Day 1: Arrival - Vientiane (L/D)Upon arrival at Vientiane city of the moon.An ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong River as the largest city and the capital of Laos. Meet by our representative and transfer to hotel for check-in. After Lunch, sightseeing tour of Vientiane, 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; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, 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; 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. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 2: Vientiane-Nam Ngum Lake-Vang Vieng (B/L/D)After breakfast, proceed to Nam Ngum Lake with hundreds of small islands. Enroute, stop to visit Lao typical villages to see rural life, including a cottage salt factory at Ban Bor village. Arrive Nam Ngum Lake by noon. After lunch, take a boat ride for 1 hr for relaxing and panoramic view around small islands. Continue to drive about 2 hrs into the central highlands to Vang Vieng and catch the sunset over the mountains. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 3: Vang Vieng-Luang Prabang (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel. Visit Tham Chang, one of the biggest and beautiful cave in Vangvieng. Continue drive about 5-6 hrs to Luang Prabang. The ancient first capital of Lane Xang Kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and one of the world heritage city. A long the way, photo-stops can be made for beautiful scenery with mountain range and also to see rural life of various ethnic groups at small villages. Arrive Luang Prabang and transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 4: Luang Prabang-Pak Ou-Luang Prabang (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple which more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture and take a boat trip about a few hours upstream on the Mekong River to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for the thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps.Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao to be distilled. Arrive back at Luang Prabang in late afternoon and climb Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi Hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang. Dinner at local restaurant .
Day 5: Luang Prabang-Vientiane (B/L/D)Breakfast at hotel. Visit to the National Musuem, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gift received from foreign dignitaries…etc. In afternoon, transfer to Wattay airport for departure to Vientiane. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Dinner at local restaurant.
Day 6: Departure - Vientiane (B)Bid farewell to Vientiane today. After breakfast transfer to airport for departure flight and bringing with you sweet memories of an enjoyable holidays with us.
** Per Person rates in USD
|3 Star Hotel||Book||3*||1522||887||783||T.B.A||138|
|4 Star Hotel||Book||4*||1722||984||810||T.B.A||232|
|5 Star Hotel||Book||5*||2036||1141||967||T.B.A||375|
3 Star - Kham Pian Hotel or Similar
4 Star - Mercure Hotel or Vientiane Plaza Hotel or City Inn Hotel or Sabaideeat Lao Hotel
5 Star - Lao Plaza (Regular Floor Room) or Donchan Palace Hotel (Classic Room)
DANSAVAN - Dansavan Resort
VANG VIENG - Elephant Crossing or Thavonsouck
3 Star - New Daraphet Hotel or Villa Muang Lao
4 Star - Villa Santi & Santi Resort
5 Star - Villa Santi & Santi Resort
Term & Conditions
Rates are applicable to minimum of 2 persons, unless specified. Valid to ALL Markets.
Validity Period: until 30 Sept 2014
Not included in the package: Visa stamping fee on arrival, International air tickets to/from Laos, Domestic air-ticket as stated only (The Supplement for airfare LPQ - VTE approximately 115USD per person **subject to change depending on the exchange rate) Travel Insurance in all kinds, Lunch or dinner unless where stated, Single room (quoted separately), Other foreign language guide, Tip, drinks and other personal expenses and Tip for guide & driver.
Rates are still subject to change. Subject to availability at the time of booking.
Other terms and conditions apply.
Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic, is a landlocked country in Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, and Thailand to the west. Its population was estimated to be around 6.5 million in 2012. A third of the country's population lives below the international poverty line which means living on less than USD1.25 per day. In 2013, Laos ranked the 138th place (tied with Cambodia) on the Human Development Index (HDI), indicating that Laos currently only has medium to low development.
Laos traces its history to the kingdom of Lan Xang, which existed from the 14th to the 18th century when it split into three separate kingdoms. In 1893, it became a French protectorate, with the three kingdoms, Luang Phrabang, Vientiane and Champasak, uniting to form what is now known as Laos. It briefly gained independence in 1945 after Japanese occupation, but returned to French rule until it was granted autonomy in 1949. Laos became independent in 1953, with a constitutional monarchy under Sisavang Vong. Shortly after independence, a long civil war ended the monarchy, when the Communist Pathet Lao movement came to power in 1975.
Vientiane is the capital and largest city of Laos, situated on the Mekong River near the border with Thailand. Vientiane became the capital in 1563 due to fears of a Burmese invasion. Vientiane was the administrative capital during French rule and, due to economic growth in recent times, is now the economic center of Laos.
Vientiane features a tropical wet and dry climate with a distinct monsoon season and a dry season. Vientiane's dry season spans from November through March. April marks the onset of the monsoon which in Vientiane lasts about seven months. Vientiane tends to be hot and humid throughout the course of the year, though temperatures in the city tend to be somewhat cooler during the dry season than the wet season. (Source: Wikipedia)