Laos: The Mystery of Ancient Capital (Code: LHV-LAO002/CLS)

Vientiane - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Caves (4 Days - 3 Nights)

Day Description

Luang Prabang is the ancient capital of the Lane Zang (million elepphants) Kingdom, dating back to the middle of the 12th Century. It sits at the intersection of the Mekong and Kan River ang is surrounded by green hill. In the glare of the mid-day sun, the city glows from the rays of its manygolden temples. A climb to the top of Phousi Hill offers astonishing views over the vast and mostly uninhabited territories of northern Thailand and Laos; to experience sunset at Phousi Hill touches the soul. Luang Prabang is also home to the palace of King Sisavang Vong, the last ruling king(1904-1909), and the Palace Museum houses some magnificent artifacts from his reign. Life in Luang Prabang is slow and gentle, and as you walk down the main boulevard, you don't have to worry about cars, but rather, be sure to watch out for water buffalo and bicycles!


Day 1 Arrival - Vientiane - Luang Prabang(by air & road)

Upon arrival Wattay airport, meet and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Luang Prabang, this 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 Laos. After check-in hotel, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Phousi Hill for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Overnight at Luang Prabang.

Day 2 Luang Prabang - pak Ou Caves - Luang Prabang(road&boat)

Today we enjoy a short guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then embark on a cruise up stream on the Mekong River which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 3 Luang Prabang - Vientiane(by air & road)

Visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays alovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the day of early king right through the last sovereign and the central market are not to be missed. We visit these sights this morning before we take a flight back to Vientiane. Upon arrival, we visit the major temples including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha image. On the way to the famous, sacred structure of That Luang stupa, we stop to take some picturesof the imposing Patuxai Monument which is Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 4 Departture (By air)

After breakfast, free for last minute shopping until time transfer to Wattay airport for departure to next destination.

Service includes:
*A/C vehicle transfer with driver.
*Hotel accommodation in twin sharing room with daily breakfast.
*Sightseeing ang entrance fee at all mentioned sites.
*Boat trip on Mekong Delta as program.
*English, French, Chinese & Thai speaking local guide.
*Meal as stated in itinerary.
*NTA&GOV tax tour
*Travel insurance
Service Exclusive:
#  Laos entry visa
#  Airport departure taxes (Int 'l)
#  Personal expenses(Incidental & Tippings)
#  Travel insurance  (available on request