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Hidden Charms of Laos
 
Number of days: 8 days
Start City: Luang Prabang
End City: Vientiane
Departs: Daily

 


Day 1













Luang Prabang arrival and 1/2 day city tour
Our local guide will welcome you at Luang Prabang on arrival and then be transferred to the hotel. Room is at your disposal at 1.30 pm.
In the afternoon, Visit this city found on the left bank of the Mekong River. Previously a religious capital, Luang Prabang showcases more than 100 temples, considered amongst the most beautiful in Laos.  Discover Vat Xieng Thong or Temple of the Royal City - a vast collection of sacred buildings and the most beautiful temple in the city, and Vat Aham - located just beside Vat Visoun, framed by two large Banyan trees.   Next visit the Ethnological Center of Traditional Arts -  located in the heart of Luang Prabang, this museum is composed of two main parts. The first presents the different ethnic groups through an exhibition of traditional clothing and household tools with photographs and explanatory texts. The second is devoted to the explanation of the various traditional marriages and has a 20 minutes video. It is best to visit before going to meet the ethnic villages in Laos for a better understanding of their habits and customs.
Back to your hotel by late afternoon.
                   
 
Day 2










       
Luang Prabang Sightseeing
This morning, leave by tuk tuk to discover Luang Prabang. The sites include
Vat May - built at the end of the 18th century, a capped sanctuary featuring a five sided roof surmounted by three parasols, and The Royal Palace, which is today the National Museum. There are valuable collections of objects that belonged to the royal family and many statues found in the temples of the region, you will discover the Prabang Buddha of fine gold, considered the palladium of the Lao nation, which gave its name to the city.

In the afternoon, visit Kuang Sy Water fall. The road is bordered by villages and rice fields. Stop in some of these villages for sightseeing. Volunteers can swim in the clear waters of the waterfall, which are scattered in many basins.

Return in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.  In the evening, free at your leisure to discover the H'mong Night Market which is opened everyday from 5 pm – 10pm. (B)

 
Day 3
















Luang Prabang surrounding

Suggestion for early risers, we will set out to enjoy the sunrise at the crossroads in town around 06.00 when you will also see monks in saffron robes from Luang Prabang's many temples walking in long silent processions seeking for  offerings left to them by the faithful. Please respect them, watch them in silence and refrain from disturbing them.
In the morning, you will discover the Laos Traditional craft. You will bike to the handicraft village Ban Xang Khong well known as paper village. You can discover all creations made of paper, typically Lao, and watch the weavers worked on traditional looms. Lao silk, part wild silks, is defined by its method of manufacture exclusively hand-made. Stop at Artisans du Mekong exhibits the works of local artists and artisans. Then, an artisan in the village will welcome you reveal the secrets of Sa papermaking. During this workshop with the locals, you can create your own lantern by Sa paper. Have picnic lunch in the village.
In the afternoon, embark on a beautiful traditional-style cruising boat to cruise along the Mekong until reaching Pak Ou Cave. Visit these sacred caves – also known as Tham Ting by many locals, which shelter hundreds of Buddha statuettes. The caves offer a splendid view of the Mekong. Back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and free at your leisure. (B,L)

 
Day 4

Luang Prabang free day
Free day at leisure to explore peaceful town of Luang Prabang as you wish. Overnight at the hotel. (B)



Day 5



Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng
Transfer by road to Vang Vieng. The tortuous path can admire the magnificent mountain scenery. Arrival at Vang Vieng and transfer to the hotel to check in. Then, by canoes, you go down the river in the middle of a beautiful landscape of karst rocks reminiscent of Halong Bay in Vietnam land.
Overnight at the hotel. (B)

   
Day 6







Vang Vieng surrounding
In the morning
, transfer by car to Vang Vieng Ban Pha Thao, a Hmong village which is located about 15 km North of Vang Vieng, where you start your hike about 2 hours through rice fields with stops to visit 2 caves: Tham Tham Hoi and Xang. Continue your excursion to the village of Lao Loum who is located near the cave Tham Xang where vehicle waiting to take you into town.
In
the afternoon, you will make a bike trip to the Blue Lagoon (Blue Lagoon). You will pass through two villages, Ban and Ban Tai Nguen Nathong before joining the lagoon Nathong Ban Neua. We also offer the visits a village weaving Lao Loum and H 'mong, Nathong Tai. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. (B)

   
Day 7














Vang Vieng - Vientiane
This day starts with your visit Tham Chang cave before heading towards Vientiane . En route, visit the site of Vang Sang home a dozen high reliefs of Buddha dating from the 16th century. Stop in some villages according to the dates of the market.

Arrival in Vientiane at the beginning of the afternoon. After your installation, you will visit the city of Vientiane

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Vat Sisaket - which, in spite of the Siamese influence, presents an architecture all of its own. The largest temple in Vientiane, it is considered the most beautiful and its old 'Bangkok' style has indeed saved it from destruction.
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Vat Phra Keo - built in 1565 celebrates the Emerald Buddha it shelters. It was rebuilt identically in 1942. Located in a pretty garden, it shelters the Buddha under sloping, superb carved wood panels.
- That Luang Pha -
a cloister guarding a large stupa that was saved when the city was raided by the Siamese. Damaged by the Ho plunderers Ho in 1873, it was restored by the French in 1930. It has become the symbol of the nation, representing both Buddhism and Lao's sovereignty. This large relic is a masterpiece of Laotian architecture.And finally, you go through the Patuxai monument erected in memory of the victims of war.
Overnight at the hotel (B).

   
Day 8

Vientiane Departure
Free time until your transfer to Vientiane airport for your departure flight. (B)


 

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