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Laos Explore

Discover the hidden beauty in the capital with stupa, pagoda, temple on 7 days in Laos. Moreover, you will will visit the Plain of Jars, tribal villages in Xieng Khouang, The traditions and customs of the local in Luang Prabang.


- Start from: Vientiane
- End in: Vientiane
- Travel route: Vientiane – Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang - Vientiane
- Duration: 7 days 6 nights
- Private Tour. Departure: daily upon your request
Day 1 - Vientiane Arrival
Arrive in Vientiane. Meet your guide at the airport, transfer to your hotel for check in. Start city tour in the afternoon. Visit That Luang Stupa, Pratuxai, Ho Prakeo, Wat Sisaket. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 - Vientiane - Xieng Khouang - Plain of Jars

Today we embark on the 7 to 8 hour journey by car to Phonsavan. Along the way enjoy the beautiful scenery and see local village life. Xieng Khouang, the gateway to the Plain of Jars, is a town that has been totally rebuilt after it was destroyed during the secret war in Laos. Later in the afternoon, we arrive at Phonsavan, the capital of the Xieng Khoung province.

Day 3 - Thajok tribal village - Tham Piou
Drive to Muong Kham to the natural hot spring water 64 km. On the way stop at minority villages to see their everyday life at Thajok village and visit Tham Piou cave. Return to Phonsavanh in the afternoon.

Day 4 - Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang
Visit the local market of Phonsavanh and then you will take the car to Luang Prabang, long drive with change to take the experience with the local life on the way. you will break for the lunch in the local restaurant and keep driving to Luang Prabang . Upon arrival at Luangprabang transfer to hotel for check in. Afternoon, visit main highlights of Luangprabang: Phousy Mountain and discover the Night market.

Day 5 - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves - Ban Xang Hai - Ban Phanom
Transfer to the local pier of Luangprabang 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. Visit the sacred Buddha cave where the thousand Buddha images can be seen and return to Luangprabang to continue visiting Ban Phanom, nearby Henri Mouhot’s tomb, the weaving village of Lao Lu textiles. Overnight at hotel in town.

Day 6 - Luang Prabang  City Tour – Vientiane
Morning, visit main highlights of Luangprabang: Vat Visoune, Vat Aham, Phousi hill for a view overlooking Luangprabang and Vat Mai Souvannaphoumaram, Vat Xieng Thong - the most beautiful temple of Luang Prabang and National Museum known as former Royal King’s Palace.
Visit Ban Xang Khong, a weaving and handmade mulberry paper village. Free until transfer to domestic airport to fly to to Vientiane. Pick up and transfer to hotel. In at the afternoon go to the Morning Market with its Lao handicraft products, silk, gold, antique silver. See the sunset from beside the Mekong River.

Day 7 - Vientiane Departure (B)
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Laos, the Mekong & Thailand

Our fascinating Thailand and Laos tour combines one of Asia’s best-loved destinations with its least well known neighbour with immediate contrasts both apparent and intriguing. After the bright lights of Bangkok, it’s Luang Prabang in Laos - little more than a village by comparison, with quaint French colonial buildings and a charmingly slow pace of life. The beauty of the countryside along the banks of the mighty Mekong has to be seen to be believed as we learn about the many ethnic communities in this remote part of Indochina. We also explore some of the lesser known corners of Thailand - the scenic far north-east (the Golden Triangle) and the haunting remains of the Burma-Thailand railway in the south. And that’s all before spending some wonderfully relaxing days on the shores of the Gulf of Thailand.

Bangkok is without doubt one of Asia’s most vibrant cities. Outwardly it’s ultra-modern, with soaring glass skyscrapers and luxurious shopping malls. Yet at heart it’s just a traditional Buddhist society, full of hushed street corner shrines and neighbourhoods of village houses nestling around the communal courtyard of the bustling Chao Phraya River. We visit all the major sights including the extensive Grand Palace complex, home of the revered Royal Family, site of the amazing Emerald Buddha.

Luang Prabang is the cultural capital of Laos and one of the few counties in the world which can be called ‘undiscovered’. Utterly charming, after decades of isolation under communist rule, it has gradually opened up to the outside world and is wonderfully devoid of mass tourism. However, unlike nearby Vietnam, the Lao people prefer a slower pace so you’ll truly be stepping back in time. Walk along sleepy streets almost completely free of traffic and you’ll find another stunning, intricately carved golden temple around almost every corner. And you’ll delight in the long-held and thriving traditional customs – such as orange-robed Buddhist monks collecting alms from the faithful. Dusk falls and the main street metamorphoses into a charming open-air market attracting the many minority tribes from the surrounding hills. Take a walk along ‘food street’ – a long narrow lane full of sizzling barbequed Mekong fish, multi-coloured salads, noodles and vegetables, all freshly prepared in vibrant kaleidoscope of colour, rushed activity and mouth-watering aromas.

Then, for a remarkable two days we travel by boat along the upper reaches of the amazing river Mekong absorbing sights of a wonderfully traditional riverside life, flora and fauna, and the river is much narrower than downstream in Cambodia and Vietnam. The surrounding thickly forested and sparsely populated hills almost to melt into a hazy distance. Our boat is long, narrow and open-sided to the warm tropical air. With plenty of comfortable seats and tables it’s the perfect way to experience this little known but quite extraordinary country.

Crossing back into Thailand we spend a few days at the luxury Le Meridien Resort in Chiang Rai, bordering Burma and Laos and located in Thailand’s beautiful ‘Golden Triangle’. Once the centre of extensive illicit drug production, today the region’s ethnic communities have successfully changed their way of life – mainly through the efforts of the present King’s mother. A keen gardener, she supervised the creation of a beautifully landscaped garden that’s arguably Thailand’s finest. The cooler temperate climate is perfect for a huge range of highland flora including rare orchids.

Then there is the poignant site of the bridge over the River Kwai. This was just one of many bridges, viaducts, cuttings and embankments built under horrific conditions by thousands of Commonwealth POWs and local labourers. The 415 mile ‘Death Railway’ between Thailand and Burma claimed the lives of over 12,000 POWs and many more civilian workers. You’ll cross the bridge itself and visit the Hellfire Pass Memorial – a simple but excellent small museum full of fascinating first-hand testimonials. A walk along the line and through the huge railway cutting itself is a moving experience that will stay with you forever.

Then we drive to the Gulf of Thailand for three relaxing days on the tropical shiores of Cha Am – free to reflect on the countless remarkable sights we’ve experienced.

One of the real highlights of any visit to Asia is of course its cuisine. You’ll have plenty of chances to sample some typically Thai and Lao dishes, both in hotels and at the bustling food stalls at night markets in Chiang Rai, Bangkok or Luang Prabang. A speciality of northeast Thailand is khao soi, a tasty mixture of both boiled and crispy egg noodles with curried coconut soup. In Laos you can try some grilled fish with minced garlic, coriander and soy sauce together with the local staple - sticky rice eaten by hand.

It’s no surprise that Thailand is known as the land of smiles – the people are genuinely friendly, polite and welcoming. In Laos service may still come with a smile, but it’s a little more laid back. So come with us and explore the cultures, scenery, cuisine and people of these two amazing and very different countries.

Vientiane the city’s exotic Eurasian

Vientiane is the capital of Laos, and although the largest city in the country, it still has a provincial feel to it and is a pleasant place to explore on foot. Tree-lined boulevards and elegant architecture testify to its years under French occupation, in particular the Patuxai, which is a smaller, Asian version of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The colonial past mingles with even older temples such as Wat Si Saket and Pha That Luang, rich with the country’s historic, spiritual and national heritage. Many of the handicraft centres and restaurants in the city work with the local community to ensure traditional values are not lost. We encourage you to visit such projects whilst in Vientiane as well as the COPE centre. And don’t forget to visit That Luang festival. It takes place at the time of the fullmoon of the 12th lunar month. This is a Buddhist festival to honour the national shrine. One of the days of this three-day festival is very special as large crowds gather for an impressive ceremony of prayers.


Most Popular Attractions in Vientiane

The colonial past mingles with even older temples such as Wat Si Saket and Pha That Luang, rich with the country’s historic, spiritual and national heritage. Many of the handicraft centers and restaurants in the city work with the local community to ensure traditional values are not lost.
  •     Buddha Park
  •     Lao National Museum
  •     That Dam (Black Stupa)
  •     That Luang
  •     Vang Vieng
  •     The Presidential Palace
  •     Patuxai Victory Monument
  • Wat Ho Phra Keo
  • Wat Si Muang
  • Wat Mixai
  • Wat Si Saket

Top excursions when going to Vientiane

If you have one day in Vientiane, it is worth it to take an excursion inside of the city where there are many delight to be had.

A full day city tour by bicycle or car exposes the main sites of the city and walks you through the historic periods of Lao culture. The tranquil Wat Sisaket was the only temple to survive the Siamese invasion of 1827 and the beautiful wood-covered hallways are filled with thousands of Buddha statues. Directly across the street is Wat Phra Kaew which once held the Emerald Buddha now revered in Bangkok. The interior museum is a great place to learn about Buddhist culture and history.

A walk along Lane Xang Avenue might bring visions of Paris. Designed to resemble the Champs Elysees, this tree lined street in the centre of town even has its very own ‘Arc de Triomphe’. Slightly quirky, climbing to the top of Patuxai offers fantastic views of the city. Continuing out of town on Lane Xang Avenue, you reach That Luang. This magnificent gold-leaf covered stupa is the national symbol of Laos and one of its most important religious sights. Each fall, a massive festival is held in the grounds around the stupa and people from all over the country descend upon Vientiane to partake in the religious celebrations.
 The capital is located on the banks of the Mekong River which forms the border between Laos and Thailand. In the late afternoon, the banks of the Mekong fill up with local stalls selling cold beers and fresh local food. Sitting by the river, you can watch the fishermen and catch a beautiful sunset view.
    
In Vientiane, you have the opportunity to discover one of delicious Laos Coffee. Laos produces one of the most famous coffees in the world that grown, often referred to as the ‘Champagne of Coffee’. Grown in Southern Laos on the Boloven Plateau, the beans are sought after for their delicious taste. A visit to the coffee centre will teach you more about the process of roasting and blending of the beans, and is concluded with a cupping tasting session.
    
For those interested in traditional crafts and textiles, a visit to Carol Cassidy should not be missed. Housed in a colonial mansion, Ms Cassidy has set up a series of looms and here traditional methods of dying and weaving are practiced resulting in beautiful, high quality silks. The charity shop Les Artisans Laos is a fascinating visit to watch recycled and renewable materials such as bamboo, palm, and mulberry leaves being turned in to quality notebooks, stationary and printer paper.
    
Learn about the tragic recent history of Laos at COPE, the Cooperative Orthotic and Prosthetic Enterprise. Laos is the most heavily bombed country in the world and COPE provides prosthetic limbs for those who cannot afford it. COPE has a great display of information and exhibitions on the problems and work being done to help the victims.

Accommodation suggestions Vientiane in Laos


    Ansara Hotel
    La Residence Mandalay
    Mandala Boutique Hotel
    Salana Boutique Hotel
    Salana Boutique Hotel
    Settha Palace

Laos Holidays

Laos is one of the last bastions of communist ideology, which belies its uniquely gentle nature. Visitors cannot fail to be captivated by the magical tranquillity of this small, landlocked and mountainous nation.


The most rewarding way to arrive in Laos for your holiday is by slow-boat from the Thai border, soaking up the jungle sights and sounds as you drift down the Mekong to Luang Prabang. Once ensconced in Laos’ diminutive second city, you’ll find it hard to leave. Striking yet unimposing temples are scattered among its charming streets, testament to the country’s ubiquitous Buddhist heritage.

Further south you'll discover the workman-like city of Vientiane and the limestone scenery of Vang Vien. A rugged beauty awaits you in the southern 4,000 Islands region, where deserted temples can be explored from the comfort of an elegant guest house and the sweeping landscapes and coffee plantations of the Bolaven plateau await.