CULTURE & NATURE AUTHENTIC – 05Days/04Nights

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Sri lanka
Laos

Departure & Return Location

CMB Bandaranayake International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and based on twin or triple sharing
  • Services of a driver and private air-conditioned vehicle during all tours and transfers.
  • Experienced English-speaking guide during all tours and transfers
  • Entrance fees & boat trip for all visits as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Mineral water is available as complementary
  • 01 FOC for tour leader from group 15+1, 02 FOC for tour leader from group 30+2 (based on twin sharing)

Price Excludes

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa stamping fee at the airport (40 US$ in Laos, paid by cash at the airport)
  • Dinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special request on food, and meals.
  • Insurance, gratuities and personal expenses
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • Surcharge for public holidays (if any)
  • All other service not stated in the program
  • Compulsory dinner for Xmas and New Year Eve: TBA
Itinerary

Day 1 LUANG PRABANG ARRIVAL

On arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to check in the hotel. The rest of the day is your own time at leisure.

Meal: No meal
Overnight in Luang Prabang

Day 2LUANG PRABANG CITY TOUR – PAK OU CAVES

Today, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then embark on the a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.

On arrival back in the city, we will visit magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Afterwards, we will visit the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. From there, we will transfer to visit Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the really peaceful place to catch the last beauty of the day. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang

Day 3LUANG PRABANG– KUANG SI WATERFALLS

An early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture.

After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River. We then visit Wat Visoun, dating back to 1513 during the reign of King Wisunarat (Visoun), this is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas.

We then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Before returning to Luang Prabang, we stop to visit the Kuang Si Falls Butterfly Park (closed on Tuesday, and from 03rd May to 19th June every year), one of the must-visit spots, where you can have an optional 15 minute tour to learn about butterflies and local flora. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, where you will have a short tour so you get information about Silk, about weaver, about the Women that work in the Centre. We then transfer out to the airport to take the flight to Vientiane, the capital of Laos. (Estimated flight: QV104 LPQ VTE 18:45 19:35)

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Vientiane

Day 4VIENTIANE – CITY TOUR

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang, which is very famous for its supernatural power. After that, we see the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to Lao’s national icon, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop enroute to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

In the afternoon we transfer out to see Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures on the Mekong Riverside meadow, close to the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images dating back over 500 years, which were created by a mysterious monk spreading his philosophy on life and revealing his ideas about the universe. A spectacular view over the Mekong River at sunset is a perfect way to finish the day.

Meal: Breakfast
Overnight at hotel in Vientiane

Day 5VIENTIANE – DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you are free to stroll around the town before taking the departure flight

Meal: Breakfast

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