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    Colors of Laos

    (8days/7nights package)

    Code: CL-13
     
    Day 1:  Arrival – Vientiane
     
    Upon your arrival, you will be greeted at the airport by a representative of Indochina Travelland and transferred to your hotel
     
    Overnight at your hotel
     
    Day 2: Vientiane
     
    This morning you will be met by your guide at the hotel. Enjoy a cool drink whilst your guide introduces you to Laos and the exciting journey your about to embark on.
     
    We then head out on our adventure, commencing with a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit the religious museums of Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple to have survived the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister containing more than 8000 Buddha statues.
     
    Heading across the road to Ho Pra Keo, we visit the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue with its interesting collection of Buddha statues, antiques and array of artifacts found in and around Vientiane.
     
     
    We continue on to the biggest and single most important Stupa in Laos,‘Pha That Luang Stupa’.
    Built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha, Pha That Luang serves as the main symbolic stupa in Laos.
     
    We make a stop for lunch at Khop Chai Deu Restaurant for your first taste of Lao food.
     
    After lunch, we continue the sightseeing tour to the National Museum, displaying archaeological artifacts and information on the country's natural history with several rooms devoted to the independence of Laos, from the revolutionary wars to the Vietnam War.
     
     A short drive takes us to Patuxay Monument, built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane. With a climb to the peak of the monument we have amazing panoramic views over Vientiane.
     
    We return to the hotel by late afternoon for you to explore the city or just relax and enjoy the sunset along one of the many Mekong River front restaurants.
     
    Overnight at your hotel
    (Breakfast included)
     
    Day 3: Nam ngum
    We leave the city of Vientiane behind today on Road No 13, for a 90km excursion to the impressive Nam Ngum Lake, existing due to Nam Ngum dam, which supplies most of the countries electricity, as well as selling electricity to Thailand.
    On-route, we make a stop at a Hmong village to visit a local Hmong market and interact with the locals.
     
    Continuing to Vang Xang, we visit the interesting Archaeological site, built during the Mone-Khmer Empire between the 8th and 11th century.
     
    Arriving at Nam Ngum Reservoir, we enjoy a scrumptious lunch on a boat restaurant.
     
    After filling our bellies, we embark on a boat cruise, enjoying the picturesque scenery of hundreds of islets scattered across the lake. With the enormous tree trunks jutting out of the water and visits to the fishing villages within the islands, this is certainly a day not to leave your camera behind!
     
    We take Road No 10 for our return journey to Vientiane, making a stop at the salt abstraction site at Ban Keun and Dong Ma Khai Market, where the locals gather to sell their local delicacies of wild animals and a large range of insects. Be sure to try some fried grasshoppers!
     
    We return to Vientiane in the late afternoon.
     
    Overnight at your hotel
    (Breakfast included)
     
    Day 4: Luang Prabang
    After a leisurely morning we make our way to the airport for our short flight to the beautiful Luang Prabang.
     
    Upon arrival we briefly check into the hotel before setting out for a bite to eat at a traditional restaurant and enjoy authentic Lao food.
     

    After lunch we take a leisurely sightseeing stroll through this quaint township.

     

    Our first stop takes us to visit the National Museum, which was the former Royal Palace. Built among 1904-1909 the palace is now a museum displaying exhibition galleries and throne rooms.

     

    The palace grounds, including a theater, conference hall, garage, boathouse, as well as the ornate Haw Pha Bang.

     

    We continue to Wat Mai, the early nineteenth century temple with its most striking feature of the gilded relief panels, covering the front façade and mosaics telling the stories of the highest incarnation of the Buddha – Vessentara.
     
    With an orientation of the towns centre, we continue onto Wat Xieng Thong. This temple is a magnificent example of the Luang Prabang traditional architectural style, complimented by the stunning setting along the Mekong River.
     
    Overnight at your hotel
    (Breakfast and lunch included)
     
    Day 5: Morning Alms & Kriang Si Falls
    This morning’s early rise is certainly well worth the awakening.
     
    We head to the centre of town bright and early to observe and participate in hundreds of monks walking through the streets, as we take part in the traditional morning ritual of ‘morning alms’ or ‘the giving to monks’.
     
    We return to the hotel for some breakfast and a rest before we leave for Laos most famous waterfall, Tad Kuang Si (Kriang Si Falls).
     
    Passing through the spectacular mountainous areas, we make a stop at a local Khmu and H’mong village where you have a wonderful experience seeing these two ethnic minority groups in their most natural form.
     
    Arriving at the falls, we commence an easy walk, from the base of the mountain through the lush forest area, passing by the magnificent turquoise pools and visiting the bear rescue centre, which is set within the falls.
     
    Arriving at the base of the waterfall, you have the opportunity to continue up to the peak of the fall or just relax, take a stroll around and admire the beauty and the natural surroundings.
     
    After some free time to rest and relax or spend some time bathing in one of the miraculous blue lagoons, we head back down to the base of the mountain to enjoy a spectacular Lao style lunch.
    We return to Luang Prabang by mid afternoon.
     
    Overnight at your hotel
    (Breakfast included)
     
    Day 6: Pak Ou Caves
    This morning we set out on a leisurely cruise on a long-tail boat along the Mekong River, snaking through vine covered hills, observing life along the river with women washing clothes along the banks, kids swimming and splashing about as the dense jungle mountains creep past us.
     
    The journey takes around 2 hours upstream and approximately 1.5 hours downstream.
     
    Arriving at the confluence of the Nam Ou River into the Mekong, we reach Pak Ou or known by the locals as Tam Ting Caves.
     
    We explore both the upper and lower caves, filled with hundreds of Buddha images, deposited here over centuries and small religious shrines.
    After exploring the caves, we return to our boat and stop at a magnificent restaurant overlooking the confluence for lunch.
     
    After lunch, we continue with a short journey upstream to visit Ban Xang Hai Village.
     
    For centuries this village has made the earthen jars used as fermenting containers for Lao wine. Nowadays, it also specializes in producing a wide range of lau lao (Lao whisky) and lau hai (Lao wine). Be daring and be sure to try just a little!
     
    We return to Luang Prabang around 4pm.
     
    Overnight at your hotel
    (Breakfast included)
     
     Day 7: Ban Phanom
     
    We head out of town this morning to visit ‘Tai Lu’ ethnic minority weaving village in Ban Phanom. This fascinating and peaceful village is famed for its intricately woven textiles and special hand weaving techniques, which we will observe.
     
    A stroll to the neighboring village of Ban Xieng Kong, we have a very interesting demonstration of the process and art work involved with 'Sa' (Mulberry) paper making, which is then used for a variety of handicrafts such as lanterns, cards, books and gift wrap just to name a few.
     
    We have plenty of free time to stroll around the village, admiring the beautiful handicrafts and picking up a few bargains before returning to town!
     
    Having had the luxury of being cooked for thus far, it’s now time to test your skills!
     
    We have the privilege of spending time within a Lao family home to participate in cooking up a traditional Lao style lunch, learning the secrets of all the Lao specialties, from the ingredients through to the intricate techniques.
     
    We return to the hotel after lunch
     
    Overnight at your hotel
    (Breakfast, cooking class and lunch included)
     
    Day 8: Departure
     
    Free at your leisure until transfer to Airport for your upward flight. Ends of service
    (Breakfast included)

     
    Inclusions Exclusions
    • Tour guide
    • Private air-conditioned transportation
    • Meals as mentioned: 2 lunches
    • Cooking class
    • Private boat trip to Pak Ou
    • All entrance fees
    • Airport transfers
    • Accommodation with daily breakfast
    • International flights
    • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
    • Travel insurance
    • Visa fee to Laos
     
    Accommodation list:
    Destinations Duration of stay Standard Option Superior Option Deluxe Option
    Vientiane 3 nights Lao Hotel 2* Mecure Hotel 4* Lao Plaza Hotel 5*
    Luang Prabang 3 nights Saynamkhan Hotel 2* Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel 3* Villa Santi Resort 4*
     
     

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