LUANG PRABANG · VIENTIANE

March 18-22, 2017 Itinerary

5 DAYS FROM $2499

We strongly suggest extending your stay with our post-tour to Vietnam and Cambodia, March 22-30, 2017

Day One ~ Arrival in Luang Prabang

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang you will be met by your guide and transferred directly to the city.   
    
This afternoon, visit with Vat Xieng Thong at the top of the peninsula. The oldest and most beautiful temple of the UNESO World heritage town dates back from the 16th century. The roof sweep low to the ground and glass colored panels adorn the walls of the chapels. See the residential neighborhoods of the peninsula, before continuing to the Royal Palace Museum housing the most important treasures of Laos’ recent past and climb up to Phousi Hill for sunset to enjoy the unique view over the city and its surroundings.  If you wish you can stop at the ethnic night market to do some shopping.

Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodations:    Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Meals Included:       Breakfast and Dinner


Day Two  ~ Luang Prabang
6:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Buffet Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Early morning, when the sunrises, participate in a Tagbat ceremony, the monks’ alms offering. This ritual is an important part of Lao people’s life and offers a memorable experience and great snapshots. Your guide will explain how to follow the strict customs and rules involved. After the ceremony you will visit a fresh food local market, and return to the hotel for breakfast.

After your breakfast, take time to enjoy a 4 hours private and comfortable cruise to simply admire nature, the landscape, and the traditional and simple life around the Mekong River.  You will stop for around 30 minutes to discover the famous sacred Pak Ou caves and the thousands of Buddha that were given by the numerous devotes coming there from centuries.  On your way back to Luang Prabang, when the boat slowly travels down the Mekong River, appreciate a delicious lunch on board.  Afternoon and dinner at leisure.

Accommodations:    Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao
Meals Included:       Breakfast and Lunch


Day Three ~ Vientiane
6:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

This morning enjoy an architectural tour of the city with a French writer and historian, former UNESCO advisor and resident of Luang Prabang. Thanks to his studies and deep knowledge of Lao Culture and history Luang Prabang became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.  Francis will explain what makes this city so special. With him, you will discover the unseen and places that are not mentioned in guide books!

Lunch at a French/Asian fusion restaurant with a contemporary twist.

Afternoon at leisure until your transfer to the airport from Luang Prabang to Vientiane.    

Upon arrival you will be met by your guide in Vientiane, and transferred directly to the city.

This evening, explore Vientiane by night! Start by a walk along the Mekong, the area has a vibrant atmosphere, with the crowd of locals and visitors coming to shop, exercise, eat and drink. Then continue to the night street food market to discover the Laotian authentic everyday food. If you wish to, you can end the evening in one of the bars of the capital, your guide will advise you about the best spot to enjoy the nightlife.
 
Accommodations:    President by AKARYN
Meals Included:       Breakfast and Lunch


Day Four ~ Vientiane
6:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Breakfast is served at the hotel.

Discover Vientiane in a Jeep. The visit will start with Vat Sisaket, the oldest monastery in Vientiane, built in 1818. Continue to nearby Ho Phrakeo, the former Royal temple, now a Museum of Buddhist art and sculpture. 

Lunch at a social enterprise restaurant who uses profits to address the needs of street children and young people in Laos.

After lunch proceeds to That Luang with its golden stupa in the characteristic banana flower shape – it is the most revered shrine in Laos. Stop at Patouxay (the Victory Monument) for a view of the city. 

Late afternoon, you will be invited to a local house, for a unique immersion in Lao way of life. You will participate to a Baci Ceremony.  The Baci is a leftover from the time before Buddhism and are celebrated for many occasions, births, marriages, deaths, but also the New Year, a journey, or sickness. During this ceremony, the shaman performing the ceremony chants a prayer and 32 good spirits are symbolically tied around the wrist of the attendants by means of white cotton. The three knots in the tread symbolize prosperity, health and good luck.  After the ceremony, you will be invited to share the dinner with your host. 

Return to your hotel. 

Accommodations:       President by AKARYN
Meals Included:       Breakfast and Lunch


Day Five ~ Depart for home or to Zoom Vacations’ Vietnam and Cambodia Tour
6:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Breakfast is served at the hotel.
    
Transfer to the airport for your flight.

Meals Included:       Breakfast

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Air: International and domestic airfare not included.

Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. 
Note: Passport pages titled "Endorsement Pages" are not visa pages.

Visas: Please note that currently US citizens must have a visa to enter Laos. You can get a visa on arrival in Laos if you are traveling for tourism, have two passport-size photographs and pay 35 USD at the following ports of entry: Wattay Airport, Vientiane; Pakse, Savannakhet, and Luang Prabang Airports.If you are not a US citizen, please contact your nearest Laos Consulate to determine your visa requirements.

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