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Tranquil Laos, one of the last peaceful countries on earth. Endowed with stunning natural beauty, from the remote mountainous North, to the fertile southern region of the Bolaven plateau. The World Heritage listed Luang Prabang with its magnificent Buddist temples, colourful hills tribes and the mighty Mekong River is not to be missed. The hospitable Laos people take great pride in their ceremonies and customs This is the country for adventure and discovery.

DAY 1:
Arrives Vientaine- City Tour

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Arrive Vientiane. Your guide and private car will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.
Overnight in Vientiane

DAY 2:
Vientaine City Tour- Luang Praban

Breakfast only


After breakfast at your hotel enjoy a guided tour to discover the hidden charms of Vientiane, whose name means ‘the city of sandal wood’. Vientiane is one of the quietest capitals in the world, far away from the bustle and hustle of other Asian capitals and far from the real-estate frenzy of the regional megalopolis.

Your tour begins at the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.

Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Also nearby, is the Presidential Palace.  Although you are not allowed to visit inside, it is a good glimpse in to the town’s colonial past as this building formerly served as the French governor’s palace. Stop at Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane, as it is considred the guardian of the spirit of the city. Upon its grounds, you will find an Angkorian-era pillar and it is a popular belief that if you circle it three times and make a wish, then that wish will come true. 

Your guide and private car will then transfer you to the airport for your departure flight QV105 departing at 1300 to Luang Prabang. Arrive Luang Prabang on flight QV105 at 1340. Your guide and private care will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for check-in.

This afternoon you will be taken on a brief orientation tour of the spiritual capital of Laos.  
Climb the 328 steps that lead to the top of Mount Phousi where you will be rewarded with marvelous views of the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, the neighboring mountain ranges, and the city buildings. The sunset views are particularly spectacular as the sun casts glorious colors over the peaceful scenery below.  Descend the steps on the opposite side of the hill and stroll to the nearby colorful Night Market.  Every evening along the main street, the area’s ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts.  The quiet evening atmosphere and soft lights of the stalls combine to create a magical market setting from which to shop for souvenirs.  
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 3:
Luang Prabang- City Tour

Breakfast only

After breakfast, your city tour begins with a visit to the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, where you will explore the history of Laos. Continue on foot to Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief, and Wat Sensoukarahm, which features a beautiful dazzling golden façade. End this morning’s tour a Wat Xieng Thong, Laos’ most photographed temple. Located at the end of the peninsula, close to the Mekong River, this temple was built in 1560 by King Setthathirat.

This afternoon, visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name.

Then visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities.  Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories.  It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people (note: closed on Monday).

As today comes to a close, cross the Mekong for a walk on the opposite riverside and a climb to Wat Chompet for a different view of the city for sunset.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 4:
Luang Prabang- Kuang Si Waterfall- Cooking Class

Breakfast and Dinner


Optional: For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms.  As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents.  It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people.   Return to the hotel for breakfast

After breakfast, visit the refreshing waters of the Kuang Si Waterfalls, located at 32 km from Luang Prabang. These waterfalls cascade down a multilevel limestone formation creating a series of turquoise blue pools perfect for swimming in on a hot day.  The jungle and dense woods surrounding the falls is filled with wildlife and pleasant walks can be taken along the natural footpaths.  (Note: when bathing, please wear a sarong, no bare bodies). En route, there is an option of stopping at a small village inhabited by one of the country’s numerous ethnic minorities where you will learn more about their traditional way of life and unique customs.

In the late afternoon learn the secrets behind the delicious Lao cuisine with a cooking class at Tamnak Laos run by on of Luang Prabangs most famous restaurants. The expert chefs will demonstrate how to prepare four authentic Lao dishes; you then taste them and choose three to cook yourself. You will be given a cook book that you can take home and use as a guide to impress your family and friends with new flavors and your new expertise. The cook book also offers ideas of how to use some Lao delicacies in western dishes. As a reward for your hard work, sit down to a delicious meal of the dishes you have helped create.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

DAY 5:
Luang Prabang- Pak Ou Caves- Kamu Lodge

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner


After breakfast depart from Wat Xieng pier to embark on a cruise up the Mekong River from Luang Prabang to the Kamu Lodge.
Along the way stop at the Pak Ou Caves. Locally referred to as Tam Ting, these two caves are carved out of towering limestone cliffs and contain thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. The Buddhas range in size from a few centimeters to the size of a human. The caves are as well a destination for local pilgrimages.

Continue upriver for another hour to reach the Kamu Lodge for lunch time. The Kamu Lodge features 20 private canvas tents, each one of which is protected from the elements by a thatch roof. The tents are also decorated with bamboo and wooden furniture allowing the Lodges’ grounds to harmoniously blend with surrounding nature. They each feature private attached bathroom and toilet with solar powered hot water and electricity.

This afternoon, you may choose to participate in a variety of different activities. You will be rewarded with a very original Lao experience:
-    rice planting and harvesting in surrounding rice fields
-    gold panning (January to June) in the Mekong. Anything you find is yours!
-    traditional fishing techniques in the Mekong.  You can sample your catch for dinner!
-    Local village visit and encounters

Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.

           

DAY 6:
Kamu Lodge- Luang Prabang- Vientaine

Breakfast only


This morning is at your leisure to enjoy breakfast and relaxing surroundings of the Kamu Lodge.  Travel by boat down the Mekong to Luang Prabang for flight departure to Vientaine.
Over nights in Vientaine.

DAY 7:
Vientaine- Departure

Breakfast only


This morning is at your leisure to enjoy breakfast and relaxing surroundings of Vientaine. Transfer to airport for flight departure home.

Special Remarks:

ADDITIONAL AIRFARES
              ROUTE                                                                 AIRLINE                          US Dollars / Person
Saigon- Vientaine - Saigon                                           Vietnam Airlines (VN)                         350
Vientiane – Luang Prabang- Vientaine                           Lao Airlines (QV)                                280
Note: All airfares are subject to change by the airline 

Flight in Details:
Saigon- Vientaine:                     VN 920  SGN VTE  1610  1920  Via REP                   
Vientain- Luang Prabang            QV 111 VTE LPQ 0855 0945 
Vientaine- Luang prabange:       QV 103 VTE LPQ 1630 1725
Luang Prabang- Vientaine:         QV 102 LPQ VTE 1330 1415
Vientaine-  Saigon:                    VN 921 VTE SGN 1145 1500
Luang Prabang- Saigon:             VN 931  LPQ REP  1410  1610 / VN 812 REP SGN  1820  1920 
 


Supplement guide other languages:
Language                         Supplement per group per program
French                              USD232.- / group
 German / Spanish             USD322.- / group

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