62An introductory tour of Lao's capital, Vientiane, visiting the famous spots like Wat Simuang, Wat Sisaket, Ho Pha Keo, That Luang Stupa, Patuxai, Buddha Park and Friendship Bridge.

Route:Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, Oudomxay, Luang Namtha, Muang Sing, Xieng Kok, Huay Xai (Laos) and Chiang Khong (Thailand)

 

 

check16Inclusive:

• Accommodation in twin sharing room + breakfast
• Meals of 7 lunches and 7 dinners
• Transfers and tours by air-conditioned minibus/small coach/coach
• English / French / Thai speaking guide services
• Entrance fees for sightseeing and visits
• Traditional boat fees as mentioned in the program.

stop16Exclusive:

• Lao visa fee upon arrival at US$30 net per person.
• All air tickest and airport taxes
• Expenditure of a personal nature, such as tips & drinks, souvenirs and laundry, etc.
• Other tours & meals not mentioned in the program.
• Travel insurance.

noteItinerary:

Day 1: Vientiane (Dinner)

Arrive in Vientiane at Wattay airport, meet and transfer to hotel for check-in. Visit the highlights of Vientiane: Vat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane with its mural paintings; Ho Pra Keo, the royal temple turned religious museum; That Luang Stupa, the most revered shrine in Laos; and Patouxai (the Arch of Triumph). If time permits stop at Talat Sao, the big central market on the way to Buddha Park near the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge. Dinner in a restaurant.
Overnight in hotel, Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to the airport for departure to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel for check-in. Lunch in a restaurant. In the afternoon, start the tour of the old city with Vat Vixoune influenced by Thai Lue architecture and That Makmo, the watermelon-shape stupa. Proceed to Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang dating back to the 16th century. The roofs of the sim sweep low to the ground and colored glass panels adorn the walls of the chapels.Climb up Phousi Hill for an outstanding view of the city and the Nam Khan river. Overnight in hotel, Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. For this half-day tour you will partially walk to see more of this charming city. Start by the colorful wet market, then walk to the national museum (the former royal palace). Visit Vat Mai with its five-tiered roof and exquisitely carved veranda. Walk through the small lanes, passing the Fine Arts School to Vat Sene, a quiet beautiful templewhere people come to pray or meditate. Lunch at Tam Nak Lao Restaurant of good Lao food. Afternoon transfer to the local pier to cross the Mekong River. Walk through Xiene Men village then climb up to Vat Chomphet with an outstanding view over Luang Prabang and continue to Vat Longkhoune with its beautiful mural paintings. Cross back the Mekong and time at leisure in the city to visit the night market along the main road.
Overnight in hotel, Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves – Oudomxay – Overland 194 Km (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel.Transfer to the local pier of Luang Prabang and board a traditional boat to go upstream on the Mekong River. Stop at the Pak Ou Buddha caves, Tham Ting and Tham Phoum, housing hundreds of Buddha images of all sizes and types. Cross the Mekong to Pak Ou village and drive to Pakmong then continue to Ban Na Yang, maybe the most beautiful Tai Lue village. Villagers grow tobacco and women dye and weave wonderful fabric. Houses are big with interwoven bamboo walls of beautiful designs. Picnic lunch. Continue to Oudomxai by car, passing beautiful mountainous landscape. On the way stop at Ban Song Cha and walk through the biggest Hmong village in Laos. Arrive at Oudomxay and transfer to That Phouxai overlooking the city and surroundings. Dinner in a restaurant. Overnight in hotel, Oudomxay.

Day 5: Oudomxay – Luang Namtha – Overland 126 Km (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel. Excursion by car to Luang Namtha. The way is more and more mountainous with Hmong villages built on the crests. Stop on the way to visit some ethnic villages. Lunch at a local restaurant at Ban Nateuy. Close to Luang Namtha visit Ban Nam Dee, a Lanten village where people still live in a very traditional way, women make indigo, spin and dye cotton and weave. Arrive in Luang Namtha late afternoon and check into the Boat Landing Guesthouse. Dinner and accommodation at the Boat Landing.

Day 6: Luang Namtha - Full-Day Boat Trip (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel. Cruise down the Namtha River by long-tail motorboat for about 2 hours and explore the daily life of different minorities. Your guide will explain to you the customs of each minority group. Visit Huey Lue (Khmu tribe) and Sop Dud village (Lanten tribe). Picnic lunch in the village. Return to hotel in the late afternoon .
Overnight in hotel, Luang Namtha.

Day 7: Luang Namtha – Muang Sing – Overland 58 Km (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at hotel. Depart to Muang Sing by car along a scenic road of mountain vista. Muang Sing has been a Tai Lue principality since long ago. It is situated at the point where the Chinese, Burmese, Thai civilizations and other ethnic groups converge. This situation has made Muang Sing a colorful and original place to discover. Drive close to the Chinese border and walk to visit Adima, an Akha village, and Yao a village to see their daily life-style. Picnic lunch during the visits. Return to Muang Sing at the end of the day, and check-in at your guesthouse. Dinner and accommodation at guesthouse.

Day 8: Muang Sing – Xieng Kok – Huay Xai – Chiang Khong ( Breakfast/Lunch)

Visit the colorful market of Muang Sing and then return to the guesthouse for breakfast. Excursion by car to Xieng Kok 70km through beautiful sceneries of mountains, villages and rice-fields. Stop in Iko village. Embark on a speedboat (maximum 4 pax) on the Mekong River to Huay Xai. Pass beautiful landscape and scenery along the river. Picnic lunch. Arrive in Huay Xai in the afternoon. After clearance at Lao immigration take a sampan motorboat across the Mekong to Chiang Khong (Thailand) before
5 pm.

End of Programme