THE TWIN ANCIENT CITIES

Code: LA-CL-TC5 Duration: 5 days Theme: Classic Tour & Family Tour

The package is suitable for the one who has short time, but still looking for the best of the Lao 2 main cities: Vientiane – the capital city, and Luang Prabang, the former capital of Lanexang Kingdom. The tour starts in Luang Prabang, where 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.  In Vientiane, we continue with the visit to its serene pagodas, and some national icons. We will have time to visit the famous Buddha park before finishing our 5-day Lao package tour.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Emerging into the Lao culture and spirit by vising the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang
  • Cruising the mighty Mekong river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • Enjoying the dip at the cool fresh Kuang Si waterfalls
  • 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

TOUR ROUTE

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

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: welcome Dinner
+ Excursion: Temple & museum visit
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Arrival Flight: TBA

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

After a soft rest, your city tour begins 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.

After that, you will visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

Late afternoon, 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.

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.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: cruising upstream the mighty Mekong to visit the famous buddha caves of Pak Ou
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

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
chance to experience the local flavors.
Breakfast at the hotel, we will first visit the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene. After that, we embark on the leisurely 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 in Luang Prabang.
On arrival back in the city, we visit Wat Mai, which is one of the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang. We then continue to Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. Our last stop today is the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: visiting Kuang Si waterfalls, some attractions along the way before taking the flight to Vientiane
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

After breakfast, we transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls 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.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, 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.

We then transfer out to the airport to take the flight to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane

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+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: visit Buddha park, and the main attractions of Vientiane prefecture
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. We then transfer out to see Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe.
In the afternoon, we see 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. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: None
+ Accommodation: None
+ Pick-up: 03 hours before the flight
+ Departure Flight:

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight