Classic Laos

4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1

Arrival – Vientiane – Luang Prabang

Upon arrival in Vientiane, you will be met by our staff and transferred to the city center for a orientation
tour, if time permits. We then transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang. The tranquility
and charm of this town, with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most
delightful places to visit in Laos. After checking into your hotel, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat
Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham and Wat Mai, before we climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to get
an incredible panoramic of the city at sunset. We finish the day with a visit to the Night Market, where
you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang .

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Day 2

Luang Prabang – Pakou – Luang Prabang

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning ritual of
alms giving to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still
preserving the procession. After breakfast, we take a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple Wat
Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong. We
then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives a panoramic view of the tranquil
countryside. Along the way we stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. During the day, we will also visit a few local villages, including one that makes rice wine and the royal temple at Wat Longkhoun. Once back in the city, we finish by driving to Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek – small villages well known for silk weavings and Saa (jute) Papermaking. Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 3

Luang Prabang – Vientiane

We first visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of
artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout its history, and then move onto the Central
Market for some sightseeing. Afterwards we head back to Vientiane. Upon arrival, we see the major
sights of the capital; including Wat Sisaket, which contains more than 8000 Buddha statues, Wat Ho
Prakeo the former home of the Emerald Buddha statue and That Luang Stupa, the single most important
monument in Laos. We also see the Patuxay (Lao Arc de Triomphe), which was built in commemoration
of those who died during past wars and today it is the city’s main landmark. We will make sure to watch
the sunset by the Mekong Riverside and spend the evening absorbing the city’s nightlife. Overnight in
Vientiane.

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Day 4

Vientiane – Departure

After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time
permits). The tour ends after your transfer to the airport for departure.

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