Highlight Extension of Laos

6 Days / 5 Nights

Day 1

Arrival – Vientiane

On arrival in the capital, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your centrally located hotel.
After a short rest, we go out to see the major city sights 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 finish the day watching the sunset over the Mekong Riverside. Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 2

Vientiane – Xieng Khouang

We board a short afternoon flight to Xieng Khouang, which was devastated by American bombing
between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive
archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered throughout the plateau. We also have
time in the afternoon to see the old capital in Muang Khoun Province as well as some the nearby Hmong
and Tai Dai ethnic minority villages. Overnight in Xiengkhuang

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Day 3

Xieng Khouang – Luang Prabang

In the early morning, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people
barter and exchange merchandise. We then head out this small town towards Luang Prabang and en
route stop to see the 200yr old Buddha images at Thampra as well as some various minority villages. The mountainous scenery and fresh air makes for a perfect drive into 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 hotel, if time permits, we visit the
impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai; we then climb up to the top
of Mount Phousi to explore the sacred, gilded stupa as well as capture a beautiful view of the city and
the Mekong River at sunset. From there, we visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a
lovely selection of handmade textiles. Overnight at Luang Prabang

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Day 4

Luang Prabang – Pakou Caves

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving
ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still
preserving this procession. After breakfast, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple Wat Sene and themagnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its low sweeping rooves. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced and Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive 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 5

Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfalls

Start your day with a visit to the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre where you are able to observe
valuable artifacts and traditional clothing and implements from each of the 20 ethnic minority groups
which inhabit the Luang Prabang area. Later in the morning we go to Phosi Market, which has an eclectic
selection of foodstuffs and souvenirs. Afterwards, we head out to visit some ethnic minority villages and
see how these colorful people live. We then drive to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfalls where you can
swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We continue to Ban Phanom, another wellknown
weaving village, and return to Luang Prabang by the late afternoon to observe the sunset at Wat
Phabath. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 6

Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast, we visit the National Museum (closed Tuesday), which was once the Royal Palace. The
museum has a great collection of personal artifacts from the royal family, including photos, musical
instruments, and the many gifts they received from foreign dignitaries. Tour ends.

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