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ST OL 10:  INCREDIBLE LAOS ( 10days / 9nights )
LUANG PRABANG – XIENG KHOANG – VIENTIANE – DONKHONG ISLAND - PASKE

Laos in brief the people's democratic Republic of Lao is located in the center of in the center of Indochina, sharing borders with China to north west, Thailand to west, Cambodia to the south, and Vietnam to the east.
Laos has a population of a bout 5,5 millions inhabitants and make up of 48 different ethnic groups with an are of 236,800 square kilometres. Around 70 % of its terrain is mountainous reaching a maximum elevation of 2,820 m in Xieng Khouang province. The landscapes of northern Laos and regions adjacent to Vietnam in particular are dominated by hills. The Mekong river is the main geographical feature in the west and in fact, from a natural border with Thailand and some areas. The Mekong flows through nearly 1,900 km of Laos. In the south the Mekong reaches a breadth of 14 km, creating an area with thousands of land. The capital Vientiane and all other major cities and towns are located of the bank of the Mekong river, while virtually every village depends on the vital bon between the land and water. The first kingdom of laos is Lane Xang kingdom (the Land of Million Elephants.)

Day 1: Arrival - Luang Prabang
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After a short rest, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2: Luang Prabang - Pakou - Luang Prabang (B/…/…)
After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to 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 speciality of rice wine is produced. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village well known for its hand weaving. We also have time to visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls (B/…/…)
An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene. Time permitting you may also wish to drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village, and then return to the city by late evening for observing the sunset at Wat Siphouthabath.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Xiengkhouang (Road) (B/…/…)
After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. The National Museum and the Central Market are not to be missed. After visiting these sights. Today, we drive 306km uphill a mountain surrounded by wonderful natural scenery to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over the plateau. If time permits, we see the old capital of Muang Khoun and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history.
Overnight in Xiengkhuang

Day 5: Xiengkhouang – Vientiane (Flight) (B/…/…)
Following breakfast, we visit the Central Market. After you will have free time to explore the town further before catching our flight back to Vientiane. After checking into the hotel, time permiting we continue our sightseeing tour of the surrounding areas of Vientiane; we visit the impressive Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge and the Buddha Park, a a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. A spectacular view of over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 6: Vientiane - City Tour (B/…/…)
AM: After breakfast, we continue to explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including 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.
PM: We continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We return to the Mekong Riverside in the late afternoon for observing the sunset.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 8: Vientiane – Pakse – Don Khong Island (Flight) (B/…/…)
After breakfast, we catch an early flight to Pakse. On arrival, we drive on the National Road No. 13th south to Champassak and to visit the fascinating pre-angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins, which are perched at the base of Mount Phu Kao. Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in 2001, this wonderful archeological site of Khmer civilization dates back to the 10th century, predating the famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. We continue our journey by road to Don Khong, the largest island in the South Mekong river region known as the 4000 islands, one of the most scenic areas in Laos.

Overnight in Don Khong Island

Day 8: Don Khong Island – Surrounding (Boat) (B/…/…)

After an early breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone, where you will see an array of relics from the French colonial era and retrace the old colonial past, including old French colonial buildings and the remnants of the first Lao railway with it’s locomotive. We continue discover the 4000 islands area by boat at our leisure to visit the Liphi waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls marking the end of Lao border to Cambodia, also known as the Samphamith. If we are lucky, we may even see the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphin at Ban Hang Khone. We return to Ban Nakasang and drive to famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfall in South East Asia, known as Niagara of the east.

Overnight in Don Khong Island

Day 9: Don Khong Island - Tadlo – Pakse (B/…/…)
Upon leaving Done Khone Island, we continue our journey towards Tadlo, through Boloven plateau. The Boloven Plateau is known for its cooler temperature being located high above the Mekong Valley. Rivers run off this high plateau in all directions and then plunge out to lush forests along in a series of spectacular surging waterfalls. A trip to the plateau provides a refreshing break from the heat and allows you to observe the cultivation of rich coffee, tea, cardamom, bananas, and other crops that can be seen en route.  This trip gives visitors the chance to venture off the beaten track and to discover some of the lesser-known areas of Laos, exploring the wild beauty of this southern region. Upon arrival at Tad Lo waterfall, we visit the villages of Alak, Nge, and Katu, populated by ethnic minority groups. We return to Pakse by late evening.
Overnight in Pakse

Day 10: 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 Rathani Thailand.

Tour Class

All prices are valid from 1st May to 30 Sep 2013
Tour price in USD net per person in group of

Surcharge
If require

Hotel Categories

1

2

3-4

5-7

8-11

12-15

16-19

20 up

Single

Standard=3*

2,124

1,109

950

701

627

527

529

511

230

First Class=4*

2,299

1,194

1,036

785

712

611

612

596

330

Deluxe=5*

2,594

1,362

1,202

954

879

779

781

763

465


Surcharge If require

MEAL

Half-board

Full-board

Standard (based on local restaurant)

90

200

Supplement flight:
Vientiane- Pakse = 142 USD/pax, included airport tax
Xiengkhuang- Vientiane = 98 USD/pax, included airport tax
The airfare is subject to change without prior notice from the airlines


ACCOMMODATION

Places

STANDARD (3*)

SUPERIOR (4*)

DELUXE (5*)

Luang Prabang

Manoluck (standard)
www.manoluckhotel.com

Villa Santi Hotel (Deluxe)
www.villasantihotel.com

Villa Maly Hotel (Superior)
www.villa-maly.com  

Don khong Island

Pon Arena (standard)
www.ponarenahotel.com 

Sensuthxeune (standard)
www.ssxhotel.com       

Sensuthxeune (standard)
www.ssxhotel.com      

Pakse

Pakse Hotel (Deluxe)
Web: N/A

Champasak Palace (Superior) 
www.champasakpalacehotel-pakse.com

Champasak Palace (Superior) 
www.champasakpalacehotel-pakse.com

Xiengkhouang

Auberge (Standard)
Web: N/A

Auberge (Standard)
Web: N/A

Auberge (Standard)
Web: N/A

Vientiane

Sengtawan Riverside Hotel (Standard)
www.sengtawan.com

Mercure (Standard)

Lao Plaza Hotel (Plaza Floor)
 www.laoplazahotel.com

Inclusive of above prices:

  1. Private transportation in private air-conditioned
  2. Accommodation in twin shared 
  3. Private boat trip as stated in above sights
  4. English speaking guide (some escort & some station guide)
  5. Admission fee to indicated sights
  6. Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
  7. Gov’t tax and service charge
  8. Luggage handling
  9. 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour
  10. 2 cold tower per day during the tour

Exclusive of above prices:

  • Visa stamping fee
  • Int’l air tickets to / from Laos
  • Domestic airticket Xiengkhouang- Vientiane and Vientiane- Pakse with airport tax
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Meals:lunch or dinner where not stated
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others

 

Trip Summary :

Where:

Trip starts in Vientiane and ends in Vientiane

When:

All year round;

Grade:

Moderate to Strenous;

Accommodation:

Tourist-class hotels (Standard and clean hotel),

Transport:

Private car or bus, boat, public ferry,

Meals:

As indicated;
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

 

 

 

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