10 Day Incredible Laos

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  • Duration: 10
  • Destinations: Luang Prabang - Xiengkhuang - Vientiane - 4000 Islands - Pakse
  • Departure date: As you prefer.
  • Tour Code: VC13070088

    Day1. Arrival – Luang Prabang

    Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang has been claimed by UNESCO to be ‘the best preserved city in South East Asia’. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

     

    Day2. Luang Prabang – City Tour – Pak Ou Caves(B)

    After breakfast, your short city tour starts with a visit to Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. We then return to Luang Prabang by car. We have also the option to visit the weaving textile and Sa paper making villages of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xienglek. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

     

    Note: during rainy season (May-September) the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available.

    Day3. Luang Prabang – Hmong Experience and Kuang Si Waterfall (B/L)

    An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning ritual of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms from the faithful residents. This procession is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the tradition. Afterwards, we have the option of visiting the local morning market, before returning to the hotel for breakfast.

    After breakfast we visit the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artefacts (closed on Tuesday). We also stop at Ock Pop Tock, a silk weaving centre. Here you will be given a guided tour and the silk weaving process will be explained. Next we drive to Ban Thinkeo. Hmong minority to learn their culture and traditional. We then continue to Kuang Si Waterfall, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the beautiful multi tiered falls. You also have the opportunity to cool off in the turquoise blue pools. Afterwards we return to Luangprabang continue visit Wat Visoun and water melon stupa

    Late this afternoon stretching your legs climb Mount Phousi, which offers a spectacular sunset and a panoramic view over Luang Prabang and the Mekong River. Afterwards, strolling through the night market (open between 5pm-10pm) setting in downtown selling a large variety of local textiles and ethnic handicrafts.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

     

    Note: during rainy season (May-September) the itinerary is subject to change due to the weather conditions, an alternative programme is available.

    Day4. Luang Prabang – Xiengkhuang (B)

    We start early this morning, around 8am for the drive to Xiengkhuang, famous for the ‘Plain of Jars’. The road follows a twisty mountain route, and we make our first stop at Houi Hei, which offers great views of the surrounding mountains. We then continue Ban Kiu Marknao 2, a Khmu village to explore, before arriving in Phou Khoun for lunch. We continue on the road into Xiengkhuang province, reaching our highest altitude of the day 1500m above sea level, just after Phou Khoun. We have time to make a stop at Ban Son Boom, a Hmong village. Our final stops of the day are a reminder that this region played a major part during the Vietnam War – as we visit a hidden Buddha Cave, that served as an army hospital during the war. We arrive at your hotel by early evening. if time permit visit the Mines Action Group (MAG) office. (The road journey today takes approximately 7-8hours including stops on the way)

    Overnight in Xiengkhuang.

     

    Day5. Xiengkhouang – Vientiane (B)

    After breakfast transfer out to visit Jar Site 1 and site 2 located on top of a hill offering great views of the surrounding countryside. Then driving out to the ancient town of Muang Khoun, the former provincial capital, where you can explore the ruins of a number of ancient pagodas in the Lanna style and Wat Phiawat, a ruined temple containing a huge sitting Buddha. We return back to Phonsavan town, and going on to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

    Flight from Xiengkhuang to Vientiane with Lao airlines on QV402 departs at 14:40, arrives at 15:10. (Note: the flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice from the airlines) Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane.

     

    Day6. Vientiane – Half day city tour(B)

    Your half day city tour, begin with the oldest, Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Wat Si Muang, site of the lak meuang (pillar-stone) of Vientiane, Si Muang temple is home to the guardian spirit of the statues. You have the option to visit the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting a much overlooked aspect of Laos and a major problem many of the local people face on a day to day basis in the form of unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era.

    Overnight in Vientiane.

     

    Day7. Vientiane – Pakse –Khong Island (B)

    You will be transferred to the airport early this morning for the flight to Pakse.

    Flight from Vientiane to Pakse with Lao airlines on QV301 departs at 08:35, arrives at 09:50. (Note: the flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice from the airlines)

    Upon arrival you will be met and transferred directly onto a private traditional boat for a 2- hour cruise to Champassak. Disembark at this ancient town, of the Champa Kingdom; continue by car to Wat Phou, another World Heritage Site in Laos, which became recognized by UNESCO in 2002. Wat Phou is the site of ruins which were once part of a temple built some time before Angkor Wat in Siem Reap. It contains some of the most Ancient Khmer architectures which date back to between the 7-11th centuries. In the afternoon you will drive to Don Khong, an area of 4000 islands which is the widest point of the Mekong River during the rainy season, although during the dry months the river recedes, leaving behind thousands of islands and islets. This area of the river is also famous for being the home to the endangered Irrawaddy dolphins. En route, we visit the atmospheric ruins of the Khmer temple of Oup Mong at Ban Houei Tomo, located in the forest. Arrive at Khong Island via ferry early evening.

     

    Overnight on Khong Island.

     

    Day8. Khong Island – Surrounding(B)

    Following breakfast, we enjoy a visit to the surrounding countryside, and embark on a long tail boat tour to Don Khone, where we disembark and have the option of exploring the island by bicycle, which takes you to visit the remains of the French period and Liphi Waterfall or “the Corridor of the Devil”. We return to the mainland at the fishing village of Ban Nakasang and drive further south to visit Khone Phapheng. Khone Phapheng is considered the largest waterfall by volume in South East Asia; this is a really impressive site near the Lao-Cambodian border, set within an area which is teeming with wildlife, making this area one of the most breathtaking destinations in Laos. Then we drive back to Khong Island.

    Overnight on Khong Island.

     

    Day9. Khong Island – Bolaven Plateau – Pakse(B)

    This morning we leave early and drive north to the Bolaven Plateau. The Bolaven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Our first stop is to visit Lak Sipkao (Kilometre19), a Laven village specializing in knifemaking. We then stop at a tea plantation, followed by a stop at Tad Fan Waterfall, a picturesque twin chute waterfall. We then make a stop at a coffee plantation, en route to Tha Teng Market, a colourful ethnic minority food market. Next we explore another interesting minority village, Ban Bong Neua, an Alak village, that boasts a sacrificial altar. We arrive at the beautiful Tadlo Waterfall by late afternoon and head back to Pakse, stopping at Ban Houi Hun, Katu foot weaving textile, where they keep coffins under their houses, before arriving back in Pakse by early evening.

    Overnight in Pakse

     

    Day10. Pakse – Departure(B)

    After breakfast; there will be free time for your own exploration of Pakse Town before catching a flight to Siem Reap-Cambodia or exiting Laos overland from the Chongmek International checkpoint to Ubon Ratchathani Thailand.

     

    Included

    • Transportation in private vehicle
    • Accommodation in twin shared room
    • Domestic air ticket XKH-VTE-PKZ
    • Private Boat trip as stated in above sights
    • English speaking guide
    • Admission fee to indicated sights
    • Meals as listed in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner
    • Gov’t tax and service charge
    • Luggage handling and drinking water

    Accommodation

    Location 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
    Luang Prabang Mekong River Side Hotel (Superior Room ) Villa Maly (Superior Room ) Satri House (Deluxe Room)
    Xiengkhuang Auberge Plain des Jarres (Standard Bungalow) Auberge Plain des Jarres (Standard Bungalow) Auberge Plain des Jarres (Standard Bungalow)
    Vientiane City Inn Vientiane (Deluxe Room) Green Park Boutique (Deluxe Room) Settha Palace (Deluxe Room)
    4000 Islands Senesothxuene Hotel (Superior Room) Senesothxuene Hotel (Superior Room) Senesothxuene Hotel (Suite Room)
    Pakse Pakse Hotel (Deluxe Room) Champasak Grand Hotel (Premier Suite) Champasak Grand Hotel (Premier Suite)

       Hotel

    Price valid from 01-Oct-13 to 30-Sep-2014

    1pax

    2pax

    3-4pax

    5-8pax

    SS

    2 Star

    2,898

    1,726

    1,422

    1,239

    293

    3 Star

    3,075

    1,814

    1,510

    1,328

    372

    4 Star

    3,175

    1,870

    1,563

    1,383

    412

    5 Star

    3,711

    2,138

    1,836

    1,650

    665

    1.Travel Documentation

    All clients must have a valid passport and visas before travel.

    2. Children Policy

    Under 2 years old: No charge for tour & 50% airfare charge
    From 2 to under 5 years old: 50% charge for tour & 75% airfare charge
    From 5 to under 12 years old: 75% charge for tour & airfare
    From 12 years old: 100% charge as adult

    3. Insurance:

    An illness, an accident or an unexpected situation can arise before or during any type of vacation. Such an event might cause you to cut short your trip or cause your trip to be cancelled altogether.

    Insurance exists to protect passengers from financial loss in the event of an emergency.

    We strongly recommend you buy travel insurance before travel.

    4. Alteration of Itinerary

    Prior to the booking, we are happy to process alterations to your itinerary free of charge. Once the deposit has been paid, alterations will attract a fee of 30AUD per request.

    5. The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:

    All cancellations will incur a fee of 100AUD per person.

    No-show travellers will be charged 100% of the tour price.

    6. Deposit & Final Payment

    Bookings Less than 45 days from departure date More than 45 days from departure date
    1000AUD or more Full amount required at time of booking 200AUD deposit required at time of booking
    1000AUD or less Full amount required at time of booking

    The appropriate amount will automatically be debited to the credit card provided or by other payment arrangements. Failing this the booking will be automatically be cancelled without notification.

    Final Payment:
    Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure. Ticket/voucher will be provided on receipt of final payment.

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