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9 Days Overland to Unesco World Heritage Sites

USD 672
ATA-LAO-OUW 9 days 8 nights

Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane Tour Package
Day 2: Vientiane to Vang Vieng City
Day 3: Vang Vieng to Luang Prabang
Day 4: Luang Prabang City Tour
Day 5: Luang Prabang – Ban Chan – Ban Pha Pet – Ban Pak Leung
Day 6: Ban Pak Leung – Ban Nong Chong Nong Phu– Ban Saleuan – Ban Tha Paen
Day 7: Ban Tha Paen – Kuangsi Waterfall – Cave – Ban Long Lao
Day 8: Ban Long Lao – Ban Nong Tok – Luang Prabang
Day 9: Luang Prabang – Departure

Itinerary

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL – VIENTIANE

On arrival in Vientiane Capital, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Located on the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences.

Wat Ho Phra Keo in Vientiane

A city tour acquaints us with the capital and after freshening up, we start visiting some the major sights; including the oldest temple Wat Sisaket, an amazing structure featuring remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. We also visit the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.

Enroute to Lao’s national precious 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.

Overnight in Vientiane.

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DAY 2: VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG (ROAD) (B/-/-)

The journey begins as we depart Vientiane and drive along one of the most scenic routes in the whole of Asia to Vang Vieng, a small town which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with limestone outcrops remains unspoiled, despite recent developments with the advent of tourism.

After checking into your hotel, we absorb the breathtaking mountain landscape and explore the famous cave of Tham Jang, which was used in the early 19th century as a hideout from the Chinese invaders.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.

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DAY 3: VANG VIENG – LUANG PRABANG (ROAD) – UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES (B/-/-)

Today we depart early for our journey by road to Luang Prabang. The road conditions are very poor; however the stunning mountain scenery makes it worthwhile. We arrive in Luang Prabang this afternoon and have time to stroll around to catch our first glimpse of the sleepy town.

Monks Collecting Alms Around – Surprising Laos Tours

This enchanting town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be “the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia”. There is little traffic on Luang Prabang’s roads and you will see monks dressed in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas shading themselves from the sun.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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DAY 4: LUANG PRABANG – CITY TOUR (B/-/-)

It is worth a visit to the National Museum (Open Every Day) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign.

Today we explore some of the major sights in this faboulous city, including the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and Wat Mai. We visit these sights as well as the magnificent Wat Xiengthong, its exterior architecture is remarkable with decorated guilded stuccoes and doorways, a “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in coloured glass on the back wall and its three tiered roofs sweeping low to the ground representing classical Laotian architecture.

A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending 329 steps to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa and to enjoy a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. From there, we explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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DAY 5: LUANG PRABANG – BAN CHAN – BAN PHA PET – BAN PAK LEUNG (B/L/D)

The extremely beautiful mountain region around Luang Prabang is ideal for an adventurous trekking expedition. After breakfast, we cross the mighty Mekong River and walking to local villages of three kinds of ethnic minority groups of Laos of Ban Chane and Ban Pha Phet. The Khmu hill tribe people reside her they have a primitive and basic lifestyle. After an enjoyable stop at Ban Pha Phet, we continue our trek and embark on a boat for a leisurely trip to Paklung where we are fortunate to be the guests of a friendly Lao family. This evening we will join the family for a local dinner and experience the hospitality of the villagers. The accommodation is very simple and dormitory style with no western facilities.

Overnight at Ban Paklung villager’s house (Homestay)

Approximately: 3 hours trekking & 2hours Sightseeing

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DAY 6: LUANG PRABANG – BAN PAKLUNG – KHOUANGSI WATERFALLS (B/L/D)

Today we bid farewell to the Lao family and begin our full day trek, using local tracks and passing through various hill villages from Ban Nong Chong to Ban Nong Phu. We continue to walk through many different villages where we are sure to attract attention from different ethnic minorities, as visitors do not frequently encounter this area. On arrival at Ban Saluen, we cross the Mekong River again and will be transferred to the famous Kuangsi Waterfalls, where water tumbles over multi-tiered limestone formations into a cool and crystal clear pool, making it a perfect place to relax after spending the day trekking.
Overnight at Ban Thapene near Kuangsi Waterfall.

Approximately: 5-6 hours trekking & an hour transfer

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DAY 7: BAN LONG PHU – BAN LONG LAO – HOMESTAY TOURS (B/L/D)

Today we continue venturing into beautiful areas of Kuangsi Waterfall. We walk up mountainsides to see the Spring water, this is actually the source of Kuangsi waterfall. After that we will explorer the cave where known as bomb shelter cave during the Indochina war, the cave itself is very stunning of its stalactites and stalagmites. We then trek through forests, vegetable farms and rice fields. We arrive at Ban Long Lao by late afternoon and have time to walk around this little village, observing the lifestyle of the local people. Here we will be honored guests at a villager’s home and you can even sample their homemade rice wine!

Overnight at Ban Long Lao villager’s house (Homestay).

Approximately:  4.5 hours trekking

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DAY 8: BAN LONG LAO – LUANG PRABANG – TREKKING EXPERIENCES (B/L/-)

After breakfast, we say good bye to our local host family and continue our trekking from the village through some local plantations before entering the dense jungle which is home to a remarkable diversity of tree species!

The last leg of the day is one and half hours walk to Ban Nong Tok which is where our truck will be awaiting to pick us up and drive back to Luang Prabang, approximately 45 minutes.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Approximately: 45 minutes driving, 5-6 hours trekking

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DAY 9: LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE (B/-/-)

There is free time for you to explore the town further or to relax before your transfer to the airport for departure.

Tour details

PACKAGE PRICE PER PERSON (USD)

Rates vary frequently. Please contact us to get the best possible price based upon your travel period and specific touring needs. Our travel consultant will help you find the best hotel deals & promotion air-fare available at your booking time.

Period: 01 Oct 2022 – 31 Dec 2023

Rate/pax1 pax2 pax3 – 6 pax7 – 10 paxSingle supplement
3-star HotelUSD 2030USD 1126USD 864USD 672USD 180
4-Star HotelUSD 2242USD 1234USD 972USD 781USD 283
5-Star HotelUSD 2975USD 1603USD 1342USD 1152USD 647

*Peakseason surcharge:

  1. Villa Maydou (Deluxe Garden) on 21Dec-5Jan: US$23/pax for 3nights
  2. Satri house (Deluxe) on 23Dec-03Jan: US$52/pax for 3nights

HOTEL LIST STANDARD OR SIMILAR

HotelsVientianeVang ViengLuang Prabang
3-Star HotelLao Orchid hotel (Superior room)Silver Naga Hotel (Standard room)Villa Chitdara hotel (Deluxe room)
4-Star HotelSalana Boutique Hotel (Superior room)Amari Vang Vieng Hotel (Superior City View)Villa Maydou Hotel (Heritage Deluxe room)
5-Star HotelSettha Palace Hotel (Deluxe room)The Riverside Boutique Hotel (Deluxe room)Satri House Boutiques Hotel (Deluxe room)

CHILD POLICY: Please contact for more information.

TRIP INCLUDED

  • Hotel accommodation by twin share basis with daily breakfast
  • Ground transportation by private, air-cond vehicle
  • Regional ENGLISH speaking guide
  • Sightseeing with admission fees
  • Private boat trips as programmed
  • Mineral water and cold tissues on tours

TRIP EXCLUDED

  • International air tickets arrival to and departure from Laos
  • Visa stamping on arrival to Laos (US$ 30 per person)
  • All other meals & beverages are NOT mentioned in the program
  • Personal expenses and Tips

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