5 Days Nature tour itinerary for Vang Vieng & Vientiane: Explore Laos' Capital City And Its Scenic Surroundings
Vang Vieng, Vientiane
Visit Southeast Asia’s most laid-back capital that boasts of outstanding French colonial architecture and low-level buildings spread out in the city. Take in all the relaxed atmosphere and pristine nature as you visit Vang Xang, Wat Sisaket, Wat Prakeo, Patuxay Park etc.
Arrival - Vientiane capital city - tour
On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences.
After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights of the capital; including the Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, see the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa. You will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Park, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
Overnight at Ibis in Vientiane.
VIENTIANE CAPITAL - VANGVIENG (OVER LAND)
We leave this wonderful town early for our journey northbound; we will see some breathtaking scenery en-route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region.
Along the way, we visit the busy and colorful 52 km market where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions.
Next stop of our trip is Vang Xang, famous for the archaeological site dating back the 11th century. We reach our final destination, the small and tranquil village of Vang Vieng, which is 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.
After checking into your hotel we take a wander to catch our first glimpse of this peaceful hill town by taking a walk on the wooden bridge over Namxong River for sunset and drinks.
Overnight at Elephant Crossing Hotel.
VANGVIENG - FULL DAY CAVE AND KAYAK ADVENTURE TOUR
After your breakfast at the hotel, explore the Water cave, located about 15 km away from Vangvieng. To do this we will be driven thereafter that have a short trek through the Lowlander tribe village of Phaxang.
Visit Hoy and Loup caves, before going into the Water cave by tubing experience into the cave (roughly 15-20mn).
After that, we return to where our local transportation stop. Continue to drive to where our Kayaking starts and then enjoy our Kayaking experience down the Namxong river.
Have fun with your kayaking until reaching the stopping point, then free time at your own leisure.
Dinner on your own.
Overnight at Elephant Crossing Hotel. (B, L).
VANGVIENG - NAMNGUME LAKE - VIENTIANE
After breakfast, we make our first stop to visit the famous Tham Jang cave, before leaving for the fabulous of Nam Ngum, a huge reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum River.
On arrival at the lake, we embark on a long tail boat visiting fisherman villages in varied islets. We visit some beautiful islets and take a short walk to explore the lifestyle of the locals.
After lunch at the lakeside restaurant, we drive back to Vientiane. On the way, we make a stop to visit Ban Nabaw, which is famous for its salt extraction plant.
Arrive at Vientiane in the late afternoon.
After check-in, you will have free time at your own leisure.
Overnight at Ibis hotel.
VIENTIANE - DEPARTURE
Breakfast at your hotel, explore on your own until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
All accommodation with daily breakfast at selected hotels.
Private tours, transfers and all services as mentioned in the itinerary.
Services of a private driver and air-conditioned vehicles with water and cool towels.
Service of an English-speaking Laotian guide throughout the tour.
All entrance fees.
2 lunches and 1 dinner as mentioned in the itinerary.
Domestic & international flights.
Meals other than those mentioned in the itinerary.
Early check-in and late check-out at hotels.
Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, drinks, etc.).
Tips for guides and drivers.
Personal travel insurance.
Lao visa fees (contact us for further information).
Life in this pleasant capital is slow-paced and there is always a light flow of traffic, even during rush hour.
We explore this little, peaceful nation at a leisurely pace, visiting some of the finest and most important historical sites in Laos.
Vang Vieng, Vientiane
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