Houay say-Pakbeng-Luang Prabang-Vangvieng-Vientiane

Program Title: All Around Laos: Houay say-Pakbeng-Luang Prabang-Vangvieng-Vientiane
Duration: 8 days 7 nights

Highlights

  • See the major cities of Laos in 8 days
  • Discover the quiet beauty of Laos nature
  • Learn about Lao’s important war history at Patuxay
  • Chill and hangout at Lao’s party town – Vangvieng
  • Wander through the relaxing streets of Luang Prabang
  • Enjoy many, many delicious local Laotian meals!

Included in package

  • All meals (local food)
  • English or Chinese speaking guide(s) / translator(s)
  • 3 star hotel or similar accomodation
  • All entrance fees for activities
  • Transfers and transportation
  • Government Taxes and VAT

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Houaysay –Pakbeng (L)

Meet your guide at the Houaysay Lao Immigration and cruise down the Mekong river. See the beautiful scenery, animals, hill tribe villages, and receive a briefing by your local guide.

Day 2: Pakbeng – Pak Ou cave – Luang Prabang (B,L,D)

Rising early in the morning, continue your destination to Luang Prabang with a stop for a visit at the Hmong and Khmu ethnic minority village. Learn about their culture, daily lives, and unique traditions! Then, travel to Pak Ou Cave where thousands of Buddhist statues are located with many locals travelling there for religious occasions. End the day getting great deals at the famous Luang Prabang Night Market under the Laos moonlight.

Day 3: Sightseeing Luang Prabang highlight (B,L,D)

This morning, travel to the Old Quarter, the UNESCO World Heritage part of Luang Prabang, for a Buddhist fruit offering experience to local monks. A tradition that started thousands of years ago, locals believe that offering food to monks is the chance to pass food to their ancestors, relatives, and friends that have passed. Next, hike up 328 steps to the Chomsy mountain where you can enjoy the stunning view of Luang Prabang. End the day seeing the World Heritage City in all 360 degrees.

Continue moving to the National Museum which was previously the Royal Palace of Laos. Built in 1904 by the French as a present for the Royal family, the structure perfectly highlights the Laos Royal history. Then make your way to the Wat Visounnarat temple for the last trip of the morning. Built by King Visounnarat in 1512, the temple boasts the biggest Buddha statue in Luang Prabang and with over 400 wooden Buddha statues of different ages. Continue your cultural exploration with the royal temple of Wat Xieng Thong, significant in showcasing the architectural style of Laos. See the mosaic mirrors in temples and chapels that describes the Laos life, history, and religious culture.

After a local lunch, travel to the Khuangsi waterfall. Feel the turquoise blue water created by the multiple layers of limestone as you swim. Enjoy the afternoon swimming and exploring the big forest surrounding the waterfall. After the swim, walk to the Bear Rescue Center where you can learn and discover more about the endangered Asian Black Moon Bears.

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Vangvieng (B,L)

Today, you will travel from Luang Prabang to Vangvieng, a small riverside town in Central Laos. Learn about Lao minorities and lifestyle all the while enjoying the nice views. See the Khmu and Hmong ethnic minority villages on the way, where you will interact with locals and learn about the agriculture industry. Enjoy lunch served at Phu Phieng Fa restaurant located at a mountain where you have access to nice views and scenery. End the day at VangVieng.

Day 5 : Vangvieng Highlight (B,L,)

Spend the day seeing the highlights of Vangvieng. Surrounded by high limestone mountains and by the Namsong river, the town is home to many exciting restaurants, bars, pubs, and night clubs. There are also many outdoor activities to do including kayaking, rafting, tubing, trekking, caving, rock climbing, biking, and ziplining as well.

Today, you can zipline in the morning, and spend the afternoon kayaking and swimming. The day is yours to relax by the Namsong river bank!

Day 6: Vangvieng – Nam Ngeum dam – Vientiane (B,L,D)

Continue your adventure travelling to the Nam Gneum dam, the largest dam in Laos. A crucial source of energy in Laos, it is now also a big tourist attraction for water activities. Take a cruise around the reservoir where you will enjoy fresh river fish food for lunch. Next, prepare for the Ban Kern Lao National Zoo to see a variety of Southeast Asian animals. End the day at Vientiane, also known as the sleepiest city in Asia.

By Stefan Fussan, from flickr

Day 7: Visit mirror Buddha hall – Wat Sisaket – Patuxay – Thad Luang Sptupa and Wat Xieng khuan (B,L,D)

Begin the day visiting the Wat Sisaket Temple, one with over 4000 small Buddha statues. Stroll through the temple and take in the spiritual energy of Buddhism. Then, see the Hor Phakeo Hall (Mirror Buddha Hall) and the magnificent Patuxay war monument where independence celebrations are held. Climb to the top of the monument, you will be able to soak in the Vientiane capital in 360 degrees. Move on to the Thad Luang Stupa. At 45 meters high, it is the largest stupa in Laos and a place for Laotian ceremonies.

Enjoy a local lunch and head to Wat Xieng Khuan, next to the Laos-Thai friendship bridge.

Day 8: Transfer to Wat Tai International airport (B)

You guide and drive will transfer you to the airport for your flight forward. Safe flight and wish you a happy journey home!

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