Laos Discovery - 8 Days
Tour Code: Laos-L-8D7N-1
Discover the hidden charm of the capical Vientiane and drive up north to the tribes, limestone town in Vang Vieng, also visit the stone Jars town in Plain of Jars, drive pass beautiful scenery of the mountain, arrive to Luang Prabang, exploring the world heritage town.
Start ~ Vientiane, Laos
Finish ~ Luang Prabang, Laos
Physical rating: 3 out of 5
“Welcome to Laos” at the airport (Vientiane – Wattay International Airport) by your tour guide and your EMH tours’ transfer team. We then transfer you to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Meal is not included on this day.
After Breakfast at the hotel, discover the charms of Vientiane, the capital and largest city of Laos on the banks 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
After Breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Vang Vieng. The driving time is around 3 – 4 hours. Enroute stop at Nam Ngum Dam. There, we will take an hour boat ride to explore islands around this massive scenic dam.
Next, enjoy lunch at the local restaurant (cost is at your own expense) before continuing to Vang Vieng. Upon arrival in Vang Vieng, check-in your hotel, enjoy your own time and free to explore the town. Sitting on the banks of the Song river, surrounded by green rice fields and rising dramatic limestone mountains above the luscious paddy fields, Vang Vieng is one of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful adventure destinations.
After breakfast at the hotel, head out of Vang Vieng to Xieng Khouang province, driving 5-6 hours through the wonderful natural scenery.
Enroute stops at Phou Khoun Observation Site for a panoramic view, Tham Pha Cave (Tham Pha karst limestone cave was only discovered in April 2004 by a local farmer who upon entering it found a treasure trove of 229 Buddha statues, estimated to be over 450 years old), and Nong Tang Lake with limestone outcrops in the background for the photo opportunities.
Continue to Phonsavan town which is the capital of Xieng Khouang province. Upon arrival in Phosavan, check-in your hotel and enjoy your own time.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will start our tour to the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau.
We will visit the Plain of Jars sites I and II, which are 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.
If we have time, we will drive to Muang Khoun, the former royal capital of Xieng Khouang province, to visit Wat Phia Wat temple, That Foun Stupa and That Chomphet Stupa.
After breakfast at the hotel, start our journey to Luang Prabang, distance: 260km/ 6 – 7 hours drive. The drive will take us over the beautiful scenery of the mountainous region. On the way, visit varied Hmong and varied hill tribe minority villages along the road. Continue driving uphill to Luang Prabang and enjoy mountain splendid natural scenery, forest and landscape.
Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, check-in your hotel, enjoy your own time and free to explore the town. The small town of Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos and has one of the most beautiful settings in south-east Asia. Sandwiched between the Mekong and the Nam Khan River, Luang Prabang is oh so pretty and ever so romantic! This old French colonial town became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 and nowadays it’s very popular with visitors to Laos.
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the nearby Morning Market, which is popular for fresh vegetables, fish from the Mekong River, medicinal plants and other curiosity.
Then, take a short walk to –
- Wat Mai Suwannaphumaram Monastery – built in late 18th century founded by King Anurat (r. 1795-1817) in 1796 and restored in 1821 by the King Manthatourat.
- Royal Palace Museum known as Haw Kham, the Golden Hall – built between 1904-1909 blend of Laotian and French Beaux Arts architecture. The new official royal residence for the monarchs of Luang Prabang and converted into a Museum in 1976.
Next, we will drive along the Mekong River to Wat Wisunalat – built during the reign of King Wisunarat (1501-1520) and represents the earliest style referred to as Luang Prabang Style of Lao temple architecture. It was rebuilt between 1896 and 1898 and during the reign of King Sakkarin Kamsuk.
We then continue to Heuan Chan Heritage Luang Prabang for a short activity and learn how to make Banana Leaf and Flower.
After that, we will travel along the Nam Khan River to Wat Xieng Thong, one of the most important of Lao monasteries and remains a significant monument to the spirit of religion, royalty and traditional art.
Next stop is Mount Phousi, rising 100m up from the peninsula that straddles the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers, Mount Phousi is the boss when it comes to the Luang Prabang skyline. Tour will end when we arrive back in our hotel.
Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight. Then, transfer you to the Luang Prabang Airport according to your flight departure time.
~ 7 nights accommodation based on twin/double shared
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels
~ transportation by Private air-conditioned vehicle
~ service of English speaking chauffeur guide
~ city tours & sightseeing as described in program
~ entrance fees for mentioned visits
~ Laos government tax
~ mineral water bottles
~ return airport transfers
~ enjoy exploring Laos as per itinerary
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