8-Day Tour Of Xiengkhouang, Vangvieng & Vientiane Luang Prabang
Tour the former capital city of Laos for nature attractions & well-preserved architecture styles. Drive to Xiengkhouang, well known for its mystery of the stone jars and view the beautiful karst & limestone mountains at Vangvieng. Pak Ou Caves, Phosi Market, Khouangsi Falls, etc. are other attractions.
- Go on a cruise on the Mekong River
- Swim in the Khouangsi Waterfall
- Visit the archaeological site, 'Plain of Jars'
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Day 1: Arrival in Luang Prabang expand_more
Meet your local tour guide at the airport for pick-up and transfer.
Check-in at the hotel.
Spend the day at your own leisure before dinner.
Day 2: Pak Ou Caves & Ban Xanghai expand_more
Have your breakfast and visit the former royal palace and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture.
Board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.
Stop at the small village of Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is distilled.
Visit Ban Chan, which is well-known for its clay pots-making village.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Kuangsi Waterfall expand_more
Participate in the daily morning rituals of seeing the saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
Visit the morning Phosi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpetre among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban NaOuan, Hmong Village, and Ban Thapene, KhmuVillage.
Drive to the beautiful Kuangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the turquoise pools or walk along the forest trails.
After returning to Luang Prabang by late afternoon, continue to Ban Xang Khong, which is a village well known for its silk weavings and for its Saa (jute) Papermaking.
Return to the city by late evening to observe the sunset at Wat PhaBathTai.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Xiengkhouang expand_more
Drive to Xiengkhouang, which is an area once devastated by American bombings between 1964 and 1973. These back roads are a great way to see the real Laos.
The journey is quite long but you can make many stops at your pleasure to stretch your legs and take some wonderful photographs.
See the old capital of Mueang Khoun Province and its nearby villages.
Overnight in Phonsavanh.
Day 5: Plain of Jars Site expand_more
Go to the “Plain of Jars” which is an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over a plateau. These huge jars are supposedly over 2,000 years old, but most archaeologists still question their purpose.
Traverse through the site and some nearby villages, populated by the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people; they are very poor but possess a vibrant local culture and an interesting history.
Day 6: Vangvieng expand_more
Drive to Vang Vieng, which is a small and tranquil town nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.
Arrive at Vang Vieng by mid or late afternoon.
Overnight in Vang Vieng.
Day 7: Vientiane expand_more
Drive out of town to the fabulous capital Vientiane.
Stop to visit Vang Xang, which is a famous archaeological site dating back to the 11th century. Vientiane is the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences.
Tour the town with Wat Sisaket, which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images.
Continue sightseeing by visiting Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of the Laos monarchy, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue.
Visit the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane's own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa.
Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 8: Departure expand_more
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
English-speaking Laotian tour guide
All entrance fees
Lao government tax
Domestic and international flights
Personal travel insurance
Lao visa fees
Luang Prabang, Laos
For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -Refund of 80% of the tour price.
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This is a private tour