The essentials of Laos

7 days / 6 nights

Destinations: Luang Prabang - Plain of Jars - Xieng Khuang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Day 1: Luang Prabang (breakfast)
You will take a guided tour of this historical and religious city, stopping first at Wat Xieng Thong, the temple whose roofs fall almost touching the ground. You will also discover Phousi Hill, in the heart of the city located on the banks of the Mekong, and if you dare, climb its 350 steps to enjoy beautiful views over the river and miles of landscapes in all directions. Next to the pagoda Phousi, at the summit, you will notice some remnants of the Indochina war, they are pieces of air defense artillery. Then you will have a dinner in a nice restaurant that proposes Laotian dishes.

Day 2: Pak Ou - Ethnic villages - Ban Xang Khong - Kuang Si (breakfast, lunch)
Cross the Mekong to access the sacred caves of Pak Ou, through a light fog, and discover its thousands of Buddha images. They are of all sizes and were deposited by the local population for several centuries. You will board a typical boat later, to sail upstream towards villages of the Hmong and Lao Thung tribes. You will return to Luang Prabang next, stopping in villages whose inhabitants produce rice wine and traditional pottery. In the afternoon, visit the town of Ban Xang Khong where Laotian textiles are still woven with old wooden looms. The tour will continue at the Kuang Si waterfall.

Day 3: Luang Prabang - Xieng Khouang (breakfast, lunch)
The circuit will continue in Luang Prabang, visiting the Wat Visoun temple and its impressive stupa Thad Makmo. Then you will go to visit Wat Mai, built in 1796; the five-level ceiling of its wooden "sim" (chapel) perfectly embodies the graceful architectural style of the Mekong city. After lunch, you will be driven around six hours to go to Xieng Khouang, through picturesque landscapes.

Day 4: Plain of Jars (breakfast, lunch)
You will visit the mysterious site dotted with huge pots, from sunrise to noon. Little is known about these giant urns, because archaeologists have only recently been able to initiate their investigations. In the 1930s, a French scientist did preliminary work revealing that the jars were probably used for funerary purposes. Its constitution remains an enigma, with theories suggesting that they are made of sand and buffalo skins heated in a furnace.

Day 5: Xieng Khouang - Vang Vieng (breakfast, lunch)
You will be driven to the ancient capital Muang Khun, now the main city of the province of Xieng Khouang, to discover the Wat Piawat and the That Foun stupa. Then you will go to Phonsavanh for lunch and continue your trip to Vang Vieng. For six to seven hours, you will cross virgin and protected landscapes, stopping at villages of the Mon-Khmer and Hmong tribes. Then spend a relaxing night on the banks of the Namsong River and watch the sun set over the rugged limestone mountains.

Day 6: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (breakfast, lunch)
You will explore Vang Vieng, including the caves of Tham Chang and Tham Xang. Then you will visit the surrounding villages and be driven to Vientiane later in the day.

Day 7: Vientiane (breakfast)
You will spend the morning at your whim in the capital, before taking your next flight.

HIGHLIGHT:

  • The serene environment of Luang Prabang, with its world cultural heritage sites.
  • The sacred caves of Pak Ou and the village of weavers accessed by sailing.
  • The procession of monks dressed in saffron robes, collecting alms at dawn.
  • The archaeological mystery of the famous Plain of the Jars.
  • The panoramic and breathtaking mountain scenery in Vang Vieng.
  • The meeting with the villagers of the Mon-Khmer and Hmong tribes, picturesquely dressed.
  • Caves and remote villages during a march around Vang Vieng.

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.
  • 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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