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Laos Highlights 9 days

VSP 04

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09 Days / 08 Nights

Vientiane – Luang Namtha – Ban Nam Yang– Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Muang La – Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou - Khuangsi Waterfall – Luang Prabang departure

Brief description
This 9 day package tour will include a discovery of Luang Namtha, Ban Nam Yang, Oudomxay, Muang La, Nong Khiaw and Luang Prabang. Spend holiday to visit cultural sites in cities and ethnic villages in Laos

 

Tour Code : VSP 04
Tour Route: Vientiane – Luang Namtha – Ban Nam Yang– Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Muang La – Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou – Khuangsi Waterfall – Luang Prabang departure
Tour Duration: 09 Days / 08 Nights
Level : Medium
Group size : Private only – 1 person minimum and above

 

Brief itinerary:
Day 1: Vientiane Arrival
Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Namtha
Day 3: Luang Namtha – Ban Nam Yang
Day 4: Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Muang La
Day 5: Muang La
Day 6: Muang La – Nong Khiaw
Day 7: Nong Khiaw – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Khuangsi Waterfall
Day 9:Luang Prabang – Departure

 

Detail itinerary
Day 1: Vientiane arrival
On arrival in Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Time permitting, 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 Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.
Services included: Transport, guide, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 2: Vientiane – Luang Namtha (B)
The journey northwards begins as we transfer to the airport and board our flight to Luang Namtha, where you will be met at the airport and transferred to you accommodation. No activities are planned for the rest of the day so you can stroll around the town or just relax at the riverside retreat until the briefing about our upcoming trekking days. Overnight in Luang Namtha.
Services included: Transport, meal, flight tickets and hotel
Day 3: Luang Namtha – Ban Nam Yang (B,L)
This morning we depart by songtaew for the ride to Ban Nam Ngaen where the local guide will help you across the only stream that you will cross that day. We walk for around three hours through forest and upland fields to the highest point of the trek, where there is an Akha resting place. Here you will have a picnic lunch of local food before you descend to the village of Nam Yang for a visit with the villagers. On the way back an Akha hunter will accompany you and display his bird calling skills. We continue down to the Ban Nam Ngaen where you can choose to visit That Poum Pouk if you still have time. Overnight in Luang Namtha.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 4: Luang Namtha – Oudomxay – Muang La (B)
The local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to barter and trade their goods. We visit this congregation before setting off on our journey along the south to Muong La via Oudomxay. Here we have the chance to visit the intriguing Pra Xack Kham Temple with its sacred Buddha image. The 400 years old legendary statue is said to have many supernatural powers, and is widely worshipped among the faithful local Buddhists. We arrive in Muang La, famous for its natural hot springs by mid afternoon. Here you can relax by taking a traditional massage, or enjoy the hot springs. Overnight in Muang La.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 5: Muang La – Meet the Laos ethnic group (B,L)
Day by 4×4 to meet Ikhos villages and Hmong, two communities typical of Laos. The track you will use is superb and offers an incredible climb up to 1000m where you will have a memorable and unique point of view. You will visit first a beautiful village Ikho totally isolated. This community from Yunnan and Tibet has remained extremely traditional. Lunch will be taken on a magnificent view. We join in after the Hmong village of Ban Tauser (45 minutes walking). This ethnic group, originating high steppes of Tibet, you will discover their habits, the important place that keep the animals (pigs, buffaloes…) in their lifestyle and care they provide. The path leading to the village completely isolated offers many viewpoints impressive. A few minutes from the village is a viewpoint with a 360 degree panorama on the region… unique. Back to the resort at the end of the day.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 6: Muang Khua – Half day tour – Nong Khiew (B,L)
This morning we have time for an exploration of Muang La and surrounding ethnic villages before heading back on the road, taking in some wonderful scenery en route to our next stop Nong Khiaw. Overnight in Nong Khiaw.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee, boat trip and hotel.
Day 7: Nong Khiew – Luang Prabang – Pak Ou (B,L)
Today we continue our boat adventure down the Nam Ou, enjoying the lush green forests and landscape. We will be able to stop off at a few villages and admire the breathtaking limestone karst scenery. Along the way we stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by devoted pilgrims. We continue our trip down the river to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang, which we shall reach by late afternoon. After a transfer to your hotel you have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 8: Luang Prabang – Half day city tour – Khuangsi Waterfall (B)
First we visit the morning Phousi 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 crafts, and today you 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 Khuangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Following lunch we then return to Luang Prabang. 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. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Services included: Transport, guide, meals, entrance fee and hotel.
Day 9: Luang Prabang – departure (B)
Today, after breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for the departure flight. End services.
Services included: Transportation.

 

About Price:
Since this is a private tour, the price per person varies and depends on many aspects, such as your group size, the hotel ratings and your departure date. If you want to get a custom price quote for this tour, please fill out the online inquiry form and give you as much information as possible about your trip. Your online travel consultants will be at your service and help you make the most of your travel time and dollars!

 

The rate is inclusive of:
+ Transportation with A/C
+ English speaking guide on tour
+ Meals mentioned above (B- Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)
+ Entrance fee for sites visited
+ Boat trip menitioned in the program
+ Train tickets: Hanoi – Lao Cai (Shared cabin with 4 soft sleepers with A/C)
+ Hotels – shared double/ twin room
+ Government tax, services charge.

 

The rate is exclusive of:
+ Personal expenses, Drinks, telephone, laundry, tips
+ Arrival and Departure Airfare, Vietnam and Laos visa fees
+ Airport departure taxes – paying at airport check in desks
+ Payment services charge by credit card or bank transfer (4%)
+ Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

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