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
Upon arrival in Vientiane, private van pick up from the airport and transfer to hote for check in. the res of day is free on your own.
Full day explore Vientiane
In the morning time, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or PraKeo from the early time of Lane Xang Kingdom until 18th century, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha, That Luang serves as the main and symbolic stupa in Laos. It's also our national symbol and recognizable throughout the world, gathering place for national Buddhism ceremony. It's also the biggest stupa in Laos; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane. We make a lunch stop at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we continue the sigthseeing tour to Carol Cassidy, a Gallery weaving Lao textiles and natural dye making process from A-Z; Buddha Park on the Mekong of which Buddha statues in modern style shapes. One of them is the largest Recling Buddha in Laos. They were built by a Lao man in order to teach following generations about religions worldwide after his study in India. A larger park was built in Nong Khai, Thailand and his body has been kept there. We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon.
Vientiane – Num Ngum –Vang Vieng
We leave Vientiane on the road No 13 for an excursion by car or minivan to the Nam Ngum Reservoir, 100 Km from Vientiane. On the way, you stop at the Hmong village to visit the Market and meet the people. Next, you visit the Archaeological Site of Vang Xang which was built during the Hmong-Khmer Empire between the 8th and 11th century. We arrive at Nam Ngum Reservoir at lunch time. Our lunch will be served at the boat restaurant on the lake. After lunch, we embark for a boat ride to visit fishing villages in the islands. After that we continue driving up to Vang Vieng.
Full day trekking – caving and kayaking in Vang Vieng
We depart from Green Discovery Office in Vang Vieng. After 14 km transfer to the north of Vang Vieng, we visit the first cave, Tham Xang (Elephant Cave) lies on the opposite banks of the Nam Song. It is an important Buddhist temple and owes its name to a remarkable limestone formation. The nearby Tham Hoi cave (Snail cave) winds its way deep into the mountain. 45min of exploration through numerous long corridors with wonderful limestone formations. Another cool pool of spring water lies at the mouth of Tham Nam (Water cave), also a good place for a swim. After a picnic lunch, the trek to the Hmong village of Phathao passes through rice paddy fields and vegetable gardens. The trip back to Vang Vieng varies according to the level of the Nam Song. Descending the Nam Song by kayak leads us through idyllic scenes of rural life: a unique sight with the limestone mountains in the background. Approximately: 25 minutes transfer, 1.5 hour trekking, 2 hours kayaking, 2 hours caving.
Vang Vieng – Phonsavan – Plain of Jars
After breakfast transfer from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh ( around 7-8 hours drive by private minivan). Lunch is served in a local restaurant on the way. We arrive in Phonsavan in the late afternoon and drive straight to visit the Plain of jars Site No. 1 just 6 km away from Phonsavan town to enjoy the sunset above the hundreds of jars. The mysterious archaeological site is also discovered by UNESCO and there are plans to establish it as a World Heritage site.
Visit plain of jars – drive to Luang prabang
Today we start earlier to visit plain of jar site 2, before we take a long journey to Luang prabang. the van take roughly 7-8 hours drive from Phonsavan to Luang prabang. Lunch will be served on the way at local restaurant. We will arrive Luang prabang in the late afternoon.
Pak Ou cave and Kuang Si waterfall
After breakfast we take a boat to visit the Pak Ou caves. The Pak Ou caves remain a popular pilgrimage site for local people. During Lao New Year in April, the caves are crowded with devotees who gain merit by ceremonially washing the Buddha statues. We will see two Hang-Lin used for this ceremony. The upper and lower caves are explored, before we are continuing at the village of Ban Xang Hai. This village has for centuries made the earthen jars used as fermenting containers for Lao wine. Nowadays, it specializes in producing a wide range of lau lao (Lao whisky) and lau hai (Lao wine). Be sure to try just a little! After return to Luang Prabang and lunch we make our way to the Kuangsi Waterfalls. The afternoon is spent bathing and relaxing by the turquoise pools below. See the bear sanctuary just by the entrance gate. Then we return to LP.
Explore Luang prabang heritage site – fly out
We start off with a visit to the former royal palace which was built between 1904 & 1905. Originally built during the French colonial times as a residence for King Sisavang. This fascinating museum features the original royal chambers, paintings depicting traditional Lao life, a throne room, and four of the old royal cars, including an Easel. Here we take some time to look around this magnificent building before moving onwards to Wat Visoun temple which was built by Visounnarath 500 years ago in 1513! The next stop is Wat Xieng Thong which was built by Sayasettha back in 1565. We then continue onwards to Ban Xang Khong which is famous for the handmade Mulberry paper and also some beautiful hand woven Lao-Traditional textiles which is produced here. We then head back to Luang Prabang. After the trip, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight departure.