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Vientiane is the capital city of Laos. Despite being the largest city in Laos, it still retains the comfort and charm of a small town. One of Asia’s most relaxed and quiet capital cities, Vientiane is nestled in fertile plains on the banks of the Mekong River.
The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The city is considered by many travelers and writers as being the heart of Laotian culture, the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia.
To explore the enrich culture and history of Laos, there is no better way than visiting it’s 2 most interesting and biggest cities. Let put yourself immerse in the distinctive beauty in romantic view on the bank of Mekong River in Vientiane and stunning landscapes in sunset in Luang Prabang. All will make your trip unforgettable.
Welcome to Vientiane! Upon arrival, our guide will meet you at the airport and then escort you to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight in Vientiane
After breakfast, we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument.
Afternoon, transfer out to visit Buddha Park with the impressed collection of Buddha Statues inflected by Hindu Buddhism.
Overnight in Vientiane
After breakfast, visit Talad Sao Market before transfer to Vang Vieng, a small town, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet river waters and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. Enroute, visit Tha Hue Fish market on the way.
Upon arrival, we cross the bridge to visit Tham Jang Cave (Dried Caves) and Blue Lagoon. Free at your leisure.
Overnight in Vang Vieng
After breakfast, transfer to Luang Prabang via mountainous zig zag road. On the way, we will stop for photos at Phou Pheng Fa – the highest point of the region.
We arrive Luang Prabang in the late afternoon, transfer to hotel for checking in. Late afternoon, we will climb up 328 steps of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. We then will explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
You have the option to wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks – an awe-inspiring sight. Please tell your guide a day in advance if you wish to make an offering so he/she can prepare some food for you to hand over to the monks. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos. Watch the town come to life in the morning then return to the hotel for breakfast or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual. (If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence. Dress appropriately – shoulders, chest and legs should be covered).
We then visit the Morning Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of 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 make a stop at Ban Xang Hai village where rice wine is distilled. We will visit the caves of Tham Ting and Tham Phoum which house hundreds of Buddha statues. We return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, continue to visit Ban Xang Khong, a village well known for silk hand-weaving and traditional Saa paper-making.
Afternoon, transfer by private vehicle to Khouang Si waterfall. On the way, you can visit to the Lao ethnic minority groups-Ban Na Ouane Village. Once at the waterfalls, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Khouang Si waterfalls and pass by the Asian bear rescue center. You will enjoy feeling the mist of the cool, turquoise waters of the different waterfalls. Swimming in the refreshing waters is possible.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
we visit National Museum at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign; the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Continue to Wat Visoun – the oldest temple in Luang Prabang.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
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