way. Keep going until we get to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which is the largest waterfall in Laos and tumbles from the thick jungle over multi-tiered limestone formations into cascaded pools. Admire this spectacular waterfall and relax in the beautiful setting of turquoise and evergreen forest.
Elephant Camp, Village & Tad Sae Waterfall (B)
After having your delicious breakfast, enjoy a full-day excursion to the Elephant Village where you could Dive Yourself Into nature and be surrounded by elephants. Bid Elephant Camp as you board to Tad Sae Waterfall. Although the waterfall is not as famous as the Kuang Si waterfall, it is a truly impressive natural wonder that you cannot miss when you are in Luang Prabang. We return to town at the end of the afternoon, the rest of your day is free.
Farewell Luang Prabang (B)
Enjoy your one last hearty breakfast, and your free time in the morning, and say farewell to your traveling companions at the end of your vacation, as you prepare to fly home with wonderful memories.