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LAOS - OFF THE BEATEN TRACK - 15 DAYS / 12 NIGHTS (LA-OF02)

  • Theme’s program

Laos off the beaten track, nature, meet the locals. 

  • The Must-Sees

The mysterious Luang Prabang, Vientiane and its colonial architecture are two cities which are worth the trip for their cultural and historic sites. You will discover the Kuang Si waterfalls as well as different ethnic minorities with who you will have warm encounters. You will also be amazed by the wonderful sceneries Laos has to offer: the breathtaking karstic landscapes of Vang Vieng, its caves and waterfalls, the mystical plain of jars, etc.

  • What will you do during your trip?

During the trip, you will have the opportunity to taste local delicacies, to visit cultural sites as temples, pagodas and local markets. You will discover the most popular sites such as Vientiane, Luang Prabang, Kuang Si waterfalls, some ethnic villages, Mount Phousi, the Pak Ou Caves, the mountain city of Phonsavan and the natural Vang Vieng. 

  • Useful information

For you, we have chosen nice hotels downtown. During the tour, you will experience the tuk-tuk, boat ride, a domestic flight, the coach, walks, etc.

We provide an English speaking tour guide skilled in group management.

DAY 1 : YOUR CITY Flight LUANG PRABANG

Departure at your own expense from the airport of your choice; Registration and formalities for the flight to Luang Prabang. Dinner and night on board.

DAY 2 : LUANG PRABANG

Arrival to Luang Prabang airport : welcomed by your English speaking tour-guide and transfered to your hotel. Time at leisure to explore the city.

Dinner at your expense. Night at hotel.

DAY 3 : LUANG PRABANG

Your visit of Luang Prabang by tuk tuk starts with Wat Xieng Thong temple, whose ornaments, mosaics and stupas are some of the most refined, it holds a majestic Buddha lying in a purely Lao style; continue with the oldest temple in the city: Wat Visoun. 

Then you will visit the Wat Xieng Mouane temple and have a lunch in local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will discover the National Museum which exhibits the famous Pha Bang, a golden statue of Buddha. In late afternoon, walk around the local market with your tour-guide.  

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

DAY 4 : LUANG PRABANG / KUANG SI WATERFALLS

Visit Big Brother Mouse, an opportunity to discover a village and its school who received books, to meet the children and discuss with them about their desire to learn. Departure to Kuang Si, about thirty minutes’ drive from Luang Prabang.

The waterfalls are not very high but are renowned for their beauty and for their environment, part of a national park. On the way, stop at the Talat Phosy market, and visit of several ethnic minority villages : Ban Na Oune, inhabited by Hmong population ; Ban Tha Pane populated by Khmu; and Ban Na Wan and the Lao Loums... Swim in the natural pools of Kuang Si, or walk around. Picnic lunch next to the falls.

Road back to Luang Prabang. Climbing Mount Phousi, stroll around the evening market where populations of mountain minorities sell their products: crafts including engraved silver objects or pushed, embroidery, silk and woven pieces.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

DAY 5 : LUANG PRABANG / PAKOU

If you desire, possibility to get up early and admire the monks getting alms before dawn : the "Tak Bat". To live, the Buddhist monk depends on the generosity of the Buddhist people, who observe this ritual respectfully. Morning drive to the village of Ban Don Ngurn. Then, embark on a cruise on the scenic Nam Ou River. You will have the opportunity to discover beautiful karst landscapes and remote villages only reachable by boat. Stop for lunch along the way.

In Ban Vanglae village, where traditional weaving and dyeing are still practiced, warm encounters with the locals : the Lu tribe. Pursuit your journey with the visit of Pak Ou Caves, carved into a cliff in the middle of a lush jungle, they offer a magnificent view of the Mekong, mixing its waters with those of the Nam Ou River. Visit a rice wine distillery on the way back to Luang Prabang.

Dinner at leisure. Night at hotel.

DAY 6 : LUANG PRABANG / PHONSAVAN

Departure to the province of Xieng Khouang and the city of Phonsavan. The road passes through beautiful mountain scenery and villages of ethnic minorities. Xieng Khouang was the victim of intense US bombing during the Vietnam War, the province is mainly populated by Laos, Khmu and Hmong ethnics.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Along the way, some stops are planned to take pictures. Arrival in Phonsavan in the late afternoon. Installation at the hotel.

Dinner at your expense. Night at the hotel.

DAY 7 : PHONSAVAN / PLAIN OF JARS / PHONSAVAN

After visiting the Central Market of Phonsavan, transfer to the south of the city to visit the Plain of Jars, the origin and function of this site remain unknown but several hundred sandstone jars are exposed on the ground since the 1st century BC. J-C. Lunch during the visit.

Continue the exploration in the afternoon to Muang Khoun, the former capital in ruins, about 40 km from Phonsavan. Return to the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

DAY 8 : PHONSAVAN / VANG VIENG

Road to Vang Vieng, through the most picturesque, wild and mysterious scenery of all Asia. Lunch on the road.

Arrival in Vang Vieng, a small town on a bend of the Nam Song River. Dominated by an imposing limestone massif pierced with caves, it's a place covered with jungle and bushes, in an area known for its caves, waterfalls and limestone cliffs. Check-in at the hotel and boat tour on the Nam Song River.

Dinner at leisure  Night in Vang Vieng.

 

DAY 9 : VANG VIENG

The morning is dedicated to the visit of Tham Chang cave, the most famous of the area, then a hike to the villages of Tai Deang and Souay, populated by ethnic minorities. 

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon at leisure. Option biking, kayaking, river descent in giant buoy, caving.

Dinner at leisure.  Night at hotel

DAY 10 : VANG VIENG / VIENTIANE

Departure towards Vientiane via a charming mountain road. Arrival and lunch in a local restaurant.

On the afternoon, visit the most remarkable monuments of the Laotian capital: Wat Sisaket, Wat Phra Keo Ho Museum built on the model of a former royal temple, home to various Laotian and Khmer religious art; Wat That Luang, religious monument which has a great importance in Laos, residence of the supreme leader of the Lao Buddhism. Visit the Arc de Triomphe and Victory Gate before returning to the hotel.

Dinner at leisure. Night at the hotel.

DAY 11 : VIENTIANE Flight YOUR CITY

Time at leisure according to the hour of your flight. 

Transfer to the airport for your return flight, registration formalities and boarding.

Dinner and night on board.

DAY 12 : YOUR CITY

Breakfast on board. Arrival to your city.

 


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