Laos Express

4 Days / 3 Nights

Day 1

Arrival in Vientiane

Upon arrival, our staff and will meet you and transfer you to your centrally located hotel. Vientiane is a
fascinating capital, with a fusion of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, and American influences.
This charming and easygoing city will provide a smooth introduction to the country. After a short rest,
an orientation walk is a pleasant way to spend the day, strolling around some of the city’s most
historical sites and seeing some of the French colonial architecture. We’ll bask in the sunset by the
Mekong Riverside and continue to explore until the late evening. Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 2

Vientiane – Luang Prabang

AM: After breakfast, we’ll visit the major sights of the capital including: Wat Sisaket, the oldest city
temple containing more than 8000 Buddha statues, Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home of the Emerald
Buddha statue, That Luang Stupa and Patuxay (Lao’s Arc de Triomphe). From there, we visit the central
market known as the ‘Morning Market’ which is a great place to browse for antiques, handmade textiles
and gifts.

PM: We spend the rest of this day touring the Lao capital, visiting the National Museum (closed
Tuesday), which exhibits artifacts, photos and stories of Laos’s military as well as the countries leaders
throughout time. We then board our short flight to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage City Luang
Prabang, which is perhaps the best-preserved 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 Asia. On arrival, we transfer you to hotel and after a short rest we stroll
around the Night Market. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi to visit the sacred, gilded stupa
as well view a beautiful city panorama . Overnight in Luang Prabang .

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Day 3

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou cave

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 the day 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 4

Luang Prabang – Departure

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. Following breakfast, we visit The National Museum at the former Royal
Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout
the ages. Afterwards, we visit the silver smith’s and Fine Arts School and the Central Market

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