Laos from North to South - 10 Days
Tour Code: Laos-DF-10D9N-1
This tour is the best way to reveal the myth and secret of Laos from the iconic Luang Prabang to the Plain of Jars, to the capital city – Vientiane, and to lesser known Southern Laos area – 4000 islands where Mekong Delta fall from the sky.
Start ~ Luang Prabang, Laos
Finish ~ Pakse, 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 hotel,
you will visit the highlights of this ancient capital as follows:
- Wat Visoun – originally built during the reign of King Wisunarat (or Vixoun, 1501-1520) in 1513 (some suggest 1512) and represents the earliest style.
- Wat Mai – the largest and most richly decorated of the temples in Luang Prabang
- Mount Phousi to climb up and watch the sunset over the Mekong river.
Meals: Meal is not included on this day.
In the morning, we will drive to the pier to enjoy a cruise trip along the Mekong River.
First stop is at a village of Ban Xanghai, which is famous for its local rice wine.
Then, 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.
On the way back to the hotel, we will stop at Ban Xang Khong Village. This village has specialised for many years in manufacturing and selling products made from silk and Saa Paper.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to the Living Land, a community enterprise five kilometres from Luang Prabang town. At the Living Land, travellers can learn how to grow rice and try their hand at every one of the 14 laborious steps to go from a single grain to the dinner table. By the end of the half-day Rice Experience programme, you’ll be dirty, sweaty and have a profound appreciation for the work that goes into producing rice. We will then visit organic farm.
Next, drive 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 at the hotel around 8:00am, we will drive to Xiengkhouang, which is one of the main maize producing areas of Laos and which was heavily bombed during the Vietnam War era. The driving time is around 7 hours.
When we arrive, we will visit 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.
Finally, we will visit the MAG (Mines Advisory Group) and the UXO Survivor Information Centre and learn about the history of the bombing at Laos.
We then continue to Muang Khoun province; was once the royal seat of the minor kingdom Xieng Khuang, renowned in the sixteenth century for its 62 opulent stupas, whose sides were said to be covered in treasure. Years of bloody invasions by Thai and Vietnamese soldiers, pillaging by Chinese bandits in the nineteenth century and a monsoon of bombs that lasted nearly a decade during the Second Indochina War taxed this town so heavily that, by the time the air raids stopped, next to nothing was left of the kingdom’s exquisite temples. The town was all but abandoned, and centuries of history were drawn to a close.
You will have the opportunity to visit nearby villages, where home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people to learn and experience the rural life.
Next, you will be transferred to the airport to fly to Vientiane. Upon your arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the evening is your own leisure.
After Breakfast at the hotel, we will start our sightseeing tour.
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
- Patuxai is a massive war monument and triumphal arch in the center of Vientiane
- Buddha Park – is a sculpture park located 25 km southeast from Vientiane, Laos in a meadow by the Mekong River. Although it is not a temple, the park may be referred to as Wat Xieng Khuan, since it contains numerous religious images.
- Laos – Thai Friendship bridge for photo opportunity
In the morning around 6:00am, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Pakse. Once arrive, we will drive to Tad Fane waterfall via Tateng. This drive will take you in a wonderful scenery as it pass through the farms such as coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas and much more. If time allows, we will stop at one of the farms to wonder around. This trip will give us a glimpse of the way of life on the Boloven Plateau.
Upon arrival at Tad Fane water, enjoy your time; this is a beautiful area to spend time the view of the water fall is magnificent. The falls appear from a heavily forested area on the opposite hill. If time allows, we will visit nearby villages. Finally, we will drive back to Pakse.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will start to explore 4000 islands region by heading to Khone island region. We will visit pre-Angkorian ruins of WatPhu; the area itself is a sight to see and it was made a UNESCO world heritage site. As you climb further up the steps towards the sacred fountain the views of the Mekong and surrounding mountains is incredible. We will continue explore this 4000 islands region. We will stay overnight in Khong island.
After breakfast, we will take a long tail boat to Don Khone area. When we arrive at Khone island, we will visit the Liphi waterfall, also called Somphamit Waterfall, is one of the highlights of the 4,000 Islands. These impressive with their speed and the sound of water falling on the rocks will leave an unforgettable memory. Near the many views of the falls, you can access to a small beach for a refreshing swim.
We will then return to the mainland to visit fishing village, Ban Nakasang, before continue to Khonephapheng Waterfall is the great sight seeing in Laos, The waterfall is the biggest waterfall in southeast Asian, People call the Niagara of Asian. Finally, return to Pakse. The rest of the evening is your own relaxing time.
Breakfast and free time until time to go to the airport for departure flight. Then, transfer you to Pakse Airport according to your flight departure time.
~ 9 nights accommodation: Standard Option (3 Star Hotels) or Premium Option (4 Star Hotels)
~ enjoy daily breakfast at hotels
~ 2 internal flights
~ professional English speaking tour guides
~ sightseeing tours by air-conditioned private vehicles
~ private boat to explore Pak Ou Caves
~ private boat to explore 4000 islands region as per itinerary
~ entrance fees for the sights described
~ return airport transfers
~ enjoy exploring Laos as per itinerary
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