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Trip Code :  LAO-T-08
Destination :  LAOS ( Luang Prabang , Phonsavanh , Vang Vieng )
Price :  606.00 US Dollar
Duration :  8 Days
Trip Description

The Lao kingdom of Lan Xang or Lan Ch'ang (or in Pali, Sisattanakhanahut) was established in 1354 by Fa Ngum. It is also known as the "Land of A Million Elephants". Exiled as an infant to Cambodia, the Lao prince from Xieng Dong Xieng Thong (formally Muang Sua after the Lao claimed it from the Mon Khmer Empire) eventually married one of the Khmer king's daughters and in 1349 set out from Angkor at the head of a 10,000-man army. Fa Ngum organized the conquered principalities into provinces (muang), and reclaimed Xieng Dong Xieng Thong from his father and elder brother. Fa Ngum was crowned king of Lan Xang at Vientiane, the site of one of his victories (Victory of Phay Nam), in June 1354. Lan Xang, which literally means "million elephants," was an allusion to his formidable war machine. Lan Xang extended from the border of China to Sambor below the Mekong rapids at Khong Island and from the Vietnamese border to the western escarpment of the Khorat Plateau. It was one of the largest Kingdoms in Southeast Asia. Muang Sua was the first kingdom established and conquered by the Tai (Lao/Thai) ethnic groups into the khmer territories.

HotelVar. AVar. BVar. C
Vientiane B & P Hotel
Lane Xang Hotel
Royal Dokmaideng
Vansana Hotel
Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel
Don Chan Palace
Classic Room
Lao Plaza Hotel
Novotel Vientiane
Vang Vieng Thavonsouk Bungalows
Xayoh Ban Sabai Bungalows
The Elephant Crossing Hotel
Large Single / Double / Standard
Moradok Heritage Guesthouse II
Standard Gardenview
Vansana Hotel Vang Vieng
Xieng Khuang Maly Hotel
Phou Phadeng Auberge
Phou Phadeng Auberge
Luang Prabang Haysoke Hotel
Sanakeo Hotel
Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel
Mouang Luang Hotel
Ancient Luang Prabang Hotel
Sala Luang Prabang
Courtyard View
La Residence Phou Vao
Pansea Room
Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Garden Room
Day 1

Arrival in Vientiane
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. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 2

Vientiane - Vang Vieng
By vehicle from Vientiane via Nam Ngum Lake to Vang Vieng (incl. Ban Keun Zoo)
Drive to the south through the scenic province of Vientiane. The climate is pleasant and the views are nice, with mountains and cliffs along the first part of the journey. NAM NGUM LAKE: the beautiful scenery around the Nam Ngum River and its green valley is enhanced by the presence of a vast, spectacular lake. This is a man-made reservoir for a hydroelectric power dam that generates most of the electricity sold to Thailand. BAN KEUN ZOO: a pleasant local zoo with animals from the region. Overnight in Vang Vieng.

Day 3

Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh
Short trekking in the surroundings of Vang Vieng
From Tham Xang (the Elephant cave) a nice path leads through the rice fields and along an irrigation channel to a Hmong village. From the main road a vehicle will be waiting for the transfer back to Vang Vieng.By vehicle from Vang Vieng to Xieng Khuang
Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 4

Xieng Khuang - Phonsavanh
Sightseeing Plain of Jars and Muang Khoun
PLAIN OF JARS: large area extending around Phonsavanh from the south-west to the north-east where huge jars (up to 1000kg each) of unknown origin are scattered about in at least a dozen groupings. It is one of the most intriguing sights in Laos.
MUANG KHOUN: The ancient capital that was founded by Chao Noi Muang and was a stronghold for the Xieng Khouang royal family was destroyed during the Indochina War. The town was rebuilt after 1975 with rows of wooden Lao houses and a market area. It has an impressive location as it is surrounded by mountains. Overnight in Phonsavanh.

Day 5

Xieng Khuang - Luang Prabang
Visit local market
Visit this lively open-air local market.By vehicle from Xieng Khuang to Luang Prabang
Travel along routes 7 and 13 through beautiful mountain scenery. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 6

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. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 7

Luang Prabang
Excursion by boat from Luang Prabang to Pak Ou Caves
PAK OU CAVES: this are two caves (Tham Thing – lower cave and Tham Phum) located in the steep rock cliff at the confluence of the Mekong River and Ou River. They are full of Buddha images of varying styles, ages and sizes.
BAN XANG HAI: located near the Pak Ou Caves, this village was once a 'Jar-Maker Village' and nowadays the community fill the jars (which come from elsewhere) with l?o-l?o, the local rice whisky.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 8

Luang Prabang

Meal : B = Breakfast / L = lunch / D = Dinner
Departure Date
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 1,535.00 796.00 607.00
Var. B 1,658.00 864.00 606.00
Var. C 2,189.00 1,129.00 940.00
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