Combining the World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, the Plain of Jars site at and the pleasant capital of Vientiane. Although a small country, Laos is rich with attractions, culture and mystery.
Laos preserves its unique heritage in many community and religious activities; festivals and traditions of “AlmsGiving”, the daily procession of the offerings of alms to hundreds of saffron clad monks at dawn in Luang Prabang.
There are many intriguing and mysterious destinations such as the ancient Plain of Jars and the bizarre Buddha Park. All to be discovered in this journey to Laos.
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
After check-in at your hotel we will head out to see the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.
We will climb to the top of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River.
Descending the mountain you will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Your evening is free to explore the Night Market and sample some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants the town has to offer.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of Alms Giving, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
After breakfast back at the hotel we begin our journey to Khouangsi Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the morning Phousi Market, this where all locals of Luang Prabang come to do their daily shopping. You will see a variety of local foodstuffs and products including dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, fish, vegetables and fruit, everything needed for daily life in Laos.
On arrival at the Khouangsi Waterfall you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary. You will also enjoy a picnic lunch below the falls.
Upon return to Luang Prabang we board our private boat for a pleasant and scenic cruise up the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. These caves are an ancient pilgrimage site and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha images left there over hundreds of years.
Returning to Luang Prabang we disembark our boat and have the option of taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving or returning to the hotel for free time to relax.
Your evening is free to treat yourself to a spa treatment or massage, do some shopping or relax at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Today we depart early for a drive through spectacular scenery to Xieng Khuang Province, the home of the Plain of Jars. There are many stunning photo opportunities along the way and a couple of stops to explore hill tribe villages. After check-in at your hotel in Phonsavan there will be time to go for a wander through town, visit the MAG Centre or chill out over a drink at the hotel.
Overnight in Xiengkhuang.
This morning we will head out to explore the Plain of Jars. We will be visiting Sites 1, 2 & 3 as well as taking a short trek to a Tai Dam and Lao Leum village along the way.
Following lunch we drive on to explore the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hilltribe and Tai Dam people.
Returning to Phonsavan we then board our short flight to Vientiane. On arrival we check in to the hotel. Your evening is free to take a stroll along the waterfront and enjoy a few drinks as you watch the sunset over the Mekong River. Overnight in Vientiane.
This morning we will head out to see the major highlight. You are seeing the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, from there you visit COPE Center. The COPE was created in response to the need to provide UXO survivors with the care and support they required, namely by way of orthotic and prosthetic devices. This museum was set up in 1997 to help cater for the victims during the Indochina war.
After lunch and relaxation, we will drive south from Vientiane city to see the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures set in the parkland area on the banks of the Mekong close to the Friendship Bridge.
Here we find over 200 religious images dating back some 500 years faithfully recreated by a mysterious Biddhist monk.
Your evening is free to explore the Night Market and sample some local cuisine at one of the many restaurants the town has to offer. Overnight in Vientiane.
After breakfast you are free until transfer to the airport for your departure flight.