Laos Highlights

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Laos Highlights

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Length of trip:

6 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2095

Best travel dates to go:

Nov 24, 2008 to Nov 29, 2008; Feb 09, 2009 to Feb 14, 2009;

Detailed Description of this trip:

Savor the crafts, culture and hospitality of Laos with a river trip, visits to ancient temples, a gorgeous palace and traditional villages. This trip includes comfortable hotels and intimate cultural encounters.

Trip Properties:

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - Vientiane


    Upon arrival at the airport, meet your guide, followed by a brief tour of Vientiane. Vientiane is the largest city in Laos, and you will visit sights such as Pha Tha Luang, Lao's most important and imposing monument. Legend has it that Ashokan missionaries from India erected a stupa here to enclose a breastbone of the Buddha as early as the 3rd century BC.


    Overnight at a centrally located hotel.

  • Day 2 - Vientiane

    Vientiane / Luang Prabang.

    After breakfast, you visit some more of Vientiane's temples such as Wat Si Saket, with its thousands of Buddha images, and Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan (Temple of the Heavy Buddha), one of the most important in all of Laos.


    You also visit the central market.

    Commercial Flight

    Then fly to Luang Prabang in the afternoon.


    Luang Prabang is known for its historic temples and lovely mountain-encircled setting. You enjoy a city tour visiting sites such as Wat Wisunalat, one of the city's oldest temples, and Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang's most magnificent temple.


    Overnight at a local hotel. Meals: Breakfast.

  • Day 3 - Luang Prabang

    Mekong River.
    River or Barge Cruise

    In the morning, embark on a boat trip along the Mekong River, the longest and most important water route in Laos.


    You will travel to Tam Tin Cave, found in the lower part of a limestone cliff stuffed with Buddha images, and Bang Sang Hai, a village that means "Jar-Maker Village" because at one time it was the local cottage industry.


    After a picnic lunch, visit the weaving village of Ban Phanom, a Thai Lu village well known for its cotton and silk hand weaving.


    In the afternoon, return to Luang Prabang for dinner and your overnight. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 4 - Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang / Kuangsi Waterfall.

    Today you depart on a car excursion to Kuangsi Waterfall (about 18 miles from Luang Prabang), a beautiful spot that features a wide, multi-tiered waterfall tumbling over limestone formations into a series of cool, turquoise green pools.


    You also visit the minority Kmu Village, where you find a cool stream, rustic dam and several miniature waterfalls to enjoy a picnic lunch.


    Return to Luang Prabang for another overnight stay. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

  • Day 5 - Vientiane

    Luang Prabang / Vientiane.

    After breakfast, visit the Phousi Temples where you have excellent views of Luang Prabang and the Royal Palace Museum, once a residence for King Sisavang Vong and his family, to see the silver and gold handicrafts.

    Commercial Flight

    After lunch, you transfer to the airport for a return flight to Vientiane.


    Overnight at a local hotel. Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Vientiane

    Vientiane / Onward.

    Visit Wat Xieng Khouane (Buddha Park) after breakfast, where you can see the collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures in a meadow by the side of the Mekong River.

    After lunch, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Meals: Breakfast.

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