Eye of Mekong River
5 days / 4 nights
Huay Xai- Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang – Khuangsi Waterfall - Luang Prabang – Vientiane
The lifeline of Laos is the Mekong River which runs the length of the country, making it the ideal vantage point from which to experience this once isolated nation. The mountainous upper stretches of the Mekong are the background for scenic cruises between Houaysay in Northern Laos and the ancient royal capital of Luang Prabang.
Tour Code : VSP 10
Day 1: Huay Xai – Pakbeng (L,D)
The Luang Say Cruise boat leaves Houei Say pier at 09h00am for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and visit minority ethnic groups; then, a buffet lunch on board. Arrive Pakbeng before sunset and check-in at LuangSay Lodge. You can then enjoy dinner on the terrace overlooking the Mekong River. Overnight in Pakbeng .
Services included: Transport, guide, entrance fee, boat trip and hotel.
Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou Caves – Luang Prabang (B, L)
Full breakfast at lodge, (Optional: walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding minority villages exchange their goods). At 08:30 board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. A short stop to discover a Hmong village before having a buffet lunch on board. Continue to Pak-Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and then visit Pak Ou Caves “Cave of a thousand Buddha’s”. On the way to Luang Prabang a brief stop is made to observe the traditional process of manufacturing local rice alcohol. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip and hotel.
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Half day city tour – Khuangsi Waterfall (B)
Your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We also have time to visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai.In the afternoon we will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes us to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang by early evening. Overnight in Luang Prabang .
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vientiane half day city tour (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be checked into your hotel and following lunch Your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientianeâ€™s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, flight ticket and hotel.
Day 5: Vientiane – Departure (B)
Today, after breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for the departure flight. End services
Services included: Transportation
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What is included
+ Transportation in private
+ English speaking guide
+ Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
+ Admission fee to indicated sights
+ Boat trip as stated in above sights
+ Accommodation in twin shared room
+ Flight ticket: Luang Prabang to Vientiane
+ Luggage handling and drinking water.
+ Govâ€™t tax and service charge
What is excluded
+ Personal expenses, drinks, telephone, laundry, tips.
+ Laos Visa, airfare and airport departure tax paying at check in desks.
+ Payment services charge by credit card or bank transfer.
+ Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.