Tour Type: Private tour
Duration: 8 days
Destinations: Vientiane, Xieng Khuang, Plain of Jars, Luang Prabang
Explore the smiling capital of Vientiane, the mysterious Plain of Jars, the sleepy mountain village of Vang Vieng, and the former mountain kingdom of Luang Prabang. Soak in the glorious Lao landscape as you cruise down rural stretches of the Mekong to sacred limestone caves, and take in an ethnic fashion show in the cultural capital.
Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane
Day 2: Vientiane Highlights
Day 3: Xieng Khuang - Plain of Jars
Day 4: Xieng Khuang - Luang Prabang
Day 5: Luang Prabang -Pak Ou Caves -Ban Xang Hai
Day 6: Luang Prabang -Khouang Si Waterfalls
Day 7: Elephant Village Discovery-Ethnic Fashion Show
Day 8: Luang Prabang Departure
Welcome to Vientiane, a charming backwater capital of smiling locals and steaming noodle stalls. Upon arrival, a friendly local guide will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day is yours to soak in the city’s rich delights.
After breakfast at your hotel, your journey of discovery starts with a fantastic city tour, beginning with the fascinating National Museum, where you’ll have a chance to gain a foundation understanding of Lao history that will help you get the best of the sights you’ll see later on the trip. After the museum, it’s on to Wat Sisaket, the oldest wat (temple) in Vientiane serving as home to a host of gorgeous murals and a beautifully ornate ceiling. The final stop of the morning is Wat Prokeo, housing some of the country’s finest sculptures.
After lunch, you’ll be driven the short journey northeast of the city to Pha That Luang, the most important national monument in Laos. This beautiful golden temple sits at the centre of a high-walled cloister with tiny windows and is said to enclose a piece of Buddha’s breastbone. After the Lao national icon, you’ll call in on a more recent monument, erected after Laos claimed independence from France, as you make your way back to the city. You’ll round off the day with a trip to Wat Si Muang, famed for its supernatural powers. The rest of the day is yours to relax, perhaps taking a sunset stroll along the Mekong before retiring to your hotel.
In the morning you’re free to stroll around the city’s leafy boulevards and sample delicious street snacks before your guide takes you to the airport for your short flight to Xieng Khuang, home to the famous ‘Plain of Jars,’ the name given to the a mysterious flatland peppered with 2,000-year-old jars stretching as far as the eye can see. Enjoy short scenic walks between the key sites on the plains, as well as calling in at Lao Leum village to witness local life.
After lunch, you’ll take an interesting tour around the old capital of Muang Khoun and a nearby village that serves as home to the Hmong and Tai Dam Hill Tribe People, that latter being known as “the people without a country” by virtue of no country accepting them as their own. Witness first-hand their simple way of life before your driver takes you back to Xieng Khuang, where the remainder of the evening is yours to relax in your hotel.
In the early morning you’ll visit the vibrant Central Market at Phonsacanh, where you’ll witness hill-tribe peoples bartering and exchanging various wares. If time permits, you’ll also be able to visit another Plain of Jars site not often seen by tourists. After this, your guide will drive you to Luang Prabang, a sleepy blend of red-roofed Buddhist temples and French-colonial architecture nestled in the lofty green mountains. En route, you’ll stop off to see the Buddha images at Thampra, a site over two centuries old, and pass through several more hill-tribe minority villages along the way. After check-in at your hotel, you’ll be taken to see a moving performance from the Laos National Ballet at the Royal Palace Theatre. The remainder of the evening is yours, perhaps to explore the local night market.
This morning, your journey of discovery begins with a serene cruise down the Mekong, idling past scenes of rural riverside life and spectacular mountain scenery until you reach the Pak Ou Caves. Nestled among the limestone cliffs where the Mekong and and Nam OU rivers meet, the caves are split into two: one called Tham Ting; and the other Tham Theung. Both are filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues which have been deposited here over the centuries.
A short distance away from Pak Ou Caves, we visit the village of Ban Xang Hai, which has for centuries made the clay jars which are used to ferment Lao wine. Nowadays, the village also specialises in producing a wide range of ‘Lao Lao’ whisky and ‘Lau Hai’ wine. Be sure to try just a little before we head back down to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon.
After your trip to the caves, enjoy private tour of the city, calling in at Wat Xiengthong, Luang Prabang’s stunning Golden City Temple, Wat Aham, with its depictions of Buddha’s life painted on the walls, and the Royal Palace Museum, where you’ll have the chance to learn more about Lao history and culture. In the evening, you’re free to relax, or do a little exploring on your own.
Observe the early-morning alms ritual of the saffron-robed monks that call this city home, perhaps even receiving a blessing. After breakfast at your hotel, you will head to explore more of Laos’ natural beauty at the stunning Khouang Si Waterfalls. After lunch in a local restaurant, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a variety of Lao Minority Group villages, learning about their unique traditions and cultures, experiencing a totally different way of life. Spend the evening relaxing in your hotel, or venture out on your own.
After breakfast in your hotel, your guide will drive you to the Elephant Village outside of town. Laos isn’t called the Land of One Million Elephants for no reason; and while there sadly aren’t as many animals as was once the case, they can still be seen here. Upon arrival at the village, you’ll be welcomed by the camp manager before participating in a quick briefing. Next it’s time to tick something off the bucket list! Enjoy an hour-long elephant ride on a Howdah (elephant seat), after which you’ll take a return boat trip to the Sae Waterfall and, if you would like, spend some time swimming in the crystal-clear water at its base. Once you return to the Elephant Village, you’ll sit down to a local lunch and relax before driving back to Luang Prabang.
Spend the evening enjoying an Ethnic Fashion Show, in which twenty Lao models parade down the catwalk in 95 different outfits, many with intricate designs, including traditional wear and ceremonial outfits from the different ethnicities. THe last segment includes a collection by Phaeng Mai Gallery (Laos’ top silk designer). The remainder of the evening is yours to relax in your hotel.
Today is yours to relax until it’s time to head for airport for your ongoing flight, leaving this beautiful country with many wonderful memories and stories to share with your loved ones back home.
Entrance and sightseeing fees as listed;
All meals as listed;
Transportation as listed;
Accommodations as listed;
Domestic flights, car transfers as listed;
Professional licensed English-speaking guide.
Passion Indochina Travel will provide you with a dynamic professional local private tour guide, a private chauffeur and a transportation that suits your style and gives you pleasure, comfort and security through every points of your destination. All our tour guides in our company are registered English Speaking Guides, they are passionate about their city and they take pride in sharing it with others.With our private local tour guide, you’d get the chance to see and learn more among the historic places in the world and their cultures. Be amazed with the breathtaking scenery of Asia and enjoy some once in a lifetime adventure!
Private Tour Guide
The tour guide is always punctual on every destination he/she is needed. You will be picked up at the airport and will be escorted to your hotel and tend to your stuff til their services is needed again. They will also assist you at the airport at every departure, seeing to it that you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint. All the tour guides in all your choices of destination are Locals. Since they know all the areas of the tours you're taking, they make sure that they share to you all the information may it be historical facts, dates and anecdotes or tell stories about the tour sites to make it more interesting and entertaining. They would also suggest the best spots for picture taking.Our tour guides are also flexible when it comes to the itinerary changes if there's any unexpected reason and will be more than accommodating to any alternative suggestions just to ensure that you will have an incredible experience.
Arrive in the comfort of your style. Depending on the group size, and the tour packages of your choice, we would accommodate you with the best transportation and a professional Chauffeur to assist you wherever and whenever you need. They would be happy to transport you.