Laos Heritage Package

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 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
watch the sunset by the Mekong Riverside and spend the evening absorbing the city nightlife. 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 Xieng Khouang

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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 Hmong and hill tribe
minority villages. After a tea and coffee break at Sala Phoukhoun, we continue the drive through
mountainous scenery and fresh air 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 – Pak Ou cave

Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, 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. 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 5

Luang Prabang – Departure

After breakfast we visit The National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely
collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout its history. Afterwards we bid
farewell to this charming, ancient city as you continue your independent journeys.

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