Discover the stunning beauty of Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and Luang Prabang, the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a 6 day experience. In this trip, you'll see the significant landmarks that define this country, its little villages with their long-kept traditions, and the natural attractions that surround them.
Arrival in Vientiane
When you arrive in Vientiane, a private van will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel for check in. Rest of the day is at your leisure.
In the morning, we will visit the key sights of Vientiane. These include Wat Sisaket (oldest temple to have survived the 1828 Siamese war and has over 8000 Buddha statues); Ho Prakeo (former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue from the early time of Lane Xang Kingdom until 18th century); That Luang Stupa, (symbolic monument of Laos, built to cover the original small stupa with a piece of the chest bone of Buddha); Patouxay (built to honour fallem soldiers). After lunch, we head to Carol Cassidy (a Lao textiles gallery) and Buddha Park (where the largest Recling Buddha in Laos rests). We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon.
Vientiane > Num Ngum > Vientiane
We depart from Vientiane by car or minivan to the Nam Ngum Reservoir, which is 100 km away. Stop at a Hmong village to visit the market, then the archaeological site of Vang Xang, built during the Hmong-Khmer Empire between the 8th and 11th century. We will have lunch on a boat restaurant at Nam Ngum Reservoir. After lunch, let's explore the fishing villages before heading back to Vientiane. Along the way, we will visit a traditional salt abstraction site at Ban Keun, and Dong Mark Khai Market where locals sell wild animals and insects. We reach Vientiane by late afternoon.
Flight to Luang Prabang
Our minivan will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for flight to Luang Prabang. When you reach the city, your guide will bring you to the former royal palace, built between 1904 and 1905 during the French colonial times as a residence for King Sisavang. Today it is a museum housing beautiful rooms, royal cars, paintings and more. You will also visit Wat Visoun temple which is over 500 years old, and Wat Xieng Thong which was built in 1565. Next. head towards Ban Xang Khong, known for its handmade Mulberry paper and handwoven textiles, before returning to Luang Prabang.
Pak Ou and Kuangsi - natural magnificence at Luang Prabang
Venture out to Pak Ou Caves after breakfast, where pilgrims visit and leave behind thousands of Buddha statues. While exploring the caves, you can see two Hang-Lin used for this ceremony. Your next stop is Ban Xang Hai, a village that ferments Lao wine in earthen jars, and has continued doing so for centuries. Give the Lao whisky and Lao wine a try! You will have lunch in Luang Prabang, then make your way to the gorgeous Kuangsi Waterfalls. Close to the entrance, there is a bear sanctuary, as well as a number of sapphire pools you can't help but swim in. You might even feel the gentle nibble of a fish.
Time to say goodbye. You will be dropped off at the airport to head home...or your next destination!