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Laos is a landlocked country of about six million people, and is located in the center of Indochina. Laos shares borders with China to the north, Myanmar to the northwest, Thailand to the southwest, Cambodia to the south and Vietnam to the east. Many foreign tourists find here elements of the “original Asia” lost elsewhere. And to many tourists it is” Simply Beautiful” which is also the official tourism slogan of Laos, like India’s “Incredible India.”
Unspoiled by industrial pollution and covered with deep green forests, proud of its amazing biodiversity, and the mighty Mekong River dotted with numerous islands, Laos is really a beautiful country that attracts more and more foreign tourists. Its thickly forested landscape consists mostly of rugged mountains, the highest of which is Chou Bia at 9,262 feet (2,817 m), with some plains and plateaus.
Welcome to Laos. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang
airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the
day at leisure.
Overnight: Luang Prabang
This morning take in the highlights of
enchanting Luang Prabang on a city tour. Visit the impressive stupa of Wat
Visoun, the former Royal Palace which is now a National Museum and the sobering
UXO Centre, where you will learn about Laos’ Hidden War. In the afternoon
travel to the beautiful Khouang Si waterfall, where you can swim in the
turquoise pools, and visit the Sun Bear Reserve, a conservation centre that
rescues animals from the wildlife trade. This evening explore the Luang Prabang
Night Market before dinner at a local home, accompanied by a traditional Baci
Overnight: Luang Prabang | Breakfast,
Today is free for you to spend at leisure in
Luang Prabang or choose one of the optional excursions Alternatively there is
an optional excursion to the Pak Ou Caves on a Mekong boat trip. Within the
caves are thousands of tiny gilded statues of Buddha that were left by pilgrims
and worshipped for centuries. Then stop at the village of Ban Xangkhong, known
for its hand woven silk and traditional Saa Paper making. Alternatively, visit
a local farm n Luang Prabang, to learn about the production of rice, using
water buffalo for and other traditional processes.
Prabang | Breakfast
Today's unique experience is a “Monks life encounter’. Buddhism is the
basis of Laos culture and temples play an important role in Laotian daily life.
The daily alms-giving ritual is a must-see for any visitor to Luang Prabang, a
“Monks life encounter' offers the opportunity to participate in this practice
in an authentic manner at a local temple. We will experience how typical Laos
dishes like Laap Laos, Olam soup and papaya salad are cooked and then offer
food to a local temple. We will receive a blessing where the monks chant for us
as a part of this traditional ritual and later, join an open talk on Buddhism
in Laos with monks, or enjoy lunch with the food you just cooked, according to
your preference. This afternoon we visit Wat Xieng Thong, dating back to the
16th century, it is considered the most beautiful temple in Luang Prabang. Our final stop of the day is
at the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre, giving us an insight into Laos'
ethnic minority groups. Early this evening board the train in Luang Prabang for
a 2-hour rail journey to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will be met and
transferred to your hotel.
Vientiane | Breakfast, Lunch
Today visit the COPE educational centre, a
compelling centre that teaches us about Laos’ Hidden War and the aid that is being
given to help civilian victims of conflict. Afterwards we continue on to the
unique Buddha Park or Xiang Khouan as it’s known locally, the park is filled
with hundreds of Buddhist and Hindu statues creating a peaceful atmosphere.
Later, take a tour of Vientiane visiting Wat Sisaket, one of the oldest temples and home to thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and also visiting the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo. En route to Lao’s national icon, That Luang Stupa, we pass the Patuxay Monument, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe.
Vientiane | Breakfast
Today fly to Pakse, the laid back provincial
capital of Champasack and drive to the ancient temple of Wat Phou, one of the
oldest archaeological sites in Laos. Then enjoy the beautiful lush scenery as
you take a small boat across the Mekong to Khong Island. Enjoy the rest of the
day at leisure exploring this sedate and picturesque island and its villages on
foot or by bike.
Overnight: Don Khong Island | Breakfast
Set sail this morning on a scenic 4000 Islands
boat trip, where you may spot the rare Irrawaddy Mekong Dolphin! After our boat
ride we visit the famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfalls in
South East Asia and also known as the Niagara of the east.
Overnight: Pakse | Breakfast
Explore Pakse town your own way. Arrangements
come to an end after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
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