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Introduction to Laos 10-days

This 10 day tour of the fascinating country of Laos is the perfect introduction.

Day 1. Arr.Vientiane
Arriving at Vientiane airport, our Laos guide will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Afterwards, our city tour of Vientiane includes Wat Hoprakeo, built in 1566 by King Setthathirat to house the Emerald Buddha, Wat Sisaket, the only temple in Vientiane that survived the destruction of the city by the Siamese (Thai) in 1828; ThatLuang Stupa Museum shrine (great Sacred Stupa), the most important national monument in Vientiane, with a golden stupa believed to contain a relic of Lord Buddha and the Pratuxay Monument situated in the centre of Vientiane prefecture, its architecture inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and incorporating typical Lao motifs. Finally see the sunset at Mekong riverside.

Day 2: Vientiane - Luang Prabang (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for the flight to Luang Prabang, where our local guide will mmet you and transfer you to your hotel. Today's city tour of the former Royal capital, Luang Prabang, include a visit to Wat Visoun, the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa and Phou Sii hill which stands right in the centre of the small city, where you can climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views over the Mekong. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, alongside the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns. Then we continue, visiting Wat Mai (1796) with its five-tiered roof, and Wat Xieng Thong which is considered to characterize the uniqueness of Luang Prabang's local style, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. We see also the impressive "tree of life" mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana. Later we visit the National Museum, which was once the king's palace. Displayed inside is a collection of personal artifacts of the former royal family. Dinner at a local restaurant and evening walk of the night market.

Day 3: Luang Prabang (B/L)
After breakfast, we board a cruise heading upstream on the Mekong River, giving a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. Our first stop is the village of Ban Muangkeo where we start a short trek (45 mins) to reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where the local specialty of rice wine is produced. On the way, we also visit Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek and Ban Nong Xai, small villages well known for silk weavings and for Saa (jute) Papermaking. Once back in Luang Prabang city we visit a traditional silversmith's workshop.

Day 4: Luang Prabang (B/L)
Today we visit the Tad Khuang Sii waterfall, on the way visiting a Hmong village and Ban Ouh village where Lao and Lu hill people live. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various viewpoints on the way to the top. We take a picnic lunch by the waterfall then return to Luang Prabang and take the afternoon at leisure.

Day 5: Luang Prabang - Plain of Jars (B/L)
If you like, we can take you into the centre of Luang Prabang at 5:30 in the morning to watch local people give food & rice to the hundreds of monks who line the street. You can also give rice to the monks - your guide will provide sticky rice. (Optional - a very early start!) Afterwards a stroll though the morning market before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Today we travel by road to Xiengkhouang, which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973 during Indochina War. The journey takes us through beautiful rugged mountain scenery passing many hill tribe villages. En route, we stop at Sala Phoukhoun, located on the top of hill, then a Hmong village at Ban Phouvieng, Ban Nongthang, Muangsuy and Thampra . Upon arrival in Phonsavanh by late afternoon we transfer to hotel.

Day 6: Plain of Jars (B/L)
After breakfast, we head out of town to visit the "Plain of Jars", an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. Each of the mysterious jars is thought to have been made more than 2000 to 2500 years ago. We will visit all three sites. After lunch, we visit the local central market, observing their daily lifestyle and colorful traders before returning to hotel.

Day 7: Phonsavan - Vang Vieng (B/L/D)
After breakfast we drive to Vang Vieng. The 4 hour journey is through stupendous scenery of green fields, mountains, local villages of wooden stilt houses & markets along the way. This is the best way to see the natural beauty of the landscape without any sight of commercial activities. Vang Vieng is a lovely town resting by the Nam Song River. Arriving at Vang Vieng, we check-in at hotel. After lunch, visit Tam None cave & boat cruise along the Nam Song River. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 8: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B)
This morning we take a walking tour of the surrounding hills & the river. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9: Vang Vieng - Vientiane (B/L)
This morning we complete the journey back to Vientiane by road. On the way, visit the scenic Nam Ngum Lake where you will enjoy an excursion by boat around the lake with thousands of islands and floating fishermen's villages. After lunch, we also visit the 11th century Buddhist sanctuary of Vang Sang and Salt Extraction Site. Arrive back to Vientiane & check-in.

Day 10: Vientiane - Departure (B)
Transfer to airport for your flight to UK or your next destination.

Whilst every effort will be made to carry out the programme shown above, small changes may sometimes be necessary.

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That Luang Monastery, Vientiane
That Luang Monastery, Vientiane
The Mekong from Phu Sii
The Mekong from Phu Sii
Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
Plain of Jars
Plain of Jars
River Nam Song at Vang Vieng
River Nam Song at Vang Vieng
Pratuxay Monument, Vientiane
Pratuxay Monument, Vientiane
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International flights
Accommodation.
Meals as shown in the programme (B/L/D)
Transfers, tours with English speaking guide.
All entrance fees and boat fees.
Service charges, rooms tax and handling fee.
Domestic flights.
Departure taxes (Laos)

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Visa fees
Drinks with provided meals
Tips, personal expenses and other services which are not mentioned in the program.