Laos - Northwest Journey 1, 6 days
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Trip Code :
LAO-T-11
Departure date :
Daily
Duration :
6 days

 
Trip Code :  LAO-T-11
Destination :  LAOS ( Huay Xai , Luang Prabang , Vientiane )
Price :  677.00 US Dollar
Duration :  6 Days
 
Trip Description

If speedboats are too much for your heart, the roads too much for your skeletal system and flying too pricey, don't despair: see Laos from the comfort of a slowboat. From Huay Xai, the sense of transition, as the muddy bottom unwillingly releases the boat from its hold, and the prow is snatched by the current's powerful grasp and propelled down river, is only the beginning of what can be a week-long river trip all the way to the Laotian capital, Vientiane.

  


HotelVar. AVar. BVar. C
Pakbeng Luangsay Cruise / Lodge
Cruise
Luangsay Cruise / Lodge
Cruise
Luangsay Cruise / Lodge
Cruise
Luang Prabang Haysoke Hotel
Standard
Sanakeo Hotel
ROH
Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel
Standard
Mouang Luang Hotel
Standard
Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel
Standard
Sala Luang Prabang
Courtyard View
La Residence Phou Vao
Pansea Room
Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Garden Room
Vientiane B & P Hotel
Standard
Lane Xang Hotel
Standard
Royal Dokmaideng
Standard
Vansana Hotel
Standard
Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel
Standard
Don Chan Palace
Classic Room
Lao Plaza Hotel
Superior
Novotel Vientiane
Standard


 

 
Itinerary
Day 1

Huay Xai - Pakbeng * No local guide *
Arrival in Huay Xai (Laos / Thailand border)
On board one of the Pak Ou boats from Huay Xai to Pakbeng
PAK OU BOATS: the Pak Ou boats are the perfect slow boat for leisurely river travel. With 18 and 34 metre steel hulls they have a capacity of 36 comfortable seats each, with an open air view, a fully stocked bar and cooler and toilet facilities.
First thing in the morning the Pak Ou boat leaves the pier for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong for Pak Beng. Several stops along the way offer the opportunity to sample rural life first hand and marvel at just how little has changed over the centuries. Arrival in Pak Beng is in the late afternoon.
Departure is every Monday,Thursday and Friday (High Season) and Monday and Friday (Low Season) - no operation in June

Day 2

Pakbeng - Luang Prabang
On board one of the Pak Ou boats with stop at the Pak Ou Caves from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang
The boat leaves in the morning for the second leg of the cruise to Luang Prabang. Lunch on board and on to Pak Ou village at the mouth of the Nam Ou River to visit the Tham Ting Caves of a Thousand Buddha's. Stop off at the village of Ban Xang Hai for a lesson in how rice whisky is made. Arrival in Luang Prabang is in the late afternoon. Departure is every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

Day 3

Luang Prabang
Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang, the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains. In 1995 it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
WAT XIENG THONG: built in 1560 and situated on the banks of the Mekong River, it is the most beautiful monastery in Luang Prabang and shows the typical Lao art style with old religious artifacts and some ancient masterpieces of Lao art.
WAT WISUNALAT (Vat Visoun): built in 1513 during the reign of Chao Wisunalat, it is the oldest operating temple in Luang Prabang with a collection of gilded wooden Buddhas from the 15th and 16th centuries.
WAT MAI: constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, it was once the residence of Phra Sangkharaj (the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy).
WAT THAT LUANG: the ashes of King Sisavang Vong are interred inside the large central stupa, which was erected in 1910. The inside of the huge sim dating back to 1820 contains a few Luang Prabang Buddhas and other artifacts.
WAT SAEN: Thai style wat built in 1718 and restored in 1957. The abbot Ajannn Khamjan who was ordained here in 1940 is one of the most revered monks in Luang Prabang and perhaps in all of Laos

Day 4

Luang Prabang
Excursion by car to Kuang Si Waterfalls
KUANG SI FALLS: located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. It is a nice place for bathing and having a picnic.
BAN THA BAEN: quaint, Khmu village with a traditional hydro-rice mill.Sightseeing in Luang Prabang
NATIONAL MUSEUM: located on the banks of the Mekong River, it was constructed as Royal Palace between 1904 and 1909 and today houses the Royal throne of the Lan Xang Kingdom and many other pieces of regalia and religious treasures.
PHU SI: the temples on the upper slopes of the 100m-high Phu Si were constructed recently, but it is likely that previously there were other temples on this important hill. From the top there is an excellent view of the town. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 5

Luang Prabang - Vientiane
Transfer
Flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane
Transfer
Sightseeing in Vientiane
The capital city and seat of government sits in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains. Vientiane (pronounced 'Wieng Chan' by the locals) is a laid-back city with interesting wats and lively markets. PHA THAT LUANG (Great Sacred Reliquary or Great Stupa): built between the 11th and 13th centuries AD, it is the most important national monument in Laos, a symbol of both the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. PATUXAI: a large monument in the style of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the huge arch at the end of Thanon Lan Xang has a stairway that leads to the top levels of the monument, providing a good view of the city. HO PHA KEO: the former royal temple of the Lao monarchy built in 1565 by King Setthathirat and now converted into a museum containing some of the best examples of Buddhist sculptures found in Laos. WAT SI SAKET: constructed in 1818 by King Anouvong in the early Bangkok style, small niches are carved into its interior walls, containing more than 2,000 silver and ceramic Buddha images. WAT SI MUANG: this temple is one of the most popularly used temple grounds in the city, as it contains the city pillar and acts as the home of Vientiane's guardian spirits. TALAAT SAO: the Morning Market - actually open all day – selling a wide range of fabrics, jewellery and electronic goods.

Day 6

Vientiane
Transfer

Meal : B = Breakfast / L = lunch / D = Dinner
 
Departure Date
Dairy
 
Price
Valid :  01/01/2007 - 31/10/2007 , Rate per person based on Sharing Twin in US Dollar
 
Private Tour
US$ p.p. 1 Pax 2 Pax 3-6 Pax
Var. A 1,036.00 722.00 677.00
Var. B 1,133.00 785.00 740.00
Var. C 1,668.00 1,046.00 1,001.00
 
 
Inclusion
Accommodation and meals as described (please note that some hotels provide only CBF)
All transfers within the journey, including pick-up at airport
Economy class flights
All entrance fees
English, French or German speaking guides (other languages available upon request)
Visa-approval letter for Vietnam

 
Exclusion
Visa fees
Airport taxes



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