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Laos Expeditions Tours: Forgotten Laos 8 Days

Depart from Laos
Tour code: DIN-FGL8
Type of tour: Private tour (This is the sample tour, you may go with all details here or we can modify to fix your date of travel)
Duration: 8 Days 7 Nights
Overview:

This exciting tour, which commences in Thailand, takes you on a mythical journey on board the LuangSay cruise, a delightful way to explore the highlights of Northern Laos in style. You will see stretches of breathtaking mountainous scenery and pass beautiful lush forests as we enter the Laos border and stop over at hill tribe village’s en-route to the charming, sleepy city of Luang Prabang. A trip to the paradise setting of the Khouangsi waterfalls is a highlight of this tour, which has many cool pools that you can swim in. 

Tour programs

BANGKOK - CHIANGRAI - HOUEISAY - PAKBENG - LUANG PRABANG -
KOUANGSI WATERFALL - VIENTIANE
( 8 Days 7 Nights )

Laos Expeditions ToursLaos Expeditions Tours

Highlight


  • Cross the Mekong River to HoueiSay in Laos
  • Board the LuangSay Cruise (join boat)
  • Visit the Pak-Ou caves with their thousands of Buddha statues
  • Luang Prabang – City Tours
  • Khouangsi Waterfall exploring
  • Visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene
  • Vientiane – City Tours

Itinerary


Day 01 : Bangkok - Chiangrai

Arrive in Chiangrai airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Laos Expeditions Tours Remain of the day is at leisure,. Overnight in Chiangrai.

Day 02 : Chiangrai - HoueiSay - Pakbeng

This morning you have an early morning transfer from the hotel to Chiang Khong, the exit point from Thailand. After passing through immigration, you cross the Mekong River to HoueiSay in Laos where your guide will be waiting for you at the immigration point. After completing border formalities, you board the LuangSay Cruise (join boat) ready for the trip downriver. Serene, timeless Laos is one of Asia's most unvisited, unchanged countries. This once-powerful kingdom known as Lane Xang (Million Elephants) was founded in the 14th century with the help of the Khmers, and it went on to become one of the largest kingdoms in Southeast Asia until its demise in the late 19th century. Bisected and bordered by the Mekong River, omnipresent symbol of Indochina, Laos today is an amalgam of cultural influences; Theravada Buddhism, animism, France, and the socialist ideal. It is a peacefulLaos Expeditions Tours place, and the legendary hospitality, resilience and friendliness of the Lao people is much in evidence. Laos is Old Asia preserved. As your journey downriver you will stop at some tribal minority villages such as the Hmong, Yao and Khmu. Overnight in LuangSay Lodge. (B, L, D)

Day 03 : Pakbeng – Luang Prabang

Breakfast, as you sail downriver, you will pass areas of un-spoilt forest with little villages along the riverbanks and perhaps the odd elephant or two with his mahout. You visit a fishing village and a rice winemaking village and perhaps even taste some of the infamous beverage known as Lao wine. You also visit the Pak-Ou caves with their thousands of Buddha statues. You arrive in Luang Prabang around sunset and transfer to your hotel. This evening. You can take a stroll around this enchanting little town. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B, L)

Day 04 : Luang Prabang – City ToursLaos Expeditions Tours

Breakfast, we are exploring this charming city of UNESCO world heritage site, The Luang Prabang is a small, dream-like town on the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers, in a beautiful mountain setting. From 1353 until 1545 it was the capital of Lane Xang before power was transferred to Vientiane. Despite the move Luang Prabang remained the seat of monarchical power and when the kingdom broke up in 1694, one of the deceased king's grandsons established a rival kingdom to those in Vientiane and Champassak. Though weakened, the Luang Prabang royalty endured until 1975, when after the reign of 63 kings it was formally dissolved. You spend the day exploring the temples and sites in what is called one of the last Shangri-La’s of Southeast Asia. You will visit Wat Xiang Thong, the most important Buddhist monastery in the country, Wat Visoun, Wat Khili and Wat Mai. Later, visit the former Royal Palace, now a National Museum where you will find ornate, gilded and brocaded reception rooms, as well as Buddha and Atacular artifacts including the Prabang, a large holy image, which was given in the 14th century Laos Expeditions Toursby the Khmers to King Fa Ngum. At sunset climb the nearby temple-topped hill of Phousi where you'll catch a lovely view out over the town and the river. Overnight in Luang Prabang (B)

Day 05 : Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall

Breakfast; this morning you may want to rise early and participate in the daily early morning ritual of saffron-clad monks with their black Alms-giving bowls being given offerings from the local people, including the ubiquitous sticky rice. From there you will visit the morning Phosi Market where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional handicrafts, and today you will visit local village of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay and Ban Thapene and the weaving village of Ban Phanom. Time permitting you may also wish to drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can splash around in the pools or walk Laos Tours Packages luang prabangalong the forest paths, overnight in Luang Prabang (B)

Day 06 : Luang Prabang – Vientiane

After a leisurely breakfast, you begin the drive south to Vientiane, on the way, drop off visiting minority villages along 13th north route, via Vang Vieng where unspoiled natural resources remained and enjoying the view of mountain and beautiful landscape. After a short stop, we are heading out to Vientiane, a capital city of Laos, built by the French on the site of Wieng Chan, the 16th century capital of Lane Xang. Wieng Chan was already bristling by the time Europe was emerging from obscurity, and today is a small bustling city that retains an air of Its French colonial past. Overnight in Vientiane. (B)

Day 07 : Vientiane – City ToursLaos Expeditions Tours

Breakfast, AM: this morning you begin your sightseeing with a visit to the market. The market is a wildly colorful and olfactory delight - amid baskets piled with rice, eggs, and tea, ducks, pigs and fish both alive and dead, are food stalls selling noodles, soup, and 'food to go' wrapped in banana leaves, existing cheek by jowl with sellers of jasmine, orchids, and marigolds - the latter being woven into garlands for temple offerings. From there you begin a Walking Tour of the city's old Wats beginning with the venerable Wat Sisaket with its many wall niches holding small Buddha, Wat Prakeo - a former royal temple, the major Wats of Wat Mixai, Wat Ong Tu, Wat Haisok and Wat In Paeng, ending with some French colonial houses. PM: you pay a visit to the studio of Carol Cassidy, an American who has done much to advance the Lao weaving tradition. Later this afternoon you visit That Luang Stupa, a national symbol of Lao sovereignty and a Buddhist shrine, overnight in Vientiane. (B)

Day 08 : Vientiane – Departure

Breakfast, you are free for your own discovery until transfer to departure. (B)

Tour rates: Rates vary depend on group size, travel time, accommodation level, transportation and other service. Please check with us for the best tour rates

Price included


  • Transportation in private air-conditioned
  • Accommodation in twin shared
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Elephant riding 2 hrs
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals: B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner
  • Domestic gov't tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling

Price excluded


  • Visa stamping fee on arrival US$30.00/pax
  • Int’l airport departure tax US$10.00/pax
  • Domestic airticket with airport tax
  • Int’l air tickets to/from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Meals:(lunch or dinner, quoted separately)
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others not stated.
 Accommodations offers in this trip

City /town  Hotel Category
Superior 3-star First Class 4-star Deluxe 5-star
ChiengRai Dusit Island Legend CEI Legend CEI
PakBeng LuangSay Lodge LuangSay Lodge LuangSay Lodge
Luang Prabang  Parasol Blanc Villa Santi La Residence
Vientiane Day Inn Lao Plaza Settha Palace

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