Laos Stopover Holiday (Luang Prabang and Vientiane) 6 Days

$972.00

Laos is a unique, landlocked nation, sandwiched in the midst of the Southeast Asian mainland. Culturally a cousin to Thailand, but politically linked to Vietnam's and China's communist governments, Laos has remained a slow-moving backwater into the 21st century. With road, rail, and river access rapidly opening up through massive Chinese-funded infrastructure development, now is a great time to gain a feeling for the fading era of French Indochina, and for the colourful Buddhist culture of pre-modern Southeast Asia.

This package takes in the charming traditional cultural remnants of the former royal capital, Luang Prabang, and visits today's capital city Vientiane, with its vivid traces of the French colonial period.
 

Highlights:
  • Cruise along the Mekong River to Pak Ou Caves, which have been filled with thousands of Buddha images over the centuries
  • Learn to cook Lao dishes with a Buddhist monk at a local temple
  • Walk along the forested paths or spend time in the refreshing aquamarine pools of Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Visit the most sacred monument and national symbol of the country – That Luang Stupa in Vientiane
  • Discover Buddha Park, which is filled with numerous concrete sculptures of Buddha, Hindu Gods, demons and mythological creatures

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Package Inclusions:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Domestic flight (Luang Prabang > Vientiane)
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Transportation & transfers
  • Boat ride to Pak Ou Caves
  • Cooking experience with a Buddhist monk
  • Admissions to scenic attractions
  • Local English-speaking tour guides

Package Exclusions:

  • Airfares (please contact us for a quotation)
  • Optional activities and excursions
  • Tipping
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses and anything else not stated

Price Guide:

  • Stay behind surcharge: Vientiane from $250
  • Child price: Same as adult
  • Triple share: Not available

All prices, itineraries, airlines, hotels and cruise ships are subject to availability and change without prior notice. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to provide substitutes of similar standard and adjust the itinerary as we see fit to ensure the smooth running of the tour. Passengers must remain with the tour group at all times and must not deviate from the set itinerary. The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land. Please check all information before booking. By booking, you accept all Booking Conditions.

Accommodation

Hotel Price Per Person Single Supplement Rating
Standard
Luang Prabang: Villa Chitdara or similar
Vientiane: Golden Sun Hotel or similar
$972 $432
Premium
Luang Prabang: Santi Resort or similar
Vientiane: Muong Thanh Luxury or similar
$1132 $568

Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by our local guide and transferred to your hotel to check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Luang Prabang is a beautiful, sleepy town, that has remained a stronghold of Lao culture. Set in a tropical mountain range among splendid natural scenery, this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town was the residence of the last king of Laos until the 1975 revolution, and still retains much of its original character.
Luang Prabang
This morning, participate in a traditional Buddhist alms giving tour at a monastery (at your own expense). Afterwards, visit Wat Xieng Thong (pictured), the largest and most splendid in the city. Built on the banks of the Mekong River in 1560, the temple is best known for its Tree of Life mural. Next, board a cruise up the Mekong to view Pak Ou Caves, filled with thousands of gold-lacquered Buddha statues over the centuries. On your way back down the river, stop at Ban Xanghai and Ban Xang Khong, two villages known for their laolao (rice wine) and handmade paper, respectively. After the daytime activities we visit Mount Phousi. Standing in the centre of town at 150m, Mount Phousi provides a great location to watch the sun set over the city with its many temples, and the misty mountains in the distance. Descend in the evening to the Luang Prabang Night Market, to purchase some souvenirs and snacks, and meet the locals – including members of ethnic minority groups who live nearby.
Wat Xieng Thong
Buddhism and temples are central to Lao culture and daily life. Observing the morning alms-giving is a striking experience to visitors to this country. Today you also have the option to participate in this ritual at a local temple, before observing how several typical Lao dishes are cooked and then engaging in a discussion on Buddhism in Laos with the monks. In the afternoon, head south to visit Khuang Si Waterfalls. In Khuang Si village, you’ll see Free the Bears Sanctuary which cares for Asiatic Black Bears that have been rescued from local markets or hunters. The multi-tiered falls are formed from limestone, and are set amongst a lush forest environment. Take a walk through the trees, or kick off your shoes and cool your feet down in the clear waters. Wrap up the day with a visit to Ock Pop Tok, an organisation that helps increase local household income by selling products made by Luang Prabang women weavers.
Alms-giving
On your final day in Luang Prabang, you’ll visit the National Museum at the Royal Palace, this interesting building houses a great collection of treasures and artefacts from throughout Lao history. Continue on to Wat Mai Suwannaphumaham, with its beautiful golden bas-reliefs. This is one of the few royal temples to survive an 1887 invasion by Chinese marauders. Then visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about the various minority communities throughout the country. Finally, before you depart, visit Wat Visoun and its much-photographed Watermelon Stupa. Transfer to the airport for your flights to Vientiane. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the night at leisure.
Royal Palace
Explore Vientiane and visit the many religious monuments dotted in this city: Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have survived the 1828 Siamese war; Wat Ho Prakeo, which contains a collection of Buddha statues and artefacts found in Vientiane; That Luang Stupa (pictured at right), the national symbol and most important monument of Laos; and Patouxay (Arch of Triumph), a monument erected to commemorate those who fought and died in the war for independence from France. After lunch, travel south to Buddha Park near the banks of Mekong River filled with numerous concrete sculptures of Buddha (including a huge reclining Buddha, pictured below right), as well as Hindu Gods, demons and other mythological creatures. Return to Vientiane city.
That Luang
Today you are free to relax until you are transferred to the airport for your onward international flights.
Reclining Buddha