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8-Day Tour Of Xiengkhouang, Vangvieng & Vientiane Luang Prabang
  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Nature, Culture, History

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Language

    English

  • Activity Level

    Easy

Description

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.

Highlights
  • Go on a cruise on the Mekong River
  • Swim in the Khouangsi Waterfall
  • Visit the archaeological site, 'Plain of Jars'
  • 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.

What's Included
  • All accommodation

  • English-speaking Laotian tour guide

  • All entrance fees

  • Lao government tax

What's Excluded
  • Domestic and international flights

  • Meals

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips

  • Personal travel insurance

  • Lao visa fees

Meeting Point

Luang Prabang, Laos

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • JetSetPHD-Dr. Cie

    I am a blogger and arrange trips.  I have seen many great guides and manypoor guides. I would absolutely trust in Serd.  He was very professional as was the driver.  The vehicle was very comfortable and all of my requests were carried out to the fullest.  His price was fair and I was very happy to have excellent communication and see the sites I came to see. He is the consumate expert on Laos. Thank you, Serd!

  • Wei Ping, Evon

    The decision to book a guide for our family trip was certainly a rushed one and had to be completed within a short period of time-- right before we flew, we only booked 2 days prior to it! Despite giving him all the anxiety with our tight schedule of booking, Phonepaseuth Sengsavath (Serd) was understanding and answered each of our questions patiently.

    Right from the moment we landed, down to the minute we bid farewell, Serd gave us a wonderful experience in Laos. Through him, we experienced not only the hospitality of the Laotian but also gained understanding of the local culture and religious practices. The world views that he has and hopes to pass them on to his children were really inspiring to hear. The custom tour that Serd provided were also rather flexible, allowing us to take on options of local experiences as we wanted to. Serd also gave us the opportunity to practice local cultures (e.g offering alms to monks), going to fresh markets, and tasting some of the local snacks. Being an experienced tourguide, Serd is knowledgeable and was able to answer our questions in regards to places we visited as well as the cultural practices in Laos. Many of the times, Serd was ready to go the extra mile to provide us with more information and visits to places of interests.

    Serd is also a friendly guide who made us felt as though we were on travels with a friend rather than a guide. He would not hesitate to share local jokes, his own travel stories and life experiences that always added a touch of reality to his explanations.

    Overall, we had enjoyed our visit to the beutiful country, Laos with Serd as our guide. Would certainly hope to return and visit other parts of Laos that he speak so beautifully of. 

  • Estelle

    From the moment he picked me up at the airport until he dropped us at the airport, I enjoyed every moment with him. Serd speaks excellent English, and has great knowledge of his country, on Bouddhisme, Lao culture, Lao food, Lao history... Serd is a great guide with a friendly and kind personality. He knows the best places, he does the best to help you out and show you around. I had a phantastic time, I can highly recommend him.

  • Olaf

    While Phonepaseuth (Serd) was unable to personally guide me in Paksi and the 4000 islands area and facilitate me across the border with Cambodia,  I did meet him in Vientiane beforehand and he seemed a wonderful young man. He explained that personal matters had prevented him taking the tour but that he had arranged his cousin to take the tour.  'Shampoo'did a wonderful  job and also advised that he runs a restaurant and simple backpacker accommodation as well as a volunteer program for foreign visitors to help teach the island students English. A real inspirational person and very personable.  Highly recommend both Serd and Shampoo.  Both are organised and know their areas and,  as former monks,  have a nice charm and ease about them. 

  • Daniel

    We (a couple and 16-year old son) visited Northern Laos for a very short 5-day tour on our way to Cambodia. I had myself designed the tour, and was looking for a guide and driver to show us Luang Prabang, drive to Phonsavan and to Vang Viet and to end in Vientiane. By pure chance I fell on Serd as a guide, and that was a very lucky choice indeed. From the moment he picked us up at Luang Prabang airport until he dropped us at Vientiane airport, we enjoyed every moment with him. Serd speaks an excellent English, and has an intimate knowledge of his country... on  Buddhism of course, but also on all matters ranging from Lao life, Lao populations, Lao food, Lao politics and up to the Vietnam War. As he personally knows the neighbouring countries, it became very easy for us to place Laos in a context with neighbouring SE Asian countries and with China. Serd also has a very good sense of humour, and it was never a dull moment neither for us the elderly, nor for our son. And an important point: Wherever we stopped for roadside (or riverside...) lunch, it always was a treat.

    And a last word: The driver that Serd employed was very good, and very safety-conscious, an important point on the  partly rainsoaked and truck-loaden roads of Norhern Laos.

    In short, we had a phantastic time, and hope to visit soon Southern Laos, with Serd again.

  • JAIME

    I have lived in Asia for aorund 14 years. I have traveled all around Asia, and always organizing my trips without any help and reluctant to having tour guides or similar. But this time, my wife and myself take a last minute decision and decided to go to Laos. And then we both decided to hire someone to help us to visit the country. We did not have much choice because of the tight schedule. And when we landed in Vientiane we found Serd´s friendly smile. Attentive, kind, generous, intelligent....Just a few adjectives to qualify Serd, who not only chose carefully what we should visit but also took care of every detail of the journey, always adapting skillfully the itinerary to our mood. After seven days, we considered him more a friend than a tour guide. And we certainly meet him again in the near future.   

  • lee

    My wife and I and an Indian friend were treated by Serd like a royalty during our days with him in Laos. He knew history, the cultures of the hill tribes and ways to cater to our specific interests, which were Lao food tastes. We did not wish to go to places that use visited by the many tourists, and he took us to remote restaurants of good food and beauty. I enjoyed snacking with him on bamboo grubs. But we mostly enjoyed his great patience and friendly personality. We are from the NYC area in New Jersey USA. Traditionally folks from there are picky. You could only like Serd. His English vocabulary and pronunciation was outstanding. Very easily understood by my hard of hearing ears.

  • Andreas
    We are a couple (40 and 41) from Germany and had a fantastic 19-day trip through Laos with Serd. During our journey we learned much about buddhism (as he is a former novice he knows a lot about it, of course) and Lao culture. He made it possible for us to get in contact with local people and to get a feeling how their life is like, which is otherwise quite difficult, because we do not speak Lao and most of the local people do not speak English, whereas Serd's English is excellent. Even through our long drives through the country it was never boring, because we stopped all the while to visit something along the road: a temple, a market (where we tested local food we never tried before), a waterfall, ... Whenever he made a suggestion to change our original itenary it was a good choice, not to forget his recommendations for having lunch or dinner. While driving (and we have been sitting in the car a lot) we talked about many different topics, because he is also interested in our way of life and how we see things. So after 19 days it was very hard to say goodbye to a friend and we hope to get back and see him again.
  • Maya
    Ours was a family group of 3 Octogenarians, teens and mid ages, and planning for this trip to Vientiane, Laos was not without apprehensions and anxieties. Selecting a tour guide was indeed a "throw of dice", and indeed, it was a very good one! Serd was a perfect guide, he was able to connect with all of us from the start, he is friendly, patient and very knowledgeable. My father called him "Mr Know-All". His resourcefulness is excellent because he was able to customise the tour to suit our objectives and pace, even making changes at the last minute. He tried his best to accommodate to each of our wishes, and we all left Vientiane with very good memories and feelings. Would we look for Serd again on our next holiday to Laos? Yes! That's for sure!!
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