LAO - T 04: NORTH WEST JOURNEY 1, 5 days (L)                                       

Huay Xai – Pakbeng - Luang Prabang - Vientiane


Departure: every Monday, Thursday, and Friday. 


Day 1              Huay Xai – Pakbeng (Lunch and Dinner)


08.30                      Arrival in Huay Xai (border Laos / Thai)

On board one of the Pak Ou boats from Huay Xai to Pakbeng. First thing in the morning the Pak Ou boat leaves the pier for a leisurely cruise down the Mekong for Pakbeng. 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 Pakbeng in the late afternoon

Overnight in Pakbeng 


PAK OU BOATS: the Pak Ou boats are the perfect slow boat for leisurely river travel. With 18 and 34 meter 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.


Departure: every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday.


Day 2              Pakbeng - Luang Prabang (Breakfast and Lunch)


After breakfast, (optional to walk to see local market, where people from the surrounding villages of minorities exchange goods)

08.00                      The boat leaves in the morning for the second leg of the cruise from Pakbeng to Luang Prabang with stop at the Pak Ou Caves. 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 and short stop off at the village of Ban Xang Hai to observe the traditional process to obtain local rice alcohol and learn how rice whisky is made. Arrival in Luang Prabang late afternoon, transfer to hotel before visit Mount Phu Si for sunset

Overnight in Luang Prabang


MOUNT PHU SI: the temples on the upper slopes of the 100m-high. Phu Si was 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. 


 Day 3             Luang Prabang


After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing in Luang Prabang - the ancient capital city of the Lan Xang Kingdom, is famous for its historic temples and beautiful setting surrounded by mountains.

Afternoon, visit Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunalat, Wat Mai, Wat That Lang, Wat Saen, National Museum (Royal Palace), Ban Phanom and free time to walk around the city in the evening

Overnight in Luang Prabang   


LUANG PRABANG is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in South East Asia. It is as sleepy town, which has preserved its long – standing reputation as a stronghold of Lao cultures with its splendid natural scenery and sense of timelessness. Magical and charming of Luang Prabang is the estimation that travelers have to see once in their lifetime. 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 Buddha’s 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 Buddha’s and other artifacts.


WAT SAEN: Thai style wat built in 1718 and restored in 1957. The abbot Ajan Khamjan who was ordained here in 1940 is one of the most revered monks in Luang Prabang and perhaps in all of Laos. 


NATIONAL MUSEUM (the former king palace) located on the banks of the Mekong River with may exhibits reflecting religious beliefs and life in historical Lang Prabang when it was the capital city of present day Laos. A the temple built in the grounds houses the “Pha Bang” statue, made of gilded bronze and standing 83m high. The statue depicts the calming of family quarrels.


BAN PHANOM: Thai Lü village east of Luang Prabang, well known for hand weaving cotton and silk. 


Day 4              Luang Prabang - Vientiane


After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Luang Prabang airport for flight from Luang Prabang to Vientiane. Arrive Wattay Airport and transfer to the hotel, sightseeing in Vientiane - the capital city and seat of government sits in a bend of the Mekong River amidst fertile alluvial plains visit Pha That Luang, Patuxai, Ho Pha Keo, Wat Si Saket, Wat Si Muang and Talaat Sao (Morning Market).

Overnight in Vientiane


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, functioning as a dual symbol of the Buddhist religion and the Lao nation.


PATUXAI (Victory Gate): a large monument in the style of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, this 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. It has been used as a museum since 1970 and the main structure, which originally housed Prakeo, the Emerald Buddha, and now 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. Wat Si Saket is the oldest original temple in Vientiane, the only to survive from foreign invasion in 1828. Small niches carved in its interior walls contain more than 2,000 silver and ceramic Buddha images.


WT 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 – sells a wide range of fabrics, jewellery, and electronic goods. 


Day 5              Vientiane


After breakfast at the hotel, visit local market before transfer to the airport for departure.



End of Services    **Note: Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules. 




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