Land of Secrets History&Ancient Culture 8Days

Destinations: Luang Prabang, Xien Khouang, Vientiane

Description: Discover all of the hidden wonders of Laos on this delightful journey through the country. From history and culture to the beautiful landscapes World Heritage sites and incredible ancient architectural works, this tour has something for every kind of traveler. Pack your suitcase, grab your passport, and prepare yourself for this once in a lifetime experience!

Highlights of this tour:
• Luang Prabang World Heritage town
• Nature explorer in Luang Prabang
• Mekong river cruise and Buddhism – Pak Ou caves
• Elephant Project visit and amazing Tad Sae waterfalls
• Overland to the plateau of Xieng Khouang
• The plain of jars and its history
• Vientiane city explorer
• Temples, monasteries and colonial history

Day 1: Luang Prabang

Activities: Tour of Luang Prabang

Meals: Dinner

Itinerary: Welcome to Laos! On the first afternoon, guests will arrive in Luang Prabang and take a tour of the city that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Often considered the most beautiful city in Southeast Asia, Luang Prabang is located at the junction of the Mekong and the Nam Khan Rivers. During the tour, guests will visit the famous Wat Visunalat and WAt Aham. After, the tour will take guests up the Phousi Mountain where they will be in awe of the beautiful panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Afterwards, guests will be free to wander through the night market before settling in at their hotel for the night.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 2: Luang Prabang

Activities: Wat Xieng Thong – Royal Palace – National Museum – Boat tour on the Mekong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: On the second day of the tour guests will pay a visit to the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong Temple on the banks of the Mekong River. Guests will also visit informative and historical sites like the former Royal Palace and the National Museum. These activities will be followed by a boat trip up the Mekong River to the limestone Pak Ou cave where they will find different images of the Buddha all around them. During this outing, the tour will also visit two small villages called Ban Muangkeo and Ban Xang Khong, the first is known for making traditional Lao rice whisky and the second is known for its wood paper, silk weavings, and natural dyes. After this excursion, guests will be free to explore Luang Prabang some more and enjoy a traditional Lao dinner at one of the local eateries.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang.

Day 3: Luang Prabang

Activities: Elephant Park Project

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: Today is elephant day! Guests will be driven out of Luang Prabang to visit the Elephant Park Project nearby. At the park, guests will have a chance to interact with these amazing and friendly creatures and learn about why the elephant population in Laos is dwindling and how the people of Laos are trying to help the elephants. In addition, guests will take a boatride to visit the Tad Sae waterfalls.

Overnight stay in Luang Prabang

Day 4: Luang Prabang | Xien Khouang

Activities: Travel to Xien Khouang province – Visit local villages

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: After breakfast on the fourth day, guests will travel over the mountains to Xieng Khouang. Historically, this province is known for the heavy bombings that occurred there during the Indochina War and for the Plain of Jars. The journey is approximately 8 hours, along the way the tour will stop at local villages for an authentic glimpse into the lives of rural families and ethnic minorities. The day’s journey will end in Phonsavanh, the capital of this province.

Overnight stay in Phonsavanh.

Day 5: Xieng Khouang | The Plain of Jars

Activities: Plain of Jars – Muang Khoun

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: After breakfast, the tour will take guests to visit the Plain of Jars 1 and 2. On this excursion, guests will have the chance to learn about the history of the stone Jars which are 2000 years old and scattered throughout the countryside of this province. After this, the tour will visit Muang Khoun, the old capital of Xieng Khouang to see some ruins from the war.

Overnight stay in Phonsavanh.

Day 6: Xieng Khouang | Vientiane

Activities: Market – Tour of Vientiane

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Itinerary: Today, guests will visit a local market in the morning and later travel to the Xieng Khouang airport for a quick journey to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Upon arrival, guests will take a tour of the city. The tour will include visits to the religious museums of Wat Sisaket (the oldest surviving temple from the Siamese War) and the most sacred monument in Laos, Pha That Luang.

Overnight stay in Vientiane

Day 7: Vientiane

Activities: Buddha Park or Orchid Tour

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary: Today guests have a choice! Choices will include: a visit to the Buddha park just outside of Vientiane or the Vientiane Orchid Tour. The Buddha Park visit is only a half-day excursion and leaves the afternoon free for guests to do as they please. This visit will give guests a chance to view some Buddhist art and sculptures. The Orchid Tour come highly recommended and will give guests the chance to explore the natural surroundings of Vientiane and learn about the natural habitats of the the wild orchids.

Overnight stay in Vientiane.

Day 8: Vientiane - Departure

Activities: Travel to next destination

Meals: Breakfast

Itinerary: On the last day of the tour, guests will be taken to the airport or to the Friendship Bridge, guests will continue to their next destination from one of these locations.

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