LAOS ON A GLANCE

Code: LA-CL-LG4 Duration: 4 days Theme: Classic Tour & Family Tour

The package is part of our [Laos Classic Tours], suitable for the one who has short time, but still looking for the best of the 02 main cities of Laos: Vientiane – the capital city, and Luang Prabang, the former capital of Lanexang Kingdom. The tour starts in Vientiane with the visit to its serene pagodas, and some national icons. We will have time to visit the famous Buddha park before continuing our Lao travel in Luang Prabang. In Luang Prabang, we will also visit the 02 most famous site of Pak Ou caves, and Kuang Si waterfalls. The highlight is the cruise along the mighty Mekong river, which is called the mother of all water in Laos. All this promises to give you the images of Laos on a glance

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit the serene temple, and national icons in Vientiane, the least developed capital city in Asia
  • Admiring the beauties of Buddha park, the intriguing collection of plenty of Buddha images
  • Cruising the mighty Mekong river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • Enjoying the dip at the cool fresh Kuang Si waterfalls

TOUR ROUTE

Vientiane city tour – Buddha Park – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves – Kuang Si waterfalls

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+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: welcome dinner with traditional dance and folk song
+ Excursion: Temple & museum visit
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

+ Arrival Flight: TBA

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.

After a soft rest, we will first visit the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls.
The welcome dinner will be served at the local restaurant with the traditional dance and folk song, the best chance to experience the local culture. Overnight in Vientiane

+ Guide
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit the interesting Buddha Park, then take the flight to Luang Prabang
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. On the way, stop and take photos of the Friendship Bridge which was built by the Australian government in 1994 and links Laos and Thailand.
Arrive at Buddha Park and enjoy a stroll around the park.  Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The quiet and tranquil setting along the Mekong River is a contrast to the slightly eccentric sculptures which were built in 1958 by a Laos’s shaman. The concrete sculptures are bizarre but intriguing, sitting majestically in the peaceful park.
After visiting Buddha Park, start the drive back to Vientiane. En route, stop at Mai Savanh to explore the traditional textiles of the Lao people. This shop specializes in high quality silk products and involves several families in their process, from the northern province of Luang Nam Tha Province and the southern provinces of Attapeu and Sekong. (Note: Mai Savanh is closed on Saturday & Sunday)
In the afternoon, visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them.
We then transfer out to take the flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang

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+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit the 02 main sites of Luang Prabang: Pak Ou caves & Kuang Si waterfalls
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

In the morning, we embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, a 16th century cave monastery filled with thousands of Buddha images, which locates 25 Kilometers North of Luang Prabang in the limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong river.  En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling. You will arrive back to Luang Prabang during lunch time.
In the afternoon, we will drive south to Kuang Si waterfalls. Along the way, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour.

This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall which is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals
We will also take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.
Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed from 15 APR – 30 JUN; 01-14 SEP, & 01 JAN every year), whose mission is to create a research centre studying and publishing about Laos butterflies, host plants and preservation. Overnight in Luang Prabangc

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit main attractions in the city before transferring out to the airport
+ Accommodation: None
+ Pick-up: 05:30 — 06:30AM depending on season

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.

From there, we will visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. This is the best way to experience the taste of local life

After breakfast, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

Your city tour continues with a visit to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall.

If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people, and visiting the traditional house of Heuan Chan, the Chantal wooden house dating back to 100 years old.

We then transfer out to the airport to take the departure flight