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Laos Classic Adventure


7 days 6 nights

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Category Laos Classic Tours

  • Group Size 1-11
  • Difficulty Level 2
  • Trip Starts From Vientiane
  • Trip Ends At Luang Prabang
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Tours
  • Destination Vientiane Vang Vieng Luang Prabang
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Overview

A classic adventure of Laos that starts in the modern capital of Vientiane, traverses through Vang Vieng in the north and concludes in the ancient capital of Luang Prabang.

The capital city of Laos, Vientiane, still feels like a sleepy town with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, beautiful temples and colorful markets. The French-colonial architecture mixes with Buddhist temples such as the golden, 16th-century Pha That Luang, which is a national symbol.

From Vientiane, we travel overland to Vang Vieng, a small town north of Vientiane, on the Nam Song River in Laos is known for striking limestone mountains and caves. The town is home to 16th and 17th century monasteries and there are a few of notable caves.

We visit the Tham Chang Cave that was once used as a bunker against marauding Chinese in the early 19th century, Tham Xang Cave, also called Elephant Cave that contains a few Buddha images and a Buddha footprint plus the elephant shaped stalactites, charming Talat Fish Market and an 11th century Buddhist archeological site.

We continue our road trip to Luang Prabang, the ancient and charming town. Luang Prabang was the capital of Laois unitl 1975. Luang Prabang, set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Visit the religious and historic monuments, explore the Kuang Si waterfalls, walk through the ethnic villages and at leisure, stroll down the picturesque town.

The tour concludes in Luang Prabang from where you can fly to any major cities in the SE Asia.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Arrive in Vientiane

Upon arrival in Vientiane airport, meet your local guide and driver and transfer to the hotel.

This afternoon, take an excursion to Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan). The park is known for eclectic collection of whimsical yet compelling statues of Buddhist and Hindu gods. 

Overnight at hotel.

Day 02~Sightseeing of Vientiane

After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you for sightseeing of Vientiane.

Today, we tour the many highlights of the city, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; Wat Si Saket, Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs. Visit Lao National Museum, the charming French Colonial Architecture building and Wat Si Muang.

Conclude your day at the Talaat Sao, or the "morning market" (actually, it opens all day), the best place to buy traditional Lao fabrics.

 

Overnight hotel in Vientiane.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 03~Travel to Vang Vieng

(100 miles, 4-5 hours plus stops).

After breakfast, we leave for Vang Vieng. The road is in mixed condition but the mountain scenery is spectacular. On the way, we stop to visit the Talat Fish Market and Vang Xang- an 11th century Buddhist archaeological site where primitive Buddha images are carved on out of cliff.

About less than 2 miles before the town, we take a detour to Tham Chang Cave or if you want, you can first check into your accommodation and later visit this cave. There are almost 150 steps to climb and you will get in the cave. With amazing stalactites and stalagmites in incredible shapes, sizes and textures, Tham Chang Cave is an extensive cave system. The pool at the entrance is glorious. During the Vietnam War, the cave was used by locals as a hideout.

Check into your hotel and rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 04~Travel from Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang

(116 miles, 4 to 5 hours).

After breakfast, we leave for Luang Prabang for another long day drive on bumpy road but spectacular mountain sceneries! We travel through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi andstop to visit the local villages on the way.

Upon arrival, check into your accommodations and later, take leisurely familiarization tour of the main street of Luang Prabang.

Overnight hotel in Luang Prabang.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 05~Sightseeing of Luang Prabang

After breakfast, your guide and driver will take you for sightseeing of Luang Prabang. Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin your tour with Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng, the crown jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, stroll down the main street (Wat Street) of Luang Prabang. Time permitting, stop at some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop and Wat Sene.

We conclude the day with 328 steps climb to a ridge top temple opposite side of National Museum. The hill is about 492 ft. and sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river. People wait here for spectacular sunset view in the evening. 

From here, we descend and transfer to the hotel or take your free time to stroll down the charming streets and markets. 

Overnight hotel in Luang Prabang.

 

Meals : Breakfast
Day 06~Excursion of Tham Pak Ou Caves

You might have seen many other markets in South East Asia but Luang Prabang's morning market is the best. It's a real market and not a tourist show. Even if you are not buying, it's worth visiting that gives you an insight into local people's life. You'll get to see lots of unusual vegetables, meats and fish! Do not get surprised if you see the rats, moles, bats being sold for food. The morning market starts as early as 5 a.m. and finishes at 10 a.m.

Late morning, we are off on a boat to Tham Pak Ou Caves. We travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the way to Pak Ou Cave, stop at Ban Xang Hai Village (If time permits, open 6.00 am 15.00 pm and closed every major Buddhist holiday), a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky.

On the way back, we stop to visit the weaver's village of Ban Xang Khong, well known for its traditional hand-woven cotton and silk, as well as production of the local sa (mulberry) paper. 

 

Overnight hotel in Luang Prabang.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 07~Depart Luang Prabang

After breakfast, we take a half day excursion of Kuang Si Watefalls. (18 miles, 1 hour one way). This waterfall is located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment.

On the way back, we stop at Ban Ou or Ban Na Ouane village to get a glimpse of country life.

We return to the hotel in the afternoon, pick your luggage and then transfer to the airport for your flight to next destination or extend your stay in Luang Prabang.

 

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Cost Includes

  • Accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel and other meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • English speaking local guide.
  • Private vehicle for all transfers and sightseeing.
  • Activities as indicated in the itinerary.

Cost Does Not Include

  • Meals other than indicated in the itinerary.
  • Laos visa.
  • Drinks, tipping, laundry, phone, internet usage and other expenses of personal nature.
  • Extra expenses or loss due to unforeseen events such as flight delays or cancellations, accidents or medical conditions, civil unrest, etc.
  • International airfare.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Trip Difficulty Level, Road and Transport

We use motor vehicle for the city visits and transfers from one town to other, besides by boat excursion. All the walks and hikes can be done at your own pace, interacting with the locals and catching the beautiful scenery into your camera and visiting local homes with unique Laos architecture. For the driving part, you just have to keep in mind that not all parts of the road are paved. At times, it can be dusty and bumpy. Roads are often carved out of the steep hills and follows river bank and sometime they can be temporarily blocked due to erosion or landslide. Daily driving distance is not that long.
Anyone with regular health conditions can take up this trip. Although no hiking or trekking experiences is required, it's advisable that you should start some jogging, cycling, swimming, cardio, etc. several weeks ahead of the time to keep yourself at an optimum fitness level.

Accommodations

For the most part of the trip, unless you have chosen other alternatives, you will be staying in moderate to the best available accommodations. The room may be different from another in your group and so there may be disparity in the rooms. You may get a better room than others or vice versa. You have to be prepared to adjust your normal routine and mentally be OK with things that may not work or be available when you want them to. During the high season, there will be huge demand of accommodations and suggested hotels may be already booked up and may have to adjust accommodations to alternative hotels and your cooperation in this matter is very much important.
Major Cities have a couple of international chain resorts with remarkably high prices but your trips do not feature them, unless you want those hotels at an additional charge to your land cost.

Meals

Breakfast in included where noted and will be served at your hotel, usually served in buffet. Your guide can arrange some lunches and/or dinners at local restaurants but you will be on your own expenses to pay for these meals. Lunches and dinners included as per itinerary.

Guides

Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.

International and internal airfares:

You will book your international airfare on your own and provide us with your flight information. We can also help you find good fares through our air ticket consolidator upon request. All internal airfares are booked locally (if required). Local airport taxes may or may not be  included in the fare.

Passport and Visa

You must have both a passport and visa to enter Laos, and your passport must also have at least six months validity remaining beyond the date that you enter Laos. You can get a visa on arrival in Laos if you are traveling for tourism, have two passport-sizes photographs and pay $35.

If you get your visa on arrival in Laos, you will generally be allowed to stay in Laos for 30 days after you arrive. If you were born in Laos, you may be admitted for 60 days or longer. You can extend your 30-day tourist visa up to an additional 60 days for a fee of $2 per day through the Department of Immigration in Vientiane. If you overstay your visa in Laos, you risk arrest and you will be fined $10 for each day of overstay as you leave. The Lao government calculates visa fees and fines in U.S. dollars.

Best time for this trip:

This trip can be undertaken throughout the year but definitely November through February are the best months when temperatures are less hot, less rain, and clear visibility.

Booking & Payment Schedule

Initial Tour Deposit: US$ 300 per person (accepted by credit card or personal check) with completed trip registration form and passport scan.

Second payment will be asked for the in-tour airfare when they are due. Some hotels and suppliers may ask for non-refundable deposit to guarantee the booking and we will advise you in such case. Payment by credit card may attract additional 3.5% fee.

Final payment is due 90 days prior departure. Payment by credit card attracts additional 3.5% fee. Personal check is welcome. Within 90 days before the travel date, payment must be made by wire transfer or cashier check.

Cancellation and refund

Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form.

  • 180 days prior departure: No penalty unless stated as non-refundable.
  • 90 days prior departure: Administrative fee US$ 150 per person.
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 300 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Cancellation and refund of air tickets will be as per rules and regulations of the concerned airlines plus a service charge of US$ 25 per segment will be levied. Cancellation terms and conditions of certain services may vary which will be informed per case to case basis. No refund or adjustment to other services will be made for any unused land or air services for any reason whatsoever, once tour begin. We highly recommend that all travelers purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Accomodation

Superior

Vientiane: Lao Golden Vientiane

Luang Prabang: My Dream Boutique Resort

Deluxe

Vientiane:Salana Boutique

Luang Prabang:Luang Prabang View Hotel

Note: Hotels listed above are our preferred properties and are subject to availability.

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