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Laos in Depth 13 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS
  • Experience the ancient religious capital of Laos, Luang Prabang, where the Buddhism is seen all around you. Monks are walking barefoot and lots of old temples are found around the town.
  • Get close to nature and the beautiful waterfall Khuang Sy and visit ethnic people in minority villages just outside Luang Prabang.
  • Cruise down the Mekong River in a traditional wooden boat, while you experience the small hidden villages that are located next to the river.
  • Take a walk around Vientiane and discover the capital, which is home to the most significant national monuments in Laos.
  • Walk through coffee and tea plantations in the Bolovens Plateau, as well as finding stunning waterfalls that strew along the roads.
  • On Khong Island, times stand still. Take a bicycle inland to see the paddy fields and temples while relaxing in a place with few tourists.

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DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1Luang Prabang - Arrival

A Hanoi Voyages representative will welcome you when you arrive at the airport and transfer you to your arranged accommodation where check-in time is 14:00 pm.

Let the excitement commence!

Day 2Luang Prabang - Highlights

Uncover the ancient religious capital of Laos, and be surprised by its serenity and spirituality by tuk tuk:

 

  • Experience unforgettable moments by attending the procession of barefoot monks, who silently collect alms, dressed in their saffron robes, as they walk the streets of the city to collect their food
  • Marvel at the Wat Xieng Thong, is the center of a small religious complex, considered the most beautiful Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang because of its elegant roof down to the bunk ground  and the temple of Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang, it houses numerous gold statues of Buddha
  • Meander through the That Makmo, stone stupa and Vat Aham, a major shrines in the city dedicated to the ancestors of Laos
  • Explore the National Museum (former Royal Palace) which displays a collection of personal artifacts of the royal family and the temple of Wat Mai, Buddhist temple, the largest and most richly decorated temples of Luang Prabang was the residence of a Buddhist patriarch before 1975
  • Stroll into the market before Darat to climb Mount Phousi where you will discover a panoramic view of the ancient royal capital and the Mekong River at sunset
  • Attend an outstanding Baci ceremony and traditional dance show

Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 3Luang Prabang - Khuang Sy waterfall - Ethnic minority villages

Departure to the beautiful waterfall Khuang Sy to discover stunning nature and meet ethnic people in their traditional house made of bamboo, wood and palm leaves:

  • En route, visit minority villages such as H’mong village of Ban Thinkeo and Khmu village of Ban Thapaene.
    Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where traditional product also called Saa paper made from mulberry leaves.
  • Swim in a natural pools nested in the lush tropical vegetation at Khuang Sy waterfall
  • See Ock Pop Tok Textile and meet the owner, he will explain his Cooperation in projects with small villages with regard to the rearing of silkworms, the silk production, weaving, dyes. Laos silk: SILK WILD 100% scale

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 4Luang Prabang - CRUISE - KAMU LODGE - Luang Prabang

Explore a lively riverside scenery, set on the banks of the Mekong River on board a traditional wooden boat.

 

  • Visit two sacred caves of Pak Ou Cave of Tham Ting Cave Tham Phoum. Highly venerated caves in Laos and housing thousands of statues. The caves offer a magnificent view over the Mekong, which in this place mixes its waters with those dark, transparent Nam Ou river
  • Up Kamu Lodge, keep cruising for about 1 hour 30 through landscapes of great beauty. A wilderness where the rainforest invaded the shores
  • Embark on Kamu Lodge, an eco-lodge in the heart of the Laotian countryside, on an exceptional site, in total harmony with nature.
  • Participate in activities (optional) such as planting rice, gold panning and fishing in the Mekong and visit the village inhabited by the ethnic “Kamu” to experience its origin and authenticity

Overnight in Kamu Lodge

Day 5Kamu Lodge - Luang Prabang

• Return to Luang Prabang by boat after a relaxing morning
• Stroll street in Luang Prabang at your free time
• Settle into a flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation.

Overnight at hotel in Vientiane

Day 6Luang Prabang - Ban Phanom - Tomb of Henri Mouhot - Tad Sae Waterfall

Departure for the village of Ban Phanom: Small village weavers, charming and famous for its weaving methods which are based on typical motifs Laos ancestral knowledge and often unique to each family.

  • Continue to reach the tomb of Henry Mouhot, this young explorer Franche-Comte in 1858 which set out alone to explore the banks of the Mekong. He rediscovered Angkor, it was the first to reveal to the world before dying exhausted to Luang Prabang in 1861 at age 33
  • Here on the banks of the Nam Khan River, you will be able to swim in the fresh water coming down from the mountains. Continue heading north to the village of Ban Nonsavat to access the Tiger Trail Elephant Camp & Adventure Camp, which aims to conserve Asian elephants.
  • Get a cool off at the waterfalls of Tad Sae before returning to Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 7 Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

Departure for the town of Vang Vieng, appealing in its natural karst formations sugarloaf.
A 170 kms from Vientiane, a beautiful road surrounded by rice fields and mountains.
Stop in a village and visit a tea plantation.

Approach Vang Vieng, boarding on the Nam Song River to reach the hotel.

Overnight in Vang Vieng

Day 8 Vang Vieng - Vientiane

  • In the morning visit the local market and discovering the triangle rock caves of Tham Sang.
  • Cave elephant called Tham Sang, the Tham Hoi, the Tham Loup, and Tham Nam.
    Stop at the historic site of Vang Xang.
  • Transfer to Vientiane, with a scheduled stop on route to visit a village.
  • Arrive in the capital in the late afternoon, relax at the hotel or stroll on Khua Din market spending time to settle at a sidewalk cafe to watch the banks of the Mekong golden brown.

Day 9 Vientiane - Highlights on tuk tuk

Marvel at the main attractions of the capital city such as temples and monuments:

  • Vat Sisaket is the only temple in Vientiane that has not been destroyed by the Siamese in the raid of incendiary 1828
  • Phrakeo Ho, the former royal chapel where was kept the Emerald Buddha, the palladium of the Kingdom of Lane Xang
  • Patouxay, the triumphal arch built in 1959 is a large golden stupa of That Luang, founded by King Setthathirath in 1566 and symbol of Lao sovereignty and Buddhist religion. It is supposed to contain a hair of Buddha
  • Temple Wat Si Muang, the most visited temple in Vientiane, is considered the seat of the guardian spirit of the city

 

Relax in the monastery of Wat Sokpaluang to assess in a quiet steam bath and massage. Amidst a large park, a hut on stilts as a steam room. A large outdoor heated pot a decoction of herbs and aromatic plants and, through a pipe system, steam is circulated in the steam room.

Enjoy dinner with the folk dance show.

Overnight in Vientiane

Day 10 Vientiane - Thakkek - Savanakhet

Day 11Savanakhet - Boloven plateau - Ethnic villages

Day 12Pakse - Wat Phou - Khong Island

Cruise on the Mekong river to local Champasak, the former capital of the Kingdom of Champasak to explore its rich cultural heritage includes ancient temple ruins, French colonial architecture and its stunning nature:

  • Visit Vat Phou temple, the temple of the mountain and a former Khmer ruins sacred place of the 9th century, heritage site by UNESCO in 2001
  • Plunge into the wonderful peaceful landscape of the “4000 islands”

Overnight in Khong island

Day 13Khong Island - Highlights - Departure

Delve into the 4000 island, explore the lives of its inhabitants from hectic industry to peaceful contemplation and observe the French colonial style architecture

  • Discover the village of Bang Khong to see the Wat Keo Phouang protected by seven head of Naga
  • Stroll local market where palm sugar is traded enormously
  • Pursuit to Khone island, which preserves old colonial mansions of the French period
  • Feel the pray of the two waterfalls: Li Phi falls, “Phantom of the abyss” and Phapheng the spectacular waterfalls, the largest in Southeast Asia
  • Point out river dolphins if lucky enough

Return to Pakse and enjoy your free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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Extension

THE CULTURAL SIEM REAP – ANGKOR WAT. 4 Days/3 Nights

The Spirit

Be enchanted by the awesome Temples of Angkor and the history of Khmer Kings discovered at the magnificent UNESCO Heritage site.

Day 1 – SAIGON – FLY – SIEM REAP   Settle into a flight from Saigon to Siem Reap. Arrive and be welcomed by our guide and be transferred to your arranged accommodation. Overnight in a hotel with breakfast.

Day 2 – SIEM REAP – ANGKOR THOM – ANGKOR WAT Discover Sra Strang, Banteay Kdei, Prasat Kravan temples and visit the walled city of Angkor Thom. Explore Angkor Wat and afterward the town of Siem Reap, which has so much to offer tourists. In the evening, enjoy a Khmer dinner show with an Apsara dance performance. Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.

 

Day 3 – SIEM REAP – BANTEAY SREI – BANTEAY SAMRE – 3 BUDDHIST TEMPLES Drive through the spectacular countryside of Cambodia and get off-the-beaten-track. Here you will find Kor Ker which was the brief 10th century capital of the Khmer. Stroll through the forest to Kbal Spean, with its “river of a thousand Lingas,” a Hindu holy place. End the day with a colourful sunset behind the mountain temple of Pre Rup, dedicated to Shiva. Overnight in Siem Reap.

Day 4 – SIEM REAP – TONLE SAP – FLY – LUANG PRABANG Crossing beautiful landscapes of rice fields in the middle of the floating houses and houses on stilts, built to avoid the flood and ceramics. Navigate on the Tonle Sap Lake to discover huts of straw and bamboo, where you will enjoy traditional fishing techniques. This is one of the largest reserves of freshwater fish in the world. Take the plane to Luang Prabang and continue your tour with one of our other extensions or head back home.

 

HALONG BAY. WORLD HERITAGE SITE – Mythical and sublime. 5 Days/4 Nights

The Spirit

One of the most beautiful sites in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

DAY 1. LUANG PRABANG/VIENTIANE – FLY – HANOI  Fly from Luang Prabang or Vientiane to Hanoi where a Hanoi Voyages guide will meet and welcome you as well as transferring you to your hotel. Take a ride of exploration through the busy streets of the “Old Quarter” (over 1000 yrs old), by traditional cyclo, a tricycle ridden from the rear, giving an uninterrupted view of this historical district. 

DAY 2. HALONG BAY – CRUISE & NIGHT ON BOARD From Halong port, board the junk and start the cruise. Lunch is served in the elegant dining room or on the outside deck. Navigate a beautiful route away from the beaten tracks of mass tourism, and explore the wonders of many islets, islands, and caves, plus enjoy some swimming or kayaking.

DAY 3. HALONG BAY – CRUISE – HANOI  Start your day with a delightful breakfast with and astonishingly enchanting view under the morning sun. Explore the ocean by visiting the Vung Vieng fishing and pearl farm via a rustic row-boat and dive into the refreshing waters of the bay. 

DAY 4. HANOI HIGHLIGHTS  Early morning, discover Tai Chi on Hoan Kiem with your guide. Between culture and charm, take a glimpse and an introduction to the history and highlights of the nation’s capital by visiting: Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum Complex, the One Pillar Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, and Tran Quoc Pagoda, the Ethnology Museum and finally visit Dong Xuan market. You will taste the specialty “Cha Ca” for lunch. 

DAY 5. HANOI DEPARTURE Free until your transfer to the airport for flight departure or extend your tour with one of our other suggestions for you.

 MEKONG RIVER CRUISE – Nature and cultural Laos from the riverside. 6 Days/5 Night

The Spirit

A combination of nature, history, and spirituality are best experiences by cruising down the Mekong River. 

DAY 1. ARRIVAL AT LUANG PRABANG  You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Today you will have time to relax with a spa treatment or ride a bike around in Luang Prabang for pleasure. 

DAY 2. DISCOVER LUANG PRABANG  Start the day with the Almsgiving, which takes place daily at sunrise, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading out to all the side streets. 

DAY 3. THE CAVES OF THOUSAND BUDDHAS & HILL TRIBE VILLAGE  The cruise will stop to visit the Ta Thing cave, which is famous for housing over 2.500 Buddha statues. The second stop of the day is at the Hill Tribe village of Baw, watch the traditional process of making Lao whiskey.

DAY 4. CRUISE ON MEKONG RIVER & VISIT TRADITIONAL LAOS VILLAGE  The boat stops at a traditional village, where you have the chance to observe rural life along the Mekong and witness the daily life of an ethnic minority and their talented craftsmanship. You have reached the border to Thailand and will be transported to a resort in the mountains where dinner will be served.

DAY 5. COOKING CLASS IN THE MOUNTAINS  Take a cooking class and learn how to prepare authentic Northern Thai recipes while enjoying stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

DAY 6. RELAXING & DEPARTURE FROM CHIANG RAI In the morning you will explore the estate farm by local e-tan tractors, and you will have the opportunity to stop and pick vegetables from the organic farm and fruit orchard while enjoying the view of the mountains and valleys. Transfer to Chiang Rai international airport.

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