Arrival in Vientiane
Sightseeing in Vientiane
The capital city and seat of government sits in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains. Vientiane (pronounced ‘Wieng Chan’ by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets. Ho Pha Keo : the former royal temple of the Lao monarchy built in 1565 by King Setthathirat and now converted into a museum containing some of the best examples of Buddhist sculptures found in Laos. Wat Si Saket : constructed in 1818 by King Anouvong in the early Bangkok style, small niches are carved into its interior walls, containing more than 2,000 silver and ceramic Buddha images. Patuxai : a large monument in the style of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the huge arch at the end of Thanon Lan Xang has a stairway that leads to the top levels of the monument, providing a good view of the city. Pha That Luang : built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, it is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Overnight in Vientiane
DAY 02 : VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG
By vehicle from Vientiane to Vang Vieng with a boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake Drive to the south through the scenic province of Vientiane. The climate is pleasant and the views are nice, with mountains and cliffs along the first part of the journey. Nam Ngum Lake : the beautiful scenery around the Nam Ngum River and its green valley is enhanced by the presence of a vast, spectacular lake. This is a man-made reservoir for a hydroelectric power dam that generates most of the electricity sold to Thailand. Overnight in Vang Vieng (B/B)
DAY 03 : VANG VIENG – XIENG KHUANG
Sightseeing around Vang Vieng with short trek This small town north of Vientiane is nestled in a scenic bend in the Nam Song River. The west bank of the river is lined with tunnels and caverns and the limestone cliffs are beautiful. Enjoy a short trek through rice paddies, stopping at a H’mong village. By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Xieng Khuang Overnight in Xieng Khuang. (B/B)
DAY 04 : XIENG KHUANG
Sightseeing in the Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun Plain Of Jars : large area extending around Phonsavanh from the south-west to the north-east where huge jars (up to 1000kg each) of unknown origin are scattered about in at least a dozen groupings. It is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos. Muang Khoun : The ancient capital that was founded by Chao Noi Muang and was a stronghold for the Xieng Khouang royal family was destroyed during the Indochina War. The town was rebuilt after 1975 with rows of wooden Lao houses and a market area. It has an impressive location as it is surrounded by mountains. Overnight in Xieng Khuang (B/B)
DAY 05 : XIENG KHUANG – LUANG PRABANG
Visit the local marketVisit this lively open-air local market.By vehicle from Xieng Khuang to Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B/B)
DAY 06 : LUANG PRABANG
Sightseeing in Luang Prabang Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wat Xieng Thong : built in 1560 and situated on the banks of the Mekong River, it is the most beautiful monastery in Luang Prabang and shows the typical Lao art style with old religious artifacts and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art. WAT WISUNALAT (Vat Visoun): built in 1513 during the reign of Chao Wisunalat, it is the oldest operating temple in Luang Prabang with a collection of gilded wooden Buddhas from the 15th and 16th centuries. Wat Mai : constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, it was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy). Wat That Luang : the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are interred inside the large central stupa, which was erected in 1910. The inside of the huge sim dating back to 1820 contains a few Luang Prabang Buddhas and other artifacts. Wat Saen : Thai style wat built in 1718 and restored in 1957. The abbot Ajannn Khamjan who was ordained here in 1940 is one of the most revered monks in Luang Prabang and perhaps in all of Laos. Overnight in Luang Prabang. (B/B)
DAY 07 : LUANG PRABANG
Excursion by boat to the Pak Ou Caves Pak Ou Caves : this are two caves (Tham Thing – lower cave and Tham Phum) located in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River. They are full of Buddha images of varying styles, ages and sizes. Ban Xang Hai : located near the Pak Ou Caves, this village was once a ‘Jar-Maker Village’ and nowaDays the community fill the jars (which come from elsewhere) with láo-láo, the local rice whisky. National Museum : located on the banks of the Mekong River, it was constructed as Royal Palace between 1904 and 1909 and toDay houses the Royal throne of the Lan Xang Kingdom and many other pieces of regalia and religious treasures.(closed on TuesDays) Phousi : the temples on the upper slopes of the 100m-high Phousi were constructed recently, but it is likely that previously there were other temples on this important hill. From the top there is an excellent view of the town. Transfer to hotel. (B/B)
• Accommodation base on twin or double sharing / daily breakfast.
• Transportation by deluxe air – condition car.
• Sight seeing tickets and entrance tickets.
• English speaking guide as itinerary.
• Any expenses of personal nature for e.g. telephone calls, laundry, porterage, mineral water or any other services not mentioned above; Excess luggage charge
• Meals other then mentioned in program
• Any optional program
• Any other services not mentioned above Itinerary
• Int’l tickets and tax
• Visa fee
• Minimum 02 passengers travelling together.
• All confirmation subject to availability at the time of booking.
• Surcharges applicable during high season and block out dates, fairs, Exhibition, Weekend ( Friday, Saturday , Sunday), National & Public Holidays
• Sightseeing and other transfers are on private basis
QUICK INFORMATION :
|Location||:||Southeastern Asia, northeast of Thailand, west of Vietnam|
|Electricity||:||220 Volts AC, 50Hz|
|Language||:||Lao. English is spoken in major cities and establishments|
|The Best Months To Visit||:||November to February|
|Time Difference||:||+01 Hrs 60 Min|
|Flying Time||:||05 Hrs|
|Currency||:||Kip. Credit cards are accepted in major cities and towns|
|Must See Sightseeing||:||Ho Pha Keo, Patuxai, Pak Ou Caves, Wat Xien Thong.|