The best of Laos

8 days / 7 nights
Destinations: Luang Prabang - Vientiane - Pakse - The 4000 Islands

Day 1: Luang Prabang
You will arrive at Luang Prabang, a sacred place, dotted with golden temples and populated by monks dressed in saffron robes. The city is located in a mountainous area on the Mekong River, and its religious monuments offer many opportunities to delight your eyes. You can spend the afternoon discovering the site on your own, at the relaxed pace of the Laotians. Then, for an hour, you will take a guided tour of the lively night market, open every day when the sun goes down until 10 o'clock at night. Walking, you will find dishes for dinner, crafts ... and the famous T-shirts of Lao beer.

Day 2: Luang Prabang (breakfast, lunch)
Cruise on the orange waters of the Mekong to access the caves of Pak Ou, which became a Buddhist sanctuary. For several centuries, devotees go there to pray and promise good deeds, leaving Buddha statues that pile up in the galleries. Later you will go downstream to the village of Ban Xang and discover a textile factory with old wooden looms.

Day 3: Luang Prabang (breakfast, lunch)
You will get up early, with the sound of the gong of the temples, if you want to attend the mystic procession of Luang Prabang. About 300 monks walk quietly down the street to collect glutinous rice and other meals with bronze vessels. Watch them disappear down the track and forming a long ribbon of saffron. You will not regret having been an early riser. Later in the day, you can swim in the amazing waterfalls of Kuang Si. The waters fall along dozens of meters in natural pools, turquoise and cool, located on several levels of calcified stones.

Day 4: Luang Prabang - Vientiane (breakfast)
You will fly to the capital that should be the quietest in Asia. On a whirlwind tour, you will first visit the Wat Sisaket, the oldest surviving monastery in Vientiane, with its thousands of Buddha statues. Then stop at Hor Pha Ke, a museum whose history was hectic, and then discover Pha That Luang. After this national symbol, with its golden stupa, you will also see the Patouxai, an arch of triumph inherited from colonial France.

Day 5: Vientiane - Pakse (breakfast)
You will fly to Pakse, the largest sleepy city in the province of Champassak. Begin your visit with an easy walk through coffee plantations, villages and a forest, heading to the plains of the Bolaven Plateau. You will see waterfalls and ruins of ancient temples, and enjoy a refreshing climate, which is rare in Southeast Asia.

Day 6: Pakse - The 4000 Islands (breakfast, lunch)
You will travel to the Wat Phu ruins complex, whose temples date back several centuries before the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Then ride on an elephant to tour the archaeological site of Phu Asa and take a look at even more ancient remains. You will then board a ferry to Khong Island in the Mekong, the gateway to the archipelago of the 4000 islands.

Day 7: The 4000 islands (breakfast, lunch)
Sail in the middle of scattered islets along this tropical paradise, to access the waterfalls of Khone Phapeng and Li Phi, the largest in Asia. If you are lucky, you can see some pink dolphins, from the rare and discrete Irrawaddy species, whose home is the 4000 islands.

Day 8: The 4000 islands - Pakse (breakfast)
You will return further north to Pakse, where he will take your next flight.

HIGHLIGHT:

  • The peaceful atmosphere of Luang Prabang, with its world cultural heritage sites.
  • The sacred caves of Pak Ou and the village of weavers accessed by boat.
  • The procession of monks dressed in saffron robes, collecting alms at dawn.
  • The fog in one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Asia, the Kuang Si Falls.
  • The walk through the sleepy Vientiane, with its historical and religious monuments.
  • Hiking on the Bolaven plateau, Pakse, surrounded by incredible natural beauties.
  • The Khmer temples of Wat Phu and the mysterious ruins visited by riding an elephant.
  • The cruise through the 4000 islands and the largest waterfalls in Asia.

Tour Include

  • Accommodations carefully selected, including breakfast.
  • Other meals indicated in the program.
  • Local Spanish-speaking or English-speaking guide with experience.
  • Tours mentioned and transfers in private vehicle with air conditioning.
  • Cruises and scheduled trips.
  • All internal flights (in economy class).
  • Admission expenses to the sites included in the circuit.

Tour Exclude

  • All travel insurance 
  • All services not mentioned above 
  • Tipping and personal expenses

 

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