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BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 1Vientiane – Arrival
Day 2Vientiane City Tour (B)
Day 3Vientiane – Fly to Xieng Khuang – Plain Of Jars (B)
Day 4Xieng Khuang – Luang Prabang (B)
Day 5Luang Prabang City Tour – Pak Ou Cave (B)
Day 6Luang Prabang – Fly to Pakse – Khong Island (B)
Day 7Khong Island around – Don Daeng (B)
Day 8Don Daeng relax (B)
Day 9Don Daeng – Pakse – Departure (B)



ACCOMMODATION

VientianeLao Orchid
Deluxe
www.lao-orchid.com
PhonsavanVansana Plain of Jar
Standard
http://www.vansanahotel-group.com/index.php?id=plainofjars
Luang PrabangVilla Chitdara
Superior
www.villachitdara.com
4000 IslandsPon Arena
Standard
www.ponarenahotel.com
La Folie Lodge
Standard
www.lafolie-laos.com

INCLUSION:

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room with daily breakfast
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Boat trips as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Meals where mentioned (B: breakfast; L: lunch; D: dinner)
  • Entrance fees

EXCLUSION

  • International flight tickets
  • Lao visa
  • Single supplement surcharge
  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance


Day 1: VIENTIANE ARRIVAL

Welcome to Laos’s capital, Vientiane retains an old-world charm that is becoming increasingly rare. With its wide boulevards unclogged by traffic and many golden temples, this sleepy city hardly feels like a modern capital. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

+ Wattay Airport – Vientiane Hotel: 7 km – 10-15 minutes driving

Hotel: Lao Orchid hotel – Deluxe Room

Meals: No

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide for Airport transfer


Day 2: VIENTIANE CITY TOUR (B)

Today we have a full day to explore Vientiane- the charming and fascinating capital of Laos, one of the classic Indo Chinese cities which conjure up exotic images, with its intriguing mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, American and Soviet influences. Our visit will take you to the key sites: National Museum, Wat Sisaket the city ‘s oldest surviving temple with thousands of silver and porcelain images in the gloriously authentic temple compound that offers you a glimpse into the Vientiane of the past, the next stop is Haw Phra Kaeo. This large temple is beautiful both interiorl and exterior, it was built to house the famed Emerald Buddha in courtyards filled with frangipani trees.
In the afternoon a stop at the older part of Morning market is recommended before the visit Pha That Luang. The giant golden stupa is a sight to see as the bright gold holds a sharp contrast to the pure blue sky. Next you will go to climb the Arc De Triomphe of Laos, Patuxai. The massive arch has a beautiful mosaic tiled ceiling and once at the top you can see for miles around Vientiane. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

Vientiane City tour: around the city center with short distance

Hotel: Lao Orchid hotel – Deluxe Room

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide


Day 3: VIENTIANE – FLY TO XIENG KHUANG – PLAIN OF JARS (B)

Breakfast at the hotel and then you will take a short Fly to Xieng Khuang, start to visit the mysterious archeological wonderland: the Plain of Jars. Start the day with a trip to Phonsavan’s bustling central market. Visit the MAG exhibition then head out to the Plain of Jars. Explore Site 1 of the ancient and mysterious Plain of Jars: an enchanting archeological site, where hundreds of large stone jars lie scattered about the plateau. In the afternoon, we discover site 2 and site 3 in the different location and the journey to reach them offers glimpse of some typical local villages. We get back to hotel later in the afternoon and have couple hours to enjoy the hotel facility and the tranquility of this small town. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route:transfer by private car and plane

+ Vientiane – Xieng Khoang: 30 minute flying

+ Xieng Khoang Airport – Plain of Jar: 10 km – 16 minute drive

Hotel: Vansana Plain of Jar - Standard

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:No guide in Vientiane. Private local English Speaking Guide in Xieng Khoang


Day 4: XIENG KHUANG – LUANG PRABANG (B)

Today we drive from Xieng Khuang to Luang Prabang, passing through Laos’ pristine countryside. This is long drive (approximately 7 - 8 hours) with spectacular view of Lao rain forest and the mountain ranges. Along the way we will stop for photo opportunities and visit various hill tribe villages. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel for check in. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: by private car

Xieng Khoang - Luang Prabang City: 306 km – 7 hour drive

Hotel: Villa Chitdara – Superior room

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide


Day 5: LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR – PAK OU CAVE (B)

This morning you may want to wake up early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. (You can have a self-arrangement for this activity).
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the former king’s palace, which is now a Royal Palace Museum. Many items nicely displayed include rare furniture, traditional costumes and arts, jewelry, ornaments as well as working tools and utensils of the early part of the 20th century. Then we embark on a tour of this enthralling town to visit Wat Xieng Thong, the Golden City Monastery, which dates back to the 16th century and is considered to be the finest in Laos. Furthermore, we visit the fine temples of Wat Mai.
Transfer to the local pier of Luang Prabang to embark on a traditional boat trip upstream on the Mekong River to visit Pak Ou caves. En route, stop over to visit Ban Xang Hai where distillation sticky rice wine can be seen. Gently cruise up the Mekong River to admire the startling collection of gold-lacquered Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes nestled deep in the massive limestone caverns of the Pak Ou Cave. Dine on fabulous Lao cuisine while anchored beneath the limestone karsts on a tranquil stretch of river. On the return cruise, stop at small villages to see the production of traditional Lao textiles and Sa paper by local artisans. This evening is at your leisure to explore the city or relax at your hotel in Luang Prabang. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car

Villa Chitdara Hotel - Pier: 5 km – 10 minutes drive

Pier – Pak Ou caves: about 2 hour cruise

Hotel: Villa Chitdara – Superior room

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide


Day 6: LUANG PRABANG – FLY TO PAKSE – KHONG ISLAND (B)

After breakfast, we will take the van to the airport for your flight to Pakse and Champassak. On the way, visit Wat Phou, the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire then continue on to Nagasang, for a boat cruise to the beautiful Island of Ban Khone where you can sometimes see Irrawadee dolphins. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car and plane

Villa Chitdara Hotel – Luang Prabang Airport: 6 km – 10 minute drive

Luang Prabang – Pakse: 1 Hour 40 minute fliying

Pakse Airport - Khong Island: 130 km – 2.5 - 3 hour drive

Hotel: Pon Arena - Standard

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:No guide in Luang Prabang. Private local English Speaking Guide in Pakse


Day 7: KHONG ISLAND AROUND – DON DAENG (B)

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before cruising by boat to Khone Phapeng Waterfall, which spans 14km in width of the mighty Mekong River. This waterall is listed as the world's widest waterfall. More akin to tumbling rapids than a waterfall from a Western perspective, it is still quite impressive, especially during the rainy season when the water is running fast and furious.
Afternoon today you will be transferred to Don Daeng, check in the hotel and relax. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car and boat

Khong Island Around – Don Daeng: 110 km – 2.5 hour drive

Hotel: La Folie Lodge - Standard

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide


Day 8: DON DAENG RELAX (B)

Today, you are free on your own. Meals on your own. Overnight at the hotel.

Factsheet for this day

No transfer

Villa Chitdara Hotel – Luang Prabang Airport: 6 km – 10 minute drive

Hotel: La Folie Lodge - Standard

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:No guide


Day 9: DON DAENG – PAKSE – DEPARTURE

After breakfast our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer to Pakse Airport for your Flight home. Meals on your own. End of services.

Factsheet for this day

Route: transfer by private car and boat

Don Daeng – Pakse Airport: 40 km – 1 hour drive

Hotel:No

Meals: Breakfast at hotel

Local Guide:Private local English Speaking Guide


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welcoming you very soon in Laos.


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