The Valley Roads

6 Days / 5 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 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 2

Vientiane – Vang Vieng

We leave this wonderful town after breakfast for a northbound journey towards Vang Vieng. We will see
some breathtaking scenery en route as we head into the mountains. We make a stop along the way at
Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century. We’ll reach the small and
tranquil village of Vang Vieng in the afternoon. The surrounding mountains and rivers remain largely
unspoiled, thus making Vang Vieng a perfect spot to stop and relax. When we arrive, we go visit the
Tham Jang caves. Today ends with a superb sunset panorama reflecting over the Nam Song River.
Overnight in Vang Vieng

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Day 3

Vang Vieng – Tham Phoutham

After breakfast, we take a tractor ride through paddy fields to the Tham Phoukham caves, the country’s
beautiful and famous limestone caverns surrounded by forest. Along the way, you will meet local
villagers and learn about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can swim and refresh yourself from the heat. This is also where we have our picnic lunch. After spending the day at the caves and the surrounding area, we make our return to Vang Vieng. En route, we pass through many ethnic minority villages, including Hmong, Souay and Tai dam people. Overnight in Vang Vieng

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Day 4

Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang

We have an early start for our trip north to Luang Prabang, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The roads are well paved along the way and make for a smooth journey; the scenery is a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages, allowing for plenty of photo ops. We spend a short
amount of time observing the local lifestyle in the Muang Xieng Nguen village prior to reaching Luang
Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang .

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Day 5

Luang Prabang – Pakou – Luang Prabang

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat
Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. 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. 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 6

Luang Prabang – Departure

We start our last day with a visit to The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a
lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout the ages. We also will see
the Central Market. We bid farewell to this remarkable city and the trip ends after your transfer to the
airport for departure.

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