- Explore the culture of Luang Prabang and local religious sites on an environmentally friendly electric bike tour around three magnificent temples.
- Visit the majestic Kuang Si Waterfalls.
A Glimpse of Laos
Arrival at Vientiane airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel where you will have the chance to freshen up before heading out for a half-day tour to uncover the wonders of this peaceful city.
Your tour will begin at Wat Si Saket, one of the most spectacular temples in Vientiane and said to be the last remaining temple after an invasion by the Thai army (then Siam) in 1828. The impressive structure features a wall that holds more than 2,000 ceramic Buddha effigies. You’ll then pay visit to the nearby Haw Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which is a former temple that now houses an interesting museum and see the Presidential Palace, which served as the governor’s residence during French rule.
Your next stop will be at Wat Simuang, possibly the most popular temple in Vientiane, located near the eastern entrance to the capital city. Within the temple grounds is an Angkorian-era pillar and legend has it that anyone who circles the column three times will be granted any wish. Next you will visit COPE, an association that works to help landmine victims from unexploded ordinances left over from the Vietnam War with the USA.
You will visit the most important national symbol of Laos - That Luang, a gold-covered Buddhist stupa in the center of the city which was commissioned by King Setthethirat in the 1th century. Sadly not the original, the latest incarnation of the temple was reconstructed in the 1930s after numerous invasions and plundering’s.
Finally you will visit Patuxai, which literally translates to ‘Victory Gate’, a war monument in the center of Vientiane, built between 1957 and 1968. The large gateway was built in memory of Laotian soldiers who lost their lives during World War II and the war of independence from France in 1949.
In the evening you will take dinner at Makphet restaurant where you can try modern Lao cuisine. Makphet is an award-winning restaurant run by Peuan Mit, an organization founded by Friends-International which helps local families by selling their products in a small gift shop attached to the restaurant and trains homeless children how to cook and wait tables. Overnight in Vientiane.
After breakfast, you will take an excrusion to Phou Khao Kway National Park - an area 90-minutes’ drive outside Vientiane. The trek aims to promote environmental awareness as well as encourage orchid preservation and conservation. Your walk will begin from Pha Xay which offers a beautiful view of the waterfalls. You’ll then trek through the lush forests and immerse yourself completely in the park’s spectacular natural beauty, spotting wild animals foraging for food and unusual, distinctive flora along the way. Led by your expert Backyard Travel guide and experienced villager, you’ll visit the best spots to see the wild orchids. At lunchtime you will find the ideal place for a serene scenic picnic, allowing you the chance to rest and relax in an area of perfect tranquility, surrounded by beautiful nature.
Refueled and recharged you’ll then resume your walk to Tad Xay Waterfall, a picture-perfect scene of a seven-tiered waterfall with pools to bathe or swim before finishing off your inspirational scenic trek. You will return to Vientiane late in the afternoon and will have the evening free to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Vientiane.
Morning flight to Luang Prabang. You’ll then have the chance to get some rest and relaxation at your own leisure before your guide picks you up in the late afternoon and takes you to climb the 328 stairs to the crest of Mount Phousi.
From the top of the mount you’ll be able watch the spectacular sunset over the picturesque city, rivers and hills that surround you as you soak up the spiritual essence of laid-back Laos.
After descending the 150-meter-high mount in the twilight you will be transferred back to your hotel, making a stop on the way at a hill tribe evening market for a spot of shopping. The nightly market is one of the highlights of any visit to Luang Prabang and features an abundance of locally produced craft items for sale. Many villagers come down from the surrounding hills to sell their hand-made produce and fabrics. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, your electric bike tour will begin at the former Royal Palace which now exists as the National Museum. Here you can learn about Laos’ rich history and culture and there are usually special exhibits on display to see. You’ll then move on to Wat Mai Buddhist temple, one of the most richly decorated temples of Luang Prabang and Wat Sensoukarahm which is decorated in a stenciled gold façade.
You will then return your eco-bikes and have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast, you will take an hour drive through beautiful landscapes, small villages and rice paddies to the famous Kuang Si Waterfalls.
An elegant three-tier waterfall, the main fall of Kuang Si is approximately 60 meters high and there are several turquoise blue pools in which to bathe . Once you’ve had your fill of the natural beauty around the falls you will next have the opportunity to visit the Tat Kuang Si Bear Rescue Center located near the falls. The center is home to around a dozen sun bears that were rescued from the grasps of poachers. The center attempts to rehabilitate the bears and raise awareness of the plight the endangered species face.
On the return journey back to Luang Prabang you will also have the chance to stop at two hill tribe villages to interact with locals and catch a glimpse into their daily lives. Depending on time, you may also have the opportunity to visit Ock Pop Tock, a shop that utilizes the skills of locals who produce goods using traditional weaving techniques.
After breakfast you will enjoy some leisure time to soak up your last moments in Luang Prabang till transferring to airport for your flight home. End of services.
- Private air-conditioned vehicle during sightseeing trip
- Accommodation based on 3 star hotels (double occupancy) with daily breakfast
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- Meals as stated in the itnerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner)
- Private English speaking guide as outlined in the itinerary
- International and domestic flights with taxes
- Meals are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Laos visa
- Personal spending money and all other things are non-clearly mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Surcharges in Christmas and New Year’s Eve
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