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7 Days History tour itinerary for Luang Prabang, Pakxe & Vientiane: Discover The Three Kingdoms Of Laos

Luang Prabang, Pakxe, Vientiane

Architecture Tour
History Tour
Sightseeing Tour

Embark on a journey to uncover the mystique of Laos, from temples and museums at its ancient cities, to natural attractions of limestone caves and spectacular waterfalls, and boat trips that traverse the Siphandon islands.

DAY 01

Arrival - Vientiane

  • You will be met on your arrival at Vientiane, the city of the moon – an ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong as the largest city and the capital of Laos. Transfer to hotel for check-in.

  • In the afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have survived the Siamese war of 1828. Its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or PraKeo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane.

  • Then proceed to the LuangStupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner

  • Overnight in Hotel in Vientiane

DAY 02

vientiane - luang prabang

  • In the morning, if time permits, we will visit the Morning Market, the biggest shopping center in Vientiane.

  • We will then depart to Wattay airport for departure to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos.

  • Arrive in Luang Prabang and check-in. In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty temples still remain in the town and surrounding areas.

  • Visit WatVisoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana – Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; Wat Xieng thong, the 16th century temple which, more than any temple in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture;

  • Make your way to Phousi Hill; its 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

  • Overnight in Hotel Luang Prabang

DAY 03

luang prabang - pak ou cave

  • Depart from the hotel to the boat landing in the morning, and take an excursion (a few hours) by boat, upstream on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height.

  • En route, Lao typical villages are barely visible behind a screen of foliage. Slender canoes bobbing by the shore, bamboo poles and floats mark the location of nets and fish traps. Our first stop will be at Ban Muangkeo, a well-known village for Lao traditional rice whisky, namely Laoh-Khao.

  • We arrive back at Luang Prabang in late afternoon, and continue by car to outskirt of town to visit Ban Xang Khong, a well-known village for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

  • Overnight in Hotel Luang Prabang.

DAY 04

luang prabang - kuangsi waterfall

  • Next day, we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, to market, Talad Phosy, and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of a hill-tribe group “Hmong”, probably the best-known minority group in Laos.

  • Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, namely Ban Tha Pane that we will visit. Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and swimming in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.

  • The rest of the day is spent by visiting various craft-shops, including silver smiths’ and also Hmong market in town, where some skilled embroidery-works of Hmong ladies can be seen.

  • Afternoon tour starts at the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, the rest of the day is spent free for own experience in this charming town then we get back to hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

  •  Overnight in Hotel Luang Prabang

DAY 05

luang prabang - pakse

  • After breakfast, transport will be provided with your local guide to transfer to the airport for the flight to Pakse.

  • Upon arrival, the guide and driver will be waiting to provide transport to Pakse for lunch in a local restaurant.

  • After lunch, drive for an hour to Wat Phou. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Wat Phou is a spectacular pre-Angkorian temple that sits amidst the rice fields and waterways of southern Laos. The temple was constructed in three levels: the bottom level is focused on the baray (water reservoir) and promenade, the second level features pavilions and galleries of carvings, and the top level is the sanctuary. The temple served as the most important economic and political center of the region and still is one of the Lao people’s most revered temples.

  • Get back to the nearby hotel in Champasak and check in after enjoying a beautiful sunset on the Mekong River.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

  •  Overnight in Hotel Champasak

DAY 06

pakse - 4000 island

  • Depart at 08:00 am for a full day, exploring the area; Siphandon (‘4000 Islands’). In this beautiful area, the Mekong River reaches 14 kilometers wide and houses thousands of small islands.

  • Travel first by car (about 2 hours) to the village of Ban Nakasang. From here, take a local boat to the peaceful island of Done Khone, home to small villages and plantations. It’s recommended to explore the area either by bicycle or tuk tuk.

  • Begin the experience with a short boat trip, which provides the unique opportunity to spot the rare Irrawaddy Dolphin. Next, pay a visit to the impressive Lippi falls, on the west of Don Khone very close to the Cambodian border.

  • Afterwards, experience the remnants of French colonial rule with a visit to the existing railway and bridge built to span the islands’ waterfalls. 

  • Lunch will be included at a local restaurant.

  • Return to the mainland by boat and then return to the hotel by car, arriving back in time for sunset.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

  •  Overnight in Hotel Champasak

DAY 07

champasak - departure

  • After breakfast, transport will be provided with your local guide to get back to Pakse and then to the Airport for departing.

  • 1189 USD Per Adult
  •  Tour guide.

  •  Air conditioned Mini van. 

  •  Drinking water & Ice towels. 

  •  Two domestic flights. 

  •  6 meals during the trip and 2 meals in the night.

  •  All admission indicated on itinerary. 

  •  Private boat cruise. 

  •  Tax. 

  • Meals other than mentioned in the above itinerary.

  • Personal expenses.

  • Service charge and tips for local guide, driver, boat captain and room cleaner.

  • Travel insurance, it is always quoted separately in case the customer doesn't have one.

  • International flight.

  • Other services which are not mentioned in the above tour feature. 

Laos Country Guide:

  • Time Zone: GTM +7

  • Population: 6.8 Million (3 mean groups and 49 officially recognition ethnic group)

  • Religion: Theravada Buddhism 64.4%, Animism 32%, the rest is Christianity, Confusion and Muslim

  • Currency: Lao Kip, Laos is wildly accepted Thai Bath and USD in almost everywhere but during your trip in Laos we recommend you buy small amount of local money because most of all the local product cost in middle of a dollar, all international smart card are accepted by most bank in Laos when you withdraw cash the ATM only pay you in local kip and 20,000kip or 2, 5 USD is automatic deducted by bank per one transaction as the bank fee for purchase product by Credit card, Master Card, American Express Card and other smart card is widely accepted only in big shop, international restaurant and Hotel

  • Electricity: 220V. We recommend you to bringing the universal plug adaptor

  • Climate: Laos is 2 season country wet and dry season, Wet start between May – October and Dry start in between November – April. Wet season is green beautiful but less convenience for travel overland across city to city due to land slide issued, but recommend travel by flight. Dry season is best time for travel but nature is gray because dry also temperature common drop to 12 – 15 degree cuicis at night and 18 – 25 during the day.

  • Mobile phone & internet: 3G & 4G and SIM card is widely available but separately between dicaly SIM card and Internet SIM Card, to make a phone call within country 850Kip/MN, international call 2.000kip/MN, Internet Data connection & Wifi only available in the city and hotel.

  • Shipping: Laos post office provide several options for shipping service include sea ship and airship but we recommend to use air ship it is taking for 14 days to any international destination by DHL.

  • Visa: Most Visitors can obtain Lao visa on arrival at all international door or check in point include border and airport, visa valid for 30 days. Visa also possible to obtain at any Laotian embassy in your and foreign country, your passport must be valid for six months prior return date and 2 color passport photo required.

  • Clothing & What to pack: confortable, casual, lightweight clothing in natural fabric is more suitable for traveling to Laos. Bring warm clothing during the cold season as mention the above months, if visit the northern Laos dress modestly not wear shorts, miniskirts, tank top and any fashion showing chest when you entering to the national visiting sight include temple and national museum other vise you need to pay some cash to rent and dress up before entering to these sightseeing.

  • Cuisine: Lao food mixed spy or hot, fresh strong flavors and variety of vegetable into an exotic cuisine, Laap is finely chopped meet such as fish, chicken, pork or beef mixed with minced, spring onion, garlic, over ten kinds of ingredient and herbs it is claimed to be national dish.

  • Water: tap water only for wash and use not for drink, always drink the bottle water which provided in your room by hotel and during the tour by guide, driver.

  • Health: travelers should be inoculated against typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, A & B, tentanus and polio. Malaria and dengue fever are presently decreased in Laos but it is advisable to take precautions. Ti is essential to have a good medical insurance that cover the cost of an evacuation flight.

  • Safety: Laos is generally one of the world’s peaceful and most safety country to visit though never leave your belonging unattended.

  • Tipping: most people work with low salary so stay in tourism industry surviving from your tipping, it is not a specific indicated by culture or rules but they will be highly appreciated with your tips, we recommend tipping as international standard rules such as

Luang Prabang, Pakxe, Vientiane

Architecture Tour
History Tour
Sightseeing Tour

Contributed By

Ken Her

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