LAO - T 09: NORTHERN MYSTERIES, 8 days (L)
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
PATUXAI: a large monument in the style of the
Arc de Triomphe in
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
WAT SI SAKET: constructed in
1818 by King Anouvong in the early
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
TALAAT SAO: the Morning Market - actually open all day – sells a wide range of fabrics, jewellery and electronic goods.
After breakfast at the hotel, traveling 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
Overnight in Vang Vieng
BAN KEUN ZOO: a pleasant local zoo with animals from the region.
After breakfast, 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 Luang Prabang - Journey north across the Xieng Khuang Plateau passing through Ban Phatang and Muang Kasi.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast at the hotel, sightseeing
in Luang Prabang - the ancient capital city of the
Overnight in Luang Prabang
WAT XIENG THONG: built in 1560 and
situated on the banks of the
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
After breakfast at
the hotel, excursion by boat from Luang Prabang to the Pak Ou Caves, visit Ban
Xang Hai - the village that make local rice whisky and Ban Thing Hong before
transfer back to Luang Prabang. Afternoon continue sightseeing to
Overnight in Luang Prabang
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
BAN XANG HAI: located near the
Pak Ou Caves, this village was once a '
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.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to
the airport for flight from Luang Prabang to Xieng Khuang. Arrival Xieng
Khuang, greeting by local guide and transfer to the hotel before sightseeing
Plain of Jars, one of the most intriguing sights in
Overnight in Phonsavanh.
PLAIN OF JARS: large area
extending around Phonsavanh from the southwest to the northeast 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
MUANG KHOUN: The ancient capital that was founded by Chao Noi Muang and was a stronghold for the Xieng Khuang 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 mountains surround it.
After breakfast in the morning, visit local
market - lively open-air local market before transfer to the airport for flight
from Xieng Khuang to
Afternoon at leisure
After breakfast at the hotel, free at leisure before transfer to the airport for departure.
End of Services **Note: Itinerary subject to change due to flight schedules.