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Day 1 - Arrive in Luang Prabang
Welcome to Laos! Upon arrival,your professional private guide will be ready to welcome you at the arrival hall.You will be transferred to your hotel with a private car and driver.Luang Prabang is a very special city! It enchants with its magnificent location,amidst mountain ranges and historic temples, which gives the city a title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This beautiful city was the royal capital and seat of government for the Kingdom of Laos until the revolution of 1975. The main part of the city consists of four main roads crisscrossing a peninsula between the Nam Khan and Mekong Rivers.
Day 2 - Luang Prabang & Pak Ou Caves
After breakfast you'll enjoy a short, guided tour to see the city's oldest temples of Wat Sene and Wat Xieng Thong, both of which represent the classical temple architecture of Luang Prabang. Then you'll board a cruise up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, which are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way you'll stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where you can see the locals distilling rice into local Lao wine and whiskey. After returning you'll take a short drive to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xienglek, well known for its hand-made traditional Saa paper.
Day 3 - Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony & Kuang Si waterfall
Get up early to observe the Buddhist Alms Giving Ceremony at 5:40am if you like.You will continue to explore the open-air Morning Market in the old town. There's only a few large grocery stores here—instead, food is still produced by small farming families and villages and were brought to Luang Prabang for sale from the surrounding rural areas. Your guide will explain some seasonal vegetables and fruits to you and he will also guide you pick some snacks.Return to the hotel for breakfast.
In the afternoon you’ll visit the Kuang Si waterfall where you can visit the Bear Rescue Center, managed by an NGO called FreeTheBears. On the way, stops will be made to visit local villages. At the waterfalls you can swim in the pools or stroll along the forest paths. you'll return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
You can choose an optional trekking tour at Kuang Si waterfall with village visits. Tour will include jungle hike, cave exploration, natural pool swimming. Please let us know in advance, then we'll prepare your picnic lunch. Trekking time is approximately 3 hours, easy to medium.
Day 4 - Plain of Jars in Phonsavanh
Check out from hotel, you will head to Phonsavanh, which is the capital city of Xieng Khuang Province, a well-known tourist destination for its famous Plain of Jars. Enjoy scenic views enroute and visit one of the many Hmong villages in the region. The Hmong are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of Laos. They are also one of the sub-groups of the Miao ethnicity in Southern China. Hmong groups began a gradual southward migration in the 18th century due to political unrest and to a lack of arable land.
Upon arrival at Phonsavanh, you'll visit the mysterious “plain of jars", this high-altitude region exhibits a rich diversity and stands in contrast to the more tropical parts of Laos. The plateau itself is scarred by the legacy of American bombing fom 1964-1973. You'll spend the night in Phonsavanh.
Day 5 - Xieng Khouang & Fly to Vientiane
Your tour will start this early morning,you will ride to the ruins of the old capital Muang Khoun, the former royal capital of the Xieng Khuang Region.Here, you'll enjoy a Laos noodle soup for breakfast. You will visit Wat Phia Wat and an old stone stupa.
On the way back to Phonsavanh you'll explore more of the Plain of Jars, either “Site 2” or “Site 3”. Depending on your flight schedule, You will also explore the local markets before boarding. A 30 minute flight will bring you to the capital of Laos, Vientiane.
After checking into your hotel, you'll continue your sightseeing tour of Vientiane with a short visit to the Patuxay, a monument of national pride on Lanexang Avenue. It’s also well worth taking a stroll in the evening along the Mekong River, where a local market entertains visitors and locals alike.
Day 6 - Vientiane Sightseeing
Today, you will visit the major sights of the capital, including the oldest temple- Wat Sisaket, famous for its cloister wall housing thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple Wat Pra kaew, which originally constructed as the Lao royal family’s personal chapel and it houses the famous Emerald Buddha Image.En route to Lao’s national symbol That Luang Stupa and you will have a chance to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, well known as Vientiane’s Arc de Triumph.
Later in the afternoon, you'll continue your tour on foot if it's not too hot. You can visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok or even take the time to relax. Next you'll pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talat Sao and Talat Kouadin, where major goods are traded, including fresh food, household,textiles, gold and silver. You may even see ancient souvenirs on display. You'll return to the Mekong Riverside in the late evening. We highly recommend a cold beer Lao while you enjoy the cooling weather at sunset on along the river.
Day 7 - Vientiane - Pakse - Don Khong
Take an early morning flight to Pakse, South Laos. On arrival, you’ll be transferred further south to Champassak to commence your explorations of the remains of Khmer history in the region. You will visit the ruins of Wat Phou, which is the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire. Your thorough 2-3 hour visit of the ruins includes a steep climb to holy shrines of worship where many sacred Hindu, Buddhist and Animist elements can be found. The Wat Phou Museum exhibition hall on the lower levels invites visitors to study the rich heritage of Khmer artists and Buddhist sculptures.
Afterward you'll continue to the small town of Champassak, where colonial influence can still be observed in the local architecture. You will check in to your hotel at Don Khong Island by traditional local slow boat or Minivan.
Day 8 - Explore 4000 Islands
You will explore Si Pan Don this early morning.The Mekong River here is at its widest, stretching up to 12 km during the rainy season. Continue your visit to the Li Phi falls,you can hear its unmistakable roar from a distance. These falls are famous for the Irrawaddy freshwater dolphins that swim nearby. Ban Hang Khon, which is one of the few places on earth that can possible spot those endangered mammals. You’ll also view the old locomotive,railway and colonial bridge built by the French.
Excursion on the river to seek for dophins only on special request and at extra cost, please let us know if you are interested in it.
Day 9 - Khong Island - The Boloven Plateau - Tadlo - Pakse
You will leave Khong Island today. Check out from hotel, you will continue your journey towards to the Bolaven Plateau, located in the Annamite Mountain Range, which runs along Laos’eastern border with Vietnam. The renowned coffee of Lao PDR is produced in this region. The climate of the plateau, with its cooler temperatures and abundant rainfall, make it the perfect place for coffee production. After viewing several cascading waterfalls -- including the famous Tad Lo and Tad Fan Waterfalls, you'll return to Pakse for an afternoon walk or visit to its local market.
Overnight location depends on tomorrows travel connections. We prefer to offer a close-to-nature stay in one of the Lodges of Boloven near one of the fantastic waterfalls!
Day 10 - Pakse, Departure
Free at leisure till your guide and driver meets you and escorts you to the airport for your ownward flight.
From Pakse International airport, you can choose to take a flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia or take an overland exit through Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Rathani, Thailand.
Carefully selected accommodation with breakfast
Accommodation based on two people sharing (for each person not sharing a room, the single supplement will be added)
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Handpicked hotels with good service and spacious room.
Super nice location
Downtown location with convenient transportation and many good restaurants nearby.
All mentioned internal flights, trains, and cruises
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No early get up. No late arrival.
Select seats for you as spacious as possible, such as exit row or bulkhead with more legroom.
All meals specified in the itinerary
Your special request on food can always be satisfied, no matter it relates to religion or medical purpose!
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Bottles of drinking water and cold towels per guest per day
24/7 helpline while you are travelling
All excursions specified in the itinerary
All entrance fees specified in the itinerary
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