5 Day Classic Laos

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  • Duration: 5
  • Destinations: Vientiane - Luang Prabang
  • Departure date: As you prefer.
  • Tour Code: VLP5

    The ‘classic’ tour in Laos and essential for anyone with a short amount of time on their hands or great for combining into a bigger Indochina multi country tour. All the main sights are included, as well as our exclusive interactive Hmong village experience!

    Day1. Arrival – Vientiane – half day city tour

    Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. 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. En route 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. The final visit of the day will be 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.

    (Meals: _/_/_)

    That Luang Stupa , Vientiane Wat Sisaket, Vientiane

    Day2. Vientiane – Luang Prabang – half day city walking tour

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your short flight to 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’. We visit the Royal Palace Museum which hosts a range of interesting artefacts. We begin our walking tour, taking in some of Luang Prabangs hidden secrets, walking down the quiet back lanes leading to Wat Xiengthong, with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style. Along the way we stop at Wat Chomkhong, which is known for its decorative carvings. This area contains a mix of beautiful old French Colonial buildings, and traditional old Lao houses, which you will have time to admire, along with a stop at the small but charming Wat Phapai. We also pass by the Fine Arts School, where we can see some of the quality artwork on display.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    (Meals: breakfast/_/_)

    Day3. Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Cave

    After breakfast, we 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 via Ban Nongxai, an artisans village and also to visit a silversmith workshop. We arrive back in Luang Prabang by mid afternoon.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang.

    (Meals: breakfast/_/_)

    Buddhas at Pak Ou Cave Rice Wine Production, Ban Xanghai

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

    Day4. Luang Prabang – Hmong Experience and Kuang Si Waterfall

    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.

    After breakfast, we visit the local Phosi Market, this is the place where all the locals shop and your guide will show you the diverse offerings on display. 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 Longlao, a Hmong village and start trekking with the villagers 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 you return to Luang Prabang in time to catch the sun setting over the Mekong.

    Overnight in Luang Prabang

    (Meals: breakfast/Lunch/_)

     

    Swimming at Kuang Si Falls Villagers at BanThinkeo

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

    Day5. Luang Prabang – Departure

    Depending on your departing flight you may have time at leisure before your transfer to the airport for departure.

    (Meals: breakfast/_/_)

    Included

    • Transportation in private vehicle
    • Accommodation in twin shared room
    • Domestic air ticket VTE – LPQ = US$90/pax
    • Private Boat trip as stated in above sights
    • English speaking guide
    • Admission fee to indicated sights
    • Meals: daily breakfast at hotel, lunch/dinner where stated only
    • Gov’t tax and service charge
    • Luggage handling and drinking water

    Accommodation

    Location 3 Star 4 Star 5 Star
    Vientiane City Inn
    (Deluxe room)
    Green Park Boutique hotel
    (Deluxe room)
    Settha Palace Hotel
    (Deluxe room)
    Luang Prabang Mekong Riverside Hotel
    (Superior room)
    Ang Thong Hotel
    (Deluxe room)
    Villa Maly Hotel
    (Superior room)

    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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