Amazing 8-Day Highlights Tour of Laos

8 Days 7 Nights

Laos is the beautiful country in Southeast Asia that still preserves heritage throughout times, along with the growth of modern skyscrapers.

The Highlights Tour of Laos will take you to the City of Vientiane, where you will be amazed by the temples with traditional architectures that have to withstand severe wars. The itinerary then takes you to Makphet, the charity-run restaurant offering scrumptious dishes that serve an incredible purpose.

Immerse yourself in the peaceful atmosphere as you go trekking through the astonishing caves in Vang Vieng and admire the blessed natural beauty, then visit the Buddhist temples in Luang Prabang to get an insight into the religious life and royalties. The golden Buddha statues hidden in the caverns of Pak Ou Caves will blow your mind.

Laos offers you an exclusive experience of elephant rides through the jungle as you visit the Elephant Camp, home of the serene animal that proudly symbolizes the country.

Highlight

Discover war surviving temples and visit the charity-run restaurant Makphet in Vientiane
Adventurous trekking through the astonishing cave complex in Vang Vieng
Immerse in the peaceful atmosphere at the Buddhist temples in the Royal City of Luang Prabang
Explore magnificent golden Buddha statues hidden in the caverns of Pak Ou Caves
Learn about the elephants at the Elephant Camp and enjoy the rides through the jungle
Dive in the pristine water of Khuang Si Waterfalls and experience thrilling monkey jumping

Itinerary

DAY 1: Welcome to The Land of a Million Elephants

Upon your arrival in Vientiane, you will be welcomed by your local guide and driver, then transfer to your hotel in a private car. After the hotel check-in, you can relax after the long flight, or explore the local streets for colorful artisanal at the vendors.

Get ready to savor the traditional dishes at your warm, welcoming dinner. Spend the night at your hotel.

Meal (s): D


DAY 02: Discover the Wonders of Vientiane

Start your day with the traditional Laos breakfast. The morning itinerary will take you to Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in the city. This temple’s architectures comprise of numerous silver and porcelain carvings that represent the ancient Vientiane.
Continue your trip to visit Haw Phra Kaew. You will be amazed by the spacious scenery of shining temples reside on the green grass carpet. Wat Simuang is also in the temple complex. It was built in 1563 and is the home of numerous golden Buddha statues. Discover the myth of the seven-headed dragon as you explore That Dam or the Black Stupa.

You will have lunch at Makphet, a restaurant that serves traditional Laos cuisine but has a special alliance with NGO to offer charity training courses for the youth in need.
At COPE, you will have the chance to learn about the fascinating prosthetics and the admirable efforts to help people with physical rehabilitation services. Then, relive the glorious stories of the soldiers who have sacrificed their lives to gain independence from France at Patuxay Monument, built between 1957 and 1968. Pha That Luang is a gold-covered large Buddhist stupa in the center of Vientiane that will stun you by its war surviving history.

Leaving the attractions, you will travel to the Mekong Delta by car. The local guide will take you for a stroll on the riverside at sunset. You will have incredible photo ops of nature and the village scenery. The people here are from the Khmu tribe and live in traditional houses.

You will have the chance to stop by the local street vendors, settle by the calming riverside, for tasty dishes like Khao Lee, Laab, Tam Mak Hoong, and then enjoy a cup of Laos freshly brewed coffee.

Meal (s): B/L


DAY 03: Cruise the Nam Ngum River to visit Vang Xang – Vang Vieng

From Vientiane, you will travel to Nam Ngum River, stopping by the Hmong village to visit the local market. The fresh ingredients are displayed together with colorful artisanal. In Vang Xang, you will be amazed by the wonderful Buddha statues carved in the stone walls.

Aboard the cruise and have lunch at the boat makes way through the pristine water of Nam Ngum River. Then enjoy your boat trip to the fishing village to meet friendly locals and learn about the fishing methods.

You will be transferred to Vang Vieng by car. Arrive at a renowned restaurant for dinner. Spend the night at your hotel.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 04: Cave Trekking in Vang Vieng

The itinerary on this day will take you to Nam Song River, a small river that flows through Vang Vieng. The major attraction is the bamboo bridge built on the river bank. You will cross the bamboo bridge to visit Tham Xang – Tham Hoi Cave. Tham Xang, or commonly known as the Elephant Cave, is a limestone formation of astonishing elephants, and now hosts a Buddhist temple.

Go for soft trekking to visit Tham Hoi cave, also known as the Snail Cave that lies deep in the mountain. The Snail Cave has been blessed with wonderful limestone formations hidden in every corner. For cooling down after your exploration, visit Tham Nam, or the Water Cave, to go swimming in the refreshing pool of spring water.
You will have a picnic lunch in the midst of the wonderful nature. Then continue trekking to the Hmong village. The village welcomes you with the scenery of rice paddy fields and fresh homegrown vegetables, along with its hospitable locals.

The trip gets adventurous as you have the chance to go kayaking in the Nam Song River for a spectacular sight of the mountains. Leaving the calming nature, you will return to Vang Vieng by car to spend the night.

Meal (s): B/L


DAY 05: The Charming Royal City of Luang Prabang

After breakfast, you will travel to Luang Prabang. Stop by Phoukhoune; a village resides on the magnificent mountain. You will have the chance to take rare photos of the lively morning market. Arrive at your hotel to check in and get ready for your evening itinerary.

The ancient city of Luang Prabang preserves the temples and monuments as old as time. You will first visit Vat Vixoune, the oldest temple in the city, and is the current home of enriched Buddha culture.

Following is the Wat Aham with a spacious garden that hosts Phu No and Nha No, the guardian spirits of Luang Prabang. Continue your exploration to Vat Xieng Thong, the most beautiful temple with architectures from the 16th century.

At the end of the day, you will have the chance to observe the Baci Ceremony, which has been practiced for hundreds of years to bless the participant with good wishes. You will have dinner at the local restaurant and return to the hotel.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 06: The Breathtaking Beauty of Pak Ou Caves and Mount Phousy

In the morning, you will go to the piers of Luang Prabang to embark a traditional boat on the Mekong River, which will take you to visit the Pak Ou Caves. At the cave complex, get ready to be stunned by the sight of golden Buddha statues hidden in the limestone caverns. This is a treasure you will never find it anywhere else in the world.
The boat will then take you back to the piers, stopping by Ban Xang Hai to sample the local rice wine, and then at Ban Xieng Lek and Ban Xang Khong, or the paper and weaving villages. You can see the skillful workers concentrating on their techniques and then pick up crafted souvenirs and handmade silk.

You will return to Luang Prabang for lunch. In the evening, the itinerary continues to Phousy Hill, where you will have the chance to observe the spectacular city and mountainous areas through a bird’s eye view.

Board the cruise to go through the city and enjoy your dinner served by high-class chefs.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 07: Jungle Trekking with Elephant – Picnic at Kuang Si Waterfalls

On this day, you will leave Luang Prabang for the most awaited destination of your trip, the Elephant Camp.

You will visit an Elephant Camp, the sanctuary land that you will not only learn interesting facts about this animal that presents serenity and wisdom, but you will also have the opportunity to interact and enjoy a comfortable ride with them through the lush green jungle.

After your adventure with the elephants, you will travel to Kuang Si Waterfalls by car and have a picnic lunch upon arrival. At the wonderful waterfalls, dive into the cooling water or participate in monkey jumping to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature.
Before the day ends, you will go cycling along the paved road to visit the village of Ban Na Ouan, home of the Hmong ethnic group . The friendly locals will give you an insight into their daily life.

Return to Luang Prabang for dinner. Spend the night at your hotel.

Meal (s): B/L/D


DAY 08: See You Soon, the Land of a Million Elephants

After breakfast at your hotel, you will have the whole morning to wander around Luang Prabang. Shop for more handmade souvenirs, get a cup of Laos coffee, or take memorable photos of this wonderful ancient city.

Your cultural journey in Laos has come to an end. Travel to the airport for your flight, and don’t forget to pack your beautiful memories of Laos. Safe travels back home!

Meal (s): B


Include
Accommodation, cruises, train in the chosen category stated in the itinerary
Daily breakfast and meals as mentioned in the program
All land transfer by air-conditioned vehicles
All entrance fees and sightseeing fess as mentioned in the program
Local English-speaking tour guide
All local taxes and service charges
Visa approved letter if needed
24/7 support
Exclude
Drinks are not mentioned in the program
Not mentioned international, regional and domestic flights
Personal expenses
Visa fee
Personal Insurance (Highly recommend)
Tips for tour guide and driver
Optional tours and extra services
Other services not mentioned in the program

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