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HIGHLIGHTS
. Vientiane
. That Luang Stupa
. Buddha Park
. Xieng Khouang
. Plain of jars
. Luang Prabang
. Phousi Hill
. Wat Xieng Thong
. National Museum
. Pakou Caves
. Ban Xanghai
LENGTH : 6 DAYS
GRADE :
ACTIVITY
essential laos
The colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards and Buddhist temples make Vientiane a charming town on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. The former royal capital of Luang Prabang never fails to enchant visitors with its abundance of temples, faded French architecture and its gentle friendly people. An additional highlight is the famous Plan of Jars in Xieng Khouang.
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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival - Vientiane
On arrival at Wattay Airport, you are met by our guide and transferred to hotel. The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, Vientiane is a small city conjuring up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. We start our half day city tour with Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues. Close to this masterwork is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We see these sites before we continue to Patouxai standing in Lane Xang Avenue. This imposing monument is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe and provides a stunning views of the city. We round off our day with a visit to the great sacred masterpiece and symbol of Laos, That Luang Stupa. O/N in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane - Xieng Khouang
The bustling central market in the heart of Vientiane, sells a wide away of local treasures. We see this famous trading center on a short walking tour before we head out to visit the giant Friendship Bridge and the impressive Buddha Park. This landmark represents a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on a parkland located by the Mekong River. By early afternoon we embark on a flight taking us over the mountainous region to Xieng Khouang. This remote province was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. On arrival we set off on a short drive to visit the "Plan of Jars" , an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most of archaeologists are still mystified about their purpose. O/N in Xieng Khouang. (B)

Day 3: Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang ( Overland)
Upon leaving Phonsavanh we set off on our drive along a zigzag route through the rugged and verdant landscape to Luang Prabang. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. We see very few other travellers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The journey is very long but we can make stops at our pleasure, to stretch the legs and visit some roadside villages. They are home of the Hmong people who are very poor but possess an interesting local culture and a colourful history. By mid afternoon we arrives in Luang Prabang and stroll around to catch our first glimpse of this town on a walking tour. The royal capital of the former Lane Xang Kingdom, Luang Prabang with its gleaming temple roofs, colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop, retains an unique charm rarely found in all Asia. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B)

Day 4: Luang Prabang
The exploration of this delightful town includes the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, which is overlooking the Mekong River. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes , doorways and marvellous tree life mosaic pattern on an outer wall, representing the ancient temple architecture of Luang Prabang. We follow it with the national museum. This interesting mansion displays a lovely collection of treasures and artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. There are also plenty to see in this town, some of which are the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the Srilankalese styled temple of That Marko, the shrine of Wat Aham and the five tiered roof Wat Mai. We visit these sites and embark on a walk up to Phousi Hill for a beautiful panorama view from the town center and the mighty Mekong River. There are 329 steps leading us on zigzag way past various temples to the sacred, gilded stupa of Wat Phousi at the summit. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B)

Day 5: Luang Prabang - Pakou Caves - Vientiane
Today we board a boat for a leisurely trip on the Mekong River, stopping en route at Ban Xang Hai to visit the distillation of potent local rice wine. Upon leaving this riverside village we wave our way through the stunning mountain landscape to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. They are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, all brought there by devout villagers. We explore these famous grottos and cruise back to Luang Prabang Town. On arrival we catch a short drive to Ban Phanom , a well known weaving village of the Tai Lue people who used to make royal silk weaving textiles for the Lao former royal family. The remainder of time is free for your own exploration before taking a flight back to Vientiane. An ideal way of spending your last evening in Laos is to relax in a café by the riverfront. O/N in Vientiane. (B,L)

Day 6: Vientiane - Departure
There is a free time for your own exploration of the city and catching up on some shopping areas. The trip ends after your transfer to Wattay Airport for departure. (B)

 
ESSENTIAL LAOS -  TARIFF FOR
(Price per person valid from 1 nov., 2007 to 31 oct., 2008 )
Group Size of Standard Class First Class Superior Class Deluxe Class
2 - 3 Pers. US$715 US$791 US$842 US$1,005
4 - 6 Pers. US$583 US$659 US$711 US$873
7 - 10 Pers. US$488 US$564 US$616 US$778
11 Pers. & up US$441 US$516 US$568 US$730
Single room sup. US$88/pers US$144/pers US$183/pers US$305/pers
Full board sup. US$80/pers US$88/pers US$98/pers US$107/pers
PRICE NOTES
+ The compulsory gala dinner on 24 Dec. and 31 Dec. and the surcharge for the peak season from 23 Dec. to 4 Jan. as well as the local holiday days from 12 to 18 April, may be applied depending on hotel conditions however you are advised to contact our sale team to get the full information if your trip falls into this period.

WHAT SPECIAL?
The above tour cost is available for private daily departure.  We also offer cheaper tour options with fixed departure date, you just click LAOS HOT DEALS to get all affordable offers for joined group tours or click CUSTOMIZED TRIP to build a holiday for your own interest and budget.
 
INCLUSIONS: Transportation in private air-conditioned vehicle with driver + Meal as mentioned: B = breakfast, L = Lunch, D = dinner + Accommodation: twin sharing room at mentioned hotels or similar one + English or French speaking guide + Entrance fee to indicated sights + Boat trip in Luang Prabang + Domestic flight Vientiane - Xieng Khouang , Luang Prabang - Vientiane
 
EXCLUSIONS: Other meals, tip, drinks, airport tax, single room supplement, personal expenses, travel insurance, visa, flight in / out of Laos, any optional additional tours or activities during free time, surcharge for peak season, local holiday days and gala dinner

LIST OF HOTELS USED ON THIS TRIP
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STANDARD CLASS FIRST CLASS SUPERIOR CLASS DELUXE CLASS
Vientiane
Inter City Hotel,Laos Orchid Hotel  or similar one Novotel Hotel,Don Chan Palace Hotel  or similar one Laos Plaza Hotel(Sup.room),Green Park Hotel(Del.room) or similar one Settha Palace Hotel(Del.room) or similar one
Xieng Khouang
Phouxang Hotelor similar one Phou Phadeng Hotel  or similar one Phou Phadeng Hotel  or similar one Phou Phadeng Hotel  or similar one
Luang Prabang
Manoluck Hotel(ROH),Haysoke Hotel  or similar one Muang Luang Hotel(ROH),Le Parasol Blanc Hotel(ROH),Phousi Hotel(Del.room) or similar one Grand Luang Prabang Hotel(Del.room),Villa Santi Resort(Del.room),Villa Santi Hotel(Del.room) or similar one Maison Souvanaphoum Hotel(Verandah room) or similar one
Hotel Notes
 

 

LAOS IS A DEVELOPPING COUNTRY WHOSE INFRASTRUCTURE MAY DIFFER FROM WHAT YOU EXPECT FROM YOUR HOME LAND. THE ROAD CONDITIONS ARE POOR AND THE ACCOMOODATION IS SIMPLE IN REMOTE AREAS.

THE ITINERARY IS CORRECTED AT THE TIME OF VIEWING. OCCASIONALLY, THE PROGRAMME CHANGES AS WE MAKE IMPROVEMENT STEMING FROM OUR PAST TRAVELLERS' COMMENTS AND OUR OWN RESEARCH OR DUE TO LOCAL CONDITIONS OR CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. THIS INCLUDES FESTIVAL, PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, WEATHER AND FLIGHT DELAY,.. THAT MAY EFFECT THE ITINERARY.

THE TRIP INCLUDES SOME MEALS AS MENTIONED AT THE ITINERARY HOWEVER OUR GUIDE WILL BE ON HAND TO ADVISE YOU AS FAR THE AVAILABLE RESTAURANTS WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY LOCAL FOOD AT YOUR OWN BUDGET. THE MEAL COST IS ALL DEPENDING ON YOUR CHOICE OF EATING PLACE. THE PACKAGE TOUR WITH FULL BOARD MEAL IS ARRANGED UPON REQUEST .

THE DRESS STANDARDS ARE CONSERVATIVE THROUGHOUT ASIA. LOOSE , LIGHTWEIGHT, LONG CLOTHING ARE ALL RESPECTFUL COOL IN ASIAN HOT CLIMATE. IN ADDITION TO YOUR ITEMS OF PERSONAL CLOTHING, WE SUGGEST YOU TO BRING TRAINER OR SNEAKER SHOES, TORCH/FLASH LIGHT, HAT, RAIN COAT FOR WET SEASON, SUN CREAM, SUNGLASSES, DAYPACK, TOILETRIES AND SMALL TOWER, INSECT REPELLENT.