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Join Wendy Wu Tours on an exciting journey discovering the beauty of Laos. Highlights of Laos is a comprehensive 15 days taking you to an adventure across the scenic country with lush natural beauty, spectacular temples and many more captivating sights. Enjoy an insight into the cultural heritage of Laos, from exploring the capital Vientiane, cruising along the Mekong to seeing the mysterious Plain of Jars and journeying to Khong Island, the highlights of Laos is endless.
Admire the architecture of Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang
Cruise the languid Mekong River to explore the Pak Ou Caves
Discover the mysterious Plain of Jars
Explore the colonial charm of Vientiane
- Return international flights
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transportation & transfers
- All sightseeing & entrance fees
- English speaking National Escort & local guides
- Visa fees for UK & EU passport holders
Day 1: Fly to Bangkok
Fly overnight to Bangkok.
Day 2: Arrive and Explore
On arrival you will be met by your expert tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Fly to Luang Prabang
Fly to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will have free time to start soaking up the local culture. An enchanting city Luang Prabang is the quintessential image of Laos. At its core, lush greenery, golden temples and vivid-robed monks come together to create a colourful, rich heritage and an enduring French-colonial legacy.
Day 4: Discover Luang Prabang
Transfer to an elephant village to meet these lumbering, captivating creatures and enjoy a ride along the jungle trail. This afternoon explore Luang Prabang, starting at Wat Mai and continuing to Wat Visoun, Wat Aham and Wat That. Clib Phousi Hill to watch the sunset over the city before descending to browse the wares at the lively street market.
Day 5: Mekong River Cruise
Explore Wat Xieng Thong, considered Luang Prabangs most beautiful temple. Board a boat to cruise the mighty Mekong up to the sacred caves of Pak Ou, known for the hundreds of miniature Buddha sculptures that reside within. Visit the local villages of Thin Hong and Ban Xang Khong. This evening enjoy a traditional music and dance performance.
Day 6: Takbat
Rise early to witness the Buddhist ceremony of Takbat, when the monks of Luang Prabang's monastic communities collect alms from locals. These lines of silent saffron robe-clad monks will be an enduring image of your trip. See Wat Sene and the National Museum. Visit the traditional Hmong village of Ban Na OunÅ, before walking to the cascading turquoise waters of delightful Kuang Si Waterfalls for a picnic lunch and a swim. Stop at Ock Po Tok Weaving Centre on the return to Luang Prabang.
Day 7: Journey to Phonsavan
Drive to Phosavan via Phoukhoun, stopping at Tham Phra Cave and Nong Tang Lake on the way.
Day 8: Plain of Jars
One of the most important prehistoric sites in Southeast Asia, these mysterious clusters of giant jars are thought to be about 2,000 years old. We will visit Site 1 where there are over 200 jars, and Site 2 which also allows you to admire the beautiful scenery of the region. There will also be a visit to Muang Khoune village, home of the Hmong minority group, and the office of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organisation that helps clear unexploded ordnance that is a remnant of American raids during the Vietnam War.
Day 9: Travel to Vang Vieng
Drive to Vang Vieng stopping en route at Pathang Village to admire the spectacular views over karst mountain landscapes. Spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Tham Chang Cave.
Day 10: Drive to Vientiane
Continue south to Vientiane, Laos capital. Nestled in a languid bend in the Mekong, Vientiane is a delightfully quaint city, more friendly backwater than a chaotic capital. Spend the rest of the day exploring with visits to Wat Si Saket, Wat Phra Keo, That Luang Stupa and the Patuxai Victory Monument, resembling Paris Arc de Triomphe.
Day 11: Journey to Khong Island
Rise early for a morning flight to Pakse. On arrival drive to Champassak to visit the World Heritage-listed Wat Phou, a ruined Khmer temple complex located in the incredibly beautiful landscapes of Mount Phu Kao. Continue by boat to Khong Island, the largest island of the Si Phan Don archipelago in the Mekong River. The afternoon is free.
Day 12: Khong Island
Around Si Phan Don, meaning 4,000 islands, the pace of life is slow and easy and the river views are gorgeous. See the magnificent Khone Phapheng Waterfall, Southeast Asia's largest, and pop over to Khone Island to discover its charming colonial buildings and Liphi Waterfall, nicknamed the Devils Corridor. The rest of the day is free.
Day 13: Tad Fane Waterfalls and Pakse
Depart Khong Island for Pakse, stopping to admire Tad Yuang and Tad Fane waterfalls as we go. Continue on to the Bolaven Plateau to pay a visit to a tea or coffee plantation. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner back in Pakse.
Day 14-15: Fly Pakse to UK
Transfer to Pakse Airport for your flight back to the UK (via Bangkok). Arrive the following day.
Designed for those who wish to be further immersed in the authentic charm of Asia; Immerse Yourself range include more cultural and active experiences. You will be accompanied by our dedicated and professional National Escorts or local guides, whose unparalleled knowledge will turn your holiday into an unforgettable experience. These tours include:
- Cycling and walking through classic sites
- Unique cultural experiences and encounters
- Off the beaten track destinations
- More evenings at leisure for independent exploration
Your accommodation is selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range from a business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. In more remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities.
Coaches: Coaches with air conditioning are used on our group tours for city sightseeing, short excursions to the countryside and longer transfers where necessary.
Most Wendy Wu groups consist of 10 travellers or more and will be accompanied by a National Escort. There will usually be no more than 18 travellers in each group although you may encounter other Wendy Wu tour groups while you are travelling.
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