Laos Essential Tour 

Laos Essential Tour 

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The essential tour of Laos 4 Days/3 Nights will take you to visit the two unmissable places Luang Prabang and Vientiane with ancient temples, vibrant markets as well as relaxing boat trip on Mekong River gives a fascinating overview of Laos. This itinerary can be used as a starting point and altered or extended to suite your requirements.

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Tour Name     :     LAOS ESSENTIAL TOUR

Highlights       :     Luang Prabang – Vientiane

Duration         :     4 Days – 3 Nights

 

Day 1: Arrival – Luang Prabang
Welcome at the airport on arrival in Luang Prabang (flight time to be advised), an ancient capital of Kingdom of Laos recognized as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1995. The ancient town is not only a remarkable example of the fusion of traditional architecture and colonial urban structures in 19th century, but also a cultural and religious place for locals.
Transfer for hotel check in and relax
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Breakfast at hotel
Morning enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local speciality of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. We also have time to visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Vientiane

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning visit Wat Visoun, a replica of an older Temple, which was erected in the same place back in 1513 with numerous religious art treasures, as well as Wat Xieng Thong a royal Wat built on the banks of the Mekong River in 1559. It has remained relatively undamaged by the various mainly Chinese invasions over the centuries. The temple is decorated extensively with impressive carving, murals and mosaics. Then continue to visit Royal Palace officially known as Haw Kham. The palace was built during the French colonial era for the King and his family housing many artefacts, which showcase the richness of Laotian culture. Then continue to enjoy the atmosphere at Wat Mai, built in 1796 and sits at the foot of Mount Phousi. Afterwards drive to Khuang Si Waterfall in a natural jungle setting and relax or swim in its turquoise cool pools.
Return to Luang Prabang and drive directly to the train station to catch our speed train depart at 15.05 to Vientiane.
Upon arrival to Vientiane train station, transfer to hotel for check in and relax.
Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 4: Vientiane – Departure

Breakfast at hotel.
Morning explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
Then transfer to the airport for international flight back home (flight time to be advised).

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