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Discover
one of Asia's hidden gems. Laos is an enchanting country that remains largely unspoilt. Laos is not a place you simply visit, it is a country you feel and experience and this tour will provide a great insight into the culture of this gentle land.  Experience the genuine hospitality and friendliness of Lao people while you fall under the charm of Luang Prabang and Vientiane.

 
Secrets of Laos
 Holiday Length: 8 days
 Start City: Vientiane
 End City: Luang Prabang
 Dates: departs Daily

 Select & Mix Private Holiday



Day 1
  Vientiane
    Welcome to Laos. Meet, assist and transfer to your hotel.
     
Day 2
  Vientiane (BL)
    Spend the day exploring the capital of Laos. Visit Wat Si Saket and the golden Pha That Louang, a masterpiece of Laotian architecture. See also Wat Phra Keo with its superb carved wood panels and Patuxay, a smaller Asian version of the Arc de Triomphe. Later, soak in the atmosphere on the banks of the Mekong at sunset.
Select & Mix option
s:
    + Visit the Cope non-profit rehab centre for unexploded devices in Laos
+ Designer Carol Cassidy's Lao Textiles workshop, studio and gallery
+ Sunset foodie tour
+ Evening cooking class at a local's house

     
Day 3
 

Vang Vieng - Buddha Park - Phonsavanh (B)

    This morning depart to Buddha Park - an unusual and peaceful garden filled with over 200 eccentric Buddhist and Hindu statues.  Later fly to Xieng Khuang, known locally as Phonsavan.

 
Day 4
  Plain of Jars - Phonsavanh (BL)
    Today explore one of the most mysterious areas in the world - the Plain of Jars. This huge archaeological complex is dotted with hundreds of ancient stone 'jars' whose true origins are still undiscovered.  Today you will travel through many local villages and visit various pagodas including the Giant Buddha of Muang Khoun.

 
Day 5
 

Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang (BL)

    Morning visit to the local market where tribes of Thai Dam, H'mong and Phuan minorities sell their products each morning. Then drive to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang, stopping en route to visit villages and meet local people.
Select & Mix options:
    + Myths and Folklore - a theatrical performance of Lao legends
+ Join locals for a game of Petanque followed by a BBQ dinner
     
Day 6
 

Luang Prabang and Pak Ou Caves (B)

    Spend the morning exploring Luang Prabang.  Venture through the corridors of historical relics housed at the former Royal Palace.  Continue through the streets of downtown Luang Prabang and discover many temples and hidden treasures.  In the afternoon embark on a cruise to Pak Ou Caves - a cavernous limestone structure sheltering hundreds of Buddha statuettes.
Select & Mix options:
    + Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre
+ Explore Luang Prabang by Bike

     
Day 7
 

Luang Prabang and Kuang Si Waterfalls (B)

    This morning set off to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfalls.  The tranquil turquoise pools which collect at the base of the falls are the perfect spot for a relaxing swim.  This afternoon visit the Free The Bears Sanctuary and Kuang Si Butterfly Park.
Select & Mix options:
    + Baci Ceremony at a local house
+ Living Land Experience - community based tourism project and experience a typical day for a Lao farmer
+ Picnic breakfast at Kuang Si Waterfalls
+ Mindfulness in the Garden - medication, yoga and reiki at Pha Tad Ke Botanical Gardens

     
Day 8
  Luang Prabang departure
    Departure transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
     


INCLUSIONS:



  • Private air conditioned transfers and transportation
• Accommodation in your choice of tourist, moderate first class or deluxe hotels
• Professional private English speaking local guides
• Private sightseeing, activities, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary
• Select & Mix: your choice of 3 options (included in the price)

Pick any 3 of these experiences to personalise your holiday (included at no extra cost)

 

 

 

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