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THE CULTURAL TRACES OF LAOS 10 DAYS

Luang Prabang – Vientiane – Paksé - Bolovens - Siphadone

Duration : 10 days
Type of trip : Classic
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Brief Itinerary

Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival
Day 2: Luang Prabang’s treasures
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Elephant ride
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou
Day 5: Luang Prabang –  Kuang Si  water fall -Vientiane
Day 6: Vientiane city tour
Day 7: Vientiane   Pakse – Tadlo
Day 8: Tad Lo – Wat Phou – Khong Island
Day 9: Siphandone
Day 10: Siphadone departure

On this journey, you will love

Picturesque landscapes
•    Villages and waterfalls around Luang Prabang
•    The karst islands in Siphadone
•    The tropical forests on the Bolovens plateau

Cultural and architectural wealth
•    The discovery of mysterious temples in Luang Prabang
•    The colonial houses of Luang Prabang
•    Minority ethnic groups on the Boloven plateau
•    The trace of the Khmer culture of Vat Phou

Discovering the daily life of Laos
•    The night market in Luang Prabang
•    Fishermen on the Mekong at Luang Prabang and Siphadone

Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival

Arrival at Luang Prabang Airport, welcome by the iLOTUS TOURS guide and transfer to your hotel. This peaceful city, world heritage, is located in the heart of a mountainous region in the north of the country.

Car: 10km Hotel
Day 2: Luang Prabang’s treasures

This day is dedicated to the most important sites of Luang Prabang: venture into Wat Visoun, a temple from the 16th century rehabilitated into a small religious museum, then into Wat Aham, a temple from the early 19th century. Two guardians, laid at the foot of the staircase, represent two characters from the Ramayana (Hanuman, the monkey god and the ferocious Yaksa). Next, Wat Xiengthong, the most important temple of the city dating from the 16th century and embodying the elegance and grace of  Luang Prabang architecture. Climb up the 328 steps of Mount Phousi leading to the top of the sacred hill. This shady Mount dominates the sky of Luang Prabang and offers a splendid 360° panorama of the surrounding villages and the Mekong. At the end of the day, enjoy some free time to wander through the wide night market, where you can find a collection of beautiful textiles handmade by local tribes. Overnight at the hotel.

Hiking: 3h Up: 150m Down: 150m B Hotel
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Elephant ride

After breakfast, transfer to the elephant village, where you will enjoy a pleasant elephant trek experience. Then a boat trip will take you to Tad Se waterfall before returning to the village. This waterfall is particularly spectacular in the rainy season, feel free to go for a swim. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant, before getting back to Luang Prabang in the afternoon and enjoy some free time. Night at the hotel.

Car: 30km Sampan: 1h B, L Hotel
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou

In the morning, embark on a narrow, fast local boat, for an excursion on the Mekong River to Pak Ou. Many wonders await you on this journey: lush landscapes, typical villages and authentic local life. Pak Ou sanctuaries consist of two large caves and thousands of Buddha representations ranging from a few centimeters to two meters in height. Typical Laotian villages in the area are barely visible behind this thick screen of foliage. You will pass by slender canoes sailing near the shore, floats and bamboo poles marking the location of nets and fish traps. Take a break in Ban Muang Keo, a village well known for distilling traditionally Lao Lao whiskey rice. In the afternoon, get back to the city to visit the National Museum, once the Royal Palace and the residence of the King. This building houses a collection of valuables including the famous Buddha Prabang statue, as well as original and sometimes strange gifts given to the king by foreign dignitaries. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Sampan: 3h B Hotel
Day 5 :   Luang Prabang –  Kuang Si  water fall   Vientiane

After breakfast, drive south for about 30 km to a protected national park where are the Kuang Si Waterfalls. These famous low waterfalls offer a spectacular and beautiful sight in their green setting. Stop along the way and explore Talad Phosy Market, famous for its fresh fruits from all over the region. Discover the village of Ban Na Oune, populated by Hmong, probably the most famous minority group in Laos. Continue your journey and just before getting there, explore the village of Ban Tha Pane, inhabited by the Khmu ethnic minority. Take a short walk to Kuang Si waterfalls. Have a picnic lunch in nature or at a local restaurant before transfer to Luang Prabang airport. Flight to Vientiane. Ovenight at the hotel.

Car: 60km/2h B, L Hotel
Day 6: Vientiane city tour

After breakfast, explore the most important historical and religious sites of the capital: Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to survive the Siamese war in 1828, and its cloister with more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Phra Keo, the former royal temple turned into a museum of religious art, originally erected to house the famous emerald Buddha that the king brought back from northern Siam. Today, it displays a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and artifacts found around Vientiane. On the way to the famous stupa That Luang, stop to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay monument, which recalls the Parisian Arc de Triomphe. The rest of the day is free for you to shop at Vientiane Market. Do not miss out on Laotian textiles, hill tribe artworks, crafts and ancient items in general. Overnight at the hotel.

B Hotel
Day 7 :     Vientiane   Pakse – Tadlo

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, meet with your guide, and drive (on a road known as the old coffee route) to Tadlo on the Bolovens Plateau. Stop after about 35 km to visit the famous Tad Fan Waterfall and the ethnic villages in the surrounding countryside. Overnight in Tadlo.

Car: 90km/2h B Hotel
Day 8 : Tad Lo – Wat Phou – Khong Island

After breakfast, transfer to Wat Phu, a unique site in Laos where there are Khmer remains dating from the 9th to the 12th century. A 2-hour tour will take you to explore these Khmer ruins on top of a green hill, a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO in 2001. Get back on the road towards the region of 4000 islands. Hop on a motor boat for a short ride to reach Don Khong, the most important island of this unspoiled site. Overnight at Don Khong.

Car: 30km/7h Boat ride: 1h B Hotel
Day 9: Siphandone, cruising in the wilderness

After breakfast, cruise in a huge area named "the four thousand islands", famous for its biodiversity and its picturesque karst peaks. Discover the falls of Lippi, whose name, "spirit trapper" in Lao, refers to the local beliefs that currents act as a trap for evil spirits. Stop to explore an old railway, built in 1897 by the French to bypass the powerful rapids preventing navigation. Return to Ban Nakasang and head south to visit Khone Phapheng, the largest waterfall in Southeast Asia. Overnight at Khone Island.

Cruising: 1h Walking: 1h B Hotel
Day 10: Siphadone departure

After breakfast, transfer to Pakse airport for departure flight. End of our services.

Car: 120km/3h B

IMPORTANT NOTES:

This trip is privately organized by iLOTUS TOURS. The price of the trip varies according to the size of the group, the level of services, the season and your reservation deadlines. The price published above is applied for a group of 6 participants, based on double/twin rooms in hotels. Click "Personalize this trip" to get the exact price for your group.

THE PRICE INCLUDES:
•    Accommodation and breakfasts in hotels on the accommodation list
•    Meals clearly mentioned in the program: B = breakfast; L = lunch; D = dinner
•    The entrance fee to the sites
•  Competent English-speaking guides throughout the trip except the free days when it is mentioned clearly: without a guide
•   Private air-conditioned car for all land transport except free days when it is mentioned clearly: without driver
•    One litre of drinking water per person per day
•    All logistic services necessary of the program.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
•    International flights and airport taxes from/to your country
•    Visa fees
•    Means of transport not mentioned in the program
•    Meals not mentioned in the program
•    Tipping for services: local guides, crew member, drivers, porters…
•    Drink, telephone, linen or all personal expenses not mentioned in the "price includes" section.

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