Laos Explorer

Laos Explorer

Featuring:
Vientiane, Vang Vieng, Luang Prabang

Starting From $835.00 Land Only

Duration 7 Days

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For those that have visited Asia previously and are looking for something new – or rather, are looking for Southeast Asia as it was 50 years ago – should add Laos to their vacation list. Unlike other Southeast Asian countries that have embarked on high-energy growth plans, Laos has remained low-key and developed at its own pace in relative isolation. You can discover the stunning scenery, mountain and jungle in the provinces and the cultural and historical sites. Enjoy a Laos Explorer Tour today!

This Tour Package Includes:

  • Land Only
  • 6 Nights hotel accommodation
  • Meals per itinerary
  • All transfers
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Services of English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Tour Highlights:

  • Hill Tribe Villages
  • Wat Xieng Thong
  • That Luang Stupa
  • Wat Simuang
  • Wat Pra Keo
  • Wat Sisaket

Package Excludes:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees, passport fees, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal purchases
  • Meals/admission not in itinerary
  • Optional Tours (If applicable)

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Meals: B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

  • Day 1: Vientiane, Laos
    Upon arrival in Vientiane, transfer to the hotel and check in. The remainder of the day will be at your own leisure to enjoy.
  • Day 2: Vientiane
    The morning will be at your own leisure to enjoy. Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences. In the afternoon, a city tour acquaints us with the capital, we will start visiting the major sights; including Wat Sisaket, a temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute to Lao’s national heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. (B)
  • Day 3: Vientiane ~ Vang Vieng
    We leave this wonderful town after breakfast for our journey on Route 13. We will see some breathtaking scenery en route pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. We will stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archaeological site dating back to the 11th century. We will reach our destination in the afternoon, the small town of Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism. After arrival at Vang Vieng, we will cross the Nam Song River to the Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek through the breathtaking mountain landscape to explore the Tam None Cave and some hill villages. The day ends with a panorama of the sunset reflecting over the Nam Song River. (B)
  • Day 4: Vang Vieng
    After breakfast, we will head to the Tham Phoukham caves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the beautiful limestone caverns surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate or you can explore the nearby area. Enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the scenery. After spending a day at the caves and the surrounding areas, we will make our return to Vang Vieng town, using local transportation or a tractor. En route, visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam villages while meeting the warm and friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes. (B)
  • Day 5: Vang Vieng ~ Luang Prabang
    Make an early start for our expedition up Route 13 north to Luang Prabang. Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey. We will pass some stunning scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages. There will be a few photo stops at some small hill tribe villages en route. Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others but all have plenty of life. The Muang Xieng Nguen village is our next stop and we will spend a short amount of time observing the local lifestyle prior to reaching Luang Prabang. (B)
  • Day 6: Luang Prabang
    Take a short guided tour and see the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in coloured glass. Its exterior architecture is remarkable with the roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture. Then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside. Visit to the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we will stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, famous for the production of Lao rice wine. On the return to Luang Prabang, take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village well known for its hand weaving. (B)
  • Day 7: Luang Prabang ~ Home
    Visit the National Museum (closed Tuesdays) at the former Royal Palace displays a collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign.  We also have time to visit the Central Market. Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home as your trip comes to an end. (B)
  • Ibis Vientiane Nam Phu – Vientiane, Laos *
    Namphu Ban Xieng Ngneung Chantabury District

    Located in the heart of Vientiane, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Wat Chan and Patuxay. Wat Si Saket and Lao National Culture Hall are also within 10 minutes.

    This hotel features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a 24-hour business center, dry cleaning, and laundry facilities.

    All 64 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and coffee makers, plus free WiFi and LCD TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include premium bedding, free bottled water, and hair dryers.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:                  www.ibis.com/gb/hotel-8074-ibis-vientiane-nam-phu/index.shtml

  • The Elephant Crossing Hotel – Vang Vieng, Laos *
    Ban Viengkeo

    Situated in Vang Vieng, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of VLT Natural Tours and Wat Si Souman. Tham Jang and Tham Loup & Tham Hoi are also within 15 minutes.

    A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a coffee shop/café are available at this hotel. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Additionally, concierge services, laundry facilities, and a 24-hour front desk are onsite.

    All 31 rooms provide conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include balconies, minibars, and room service.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   11:00am
    Website:                  secure.theelephantcrossinghotel.com

  • Sala Prabang Hotel – Luang Prabang, Laos *
    81/1 Ounkham Road, Ban Xiengmouane

    Situated in Luang Prabang, this hotel is steps from Wat Sensoukarahm and Ock Pop Tok. Wat Pa Phai and Night Market are also within 10 minutes.

    This smoke-free hotel features concierge services, dry cleaning, and laundry facilities. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, a library, tour/ticket assistance, and a garden are onsite.

    All 45 rooms feature thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers, plus free WiFi and flat-screen TVs with cable channels. Other amenities available to guests include free bottled water, ceiling fans, and hair dryers.

    Check In Time:      02:00pm
    Check Out Time:   12:00pm
    Website:                  www.salalaoboutique.com/salaprabang/

Arrival Land Availability

Prices are based on per person, double occupancy.  “Land Only” rates do not include international air tickets. Charming Travel Destinations guarantees to quote you the lowest possible airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum 2 passengers to guarantee rate. All hotels are subject to availability. Hotels may be substituted with another or similar category. Prices and availability are subject to change at any time and prices are not guaranteed until we receive your final payment.  We reserve the right to modify the itinerary to ensure a smooth and safe trip.
Laos Visa is required for all US passport holders. (Landing Visa)

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