Highlights of Laos - 7 days

Highlights of Laos - 7 days

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Highlights of Laos - 7 days

7 Days Starting in Vientiane and ending in Farewell Laos

Visiting: Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

1832/HLAO

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Age range:

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Sightseeing, Swimming

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$938 (USD) Operator discount: -$170 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$27 -17%

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Tour Overview

From the remarkably relaxed capital of Vientiane, to enchanting, beautifully preserved former capital of Luang Prabang. Discover the spellbinding magic of Laos. Timeless temples, saffron clad monks and spectacular scenery abound!

Highlights

  • Khouangsi Waterfall – Swim in the turquoise pools, enjoy stunning scenery and meet ethnic minority villagers en route

  • Vientiane – Explore Laos’ capital on a guided city tour including the iconic golden Pha That Luang and the Patuaxi Monument

  • Thalat – Browse the stalls at the colourful market where various hill tribes come to trade goods

  • Vang Vieng – Visit the Tham Jang Caves and relax or opt to explore the lush countryside by bicycle

  • Luang Prabang – Ride on a tuk-tuk around the old town and visit the striking Wat Xiengthong Monastery

  • Living The Land Farm Experience – Plough a rice paddy with a water buffalo and enjoy a delicious lunch of local cuisine

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Vientiane
Location: Vientiane
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Vientiane
Meals Included: No Meals

Sunday. Welcome to Laos! Enjoy an airport arrival transfer and hotel check in. Spend the afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 2 : Vientiane City Tour
Location: Vientiane
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Crowne Plaza Vientiane
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we explore the charming and laid-back capital of Laos with a city tour. We visit the oldest Buddhist monastery temple in the country - Wat Si Saket - and the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaeo, built to house the famed Emerald Buddha. Today it serves as the national museum of religious art. Learn about Laos’ tragic past and present suffering at the COPE Centre, an organization that works with victims of unexploded bombs and mines. Next visit Pha That Luang, the most important monument in Laos and a symbol of both Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty.



We also stop to view the imposing Patuxay monument - Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe. Later in the afternoon enjoy time exploring the hundreds of Hindu and Buddhist sculptures scattered throughout Buddha Park. End the day with a sunset dinner besides the Mekong River.

Day 3 : Vang Vieng
Location: Vang Vieng
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Vientiane – Vang Vieng. We leave the capital early and journey north through lush countryside to Vang Vieng. Along the way we visit Ban Keun, famous for its salt extraction plant and a village of local Lao rice wine whiskey distillation. Our next stop is the busy and colourful market of Thalat, where local hill tribes come to trade and shop. Finally we visit the archaeological site of Vang Xang, which dates back to the 11th century. Arriving at Vang Vieng we check in to our delightfully rustic hotel, nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River. The remainder of the day offers free time, perhaps opt to explore the local caves or take a bicycle ride through the surrounding countryside.

Day 4 : Tham Jang Caves
Location: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Santi Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang. This morning we explore the famous caves of Tham Jang once used by the local people as a hideout during Chinese invasions. We observe the lifestyles of the local people at Ban Huai Ngai village before making our way further north to the UNESCO World Heritage listed city of Luang Prabang.

Day 5 : Luang Prabang
Location: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Santi Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast

Consider rising early this morning to view the daily ritual of saffron-clad monks and their procession down the streets of Luang Prabang collecting alms from the residents.

After breakfast this morning we hop on a vintage tuk-tuk and explore the old town of Luang Prabang. Our first stop is the bustling morning market where we learn about some of the local products on offer. We will then visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its low sweeping roof, representing traditional Laotian architecture. We end our morning at the impressive former Royal Palace which is now a national museum filled with ornate reception rooms and spectacular artifacts.



This afternoon we make our way to Khouangsi Waterfall, stopping en route at local villages to discover the different ethnic groups in this region. At the falls we can take in a dip in the turquoise pools, enjoy the scenery or explore the forest on one the walking trails.

Day 6 : Living Land Farm Experience
Location: Luang Prabang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Santi Resort and Spa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we head into the countryside to visit the Living Land Farm for a fun and hands on half day farming experience. Learn how rice is planted and cultivated in the rice paddy, experience the life of a rice farmer and plough the rice paddy with a water buffalo. Then we enjoy a tasty lunch of traditional Lao dishes at the farm's Rice House, while soaking up the spectacular views of rice terraces and mountains beyond.



The afternoon is free for you to independently explore more of Luang Prabang. Consider visiting the sobering UXO Centre to learn more about the Second Indochina War, take in more of the city's beautiful temples or head to the Ock Pop Tock weaving centre set in beautiful tropical gardens.

Day 7 : Farewell Laos
Location: Luang Prabang
Meals Included: Breakfast

Saturday. Spend the morning further exploring this delightful city before hotel check out and an included departure transfer to the airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 star

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 2 dinners

  • 6 nights 4 star and special class hotels

  • Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 7

  • Guided sightseeing - Vientiane, Vang Xang, Vang Vieng, Tham Jang Caves and Luang Prabang

  • Excursion to Khouangsi Waterfall and ethnic minority villages

  • Half day living land farm experience

  • Escorted by English speaking Laotian tour guide

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles

What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3-6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

  • Entrance Fees: USD$20-30pp, paid in USD

Age Policy

18yrs or 16yrs accompanied by an adult

Accommodation

Lao Poet Hotel



The stylish Lao Poet hotel provides a relaxing retreat in the heart of Vientiane. The beautifully appointed guest rooms feature polished concrete floors and warmly coloured walls. En suite bathrooms are equipped with a spacious rainfall shower and complimentary bottled water is provided each day. Up on the rooftop guests can enjoy a Signature Cocktail whilst the sun is setting and a swim in the hotel's infinity pool. The restaurant serves famous Lao dishes and tasty Western fare, while the Poet Spa offers wide selection of beauty and health treatments. Conveniently located within walking distance of the National Museum, ?major temples, the Patuxay Monument and the Mekong River, this popular hotel is also surrounded by a variety of restaurants, bustling street food stands and the popular Vientiane night market.





Vansana Vang Vieng Hotel



Nestled on the banks of the Nam Song River, the Vasana Vang Vieng Hotel is conveniently located close to the centre of town and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Guest rooms are clean and comfortable with complimentary wifi and modern amenities, with a taste of Laos cultural design. Why not sit back and relax in the pool overlooking the river after a day of sightseeing.





Santi Resort and Spa



Set just outside the main town of Luang Prabang, the Santi Resort and Spa is a modern property set in manicured gardens. Guest rooms are set on two levels and are spacious with excellent amenities. Meals are served in the main restaurant and the outdoor pool is perfect for a cooling afternoon dip. If you need to get into town then take advantage of the free shuttle service that runs nearly every hour.



Located on the outskirts of Luang Prabang.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival transfer day 1 and departure transfer day 7

  • What is the maximum group size?

    24

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    4 star

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Jessica Cassidy  

Highlights of Laos - 7 days

02-Nov-2016

What an amazing experience. Laos has been high on my list for many years and this tour did not disappoint. I just happened to arrive during the end of Buddhist Lent which I feel quite honoured to have been able to observe the local people in the temples as they were all still open to the public. The atmosphere was so festive in Vientiane! Vang Vieng was beautiful, would have loved the opportunity to go hot-air ballooning. An early morning spent on the Nam Song river was so peaceful. Luang Prabang was a wonderful way to end the tour. Exploring on foot, and enjoying all that nature has to offer. Our guide Xang, for our tiny tour of 2 people, was very personable and not only enjoyed sharing his knowledge of the country and culture, but it was a joy to watch him seeing new things in his own country. His passion for his home was very evident.

David Niven  

Highlights of Laos - 7 days

11-Dec-2016

Pom was excellent. Very informative. His English was not the best but overall his other qualities made up for that. A free day in Luang Prabang would have been better than the trip to the waterfall. Not sure about the road trip to Vientiane. A plane ride would have been better allowing us to spend more time in that city. There are a number of tourist spots in Vientiane that we missed. The excursions in Luang Prabang including the Elephant ride were excellent.

Jayne Whiting  

Highlights of Laos - 7 days

22-Feb-2016

Thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Laos. Our guide Lee was very knowledgeable and controlled his 6 senior travelers very well. Laos is a beautiful country and the people are very friendly. The only criticism I would have is the description of this being a 8 day tour, we thought it was really more of a 6 day tour but had a lovely time anyway. Thank you.

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