Laos Overland Exploration (8 days 7 nights)

Laos, Related Destinations

Tour Code: LAOE
Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang
Day 2: Luang Prabang city tour
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave – Khuangsi waterfall
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang
Day 5: Xieng Khuang – Vang Vieng
Day 6: Vang Vieng – Vientiane
Day 7: Vientiane visit
Day 8: Vientiane departure

Day 1 Arrival in Luang Prabang
Arrive at the airport. Meet our guide, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2 Luang Prabang city tour (B,L)
After breakfast, we visit the Royal Palace Museum. We begin our walking tour to visit beautiful temples of Wat Xiengthong, Wat Mai, and Wat Sene .

In the afternoon, we stop at Yensabai where you will see some of Laos traditional stencils made with Saa paper. Our next stop is the Arts and Ethnology Center which exhibits the ethnic mix culture of Laos. We then climb Mt Phousi which offers a spectacular sunset and panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River.

In the evening, we will visit a local village where you take party in a traditional Baci Ceremony, involving the tying of strings to ones wrists aims to keep bad spirits away and bring good in luck. Stay overnight at the hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 3 Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave – Khuangsi Waterfall (B,L)
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning we visit the morning Phousi Market, We will then visit local villages of Laos ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou, a Laoloum village, and Ban Thapene, a Khmu villages. Afterwords, we travel to Khuang Si Waterfall where you can swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang. Have lunch at a local restaurant

This afternoon, we embark on a upstream cruise on Mekong River, visit mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we will visita village called Ban Xanghai for tasting rice wine. Returning back, we disembark the boat, then visit traditional villages, and continue taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving.

Day 4 Luang Prabang – Xieng Khuang (B,L)
Morning drive to Xieng Khuang, a northeast province of Laos, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Enjoy the scenery of mountains, forests and countryside landscape views on the way. Stop at old capital of Muang Khoun province and the villages nearby. Arrive in Xiengkhuang, we visit the central market of Phonsavanh where ethnic minorities barter and exchange goods. Overnight at the hotel in Xiengkhuang

Day 5 Xieng Khuang – Vang Vieng (B,L)
The “Plain of Jars” is an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over a plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most of archaeologists still question their purpose. We explore the site and visit villages of Hmong and Tai Dam hill tribes, then head to Vang Vieng, a small tranquil town nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet atmosphere and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled. Overnight at the hotel in Vang Vieng.

Day 6 Vang Vieng – Vientiane (B,L)
Start walking around the bustling central market and then take bamboo raft along the Nam Song River to Vang Vieng. There are lots of caves. The most famous one is Tham Chang used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a little village represents the rural life of Laos.

In the afternoon, we leave Vang Vieng for Vientiane, the capital located on the banks of the Mekong River with a fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and French culture. Overnight at the hotel in Vientiane.

Day 7 Vientiane visit (B,L)
After breakfast, we visit Vat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane. Vat Sisaket was built in 1818, is the sole survivor of an invasion in 1828. Vat Sisaket features remarkable frescoes and 6,840 Buddha images. Ho Phra Keo has been used as a museum since 1970 and contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artifacts.

The most photographed images of Vientiane is Patousay. Another famous Vientiane landmark is Luang Stupa. King Setthathirath built this great sacred stupa in 1566. Its central structure is 45 meters tall and echoes the curving lines of an elongated lotus. The original stupa was said contained relics of Buddha. We continue visit the Morning Market (Talaat Sao) for its superior silk weaving, metal work, and woodcarving.

Day 8 Vientiane departure (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. You will be transferred to the airport for your home sweet home.

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Hotel Category Price (2-5 Passengers) Price (6-9 Passengers) Single Supplement
3 Star $1390 $1190 $290
4 Star $1580 $1330 $460
5 Star $1,890 $1,670 $790

Trip includes:
• Accommodation with daily breakfast at hotels mentioned
• Meals: as mention in program B = Breakfast , L = Lunch , D = Dinner base on local restaurant
• Local English speaking guide
• Transfer services in a private air-conditioned Van , Bus
• Entrance fees as itinerary
• Boat trip as mention in program
• Village entrance fee
• Local Village guide to follow
• Fresh water and wet wipe during day tour
• Service charge and government tax

Service excluded:
• International & Domestic Airfare
• Visa to Laos
• Personal travel insurance
• Bank fees for payment
• Tips & personal expenses as drinks, laundry, phone….

Hotels

Location 3 star hotel 4 star hotel 5 star hotel
Vientiane Ochird Donchan Palace Lao Plaza
Vang Vieng Vansana Vang Vieng Vang Vieng Riverside Vang Vieng Riverside
Luang Pradang Villa Chitdara Villa Santi Villa Maly
Xieng Khuang Vansana Plain of Jar Vansana Plain of Jar Vansana Plain of Jar

• Price could be changed while booking is outside the validation time above through the changes of service from other third parties. Contact us for updating the most accurate price.

• Only one extra bed shall be provided per room, to the 3rd Adult/Child sharing the room.

• Furthermore please inform passengers that they should NOT change money at the exchange booth at the airport just after immigration, as the market rate in town is MUCH better.

• Travellers to Laos are required to have a travel insurance covering the cost of medical evacuation flights.

• Visas are required by all visitors to Laos.

• Vegetarian, Indian meals and Muslim Halal meals shall be organized on request.

• Please be advised that the check out time at all hotels is at 12:00 pm and check-in time at hotel is at 2:00 pm.

• Please be punctual for airport transfers and tours as per time stated in the itinerary.

• No refunds will be entertained for unutilized services.

• The schedules of domestic flights in Laos are provided as an indication only. Once a booking is confirmed we can provide more precise timings, but these remain nevertheless subject to change without notice by the airlines until traveling date. It might therefore in some cases be necessary to amend your program and itinerary due to such schedule changes. We thank you for your understanding.