Essential of Laos

5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1

Arrival – Vientiane

On arrival in Vientiane, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your centrally located hotel. After
a short rest, 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. 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 2

Vientiane – Luang Prabang

Today, we transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the bestpreserved
traditional city in Southeast Asia. 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, Wat Visoun and the shrines Wat Aham and Wat
Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for a beautiful view of the city and the Mekong River
at sunset. From here, we explore the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of
handmade textiles. Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 3

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou caves

After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city, seeing the things we missed the day before.
We then board a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which gives us a panorama of the tranquil
countryside. We’ll stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both
repositories for thousands of Buddha images. On our way back to the city, we take a short drive to Ban
Phanom, a village well known for its crafts, pottery and hand weav 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 4

Luang Prabang – Vientiane

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily alms giving ritual to
saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the
procession. After breakfast, 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 fly to Vientiane. After checking
into your hotel, we transfer out to Buddha Park, a scattered enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindusculptures near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years. A spectacular view of the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 5

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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