An Incredible Laos travel is an opportunity to escape from the lifestyle of the developed world. Soak up in the serene atmosphere and admire the picturesque scenery of this little destination. Luang Prabang is a must-visit place in Laos. It is a royal ancient capital and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore its old-world charm and tranquility, exploring temples alongside saffron-clad monks.
Swimming or hiking to its natural wonder – Kuang Si Falls, the largest waterfall in Luang Prabang, with three tiers culminating in a 50-meter drop. Then enjoy some of the most impressive scenery in Southeast Asia en route to Xieng Khouang. Visit the three sites of the strange giant stone jars which their original use and significance still unclear. Travel to the sleepy capital Vientiane, spend time wandering past French colonial mansions, and watch a fiery sunset over the Mekong.
This Laos tour travel also takes you to the off beat destination of Laos. In Southern Laos you will see the fertile Bolaven Plateau, which is well known for its cool mountain climate, numerous dramatic waterfalls, and plantations that produce some of the world’s finest coffee. The incredible temple complex at Wat Phu Champasak pre-dates Angkor Wat and at Si Phan Don (Four Thousand Islands) we enjoy a boat tour of the islands in the lower Mekong River before it flows into Cambodia.
Upon arrival at the airport, our Realistic Asia‘s driver meets and travels you to accommodation. 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 hill-tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
After breakfast, we enjoy a short tour of 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.
It will gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two caves are link and 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 they produce rice wine and it’s local specialty. 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
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 travel 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 travel and visit local villages of Laos 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.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
After breakfast, we travel to the National Museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Laos culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. You will also visit and cannot miss the National Museum and the Central Market. 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
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, the rest of time free at your leisure.
Overnight in Vientiane
After breakfast, we see the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon we transfer out to see the Buddha Park, 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. A spectacular view of over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.
Overnight in Vientiane
After breakfast, we catch an early flight to Pakse. On arrival, we travel 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 in Laos. We have time to explore these intriguing Khmer ruins . Wat Phu is one of the Lao World Heritage sites of 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 long tail boat 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 Khone Island
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.
Then we continue discovering 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. Afterthat, 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 Khone Island
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. We return to Pakse by late evening.
Overnight in Pakse
After breakfast, free at your leisure until your transfer to the airport flight. End your travel to Laos and Say goodbye!
English speaking guide
Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
Private transportation in private air-conditioned
Accommodation in twin shared
Private boat trip as stated in above sights
Admission fee to indicated sights
Gov’t tax and service charge
2 bottles (600mml) of drinking water per day during the tour
Int’l air tickets to / from Laos
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