Inside Laos

6 DAY(S) Classic Tours

Vientiane - Vang Vieng - Luang Prabang - Pak Ou - Luang Prabang

Relish yourself in the charming and fascinating cities with this Laos tour package as well as the unspoiled nature sceneries. You will be welcomed by the tranquility of atmosphere and richness of culture in this Buddhism country.

Highlights

  • Wandering around in Laos' capital, Vientiane and visiting some of its highlights
  • Exploring the tranquil and verdant countryside town of Vang Vieng, drifting past mountains along a gentle river
  • Experience the tranquility of Luang Prabang with its heritage sites
  • Watching monks collecting alms at sunrise

Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 1 – Day 2
    Visit the historical sites of Vientiane Capital and enjoy a short trek through mountain landscape and some hill villages in Vang Vieng. 
  • Day 3 – Day 5
    Exploring Tham Phoukham caves. Contemplating the charming town of Luang Prabang and its suburb with many famous sites and original villages.

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.
     

Welcome to Laos. in the first day of this Laos tour package, you will be transferred to your Vientiane, a charming and fascinating capital, with an interesting mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Soviet and American influences. After a short rest, we start visiting the major sights; including the oldest Wat Sisaket, the temple with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane.

We leave Vientiane for our journey northbound on national way 13. We will see some breathtaking scenery en route as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region. We make a stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century. In the afternoon we reach the small and tranquil town of Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bank of the Nam Song River. Its stunning scenery with a mixture of quiet atmosphere and limestone outcrops remains unspoiled. We cross the Nam Song river to Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek through mountain landscape to explore the Tam None cave and some hill villages. Today ends with a superb panorama of the sunset reflecting over the Nam Song river.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.

After breakfast, we start on a local tractor through paddy field areas heading to Tham Phoukham caves, where you enjoy the beautiful and famous limestone cavern, surrounded by natural forests. Along the way, you have chance to explore the local cultures by meeting the local villagers and learning about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can take a swim to refresh yourself from the hot climate. You will have a picnic lunch and spending the day at the caves and its surrounding areas. On the way to return Vang Vieng we will visit the ethnic minority villages of Hmong, Souay and Taidam, meet the friendly hill tribe people and observing their traditional tribal costumes.

Overnight in Vang Vieng.

In the early morning, we leave Vang Vieng for Luang Prabang, the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia and every Laos tour. Roads are well paved and we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages with stops for photos at some small hill tribe village en route. The Muang Xieng Nguen village is our next stop and we spend a short time observing the local lifestyle prior to reaching Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Today, we enjoy a short city tour seeing the city's oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic pattern set in colored glass. Its exterior architecture is remarkable with the roofs sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Laotian architecture. We then embark in a cruise upstream on the Mekong river, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside. We take an interesting visit to the mysterious Pak Ou caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xang Hai, reknown for the production of Lao rice wine. On return to Luang Prabang, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, a small village with hand weaving.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

The National museum (close Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings through the last sovereign. You will be transferred to airport fo onward flights. End of your Laos tour.

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  • Worthwhile! Kevin Williamson

Worthwhile!

The murals inside the main room are stunning and well kept up making the 10,000 Kip entrance fee worth it. No photographs are allowed inside (a normal policy). The Buddha’s surrounding the main temple are cool to see and walk by as well.

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  • Adventure and Chill Scott Allen

Adventure and Chill

It’s a lot of fun to explore the caves and then afterwards enjoy a dip in the lagoonWe went in June, so although the water wasn’t as blue as in other months, it was still very relaxing and a great temperature. Be careful in the caves as it is easy to lose your footing. I wore flip flops which I regretted. I was still able to navigate my way through but it would be easier with sturdier footwear.

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  • Really beautiful experience Lynsey Rollinsan

Really beautiful experience

Make sure you grab the information pamphlet at the entrance because the explanations of the temples and grounds make the experience much more interesting.

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  • Beautiful spot Rose Meg and Roos Beatty

Beautiful spot

Came back to see this because I felt guilty that I didn’t see it the first time and I’m glad I did. It is gorgeous. Water is cold but once you jump in and get on with it than it’s all good. We rented push bikes to cycle down to the lagoon and the views on the ride down were stunning. Family friendly as well which is perfect.

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  • Beautiful Historical Temple Kellou

Beautiful Historical Temple

This was my favourite temple (of many!) in Vientiane - Wat Sisaket. Built in 1818, it is the only temple that wasn’t destroyed by the Siamese invasion in 1828. The hand painted walls inside the temple tell an amazing history and are beautiful. One drawback is that there is no information provided to help visitors learn about the history. I suggest reading up in advance to get the most value. I wish the Lao people invested more in sharing history with a small brochure or sign, but that is very rare.

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  • Nice to see Thueik

Nice to see

Super crowded like everyone says and write. But if you wanna go to the cave walk through and climb up! It’s worth it. 10000 kip entrance. Walk through the blue lagoon 1 and climb up. If there is enough sun you don’t need the flashlight which they rent. You can use your phone. But be careful it might be slippery. Very nice to see when the sunshine is coming inside!

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  • Really good Stephen and Lynn Robson

Really good

I like the cave more.. More than lagoon... Too many chinese people.. So crowd and noisy.. But on the cave you will see how amazing the nature from the creator...

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  • Enjoyable river trip Gilles Turcotte

Enjoyable river trip

We booked a private boat for four people the day before travelling. Two hours to the caves, which were interesting, but not outstanding. Just over an hour on the way back. Certainly glad we did it. To see the Me Kong river was the highlight.

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  • Remarkable Buddha Patricio

Remarkable Buddha

Although extremely busy the Emerald Buddha is certainly something to see! The sheer respect and positive power of the Buddhism spiritual embrace was overwhelming to see. Visit the Emerald Buddha within the Great Palace and take time to reflect upon what you see

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  • Surprisingly good Cecilia Gonzales

Surprisingly good

After reading that Blue Lagoon was overcrowded and full group tourists I did not expect much from it. Yes, there was a crowd around the tree that you can jump from but the other end was very quiet. Had a refreshing swim both before and after the cave. As for the other end, it was really nice to just sit and watch people jumping and enjoying themselves. All in all, a very nice place but you won't get that perfect Instagram shot unless you're early or good in Photoshop! The cave was very impressive. I don't know if we were lucky or if most people don't climb the steep, sweaty 10 minutes to get there but we were almost alone in there. The first thing you see is the reclining Buddha lying in the incense filled sunlight. After passing the Buddha the cave gets a lot darker so be sure to bring or rent a good flashlight. We followed the red arrows sprayed on rocks til the very end and saw impressive formations on the way. Some of them glimmered in the light of our flashlights.

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