Cultural Tour of Laos- 6 Days

Taste of Laos!

Destinations: Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si Waterfalls, Pak Ou, Kamu Lodge

Description: Discover all of the marvelous secrets of Laos on this six day tour. Experience the rich cultural traditions and the beautiful natural scenery in the country, while still finding plenty of time to relax and revel in the wonders of Laos. Starting in the capital, Vientiane, this tour will take guests through the Bolaven Plateau, the spiritual capital of Luang Prabang, the famous Pak Ou caves, and the Kuang Si Waterfalls, ending deep in the jungle on the banks of the Mekong River.

Highlights of this tour:
• Guided tours of Luang Prabang and Vientiane
• Kuang Si Waterfalls
• Pak Ou Caves
• Mekong River Cruise
• Overnight at Kamu Lodge
• Traditional cooking class

Day 1: Vientiane

Activities: Arrive in Vientiane – Patuxay Monument – That Luang

Meals: None

Itinerary: On the first day, guests will arrive in the capital of Laos, Vientiane, where they will be met at the airport and transferred to their hotel. In the afternoon, the tour will visit Patuxay monument to climb the stairs for a beautiful view of the city below. This trip will be followed by a journey to That Luang, the holiest temple in Laos.

Overnight stay in Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane | Luang Prabang

Activities: Guided tour of Vientiane | Travel to Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: After breakfast on the second morning, guests will enjoy a guided tour of Vientiane, considered one of the quietest capitals in the world. The tour will be taken to sites like the beautiful temples: Wat Sisaket, Wat Phra Keo (also used as a religious museum that displays a collection of Lao and Khmer worlds of art), and Wat Simuang. After the tour, guests will enjoy a traditional Lao-style lunch at a local restaurant and pay a visit to COPE, an association that helps landmine victims. Finally, guests will be taken in a private car to the airport where they will catch a flight to the beautiful city of Luang Prabang.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Activities: Guided tour of the city – The Baci

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary: After breakfast this morning, guests will begin their guided tour of the amazing spiritual capital of Laos, Luang Prabang. They will be taken to the National Museum where they will be lost in the intriguing history of the country, afterwards, continuing on foot to Wat Mai and Wat Sensoukarahm, two of the city’s beautiful temples. The last stop on the tour is at the world-renowned temple, Wat Xieng Thong near the famous Mekong River. Guests will then take a break for lunch, ask you guide to recommend a good place to eat some traditional Laotian food! In the afternoon, the tour will visit Wat Visoun and the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre, where guests can learn more about the different ethnic groups that live in Lao. In the evening, guests will have a truly authentic experience when they witness one of Laos’ oldest traditions: The Baci. The purpose of this ceremony is to bring escaped spirits back to the body and it is usually performed before important life events.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 4: Luang Prabang | Kuang Si Waterfalls

Activities: Visit ethnic village – Kuang Si Waterfalls – Mount Phousi

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary: For early risers, there is special trip this morning before breakfast. The tour will take guests in a tuk tuk to watch the Buddhist monks collecting alms from the locals in Luang Prabang – a beautifully, spiritual experience. After, guests will be taken back to the hotel for breakfast before leaving to venture through the countryside toward the Kuang Si Waterfalls. Travel through rice fields, small local villages, and areas the offer beautiful views of the surrounding natural beauty. The tour will stop in a village on the way to the waterfalls that is home to one of the ethnic groups in Laos. Here, guests will be able to learn about some of the customs, traditions, and day to day life of this group of people. When the tour reaches the waterfalls, guests will be free to relax and enjoy the beautifully clear pools of water, listening to the water cascading all around them. There are also plenty of hiking trails and viewpoints for those travelers that want to wander around the area a bit more. Don’t forget to visit the nearby bear sanctuary before you leave! This sanctuary is home to 23 Asiatic Black Bears that have been saved from poaching. Learn about the history of these bear and the dangers that they face while also observing their playful and fun-loving personalities. On the way back to Luang Prabang, guests will stop at the Kuang Si Butterfly Park. The day will end with a hike up Mount Phousi to watch the sunset and take pictures of the beautiful view of the city below.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 5: Luang Prabang | Pak Ou Caves | Kamu Lodge

Activities: Travel upriver to Kamu Lodge | Visit Pak Ou Caves

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Itinerary: Today, guests will take a 3 hour cruise up the Mekong River to Kamu Lodge. On the way, the tour will stop to visit the famous Pak Ou Caves carved into limestone cliffs and containing thousands of statues of the Buddha of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The tour will reach Kamu Lodge in time to eat a delicious lunch and in the afternoon guests can choose from a wide variety of activities:
• Rice planting and harvesting
• Gold panning in the Mekong
• Traditional fishing in the Mekong
• Local village visit

Overnight stay at Kamu Lodge

Day 6: Kamu Lodge | Luang Prabang


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: On the last day of our tour, guests will take a cooking class in a beautiful lakeside pavilion. Learn about the traditions and customs of Lao cuisine, using fresh ingredients and new flavors. First visiting a local food market to collect ingredients and then using these ingredients to cook a delicious three course meal! Afterwards, the tour will pack up and take the boat back to Luang Prabang where guests will say farewell and head off in their different directions.

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