- Number of Days: 8 Days 7 Nights
- Price: $ 1,368.00
- Tour Code: LAEML/F08
- Tour Dates: Everyday
Check-in at Changi International Airport for your Airlines for Luang Prabang city via Vientiane. Welcome to Luang Prabang is located in northern Laos at the heart of a mountainous region. The town is built on a peninsula formed by the Mekong and the Nam Khan River. Mountain ranges(in particular the Phou Thao and Phou Nang mountains) encircle the city in lush greenery. Many legends are associated with the creation of the city, including one that recounts that Buddha would have smiled when he rested there during his travels, prophesying that it would one day be the site of a rich and powerful city. Known as Muang Sua, then Xieng Thong, from the 14th to the 16th century the town became the capital of the powerful kingdom of Lane Xang (Kingdom of a Million Elephants), whose wealth and influence were related to its strategic location on the silk route. The ancient town of Luang Prabang situated in northern Laos was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.
Upon arrival, meet and greet by your guide and transferred to a local restaurant for your dinner.After dinner check-in, hotel and have a good night's rest.
Embark on a short guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. Cruising upstream on the Mekong River gives you a breath-taking view of the tranquil countryside before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. This is two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. En route, stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, for its local rice wine produce. A short drive to Ban Phanom, a village known for its hand weaving is also arranged. I have sometimes visiting Ban Xangkhong, Ban Xienglek, small villages known for silk weavings and Saa Papermaking.
After dinner, you may want to visit the Luang Prabang night market is something not to be missed when visiting this charming city. It's an amazing sight and offers the most extensive collection of handicrafts in the country.
At dawn, monks from the various monasteries walk through the streets collecting alms of rice. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the rituals. You may wish to start the day early to join the locals in the offerings. Continue to the local morning Phousi Market where you will find items such as dried buffalo skin, local tea among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Next, visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visounand Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. You will have the opportunity to visit the local village of the ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene for its traditional handicrafts.
Cool off the day at the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall is the biggest in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-meter drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals. The pools also have cascades of up to five meters high with deliciously cold water due to the shade given by the surrounding lush tropical jungle, if you don’t fancy a swim then you can relax in the shade and watch others having fun jumping in and out of the water
After breakfast, bid goodbye to Luang Prabang and journey through the wonderful natural scenery to Xieng Khouang with opportunities for photos taking and stop by the local hill tribe villages along the way. Xieng Khouang - The Plain Of Jars is probably South East Asia’s most enigmatic tourist attraction. Situated in the remote northeast of Laos, the mountainous communist country which has only been open to tourists for just over a decade, are hundreds of huge stone jars scattered across several square miles. While most ancient Asian sites, such as the Angkor temples in Cambodia, have revealed many of their secrets, historians are still completely baffled as to where the jars came from, how old they are and what they signify. They are, in short, jars of a deeply spooky nature. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and have a good night's rest.
Please be prepared for winding and long distance 7-8hr scenic drive.
Following breakfast, you will have time to visit the interesting central phonsavan local marketing Phonsavan. Next, we visit Site 1 of the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are scattered all over. A large area extending around the town of Phonsavan, where huge jars of unknown origin are scattered around the landscape. The stone jars appear in clusters, ranging from a single or a few to several hundred jars. The jars vary in height and diameter between 1 and 3 meters and are all hewn out of rock. These jars are undecorated with the exception of a single jar that has a human bas-relief carved on the exterior. Research of the Plain of Jars suggests that the stone jars are associated with prehistoric burial practices.
Set off for Vang Vieng, Take in the splendid scenery of the surrounding countryside and the mountain ranges while driving to Vang Vieng. Vang Vieng is a riverside town, located in central Laos. The area’s main attraction is the dramatic surrounding karst hill landscape. The limestone cliffs and valleys surrounding the resort complex of Vang Vieng are home to numerous caves and caverns. The most famous of these caves is Tham Jangi which was used by the local people as a refuge from Chinese invaders 200 years ago. Catch the sunset on Namsong River.
After breakfast, we start our tour through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukhamcaves, where your breath will be taken away seeing the most beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have the chance to explore the local cultures by greeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. After spending the day at the caves and its surrounding areas, we make our return to the Vang Vieng town, using local transportation or tractor. En route, we visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souray and Taidam villages meeting the warm and friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes.
Return to Vientiane. Along the way, stop by Nam Ngum, a huge reservoir created by damming the Nam Ngum Lake. Before reaching Vientiane, make a stop at Ban Keun, known for its salt extraction plant and a village that distills the local Lao whiskey. A city tour acquaints you with the capital. Start visiting the major sights, including the oldest wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. Enroute visit Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure at 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.
Breakfast at hotel. Check out of hotel and transfer to the airport to check-in for your flight back to Singapore. End of services.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, sequence of the above itinerary may be subjected to changes without prior notice
- 3N Sada 4* or Manoluck 3*+ (Deluxe Room)
- 1N Vansana 3+* (Standard)
- 2N Silver Naga 4* (Deluxe Room)
- 1N Vientiane Plaza 4* (Superior).
Note: In event VTE Vientiane Plaza not available, it will be replaced by Saibaidee Hotel 4* (Sup) or Ibis 3* (Std)
- Meals (Full board), sightseeing (include entrance fees) as per itinerary
- Return transfer with English speaking guide
- Int’l airfare/taxes SIN/LPQ//VTE/SIN
- Visa fees (where required)
- Personal insurance
- Tipping for guide / driver @ USD 6 /pax/ day