Inside Laos - Sun N' Sea Tours

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10 days, 9 nights
Luang Prabang, Laos

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Luang Prabang,  Kamu Lodge, Luang Prabang, Xieng Khouang, Vang Vieng, Vientiane

Overview

Inside Laos

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive LUANG PRABANG 
Day 2 LUANG PRABANG; city highlights
Day 3 LUANG PRABANG, PAK OU CAVE, KAMU LODGE 
Day 4 KAMU LODGE, LUANG PRABANG 
Day 5 LUANG PRABANG, XIENG KHOUANG
Day 6 XIENG KHOUANG; Plain of Jars & Lone Buffalo foundation
Day 7 XIENG KHOUANG,  VANG VIENG 
Day 8 VANG VIENG, VIENTIANE  
Day 9  VIENTIANE;  city highlights 
Day 10 Vientiane, departure

Day 1 Arrive LUANG PRABANG 

Upon arrival in Luang Prabang, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Luang Prabang, the ‘Jewel of Indochina’, is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site and regularly voted as one of Asia's premier travel destinations. The ancient royal city is surrounded by mountains and is situated at a junction of the Mekong and Khan Rivers.

Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
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Day 2 LUANG PRABANG; city highlights

An option for early-risers is to rise before dawn to witness tak bat, or the giving of alms, to the lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s an iconic sight and for many one of the highlights of their stay in Luang Prabang, and can be arranged on any early morning during your stay.
Your city circuit begins after breakfast at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history. The next section of the tour takes in some of the city’s temples, beginning with Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs, before continuing on to Wat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang, and the unique Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. Your last visit of the morning is the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos.
In the afternoon visit & spend some time to chat with the novice monks.  Finish the day by climbing Mount Phousi, to enjoy the stunning views across Luang Prabang and the Mekong River as the sun sets.

Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
breakfast

Day 3 LUANG PRABANG, PAK OU CAVE, KAMU LODGE 

An early departure by boat takes you up the Mekong River to the Pak Ou caves, which house literally thousands of Buddha statues, hidden from the looting Chinese Haw in times gone by. The statues range from a few centimetres to the size of a human.
After a tour of the caves, continue to Kamu Eco Lodge on the banks of the river, arriving in time for lunch. The lodge features 20 canvas tents covered by thatched roofs, each styled in harmony with its surrounds and adapted to the local Lao style. Each tent has an attached private bathroom with shower, toilet, solar-powered warm water and electricity.
In the afternoon you can enjoy this unique setting in a variety of ways. Options include rice planting, gold-panning, jungle walks to search for medicinal plants, traditional fishing, a local village visit, an archery contest, or simply relaxing and soaking up the atmosphere. Supper is served at the camp.

Luang Prabang
breakfast, lunch, dinner 
LUANG PRABANG -> KAMU lodge ~ 4-hour boat 

Day 4 KAMU LODGE, LUANG PRABANG 

Enjoy a peaceful breakfast and a further opportunity to walk nearby or even take a dip in the river before taking the short cruise back to Luang Prabang. Arriving in the late morning, you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel…..The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
breakfast

Day 5 LUANG PRABANG, XIENG KHOUANG

After breakfast, we leave Luang Prabang along the mountainous road with beautiful panorama view. Enjoy seeing the Khmu & Hmong villages. After a first long ascent stop at Kiukhacham for a refreshment. 
After a break, we will continue the junction of Route 13 & Route 7, passing many large Hmong villages built along high crests. Eventually, the mountains give ways to long hill. Arrive the Plateau of Xieng Khouang where bomb craters still scar the barren landscape, stop at Nong Tang lake where local villagers fish. ….Arrive Phonsavan and hotel check in. 

Luang Prabang Xieng Khouang
Xieng Khouang
breakfast
LUANG PRABANG -> XIENG KHOUANG ~ 8-hour drive 

Day 6 XIENG KHOUANG; Plain of Jars & Lone Buffalo foundation

The remainder of the morning is dedicated to exploring the mysterious ‘Plain of Jars’. The impressive archaeological sites are covered with hundreds of mysterious jars, scattered across the surrounding plateau. The biggest jar measures over three meters in height and many are believed to be more than 2500 years old. There will be plenty of time to explore the three main sites and, due to its remoteness the crowds are likely to be a little thin on the ground!

Late afternoon you have the option of visiting the Lone Buffalo Foundation and Project. A community project based in Phonsavan, the foundation provides a unique environment in which students can study, develop and play sport. Have a chat, or play a language game while learning more about the Lone Buffalo Project.

Xieng Khouang
Xieng Khouang
breakfast

Day 7 XIENG KHOUANG,  VANG VIENG 

Leave for Vang Vieng after breakfast. Enjoy the vista of deep valleys and the Hmong villages along the ridges …Afternoon, we arrive Vang Vieng where is famous for its beautiful landscape and limestone karsts. Visit Tham Chang cave with its stunning view over the valley. Take a small boat on the Nam Song river amid beautiful scenery before checking in our selected hotel.

Xieng Khouang Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng
breakfast
XIENG KHOUANG -> VANG VIENG ~ 7-hour drive 

Day 8 VANG VIENG, VIENTIANE  

Leaving Vang Vieng for rich plain of the Mekong. On the way, stop at Nam Ngum Dam and embark on a boat for a one hour tour on the lake among small islands….Drive to Keun , a salt extraction village before continuing to Vientiane. Check in hotel on arrival. 

Vang Vieng Vientiane
Vientiane
breakfast
VANG VIENG -> VIENTIANE ~ 3.5-hour drive 

Day 9  VIENTIANE;  city highlights 

Your morning is dedicated to seeing the capital. First up is a visit to Wat Sisaket, the only temple to be left intact after the Siamese invasion in 1828. It’s arguably the most beautiful temple in Vientiane and houses thousands of miniature Buddha statues within its walls. Moving on to the Patuxai monument - also called Anousavari. Here, you can climb up on the roof for fantastic panoramic views. Continue on to That Luang, the holiest place in Laos, and Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane. You can also visit Talat Sao, the morning market, for a bit of souvenir buying (silk and silver jewellery are good bets) and an insight into daily life for the people of Vientiane.
Complete your morning with a visit to the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting the Lao people's continued day-to-day struggle with the unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era……..Having returned to the hotel, your afternoon is at leisure.

Vientiane
Vientiane
breakfast 

Day 10 Vientiane, departure

Your day is at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Vientiane
breakfast

Rates (per person in USD)

Accommodation 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax or more
High Season
MID-RANGE 2,160 1,191 979 872 864 812
Low Season
MID-RANGE 2,033 1,112 890 794 784 734
HIGH SEASON : OCT – DEC, 2016 & JAN – APR, 2017 
LOW SEASON : MAY – SEP, 2017

ACCOMMODATION SELECTION: 
Vientiane : Mandala Boutique hotel – Superior room - www.mandalahotel.asia 
Phonsavan : Vansana Plain of Jars – Standard room – www.vansanahotel-group.com 
Vang Vieng : Villa Nam Song – Superior room - www.villanamsong.com 
Luang Prabang : My Dream resort – Classic room - www.mydreamresort.com 
Kamu village : Kamu Lodge – Safari Tent - www.kamulodge.com

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Inclusions
Accommodation in twin/double share with breakfast included 
Transportation as being mentioned in the program. 
Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary 
Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) in the best local restaurants, or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
Boat trip wherever it has 
Government tax 

Exclusions
Visa
International arrival & departure flights 
Domestic flight within Laos (on request) 
Meals, except as specified above. 
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
Camera fees (if any)
Peak-season/public holiday surcharge & compulsory meals to be advised at the time of booking 
Insurance

Remarks
The itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers 
Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
The confirmation is subject to the availability at the time of booking 

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