Explore Laos in Short Time - 5 Days
Tour Code: Laos-DF-5D4N-1
This tour will introduce you to Laos’s heritage. It begins with Vientiane, the capital of Laos, to the more distant past in Xiengkhouang’s Plain of Jars, to Luang Prabang and wonder at the pomp and splendour of the temples in the former royal capital. Travel by boat on the great Mekong River and glimpse the unchanged lifestyle of the ethnic minority groups.
Start ~ Vientiane, Laos
Finish ~ Luang Prabang, Laos
Physical rating: 2 out of 5
“Welcome to Laos” at the airport by your tour guide and your EMH tours’ transfer team. We then transfer you to the hotel.
After having some time for refreshment at the hotel, we will take a short sightseeing trip in Vientiane which is largest city and capital of Laos and which lies on the left bank of the Mekong River.
The highlights of the tour are:
- religious museum, Wat Si Saket
- Wat Ho Phra Keo, one of the most unique characteristics and former home of the Emerald Buddha
- Pha That Luang, a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the centre of the city
- Patuxai is a massive war monument and triumphal arch in the center of Vientiane
Meals: Meal is not included on this day.
You will have morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Wattay Airport for an afternoon flight to Xiengkhouang (Plain of Jars).
Upon arrival, meet your guide, then drive to the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and visit the nearby villages to experience the local life of Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people.
Finally, you will be transferred to the hotel.
After breakfast, we will start our tour with a visit to Phonavanh Market to witness the daily life of local people before drive to the Plain of Jars site 1, which is the biggest sites. The Plain of Jars has all the ingredients to stir the imagination. Shrouded in mystery and myth, and laced with intrigue and tragedy, this is a bizarre collection of ancient cylinders scattered in their hundreds across the war-scarred countryside of northern Laos’s Xiengkhuang province. We then continue to site 2.
Next, we will drive to Luang Prabang. The driving time is around 7 hours. On the way, we will visit 200 years old Buddha images in Thampra.
The drive will take you through scenic beauty of mountain regions to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, check in at your hotel. You can explore Street Night Market at your own evening at leisure.
After breakfast, we will drive to the pier to enjoy a cruise along the Mekong River. Take in the picturesque scenery as the boat whizzes past verdant jungle and dramatic limestone cliff. At the confluence of the Mekong and Ou River, disembark the longtail boat and climb up several steps until reaching an opening in the limestone cliff face. One of Laos’ most respected religious sites, Pak Ou caves crammed with several thousand Buddha statues, varying in size and poses, which have been left behind by Buddhist devotees.
Next stop is a village of Ban Xanghai, which is famous for its local rice wine.
We then travel to beautiful Kuang Si waterfall where you can relax, swim or take a short stroll up to the top of the falls.
Finally, we will return to our hotel. On the way, we make a short visit to the Black Hmong village where ancient people originate from the mountain regions of China, Vietnam, Thailand and of course Laos.
After breakfast, you will visit highlights of Luang Prabang such as National Museum, Wat Mai, Wat Xienghtong, and impressive stupa of Wat Visoun. Then, transfer to Luang Prabang airport for departure.
~ 4 nights accommodation: Standard Option (3 Star Hotels) or Premium Option (4 Star Hotels)
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels
~ internal flight from Vientiane to Xiengkhouang
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ sightseeing tours by air-conditioned private vehicles
~ private boat to explore Pak Ou Caves
~ entrance fees for the sights described
~ return airport transfers
~ enjoy exploring Laos as per itinerary
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