Tour Details

Essential Laos 8days/7nights

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Inclusions

Drinking water
Meals where stated
All entrance fees and activities
Tour guide
Private vehicle
Hotel with breakfast

Tour Overview

Day 1

Vientiane – Arrival

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your guide and driver for transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane Meals: None
Day 2

Vientiane – City tour and Buddha Park

After breakfast we explore the city by visiting the oldest temple in Vientiane, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which now serves as a museum of arts and antiques. We then travel up Lanexang Avenue you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxai Monument, which resembles its Parisian inspiration, the Arc de Triomphe. The climb to the top offers great views over Vientiane. We continue onwards down Rue Singha 23 to Laos’ National icon, and most important religious building the golden stupa of That Luang. The final visit of the morning will be the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War area. In the afternoon we visit the quirky yet impressive Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the banks of the Mekong River. By no means historic – Buddha Park was built in the 1950’s by a self styled ‘holy man’ – the park features some very photogenic and unusual sculptures, including a huge reclining Buddha, and a giant pumpkin. Upon returning to Vientiane we have the optional of stopping at the Lao Disabled Women’s Centre, which provides valuable training and schooling for disabled women in Laos. The friendly women here learn how to make silk & paper handicrafts and how to live independently. Have a chat with the women to find out about their interesting lives. We continue back to town, where a spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane Meals: B
Day 3

Vientiane – Fly to Luang Prabang – Half day city tour

Today, we transfer to the airport for your flight onward. Flight: VTE/LPQ QV101 11:30/12:15 Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and driver and continue your half-day city tour starts with a visit to the quaint Royal Palace Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history. Our next stop is Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. Next, we visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. We also visit the excellent ‘Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre’, which gives us a great insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos. Our final stop of the day is a climb Mt Phousi, which offers a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River. Note: the T.A.E.C. is closed on Mondays. Overnight in Luang Prabang Meals: B
Day 4

Luang Prabang – Tak Bat, Morning Mekong cruise to Pak ou Caves

You can discuss with your guide for an optional early morning start (5.30am) to witness and partake in the daily morning ritual of ‘Tak Bat’ or giving alms to the monks. This is a unique ritual still followed by the locals in Luang Prabang. We can also visit the local fresh market to see how the locals shop, before returning to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, we transfer to the peninsula boat landing, where we board a private boat for a cruise up the Mighty Mekong River. Enjoy the tranquil countryside passing by, until we reach the mysterious Pak Ou caves, two caves set in a limestone cliff facing the Mekong River crammed with thousands Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. We then return downstream, stopping at the weaving and textile villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Nongxai. We arrive back in Luang Prabang in the early afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang Meals: B
Day 5

Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls with Picnic Lunch

This morning, we visit Ock Pop Tock, a silk weaving centre. Here you will be given a guided tour and the silk weaving process will be explained. We then drive out of the town where you have the option of stopping at a Hmong village where the locals are specialised in wood carving. This then takes us to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pool or walk along the forest trails. enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the falls. Next to the falls is a Bear Rescue Centre, which does a great job in protecting and rehabilitating the rare Asiatic Black Bear. We return to Luang Prabang by mid afternoon. Tip: bring a towel with you if you would like to swim at the waterfall Overnight in Luang Prabang Meals: B, Picnic Lunch
Day 6

Luang Prabang – Fly to Pakse – Champasak via Wat Phou Visit

Today, we transfer to the airport for your flight onward. Flight: LPQ/PKZ QV513 10:40/12:20 – flight is Subject to changes Upon arrival at Pakse Airport, this transfer in 30 minute to Champasak where we continue by car to Wat Phou, an ancient Khmer religious complex dating back to the 5th Century. This dramatically sited temple is one of the highlights of any trip to Laos. We then transfer back to the historical town of Champasak where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Champasak Meals: B
Day 7

Champasak – 4000 islands tour

After an early morning breakfast, we transfer south to Ban Hatsaikhone, where we board a local private boat for a boat tour of the 4000 Islands. We reach the picturesque island of Don Khone by lunchtime, and in the afternoon explore the island by bicycle, tracing the route of an old abandoned railway and admiring some of the old French Colonial buildings, and the beautiful Liphi Waterfall. We then return to our boat and head back to the mainland, visiting the spectacular Khone Phapheng Falls, one of the largest and most powerful waterfalls in Southeast Asia. In the late afternoon, we drive back to Champasak, arriving there by early evening. Overnight in Champasak Meals: B
Day 8

Champasak – Pakse Airport - Departure

Depending on your departure flight, you may have free time at leisure, before we transfer to Pakse and onward to the airport, in time for your flight onward. Meals: B

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