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Lao Style 6 Days / 5 Nights

Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Southeast Asia

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Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Exotissimo Travei 24 people max
  • Luang prabang airport, laos
  • Culture & Nature trips
Discover the distinctive charm and beauty of Laos in this journey through the kingdom formerly known as Lang Xang, the Land of Million Elephants. Staying in some of Indochina's most elegant hotels you will have the opportunity to taste the unique atmosphere in Luang Prabang as well as see enigmatic Vientiane. Along the way you will be enchanted and fascinated by this extraordinary Buddhist country noted for her genuinely friendly people and languorous pace of life.

Luang Prabang is one of Asia's most beautiful towns. A unique blend of temples and colonial buildings set between two rivers and a range of limestone mountains, it is one of the last Shangri-la's in the world. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the architectural heritage of the city has been preserved, and no tall buildings mar the townscape. This ancient town is resplendent with well-preserved Buddhist temples, pagodas and tree-lined riverbanks. We will bring you deep into the limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Caves to see the repository of Buddha statues and up Mount Phou Si to capture the spectacular panorama of the town. You will have time to observe and partake in the giving of food items to saffron-clad monks as they stroll along the streets during their daily alms collection at dawn as well as pick up an assortment of textiles and handicrafts in the bustling hill tribe night market.

A flight south will take you to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, located along the Mekong River. Resembling a small town more than a capital, Vientiane still maintains the handsome majesty and grandeur of its colonial yesteryears with its ample French-inspired buildings and wide boulevards. You also have the opportunity to learn the finer aspects of Lao culture heritage through its fine cuisine and traditional crafts besides enjoying an aromatic brew of the local coffee by the riverbanks of stately Mekong River.

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Lao, People's Democratic Republic, Southeast Asia

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  • This is a custom departure, meaning this trip is offered on dates that you arrange privately with the provider. Additionally, you need to form your own private group for this trip. The itinerary and price here is just a sample. Contact the provider for detailed pricing, minimum group size, and scheduling information. For most providers, the larger the group you are traveling with, the lower the per-person cost will be.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Luang Prabang (D)

On arrival, you will be welcomed by your tour guide and taken to your hotel. An orientation tour around this picturesque town will give you the opportunity to chat with monks at a local temple. At sunset, ascend the 328 steps to the top of Phou Si Mountain that offers a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding rivers and cityscape. In the evening, wander through the bustling Night Market where ethnic hill tribe minorities peddle their wares of traditional costumes and handicrafts.

 

Overnight  in Vientiane

Day 2 - Luang Prabang (B,L,D)

Rise early at dawn to experience life as a local by watching monks in saffron robes going on their alms collection before visiting the local fresh market. Soak in the history of Luang Prabang at the Royal Palace, now the National Museum, Wat Visoun with its iconic Watermelon Stupa and Wat Aham. Watch the adept skills of weavers as they demonstrate the significance of silk weaving in Lao culture at the Ock Pop Tok gallery where you will be inspired to design your own scarf. In the late afternoon, you can try your hand at whipping up Laotian specialties amidst the splendid ambience of The Alila.

 

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 3 - Luang Prabang (B,L)

Today, we will take you to the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers to visit Wat Xieng Thong. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Caves. Dine on fabulous Lao cuisine while anchored beneath the limestone karsts on a tranquil stretch of river. On the return cruise, stop at small villages to see the production of traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper by local artisans. This evening is at your leisure to explore the city or relax at your luxury hotel.

 

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B,L,D)

Today, you will fly to Vientiane and drive along the Mekong River and the city's main boulevards to Patuxai, Vientiane's version of "Arc de Triomphe" Lend a helping hand to street children and their families by lunching at the vocational Mak Phet restaurant that serves authentic and delicious Lao cuisine prepared by the instructors and students. Witness the transformation of natural and recycled materials into quality handicrafts by disadvantaged artists at Les Artisans Lao. Enjoy an enchanting stroll by the lazy Mekong River before dining at Phatoke Laoderm where you will be enchanted by an elegant performance of Lao traditional dance.

 

Overnight  in Vientiane

Day 5 - Vientiane (B,L,D)

In the morning, you will take a tour of That Luang, the cultural symbol of Laos with its magnificent golden stupa before ascending the steps up to Patuxai, Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe for a spectacular view over a city that has almost no high-rise buildings. The cultural tour will lead you on to Vat Sisaket with hundreds of Buddha statues nestled in the temple walls and Vat Ho Phra Keo, the temple that once housed the sacred Emerald Buddha. Indulge in gastronomic delights at Tinay restaurant renowned for its French-styled bistro before pampering yourself with some shopping and spa treatment. Observe the unique Baci Ceremony, an eclectic mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs followed by authentic Lao cuisine in the home of your evening hosts.

 

Overnight at Vientiane

Day 6 - Departure from Vientiane (B)

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for onwards departure flight.

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