|Day 1 : Tour the World Heritage City of Luang PrabangThe day starts with a visit to the National Museum – once the Royal Palace – but now giving a picture of the various leaders and fighters famous in Lao history, from long ago and up to the present new revolutionary period. After this enjoy a sightseeing tour of two magnificent temples: Wat Visoun and Wat Xienthong – the city’s oldest temple and one of the best examples of Luang Prabang’s classical architecture. Then after lunch we take a short drive to Ban Xangkhong – a weaving village and to Ban XiangLek – a village producing “sa” paper. Watch the process and taste the product.
Then we will climb up the steps to the top of Mount Phousi where you can see the sacred stupa and enjoy the magnificent panoramic view of the city and the laid out beath you.And at night we will explore Night Market Street, where you will be able to find lovely handicrafts made by our local people. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
|Day 2 : Across the river to Ban Phou Luang TaiWe start in the morning from your hotel and take a boat across the river to ChomPhet District to visit the Royal temple. Then we walk to the village of Ban NaSay home to Lao, Khamu and Lue ethnic groups. On the way to the next village of Ban Som it is possible to watch hill tribe people working to clear the land for farming and searching for wild animals.
Lunch will be in this village where Lao, Lue, Tai Dam and Khamu people live. We then continue to the Hmong villages of Ban MokPaLai and Ban PhouLuangTai to catch a glimpse of their lifestyle and traditions. Overnight stay with a Hmong family. (B, L, D)
|Day 3 : Visit Pak Ou Cave and back to Luang PrabangBreakfast over we leave Ban PhouLuangTai to walk to Pak Ou Cave, where we climb steps up the limestone cliffs to reach the sacred Buddhist shrine. On the way we will visit the Khamu village of Ban HueyPok and the Tai Dam village of Ban NaSan. You can learn how to do weave by hand before we go onto Ban Pak Ou for lunch.
Afterwards about an hour and a half slow boat trip will take us back to with a stop at Ban XangHai. This village is famous for the distillation of Lao traditional rice alcohol just waiting for you to taste it. After our return to the city, we will explore Night Market Street, where you will be able to find lovely handicrafts made by our local people. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B, L)
|Day 4 : Enjoy Luang PrabangThis day is free for you to enjoy Luang Prabang at your leisure.
Suggestions : you can use your time to rest, but also to visit the Phon Phau Temple (the only octogonal temple in Laos), Ban Phanom (the weaving village), and finish with the Henri Mouhot’s grave.
Or visit Ban Chan (the village specialized in potteries), or go to the Tadsae Waterfall.
We can help you if you are looking at sport activities, as bicycle, kayaking or simply a tour on elephants…
|Day 5 : Visit Khuang Si Waterfall and the Footprints of the BuddhaYou may like to get up early to see the morning procession of monks along Sisavangvong Road lined with the local people waiting to make their offerings of food. Then after breakfast we take a short drive to Ban Xangkhong – a weaving village and to Ban XiangLek – a village producing “sa” paper.
Then it’s a long drive to Kuang Si Waterfall set in the lush green surroundings of one of the National Conservation Areas. En route, there are stops to visit the small villages of Ban Na Oune, a Hmong village, and Ban Tha Pane, a Khmu minority village.
Then it’s back to Luang Prabang by the late afternoon The day will end with a visit to see the footprints of the Buddha at Wat Siphouthabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B, L)
|Day 6 : Drive to Xieng KhouangWe leave the town of Luang Prabang to drive out to Xieng Khouang, which was devastated by the American bombing between 1964 and 1973. These back roads are a great way to explore the real Laos. There are very few other travellers to be seen except for the mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are about theirs.
The drive is very long, but we can make many stops at our pleasure, to stretch our legs and take some wonderful photographs. On arrival we explore the province’s old capital of Muang Khun and the nearby villages. Overnight in Phonsavanh. (B)
|Day 7 : Visit the Plain of Jars and onto Vang Vieng by roadThe Plain of Jars is an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most archaeologists are still mystified about their purpose. We have time this day to explore the site and some nearby villages populated by Hmong hill tribe people. Although these people are very poor they have a fascinating culture and a colourful history.
Then we set off on our journey to Vang Vieng. This small and tranquil village is rapidly developing with the advent of tourists, but the beautiful scenery with its mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops has been unchanged for centuries. Depending on roads and traffic conditions our drive will deliver us to Vang Vieng by mid or late afternoon. Overnight in Vang Vieng. (B)
|Day 8 : Tour VangViengThe limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous of these caves, Tham Jang, was used by local people around 200 years ago as a hideout from Chinese invaders.
We visit this beautiful cave in the morning before taking a walk to the friendly and welcoming Tai Deang and Souay hill tribe villages. The remainder of the day is free for your own exploration of the town and relaxation. Over night in Vang Vieng. (B)
|Day 9 : A Boat trip to Tham Jang Cave and then a Drive to VientianeAn impressive way to start our day is to walk around the bustling central market. Then we head out of town to enjoy a short trip in a bamboo boat along the Namsong River for a taste of adventure and an enjoyable exploration of the famous cave of Tham Jang once used by local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can experience the different local lifestyle.
We then continue travelling by road to Vientiane – the capital city of Laos on the banks of the Mekong River. This small town conjures up exotic images, with its curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese and French influences. Overnight in Vientiane. (B)
|Day 10 : Tour Vientiane CityThis full day tour of Vientiane begins with a visit to Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues. The next site is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew , which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the imposing Patouxai Monument well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe before continuing to the great sacred structure and symbol of Laos, That Luang Stupa.
We then heading out of town to see the Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by a mystical monk on parkland by the Mekong River. There are fine views of the impressive Friendship Bridge linking Laos and Thailand. A perfect way to round off the day is to watch the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River from one of the many riverside bars. Overnight in Vientiane. (B)
|Day 11 : Depart VientianeAfter breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time permits).
The tour ends after your transfer to Wattay Airport or the Friendship Bridge. (B)