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10 Days Northern Laos Tour

Country: Laos
City: Luang Prabang - Nong Kiau - Xieng Khuang - Vang Vi
Duration: 10 Day(s) - 9 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Luang Prabang – Phousi Temple – Night Market

Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this UNESCO world heritage town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos.

On arrival at the airport are welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting climb up the 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi to take in the beautiful sunset over this town and the Mekong River

In the evening explore the Street Night Bazaar, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textiles by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Inn Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 2: City Tour & Kuangsi Waterfall

This morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice.

Luang Prabang is a fascinating historical city with a delightful mix of Buddhist temples and French Colonial buildings. In fact, it is still very much a rural kind of city in comparison to neighboring countries. Our first stop is Wat Visoun: which is a replica of an older Temple which was erected in the same place back in 1513, this Wat houses numerous religious art treasures.

Next, we head to Wat Xieng Thong a royal Wat built on the banks of the Mekong river built-in 1559 which has remained relatively undamaged by the various invasions mainly Chinese over the centuries. This temple is decorated extensively with impressive carvings, murals, and mosaics.

And visit the Laotian Royal Palace officially known as Haw Kham which was built during the French colonial era for the King and his family.

The site was chosen so that official visitors to Luang Prabang could disembark from their river voyages directly by the palace and be received there. In 1975, the monarchy was overthrown and the Palace was then converted into a National museum. Today it houses many artifacts which showcase the richness of Laotian culture. We’ll continue on to enjoy the atmosphere at Wat Mai built in 1796 and sits at the foot of Mount Phousi.

After lunch we continue to Khuang Si Waterfall and Bear Rescue Center, about 30mins from Luang Prabang, the waterfall is set in a natural jungle setting and you will have plenty of time to relax or swim in its turquoise cool pools. Return to Luang Prabang free at your leisure

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Inn Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave – Nong Kiau

After breakfast in the early morning, we’ll take you on an amazingly long-tail boat journey along the Nam-Ou & Mekong Rivers, through the beautiful Laotian countryside all the way to Luang Prabang, passing by the local villages and seeing the real everyday life of the villagers going about their chores including fishing, trading & washing along the rivers on our 4-hour journey.

We’ll stop on the way to see the fascinating Pak Ou Caves, which in fact are a cave system of two interlinked caves, crammed full of Buddha statues left behind by pilgrims over generations, and then we’ll observe the traditional process of rice wine distillation in Ban Shanghai

After the cave, we cross over to Ban Pak Ou for the transport continues to head to the north from Luang Prabang into the surrounding countryside. Continue to Nong Kiau where you will spend the night.

Arrive in Nong Kiau late afternoon check into your hotel, free at your leisure, or watch the sunset from the bridge or various restaurants along the river (~2 – 3 hours by road 130 km)

Accommodation: Mandala Ou Resort (Riverfront Room)

Day 4: Nong Kiau – Muang Ngoin – Nong Kiau

Today we take the long trail boat along the Nam Ou up to Ban Had Sao and Muang Ngoin following villages. This is a very interesting walk between each village; easy in some places, after we continue to Muang Ngoin, we walk around the local villagers to see their daily lives, late afternoon we return to our boat trip to Nong Niau (~1 – 2 hours by boat)

Accommodation: Mandala Ou Resort (Riverfront Room)

Day 5: Nong Kiau – Xieng Khuang

After breakfast we continue our trip to Xieng Khuang you will pass various villages and scenic landscapes on the mountainous road to Xieng Khuang with plenty of time to stop and enjoy the scenery (~5 – 6 hours by road 320 km)

Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars (Standard Room)

Day 6: Xieng Khuang

Spend the day exploring the Plain of Jars sites, these stone structures are shrouded in mystery, some relics found date back to 2000 BC, and definitely from the times of the bronze and iron ages. It is believed that these jars were used through the centuries and by differing civilizations as part of funeral rituals.

Take a short trek to Tai Dam and Lao Leum villages. Relax at the Thermal springs at Baw Yai and Thiam-Piu-Cave where Lao lost over 200 people during the Indochina war. (~1h30 hours by road 50 km)

Accommodation: Vansana Plain of Jars (Standard Room)

Day 7: Xieng Khuang – Vang Vieng

After breakfast, we depart from Xieng Khuang towards Vang Vieng, a provincial town located by a river. Our journey continues on through mountainous scenery to Vientiane province and Vang Vieng a small rural village which is located in a stunning natural setting, with a backdrop of Limestone Mountains by the river. We arrive there late in the afternoon, to relax and unwind in the evening (~ 4 – 5 hours by road 275 km)

Accommodation: Inthira Vang Vieng (Deluxe Room)

Day 8: Vang Vieng

After breakfast discovers the area around VangVieng. For those feeling energetic why not take a short walk to Tham Jang Cave just one of the local caves in the area where the villagers of VangVieng hid out during the bombing of the Indochina Wars. You can also visit the Blue Lagoon and bathe in its crystal blue water.

Accommodation: Inthira Vang Vieng (Deluxe Room)

Day 9: Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang

Our final day takes us from Vang Vieng our journey continues north along the mountainous roads north of the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Luang Prabang. There will be plenty of time to stop along the way, the drive takes about 5 hours and you will arrive at Luang Prabang in mid-afternoon, transfer to your hotel where you will have plenty of time to freshen up. (~4 – 5 hours by road 230 km)

Accommodation: Luang Prabang Inn Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Day 10: Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast free at your leisure until transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your award flight ticket

Price Includes:

Accommodation as mentioned in the program
Private Transport with Air Con
All Entrance fees
All Activities as mentioned in the Program
All Boat Trip
English Speaking Guide
Meals Breakfast only
Drinking-Water
Government Tax

Price Excludes:

Alcohol
Visa Fees / Border fees
Personal Expenses
International / Internal Flight
Travel Insurance
Lunch & Dinner

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