Today you’ll fly to Vientiane. Upon arrival you will meet your driver who will take you to your hotel downtown. Rest of the day at leisure.
This morning discover Vientiane with your guide: visit the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. Visit Wat Phra Keo Temple, nowadays a religions museum, and see the Presidential Palace. Continue to visit That Luang, the holiest site in Laos, and Patuxay monument, Laos’ version of the Arc de Triomphe. Free afternoon at leisure.
As the sun begins to set, stroll along the Mekong river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls.
This morning you will fly to Oudomxay. Upon arrival, transfer to Muang La with your guide. This region isn’t touristy and many ethnies live in the area, such as the H’mong, Akha and Kamu. There is just one agreeable lodge to welcome you, built there in the middle of the jungle and unknown villages, where you’ll comfortably take a place.
This morning, enjoy a 3hrs walk in the countryside, crossing Pak La village, enjoying panoramic views of the Nam Pak river, beautiful rice terraces and salt mines. Get to discover the rural life of the region. Visit Chiao Pha Kham Sing temple that houses a sacred Buddha and a place of pilgrimage.
Free afternoon at leisure.
Today you will drive to Muang Khua where you’ll embark for a cruise down the Nam Ou river, on a private slow boat to Muang Noi village. Visit Muang Noi, nestled at the foothill of a giant limestone cliff, that can only be reached by boat. Continue to Nong Khiaw and stop for the night.
Today you will drive to Luang Prabang (5hrs). To stretch your legs upon arrival, climb the 328 stairs to the top of mount Phousi for a beautiful view at sunset.
In the evening, walk freely along the main street where the area’s ethnic minorities gather to sell their handicrafts.
Today discover Luang Prabang with your guide : Wat Visoun temple and its watermelon stupa, and Wat Aham temple with the two geniuses of the city. Visit the Traditional Arts & Ethnology Centre (TAEC) for insight in to the countries various ethnic groups and traditional crafts. In the afternoon, continue to the refreshing waters of the Kuangsi Waterfalls and its series of turquoise blue pools, perfect for swimming in on a hot day.
This morning, explore Wat Xieng Thong temple and its golden gates, ornaments and colourful murals. Then you’ll board a private long tail boat for a scenic 2 hours ride up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves. Discover its thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues. Visit the village of Ban Xang Hai that was once a “jar-maker village” and now fills them with local rice whisky. Back to Luang Prabang, visit the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, and Wat Mai temple.
Free day at leisure to relax in the streets of Luang Prabang and along the Mekong river.
Today is the end of your trip to Laos. Your driver will take you to the airport, where you will board a flight to your next destination.