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Introduction

USD 1122

 
  • Duration: 5 Nights & 6 Days
  • Countries: LAOS
  • Validity Of Package: June 17
  • Ages: All Age Groups
  • Starting Point: Luang Prabang
  • Ending Point: Vientiane
Introduction

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Day

You will be met by our staff and transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang 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. You’ll 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, you visit the Night Market, where you can browse through a lovely selection of handmade textiles.

You stay overnight in Luang Prabang.

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron-clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. Later in the morning we go to Phosi Market, which has an eclectic selection of foodstuffs and souvenirs.

In the morning, you’ll enjoy a short-guided tour of the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. You then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. You’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. You also take a visit to a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai, where the local rice wine is produced. You return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon.

In the afternoon, you continue an excursion towards Khouangsi Waterfall, visit some ethnic minority villages and see how these colorful people live. Once at the falls you can swim in the turquoise pools or walk along forest paths. We return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon and continue to Ban Xangkong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and making traditional Saa Paper.

You stay overnight in Luang Prabang

Today you are leaving this charming town and drive to Xieng Khouang, an area once devastated by American bombings. These back roads are a great way to have an authentic Laos experience. You’ll see very few other travelers, just mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in us as we are about them! The drive is long, but we’ll make sure to stop and have a few photo ops.

In the afternoon, there will be time to see the old capital in Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages.

You stay overnight in Xieng Khouang.

After breakfast at the hotel, you transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered throughout the plateau.

You then board a short flight to the charming and fascinating Lao capital of Vientiane. On arrival, you check into the hotel. After a short rest, you will visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong.

You stay overnight in Vientiane .

Today you have a wonderful moment to see the major sights of the capital, 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.

You also have a nice chance to 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 landmarks.

In the afternoon, you transfer out to see Buddha Park, a scattered and enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures near the Friendship Bridge. There are approximately 200 religious images here dating back over 500 years. Observing the spectacular sunset view over the Mekong River is a perfect way to finish the day.

You stay overnight in Vientiane.

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for your home flight with memorable days.

 

Tour Accommodation

 

What's included

  • 4* Hotel Stay with daily breakfast
  • Private transportation in private air-conditioned
  • Accommodation in twin shared
  • Private boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Intra city flights from : Xieng khouang – Vientiane
  • Government tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling
  • 2 bottles of drinking water per day during the tour
  • 2 cold towel per day during the tour
  • Intra City Flights from Luang Prabang – Hanoi.

 

What's Excluded

 

  • Visa stamping fee
  • Int’l air tickets to / from Laos
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Tip, drinks, personal expenses and others

 

NOTE :

 

  • Cost PP on twin sharing Basis.
  • GST 9% applicable if paid in Indian account.
  • EXTRA 3% will be charged if paid by credit card.
  • Rates are not valid during peak and blackout date.

Climate Information:

  • Guide

    TeThe climate of Laos is tropical in most of the plains, while it's subtropical in the far north and in the mountains, besides it's governed by the monsoons: the winter monsoon, which brings good weather and a little cool at night from November to February, and the summer monsoon, which brings humidity and rains from May to the beginning or the middle of October. However, the monsoons are quite irregular: they do not always arrive in the same period, and they don't always have the same intensity.

    The period March to May, before the monsoon, is the hottest of the year, and it is still dry, but with some thunderstorms in the afternoon; the summer months are less hot, with highs around 30/32 °C, but with higher moisture. April is the hottest month, with average highs about 35 °C, but with peaks of 40/42 °C in the centre-south and even 45 °C in the north, which has a greater continentality. In May, the temperature begins to decrease in the south, while in the north, where the monsoon arrives later, it's still very hot, especially in the first part.

    During winter, nights are cool in the north, around 13/15 °C from December to February in LuangPrabang, but the temperature can drop almost to the freezing point; highs are around 27/28 °C in December and January, while as early as February they reach 31 °C. Sometimes during the day it can get very hot even in winter.



Visa Information:

  • Visas

    Thirty-day tourist visas are readily available on arrival at international airports and most land borders.

  • Further Information

    Citizens of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) – Japan, South Korea, Russia and Switzerland – enjoy visa-free access to Laos. Most other nationalities can obtain their visa on arrival, including EU citizens, North Americans and Australians. Citizens of some African and Middle Eastern countries must apply for a visa in advance.

  • Tourist Visa on Arrival

    The Lao government issues 30-day tourist visas on arrival at all international airports and most international border crossings.

    The whole process is very straightforward. You need cash, one passport-sized photo and the name of a hotel or guesthouse. Those without a photo, or who are arriving on a weekend, holiday or after office hours, will have to pay anadditional.The visa fee varies depending on the passport of origin.

  • Tourist Visas

    For those not eligible for a visa on arrival, Lao embassies and consulates abroad offer 30-day tourist visas. The process involves roughly the same cost and documentation and generally takes three working days. In Bangkok you can get your visa on the same day for an additional express fee.

  • Non-immigrant & Business Visas

    Business visas, valid for 30 days, are relatively easy to obtain as long as you have a sponsoring agency in Laos. A business visa can be extended by up to a year.

  • Visa Extensions

    The 30-day tourist visa can be extended an additional 90 days at a cost of US$2 per day, but only in major cities such as Vientiane, LuangPrabang, Pakse and Savannakhet.

  • Overstaying Your Visa

    Overstaying a visa is not a major crime, but it is expensive and to be paid at the immigration checkpoint on departure.

  • Customs Regulations

    Customs inspections at ports of entry are lax, as long as you're not bringing in more than a moderate amount of luggage. You're not supposed to enter the country with more than 500 cigarettes or 1L of distilled spirits. All the usual prohibitions on drugs, weapons and pornography apply.



What to pack

  • Guide

    Hundreds of thousands of people travel to experience the wonders of south-east Asia every single year, and understandably, Vietnam – the land of emerald waters, tropical islands and an exceptional history – is one of the top destinations in that part of the world. Although visitors may travel on a variety of budgets, trip durations and holidaying styles, here’s a list of essential items that should definitely be packed no matter what. Take a look at these 15 suggestions:

  • A Backpack

    Considering all the walking and traveling you will be doing, a thick-strapped backpack is necessary to carry all of your belongings, like a change of clothes, a water bottle, sunscreen and snacks for the day. Plus, if you make any purchases along the way, they can be stored safely in your pack instead of in plastic bags that would otherwise get in the way.

  • A Travel Pillow

    If you are planning on taking a number of trips around the country, prepare for hours upon hours of time spent on the road. These days, transport within Vietnam offers air-conditioning, but a travel pillow will aid you in getting that much needed shut-eye whilst in transit.

  • Ear Plugs

    Light sleepers should bring a pair of ear plugs with them to get a full night of restful sleep. Very cheap and effective, they are a way to ward off distracting snorers in shared hostel rooms, as well as that wailing baby on that long bus journey across the country.

  • A Quick-Dry Towel

    Not all hostels or hotels will provide towels free of charge, so a super lightweight and non-bulky option might be a good idea. A quick dry towel is an essential item that can really enhance your traveling experience, whether it is drying off after getting caught in torrential rain during the monsoon season or covering yourself after a swim.

  • Diarrhea Treatment

    There’s no getting away from it, at some point during your travels, it is likely that you will be hit by a stomach bug from drinking non-bottled water or simply eating something you’re not used to. Although most symptoms will pass quite quickly, it might be worthwhile to bring along travel remedies to speed up the recovery process when you’re in areas far away from a drug store.

  • Below-the-Knee Skirts or Trousers

    If you would like to get access to pagodas and temples, modest below-the-knee clothing is a must. Despite the heat, local men and women dress quite conservatively, and you should be expected to do the same by covering your shoulders and legs, especially when visiting sacred places and government buildings. Avoid 100% cotton garments as you are likely to be too hot and uncomfortable – the perfect balance being a blend of Rayon and Polyester.

  • Durable Shoes

    If you’re planning on doing a lot of trekking or hiking on your trip, a pair of durable closed-toe shoes will ensure that your feet remain blister-free and protected from the elements. Alternatively, opt for a comfortable flat sandal as sneakers may not be too kind to your feet in the warm weather.

  • Flip-Flops

    Alongside practical footwear, bring along a pair of flip-flops – or even better, purchase some once you’re there. Not only will these be easy to take off when visiting temples, certain bars and restaurants, but they will also allow your feet to breathe in the hot and humid weather. Avoid expensive footwear that might ‘walk away’ when you’re not looking.

  • Travel Adapter

    Thai sockets fit two plug types. However whilst your plug will work in Thailand, it is recommended you come prepared with a global adapter in case you have to travel through other countries.

  • Portable Phone Charger

    Pre-charged battery packs and portable phone chargers will save your life on that long bus or train ride. This is also essential if you plan on using your GPS a lot, meaning that your battery will burn down faster. After all, there’s nothing worse than being stranded in a place you don’t know.

  • Sun Protection and a Hat

    For protection from the powerful sun rays, opt for a high SPF solution or a spray. A wide-brimmed hat is also a must to ward away the dreaded sun-stroke.

  • A Light-Weight, Waterproof Jacket

    During the monsoon season, it is wise to bring a light jacket to protect you from the rain that can come and go in a flash. Or do as the locals do and opt for a plastic poncho, especially useful if you are planning on cycling or riding a motorbike.

  • Bug-Repellent

    Although malaria is rare and seldom found in most areas of Vietnam, Dengue fever can pose quite a problem – this is a viral infection that knows no bounds, with outbreaks in urban areas being quite common. Due to this, it is wise to carry a bottle of insect-repellent just in case. Try to remember to apply the mosquito repellent every morning before you head out for the day and to re-apply right before dusk.

  • Tiger Balm or Cortisone Cream

    If you do happen to get bitten by mosquitoes, tiger balm or cortisone cream can prevent the bites from getting infected. Rub it over the affected area to reduce aches, swelling and other discomfort.