Fabled Icons of Laos
You don’t need 1001 days to know the magic of Laos. 7 days is enough to recount the fables that make the humble country such a curiousity of Indochina.
On arrival Luang Prabang – the former capital of Laos, warmly welcomed by our guide and transferred to your hotel to check-in. The rest of the day is free time to relax and explore to get to know the city. In the evening, stroll around the old quarter of Sivavangvong, discover its typical night bazaar, or purchase textile of local minorities. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, visit to the Royal Palace Museum (close on Tuesday), the most important treasures of Laos from the Royal period in Luang Prabang, we will seeing 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.
From there, proceed to embark at the boat pier of Luang Prabang on a traditional boat and cruise upstream on Mekong River to visit Pak Ou Cave. These cave you will find hundreds of Buddha Statues left there over hundreds of years.
Return to Luang Prabang, on the way back we will take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving, then back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
This morning, wake up early if you wish to participate in the daily morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black alms-giving bowls receiving offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. Return to hotel for breakfast then departure for Kuang Si Waterfall stopping along the way to visit the Hmong villages and on arrival at the Kuang Si, you will have short walk through the forest to the waterfall and opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the clear pools below the falls and visit the Bear Sanctuary.
Returning to Luang Prabang late afternoon. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Morning transfer into the mountainous regions of northern Laos, amid stunning scenery and through endless ethnic minority villages. We will stop at a mountain top restaurant for lunch with majestic 360 degrees mountain views.
Arrive in Vang Vieng late afternoon, we will check in our hotel and take a pleasant boat trip along the Nam Song River that flows between the town and the soaring limestone karst mountain. Overnight at hotel in Vang Vieng.
After breakfast, this morning we head out on bicycles to explore more of the limestone cliffs, caves and valleys surrounding the town:
– The Tham Jang cave, which was used by the local people as a refuge from Chinese invaders 200 years ago
– Tai Deang ethnic and the Souay hill tribe villages. The hill tribe people are unfailingly friendly, welcome you with waving hands and smiling faces.
Afternoon, we will drive to Vientiane. On arrival Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of this day is free time for you to explore and get to know Vientiane. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day dedicated to explore the most important cultural sites and historical monuments of Vientiane:
– The ancient Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues
– The former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha
– The Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and stop to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph
From there, drive out from Vientiane city to see the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures set in parkland 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 Buddhist monk.
Your evening is free to explore the Vientiane night market. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. Ends our services.