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Classic Laos Tour

Luang Prabang and Vientiane are the must-see cities of Laos, which are included in this 5-day Classic Laos Tour. The highlights range from the charming town of Luang Prabang, and Vientiane to the mysterious Pak Ou caves; from the intriguing collection of Buddha Park to the evergreen Kuang Si Waterfalls. All promise an unforgettable Laos journey

HIGHLIGHTS

Various activities on sites

  • Gentle city visits of the laid-back capital of Vientiane, and the ancient town of Luang Prabang
  • Join the cruise along the Mekong River to the mysterious Pak Ou caves
  • Refresh at Kuang Si waterfalls, explore the surrounding area, or take the dip at the natural pools
  • Walk around the Buddha park in Vientiane and learn about the philosophy of a mysterious monk

Unforgettable moments

  • Walking along the small street of Vientiane and Luang Prabang and admire the local life
  • Admiring the intriguing collection of Buddha Park and enjoy the view from above
  • Watching the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • The leisure cruise along the mighty Mekong river

Nature exploration

  • The green nature countryside of Luang Prabang
  • The untouched nature along Mekong River
  • The magical beauty of Kuang Si waterfalls

Culture experience

  • Attending the daily morning alms giving in Luang Prabang
  • Visit various temple and museum in Vientiane and Luang Prabang to learn about the culture of Laos
  • Admiring the intriguing collection of Buddha Park and learn 
  • Visiting various local villages to learn about their daily life

Map

Detailed schedule

Day 1 - Welcome to Luang Prabang

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel.

After a soft rest, visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. 

Continue to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, which is one of the most beautiful temples in town. 

If time permits, we will take a short walk around the small streets of city center, watching the life of local people. 

Late afternoon, we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic sunset view of the city and the Mekong River.  

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 2 - Luang Prabang - Elephant Camp - Pak Ou Caves

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 chance to experience the flavor of local life

After breakfast, we drive directly to Ban Xang Hai, which is famous for the traditional rice whiskey distilled. 

From there, we enjoy the 30-minute elephant ride exploring the Mekong river at the nearby elephant camp.

Continue driving to Ban Pak Ou, and take the boat crossing the Mekong river to visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.  

We then take the boat downstream the Mekong river back to Luang Prabang. 

Upon arrival, we then visit the old Wat Sene, and the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. 

If time permits, visit UXO Visitor Center (closed on Saturday, and Sunday), where you can find the documentation about the secret war in Laos.

Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 3 - Luang Prabang - Kuang Si Waterfall - Flight to Vientiane

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall 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

There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists

If you wish, take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.

On the way back to Luang Prabang, 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. 

We then transfer out to the airport to take the flight to Vientiane. 

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Vientiane.

Notes

Tip:

+ For the family vacation, you can visit the Buffalo Dairy Farm on the way to Kuang Si waterfalls, which offer the fun and interesting experience for the kids.

+ After visiting Kuang Si waterfalls, you can visit the nearby Butterflies Park, where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with the homemade cookies whilst relaxing inside the green peaceful garden full of colorful butterflies.
 

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Day 4 - Vientiane - Buddha Park

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. 

After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away. Also known as Xieng Khuan, this unusual park is filled with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues.

We then visit Lao Disable Women Development Center, which assist disable women to cope with their disability and advocate for their rights. Spend time watching the video and learn about the effort to earn their daily living. You can support them by buying some small handicrafts at the shop.

Start the afternoon with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthathirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. 

Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”. 

Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. 

Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. 

End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls.  

Overnight in Vientiane.

Notes

Tips: 

+ You can also visit Sinouk Coffee Pavilion to discover the Lao coffee, stroll around the mini coffee gallery, view the in-house coffee roaster and try a cup of delicious and unique coffee or tea. Discuss with our guide about this. Entrance fee and extra coffee/drinks are payable on spot.

+ There is also the chance to visit Ban Hom, where you can visit the farmers working on the field and learn about the rural local life. Just 12Km from the old quarter! Extra mileage: $10/car

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Day 5 - Vientiane - Departure

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight
 

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