The Best of Laos - 7 Days
Luang Prabang - situated beside the Mekong River, the surrounding scenery has spectacular waterfalls, amber-coloured cliffs, and ancient caves.
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Follow the natural contours of Laos from north to south with this extensive seven-day tour. From the northern hills and gleaming temples of Luang Prabang, visitors can explore the diverse local cultures and dramatic landscapes that have shaped this mesmerizing country. Moving south, guests can savour the charming capital Vientiane, with its exquisite Buddhist temples and ornate architecture.
Day 1 - Arrive into Vientiane
This afternoon, visit Wat Sisaket and the Haw Pha Kaew museum of arts and antiquities. Finish the day at That Louang, the country's most important religious building. Enjoy dinner at Kualao Restaurant.
Day 2 - Vientiane
Today you will travel to picturesque Nam Ngum Reservoir and the archaeological site of Vang Xang. Take a panoramic two hour boat trip on the lake past secluded beaches and idyllic swimming spots, with lunch included at your own private beach.
Day 3 - Vientiane/Luang Prabang
This morning take a short flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang. This former royal capital is today an UNESCO World Heritage City, home to colonial era buildings, tranquil tree-lined avenues and genteel people. This afternoon is at leisure to explore this striking city, situated on a peninsula formed by the confluence of two rivers.
Day 4 - Luang Prabang
Today explore the rich culture and history of the former Lao capital as you visit temples, museums, arts centres and hidden laneways. Visit the gilded halls of temples such as Wat Xieng Thong and Wat Visoun, walk through the historic former Royal Palace and explore the diverse cultures and traditions of Laos' hill tribes at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre.
Day 5 - Luang Prabang
Rise early to join the local people in the calm pre-dawn as they gain merit by making food offerings to the local monks on their daily alms rounds. As the procession of saffron robed monks passes by, people place a small serving of fresh sticky rice into their bowls. Making an alms offering is a deeply spiritual part of everyday life for the people of Laos and no stay in Luang Prabang would be complete without experiencing this solemn act for yourself.After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a two-hour boat trip up the Mekong River, passing many small villages with women panning for gold and children playing on the banks, to the limestone caves at Pak Ou. For hundreds of years devotees have made pilgrimages to the caves to deposit their own Buddha images. On the return journey stop for a short while in one of the whiskey and weaving villages. For centuries these villagers along the river's banks have made a living by trading hand-woven cloth and stoneware jars, and more recently for brewing a particularly strong rice whisky called "lao-lao".
Day 6 - Luang Prabang
Today explore the Luang Prabang countryside with visits to beautiful waterfalls and ethnic minority villages. Gain valuable insight in to the unique cultures and traditions of Laos' hill tribe people, swim in the turquoise waters of Kuang Si waterfalls and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch in the tranquil surroundings. The perfect way to experience rural Laos.
Day 7 - Luang Prabang/ Exit
Transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay in Vietnam or Cambodia.
*This is sample itinerary with no selected accommodation suggested unless otherwise stated. International airfares are not included unless otherwise specified within the detailed proposal – please contact our team to tailor this itinerary to your personal specifications.