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CRUISE TRIP FROM PAKPENG TO LUANG PRABANG

4 DAY(S) Cruise Tours

Houixai (Huay Xay) – Pakbeng - Luang Prabang

Description

Exploring Laos differently with river cruise and horse carts offers not only excellent sense of the country but also allows closer touch to local life and culture. Get on your cruise from Houixai ( Huay Xay ) to Luang Prabang via Pakbeng to observe rural life along the Mekong and contemplate the charming town of Luang Prabang and its suburb with famous sites and original villages.

Highlights

  • Boat down the Mekong river and visit the Hmong hilltribe people. 
  • Visit the emote mountainous area in Northern Laos with its rugged mountain scenery with colorful hill tribes
  • Explore Pak Ou caves with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues left by pilgrims
  • Join the daily morning rituals of saffron-clothed monks collecting offerings of alms
  • Discover the charming and fascinating capital Vientiane with its blended multicultural influences

Itinerary

Upon your arrival at border then you will be met our guide we then take the private local boat leaves Houei Say pier at 09:00 hrs for a cruise down the Mekong to Pakbeng. En route one stop is made to observe rural life along the Mekong and visit minority ethnic groups; your lunch serves on board and flow slowly down stream. You will arrive in Pakbeng before sunset. 
Overnight in Pakbeng

Full breakfast, (Optional: walk to Pakbeng market, where people from the surrounding minority villages exchange their goods). At 08:30 board the boat for the second leg of the cruise. We take a short stop to discover Hmong village before having your lunch on board. Continue to Pak-Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River, and then visit Pak Ou Caves "Cave of a thousand Buddha's". On the way to Luang Prabang a brief stop is made to observe the traditional process of manufacturing local rice alcohol. Arrive at Luang Prabang before sunset
Overnight in Luang Prabang

After breakfast at hotel, we enjoy a short-guided tour visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign; we will visit Wat Visoun, the holiest temple of the city, which was entirely rebuilt in 1887 after being destroyed by the invading Black Flags from Southern China. In the courtyard of Wat Visoun stands the Watermelon Stupa shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. Continue past Wat Aham, which was first built in the 1500s and also visit the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon we drive to Khouang Si waterfall. On the way, you can visit to the Lao ethnic minority groups-Ban Ouay Village, Ban Ou village and Ban Thapene Village. Once at the waterfalls, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Khouang Si waterfalls and pass by the Asian bear rescue center. You will enjoy feeling the mist of the cool, turquoise waters of the different waterfalls. Swimming in the refreshing waters is possible. Transfer back to Luang Prabang for climb up 328 steps of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. We then will explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the hill tribe and local people surrounding Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang 

Today is free until airport drop off for take flight back home

Inclusion

  • English-speaking tour guides
  • Land transportation by air-con vehicles
  • Accommodation based on Twin-shared room with breakfast
  • Meals as mentioned in the program (no drinks)
  • Boat trips and admissions as mentioned in the program
  • Drinking water during the touring day (2 bottles/person/day)

Exclusion

  • Airfare (international and domestic) and airport tax
  • Visa services (Visa approval letter/Visa stamp fee/ Visa fast track)
  • Early check-in/late check-out/ room upgrade surcharge
  • Other meals, Drinks, and personal expenses (phone call, laundry, tipping etc.)
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Optional Tours

Hotels list

# Destination Standard / Superior Deluxe Luxury
1 Luang Prabang Sala Prabang Hotel The Luang Say Residence Sofitel Luang Prabang
2 Pakbeng Shompoo Cruise
 

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