- Walking along the small street of Vientiane and Luang Prabang and admire the local life
- Admiring the intriguing collection of Buddha Park and enjoy the view from above
- Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
- The leisure cruise along the mighty Mekong river
VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES
- Gentle city visits of the laid-back capital of Vientiane, and the ancient town of Luang Prabang
- Join the cruise along the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
- Refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls, explore the surrounding area, or take the dip at the natural pools
- Walk around the Buddha park in Vientiane and learn about the philosophy of a mysterious monk
- The green nature countryside of Luang Prabang
- The untouched nature along Mekong River
- The exciting Kuang Si waterfalls
- Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
- Visit various temple and museum in the ancient town of Vientiane and Luang Prabang to learn about the culture of Laos
- Admiring the intriguing collection of Buddha Park and learn
- Visiting various local villages to learn about their daily life
Luang Prabang city tour – Pak Ou caves – Kuang Si waterfalls – Vientiane city tour – Buddha park
Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang - City Tour
Pick up at the airport and transfer into town. Embark on a short orientation city tour visiting the main sites including Wat Mai, Royal Palace Museum, or Mount Phousi. Enjoy the dinner at the local restaurant with traditional dance & folk song. Stroll around the colorful night market before coming back to your hotel for the night
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
After a soft rest, your “5-day Laos Classic Tour” begins with the visit to Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts.
Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, which is one of the most beautiful temples in town.
If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people.
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
Day 2: Morning Alms Giving - Mekong Cruise to Pak Ou Caves
Wake up early to join the daily morning alms giving and visit the temporary morning market. After breakfast, transfer directly to Ban Xanghai to join the 30-minute elephant ride/walk exploring the mighty Mekong. Then embark on the cruise to the mysterious Pak Ou caves. The day excursion also includes the visit to some main sites in the city including Wat Sene, Wat Xieng Thong, and Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center.
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 flavor of local life
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, visit 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. 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
Day 3: Refresh at Kuang Si Waterfalls - Fly to Vientiane
Transfer to Kuang Si waterfalls to refresh your self, take a dip at one of the natural pool, or hiking to the top of the waterfalls. Visit the colorful Butterflies Park, and serene Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center before taking the flight to Vientiane
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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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Day 4: Explore Buddha Park - City Tour Vientiane
In the morning, explore the intriguing collection of Buddha park, and the famous Wat Si Muang. In the afternoon, visit the city of Vientiane with some main sites such as Wat Sisaket, Ho Prakeo, That Luang Stupa, and Patuxay.
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