IMAGES OF LAOS

Code: LA-SA-IL6 Duration: 6 days Theme: Family Tour & Soft Adventure

Laos is famous for both its unique culture, and the nature beauties; and this Lao family tour – Images of Laos is designed to not only show you the beauties of Laos, but also to suite your family holiday in Laos. The journey starts with the experience in Vientiane, the least developed capital city of Southeast Asia. You are welcome with the cultural immersion by enjoying the dinner with traditional show and folk song, the best way to experience the Lao culture.

Your Lao travel continues with the drive through the mountainous area to Luang Prabang, with one-night stop in Vang Vieng, nested along the gentle Nam Song river, the heaven for eco-tourism. The highlight of your journey in Laos is Luang Prabang, the ancient capital of Lane Xang kingdom (the kingdom of a million elephants). The time seems to stop when you join the daily morning alms giving, the unique culture practice that you can only find in Laos. Besides, the cruise along the mighty Mekong to Pak Ou caves, and the nature exploration at Kuang Si waterfalls are what you cannot miss during your Lao travel.

The excursion is fun, and easy, which promises your unforgettable Lao family tour.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • The experience in Vientiane, the least developed capital city of Southeast Asia
  • The sceneries of mountainous area during the drive to Luang Prabang, which offer some spots to enjoy the panoramic view over the region
  • Cultural immersion during the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • The cruise along the mighty Mekong to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • The exploration of the exciting Kuang Si waterfalls, and some interesting spots along the way

TOUR ROUTE

Vientiane – Vang Vieng (Tham Jang, and Tham Phoukham) – Luang Prabang – Cruise the Mekong to Pak Ou – Kuang Si waterfalls

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: welcome Dinner with traditional dance & 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.
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 & driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: transfer to Vang Vieng in the morning. In the afternoon visit the authentic Phoukham caves; enjoying the fresh natural pool of Blue Lagoon
+ Accommodation: Hotel in Vang Vieng
+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

We leave the capital early for our journey northbound; we will see some breathtaking scenery enroute as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. Along the way, we visit the busy and colorful market of KM52 where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions. We may also make a short photo stop at Hin Heup bridge, and the fish market in Ban Tha Heua. We reach our destination Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.
In the afternoon, we start our board through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate or you could explore the nearby area.
Transfer back to town, we will enjoy the leisurely boat along the Namsong River while admiring the sun setting behind the mountains. Overnight in Vang Vieng

+ 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 will first stroll around the town to visit the local market to catch a glimpse of everyday life in a typical Lao rural area.
After breakfast, we transfer to visit the cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century in defense against the Chinese invaders. We transfer to visit Ban Phathau, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyles.
We then start our expedition on the new road to Luang Prabang, that is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey; we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages, we take a few photo stops at some small hill tribe village enroute. Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others but all have plenty of life. We also have chance to admire the panoramic view over the surrounding area at the peak of more than 2000m. Before reaching Luang Prabang, we will make a short stop to visit the local school at Ban Nasala. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast, lunch
+ Excursion: cruising upstream the Mekong river to visit Pak Ou caves
+ Accommodation: hotel in Luang Prabang
+ Pick-up: 08:3.0AM

 

After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family. We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.
On arrival back in the city, we will visit 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.  Afterwards, we will visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday) to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. From there, we will transfer to visit Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the really peaceful place to catch the last beauty of the day. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

 

+ 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 at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. We then visit 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.
We then 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. Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Guide & Driver
+ Meal: Breakfast
+ Excursion: transfer to the airport to take the departure flight
+ Accommodation: None
+ Pick-up: 03 hours before the departure flight

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