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Classic Laos Tour – 8 days

Vientiane - Xieng Khoang - Luang Prabang
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Overview

Overview

Classic Laos Tour – 8 days / Discover Laos’ history, culture & nature
Discover the secrets of Laos with this classic tour to some of the most interesting places this rich country has to offer. Laos boasts vast history and culture, exceptional World Heritage sites as well as the magic Mekong and the beautiful town of Luang Prabang. Visit the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars, former Royal Palaces and stunning Temples. This tour is a wonderful opportunity to explore the beauties of this country in the warm heart of South-East-Asia.

Highlights

  • Luang Prabang World Heritage town
  • Nature explorer in Luang Prabang
  • Mekong river cruise and Buddhism – Pak Ou caves
  • Visit spend 1 night at ECC and discover the Center and elephants
  • Overland to the plateau of Xieng Khouang
  • The plain of jars and its history
  • Vientiane city explorer
  • Temples, monasteries and colonial history

Tour Itinerary

Pickup at the airport. Transfer to the hotel for checkin. Enjoy free time to relax after long flight.

Meal: n/a
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

In the morning time, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra
Keo from the early time of Lane Xang Kingdom until 18th century, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha, That Luang serves as the main and symbolic stupa in Laos. It’s also our national symbol and recognizable throughout the world, gathering place for national Buddhism ceremony. It’s also the biggest stupa in Laos; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane.
We have a lunch stop at a local restaurant.

Classic Laos Tour
Buddha Park

In the afternoon, we continue the sigthseeing tour to Carol Cassidy, a Gallery weaving Lao textiles and natural dye making process from A-Z; Buddha Park on the Mekong of which Buddha statues in modern style shapes. One of them is the largest Recling Buddha in Laos. They were built by a Lao man in order to teach following generations about religions worldwide after his study in India. A larger park was built in Nong Khai, Thailand and his body has been kept there.
We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon.
Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

Free in the morning to explore Vientiane.

At noon, pickup for early afternoon flight to Xieng Khouang. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Free to relax.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khouang

After breakfast at hotel we drive over the plains to visit the Plain of Jars site 1 before continuing to drive to the Plain of Jars 2. Here we have time to find out more about the still unclear history of the stone Jars here which dated back to about 2000 years ago.

Classic Laos Tour
Plain of Jars

In the afternoon, we drive about 1 hour to visit Muang Khoun, the old capital of Xieng Khouang where we will see some ruins left over from the war.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

After breakfast, private transfer to Luang Prabang (no guide).
The long journey takes about 8 hours and we can make some stops at villages to observe the rural life of local people, including ethnic minorities such as the Hmong people.

Classic Laos Tour
Luang Prabang Town

Arrival in Luang Prabang, and check into your hotel.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

This morning we visit the former Royal Palace and the National Museum (closed on Tuesday and Sunday afternoon) and the famous Wat Xieng Thong Temple, the city’s most magnificent temple on the bank of the Mekong.

Classic Laos Tour
Pak Ou Cave

Then, we catch a traditional long boat trip up the Mekong River to visit the famous Pak Ou cave. The upper section of the cave is part of a limestone cave staffed with Buddha images of all styles and sizes. En route, we will also visit Ban Muangkeo, a village known for making Lao traditional rice whisky and Ban Xang Khong, known for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings and natural dyes. In the evening we suggest you trying some of the excellent Laos food prepared by local restaurants, ask your guide for a nice place to go.

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

We depart from Luang Prabang by minivan and drive to an ethnic Khmu village where we will start our adventure. We start by trekking to a nearby Hmong village. You will be able to learn about the lifestyles of Khmu and Hmong people, these two culturally very different minorities and see how, despite their differences, they work together on a daily basis and even share the same school.

Luang Prabang Nature Explorer
Kuang Si waterfall

As we continue onwards the trail leads through rice paddies and vegetable fields before reaching the mountainous forest. Along the way we explore a cave which was used as a bomb shelter by the local villagers during the second Indochina War.
After visiting the cave we continue trekking to one of the many springs which feeds Kuang Si waterfalls, where we can see a beautiful pool full of sacred fish. After descending from the top of the waterfall we enjoy a Lao style lunch amongst some beautiful settings!

Luang Prabang Nature Explorer
A local villager

After lunch we will relax by the waterfall with plenty of time for swimming and taking pictures of the magnificent falls and the turquoise pools.
Before leaving Kuang Si Waterfalls we will pass through a rescue and refuge centre for bears saved from the illegal wildlife trade. On our way back to Luang Prabang we will also have the opportunity to visit Lao’s only buffalo dairy and try some of their buffalo cheese. We will then drive back to Luang Prabang. Arrive the hotel in late afternoon.

Meal: Breakfast/Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

Free and easy to explore Luang Prabang till airport transfer for departure flight. Trip ends.

Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: n/a

Important Note*

  • PROGRAMS & SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE
  • The itinerary can be customized basing on your interests (you can extend your stay at each location, add/remove activities)

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Note*:

  • The price would vary depending on the group size, grade of hotel. Please contact us or book the tour for price in details.
  • Surcharge will be applied for single traveler or single room request

Booking Policy

Price Includes

  • Vientiane – Xieng Khouang flight
  • Overnights in selected hotels or similar
  • Bunagalow at ECC
  • All in-tour stationed local English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary
  • Excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Private transfers as mentioned by private air-conditioned vehicles (including pick up & see off)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Price excludes

  • Meals and services other than those noted in the itinerary
  • Visa stamping fee
  • International flights pre/post tour
  • Laundry, telephone calls, and personal expenditures
  • Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters, boat crew, and personal, non-itinerary services

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before arrival date: 15% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 30 days to 59 days prior arrival date: 25% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 29 days prior arrival date: 50% of total rate
  • Cancellation received from 7 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 70% of total rate
  • Cancellation received less than 7 days prior arrival date or No show: 100% of total rate

Children Policy

  • For infant (<02 years old): 15% adult rate  (including flight tickets)
  • 02 – 10 years old without bed: 50% adult rate
  • 02 – 10 years old with extra bed: 75% adult rate
  • 02 – 10 years old in twin share: 90% adult rate
  • from 11 years old: 100% adult rate


Note*: The rate for children applicable for one child sharing a twin or double room with two adults

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5 star ratingGood honest service, great trekking experience We had booked and paid for a day of trekking ending at Kuang Si Waterfall, and another day of kayaking. The first day was amazing with a moderate half day walk ending up at the waterfall which was a great... read more

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5 star ratingUne trek au top Nous avons opté pour indochinatreks pour notre trek de 2 jours et nous n'avons pas été déçues ! Le guide, Jai, au delà d être très sympathique, parlait extrêmement bien anglais. Ceci a permis d'avoir de véritables échange et de... read more

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5 star ratingExcellent professional and reliable tour company Just returned from 16 day Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos tour with this company. Excellent prompt attention, excellent hotes, transfers, guides. Not one slip or problem. Anna was very conscientious and always attentive an trying to answer our needs. Would recommend this company.

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5 star ratingExcellent professional and reliable tour company Just returned from 16 day Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos tour with this company. Excellent prompt attention, excellent hotes, transfers, guides. Not one slip or problem. Anna was very conscientious and always attentive an trying to answer our needs. Would recommend this company.

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5 star ratingVietnam, Cambodia, Laos Anna did a great job organizing our complete trip. 3 week private tour, excellent value. Three airfares included and wonderful accommodation.

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