8-Day Luang Prabang & Southern Laos

  • 8-Day Luang Prabang & Southern Laos

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  • 8-Day Luang Prabang & Southern Laos

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  • 8-Day Luang Prabang & Southern Laos

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  • 8-Day Luang Prabang & Southern Laos

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Package Code : LA-CL-LS8

Culture and Nature of Laos just combines in an 8-day Laos Highlights Tour. Exploring the ancient town of Luang Prabang and its surrounding, allured by the never fading tradition. Continue with the exploration to the southern Laos, the home of mountains, waterfalls, and colorful tribe villages
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Must see

icon UNFORGETTABLE MOMENT

  • Walking along the small street of Luang Prabang and admire the local life
  • Join the Baci ceremony, share the dinner with the local family in Luang Prabang
  • Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • The leisure cruise along the mighty Mekong river
  • Driving through the Bolaven Plateau with special jeep
  • Learning about the coffee production in Laos, something you cannot miss
  • The panoramic view from Wat Phou Salao over the city of Pakse and Mekong river

icon VARIOUS ACTIVITIES ON SITES

  • Gentle city visits of the ancient town of Luang Prabang
  • Join the Baci ceremony, share the dinner with the local family in Luang Prabang
  • Join the cruise along the Mekong River in Luang Prabang and Southern Laos
  • Refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls, explore the surrounding area, or take the dip at the natural pools
  • Soft trek in Bolaven Plateau
  • Jeep tour tracing the Coffee Trail (Coffee Trail Experience)
  • Tuk Tuk tour around the 4000-island area to explore some interesting spots
  • Cruise along the Mekong River
  • Hiking up to the top of Wat Phou Salao to enjoy the panoramic view over town of Mekong and the city of Pakse

icon NATURE EXPLORATION

  • The green nature countryside of Luang Prabang
  • The untouched nature along Mekong River
  • The exciting Kuang Si waterfalls
  • The scenic green mountainous area of Bolaven Plateau with various watefalls, and plantation
  • The amazing Khone Phapheng waterfalls, one of the biggest waterfalls of the world

icon CULTURE EXPERIENCE

  • Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • Join the Baci ceremony, share the dinner with the local family in Luang Prabang
  • Visit various temple and museum in the ancient town of Luang Prabang to learn about the culture of Laos
  • Visiting various local villages to learn about their daily life
  • Explore the ruin of mysterious temple of Wat Phou to learn about the history of southern Laos
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Itinerary

Luang Prabang – Baci Ceremony – Pak Ou caves – Kuang Si waterafalls – Pakse – Bolaven Plateau – Coffee Trail Experience (Jeep Tours) – Wat Phou – Ban Khiet Ngong – 4000 Iles – Pakse

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Detailed Schedule

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Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang - Baci Ceremony

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Pick up at the airport and transfer into town. Free to stroll around before joining the Baci Ceremony and share the dinner with the host family to learn about the culture of Laos

On arrival at the Luang Prabang airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.
Situated in the centre of northern Laos, Luang Prabang is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its outstanding cultural, historic and architectural values and its harmonious relationship between the natural and built environment.

Take some rest to prepare for your “8-day Laos Highlights Tours”
You are free to stroll around the city for your own first impression of this ancient city.
Late afternoon, join a private Baci ceremony at a local family. The Baci ceremony as a traditional ritual of the Lao people to expresses the spirituality of the country and is a highly memorable experience and a deep insight into Lao culture for the participants.
Dinner will be served after that for you to share with the host family. This is the best chance for you to have first experience of local life and culture.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2: Cruise to Pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang City

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After breakfast, embark on the cruise to the mysterious Pak Ou caves. The day excursion also includes the visit to some main sites in the city center including Royal Palace Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center, and Wat Prabaht. Stroll around the colorful night market before coming back to your hotel

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

Day 3: Morning Alms Giving - Refresh at Kuang Si Waterfalls

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Wake up early to join the daily morning alms giving and visit the temporary morning market. After breakfast, ascend the Phousi Hill to admire the panoramic view over the town of Luang Prabang. Transfer to Kuang Si waterfalls to refresh yourself. On the way back, visit Kuang Si Falls Butterflies Park, and stop at Silk Road Café to admire the sunset

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 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

Day 4: Take Flight to Pakse - Explore Bolaven Plateau

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Take the morning flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, transfer directly to Bolaven Plateau, visit plenty of waterfalls along the way including Tad Lo and Tad Suong; and make some stops at the local villages. Spend the night at one of the lovely resort in Bolaven Plateau

We will take the morning flight to Pakse, the biggest town of southern Laos. QV513 LPQ PKZ 10:40 12:20

Then depart for the Bolaven Plateau, a mountainous region home to dozens of hill tribes, waterfalls and coffee and tea plantations.
The first stop is the visit of Tad Lo waterfalls, a beautiful formation of three separate falls. From the bridge, you will first see Tad Hang and then Tad Lo in the distance. The most impressive of the three, Tad Suong, is located a further 10km upriver.
From there, we will drive to the small village of Ban Houay Houn, famous for its Katu textiles. Here, you will have the chance to observe the women weaving without a traditional loom but using their legs to stretch the fabric.
We continue our journey through the Paksong and Boloven Plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls. Overnight in Bolaven Plateau

Day 5: Coffee Trail Experience (Jeep Tours)

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Join the special jeep tour with Mr. Khamsone, the coffee specialist. Exploring the coffee trail hidden behind the mountains and jungle of Bolaven Plateau. Transfer to your hotel to take some rest

09:00Am, we will meet the Jeep tour specialist at Chai Coffee, and have some discussion with him there when enjoying a cup of coffee.
After that, we will hop on the Jeep and drive 30 minutes to Tad Moun waterfalls, where we can enjoy the fresh cool water, and visit the nearby vegetable farm.
11:00 Am, we continue driving to the Coffee Farm of Mr. Khamsone via the 10KM bumpy and muddy road, which will take you 01 hour with your special Jeep car.
Upon arrival, Mr khamsone, the Coffee farm’s owner will take 1 hour to demonstrate about coffee roasting step and finishing by a coffee cupping to Savor the different kind of coffee (Robusta, Arabica and Typica).
We will have the picnic lunch on the farm at around 1:30PM before continue driving to Laven village to see their daily life and their paddy field.
From there, we will drive to Suay village, where we can find many traditional long houses made by bamboo, which is shared by some generations of 01 family.
Finally, we will drive back to your hotel. Free for the rest of the day. Overnight in Bolaven Plateau

Day 6: Visit Wat Phou Temple - Transfer to Ban Khiet Ngong

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After breakfast, transfer to Champasak to visit the ruin of Wat Phou temple. Then transfer to the authentic village of Ban Khiet Ngong, where we have about 2-hour soft trek to visit the surrounding area. Spend the night at King Fisher Ecolodge in Ban Khiet Ngong

After breakfast, transfer by road to Wat Phou.
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos.  The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features quadrangular pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary itself.  The temple was built by the rulers of the Khmer empire before the construction of Angkor Wat.  The temple served as the most important economic and political centre of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.
Pass through the small town of Champasak, where French colonial buildings offer a great contrast to Wat Phou. Continue south, stopping at the wood carving village of Ban Nong Bune.
On arrival in the small Lao village of Ban Kiet Ngong you will have lunch in a simple local restaurant.

In the afternoon, we will explore the village of Ban Khiet Ngong and the surrounding area. The 2-hour trek takes us through an extensive wetland which is good for bird watching.

Many water birds can be seen, so bring binoculars if you have them. On the way you will pass the Giant Rock (Hin Houa Yak in Lao), a sacred place with a superb view.

Free for the rest of the day for your own exploration of the village and the surrounding area. Overnight at King Fisher Eco-Lodge

Day 7: Trek Ban Khiet Ngong - Explore 4000 Islands

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Drive further south to Khong island, and take the bat to Khone island, where we start the exploration of famous 4000-island area with the visit to the first Laos railway with its locomotive, the Liphi waterfalls, and the fresh water Irrawaddy dolphin. Take the boat back to the mainland at Ban Nakasang, and drive to visit the mighty Khone Phapheng waterfalls before transferring to Khong island to spend the night

Saying goodbye to the village of Ban Khiet Ngong, we continue driving to Khong Island, the biggest island of 4000-island area. Upon arrival, we embark on a long tail boat for venturing into the widest reach of the Mekong River, where during the dry season the waters recede and leave behind thousands of islets, giving this area a lovely name” Si Phan Done”. Upon arrival, explore the local peaceful villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue to discover the 4000 islands area by tuktuk and visit the marvelous Liphi waterfall, also called the “Corridor of the Devil” one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking Lao border with Cambodia. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. We return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng. Khone Phapheng is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is an impressive spot near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Afterwards we drive back to Khong Island. Overnight in Khong Island

Day 8: Departure

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Continue to Cambodia via Dom Kralor border, or back to Pakse to take the departure flight

From the island, you can choose to either continue via Dom Kralor Border to Cambodia, the Kingdom of Wonders; or back to Pakse to take the departure flight for the next destination finishing your “8-day Best Laos Tour”

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