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8 Nights - £1,550pp

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Tour Info
  • International flights from UK
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Private car, driver & guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Based on 2019 - 20 prices

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Classic Laos

Buddhism in Laos

Buddhism in Laos

Wat Phra Kaew, Vientiane

Wat Phra Kaew, Vientiane

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Vang Vieng

Vang Vieng

Plain of Jars

Plain of Jars

 

Classic Laos

This Classic Laos tour will take you from the capital Vientiane to the cultural centre of the north, Luang Prabang, via scenic Vang Vieng and the Plain of Jars.

Begin with a 2-night stay in Vientiane with a full day of sightseeing and a morning visit to the Buddha Park.

From Vientiane, drive north to Vang Vieng, the adventure capital of Laos and one of the most scenic areas of the country, situated amongst spectacular limestone scenery.

From Vang Vieng visit the mysterious Plain of Jars and spend 2 nights in Phonsavan to discover a destination that few visitors make it to.

Finally head to Luang Prabang, the cultural capital of Laos and discover the temples, markets and natural attractions in and around Luang Prabang.

From Luang Prabang fly back to the UK or extend your trip in one of Laos' neighbouring countries or perhaps with time to relax in a beach resort in Thailand.

As with all of our Laos holidays, this one can be tailored to fit your interests, time and budget, so just let us know your preferences and we can adjust things as you wish.

Inclusions

  • International flights from the UK
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • All airport transfers by private car
  • Private car, driver and guide on excursions
  • Entrance Fees

Accommodation

  • 2 nights Vientiane
  • 1 night Vang Vieng
  • 2 nights Phonsavanh
  • 3 nights Luang Prabang

Excursions

  • Full day tour Vientiane
  • Half day tour to Buddha Park
  • Vang Vieng with boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake
  • Vang Vieng - Tham Nang Phom Hom Cave
  • Two day trip to the Plain of Jars (Sites I & II)
  • Full day tour Luang Prabang with Kuang Si Waterfalls
  • Full day tour Luang Prabang with Pak Ou Caves

Day 1: Fly UK – Vientiane

Overnight flight from the UK to Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane

Arrival in Vientiane & Transfer to your hotel.

Afternoon excursion to Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan).

Overnight Vientiane. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Vientiane

Full day sightseeing in Vientiane.

Overnight Vientiane. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Vientiane - Vang Vieng

Drive to Vang Vieng with a boat trip on Nam Ngum Lake.

Overnight Vang Vieng. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh

Visit Tham Nang Phom Hom Cave. Drive to Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang).

Overnight Phonsavanh. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Phonsavanh - Plain of Jars

Visit a local market. Excursion to the Plain of Jars (Sites I and II) and Muang Khoun.

Overnight Phonsavanh. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang

Visit a local market and drive to Luang Prabang.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Luang Prabang

Sightseeing in Luang Prabang. Visit Mount Phousi for sunset.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 9: Luang Prabang

Excursion by boat to Pak Ou Caves and Kuang Si Waterfalls. Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 10: Luang Prabang - UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

Day 11: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK

Day 1: Fly UK – Vientiane

Overnight flight from the UK to Vientiane.

Day 2: Vientiane

On arrival in Vientiane you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel.

In the afternoon, make an excursion to the Buddha Park (Wat Xieng Khuan) where you can admire the collection of Buddhist statuary.

Overnight Vientiane. Breakfast included.

Day 3: Vientiane

The capital city of Laos, Vientiane, still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards and interesting temples and colourful markets.

Tour the many highlights of the city, including Pha That Luang, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos.

Visit Ho Pha Keo, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture.

Visit the beautiful Buddhist Wat, Wat Si Saket and Patuxai, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs.

Overnight Vientiane. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Vientiane - Vang Vieng

You will be collected from your hotel for the drive north through the scenic province of Vientiane.

The scenery is really beautiful here as the vehicle makes its way past mountains and cliffs along the first part of the journey.

Visit a salt field in Ban Keun and continue for a boat ride on Nam Ngum Lake, a serene, man-made reservoir which also generates a portion of the electricity sold to Thailand.

Stop at Talat fish market in Huay Mor before continuing to Vang Vieng.

Overnight Vang Vieng. Breakfast included.

Day 5: Vang Vieng - Phonsavanh

Travel by vehicle from Vang Vieng to Phonsavanh (Xieng Khuang) with sightseeing at Muang Sui en-route.

It's a slow journey this morning along mountain roads with stunning views of the forested mountains, lush valleys and karst formations.

Stop at Muang Sui to visit scenic Nong Tang Lake, rimmed with limestone cliffs; and the extensive network of Tham Pha Cave.

Only discovered in recent years, this cave contains a 5-metre high Buddha image dating from 777 AD, surrounded by gold and wooden statues.

Overnight Phonsavanh. Breakfast included.

Day 6: Phonsavanh - Plain of Jars

Spend a short time visiting some local markets this morning before continuing on to the famous Plain Of Jars, a vast area extending around Phonsavanh from the south-west to the north-east.

Mysterious and ancient, over 300 huge stone jars apparently carved out of solid rock are scattered around the plateau.

The jars vary in size from 1 to 3.25 metres high and weigh up to six tons each. There are several different theories as to the purpose of the jars, which are estimated to be 2,500 to 3,000 years old.

Today's tour focuses on Sites I and II, out of the many sites so far discovered. Also make a stop at Ban Na Pia (War Spoon Village).

Afterwards continue to Muang Khoun, an ancient capital and stronghold for the Xieng Khuang royal family which was destroyed during the Indochina War.

The town was rebuilt after 1975 with rows of wooden Lao houses and a market area and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.

Visit Wat Phia Wat, That Foun and That Chomphet before returning to your hotel in Phonsavanh.

Overnight Phonsavanh. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Phonsavanh - Luang Prabang

It's an early start today and you'll visit a lively local market before the drive to Luang Prabang.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 8: Luang Prabang

Set between the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings.

The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995.

Begin with a visit to Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunalat), the oldest living temple in the city, dating back to 1513 and containing a collection of antique wooden Buddhas.

Visit nearby Wat Aham before continuing to Wat Xieng Thong, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city.

Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaics and gold-stenciled murals.

From there, stroll down the main street of the city, and if time permits, stop by some of the many temples that line its sides, including Wat Sibounheuang, Wat Si Moungkhoun, Wat Sop And Wat Sene.

From Luang Prabang, travel by vehicle in the afternoon to Kuang Si Waterfall.

This waterfall is located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools.

Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment.

Visit a local village (Ban Ou or Ban Na Ouane) on the way, before returning to Luang Prabang by vehicle.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 9: Luang Prabang

After breakfast, travel up the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the Tham Pak Ou Caves.

These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images of every style and material imaginable.

Visit the National Museum (Royal Palace), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs.

This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos.

Afterwards, visit Hor Phrabang with its collection of the palace's most prized art pieces, including the Phrabang, cast of a gold, silver and bronze alloy and standing almost a metre tall.

Continue to Wat Mai, which was constructed in 1821 during the reign of King Manthatourath, and was once the residence of the Patriarch of the Buddhist clergy.

Visit Mount Phousi for sunset. The hill is 150 m high and sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river.

Overnight Luang Prabang. Breakfast included.

Day 10: Luang Prabang - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK or on to your next destination.

Day 11: Arrive UK

Arrive back in the UK.

Is this a Private Tour or a Group Tour?

All of our tours are private tailor made itineraries, customised for you - we can amend things to entirely suit you.

You will have your own private car, driver and guide on excursions.

What are the departure dates?

Let us know your preferred dates of travel and we will find the best and most suitable flights to fit your itinerary.

As this is a private tour of Laos, there are no set departure dates.

Which Airlines do you use?

We work with all the major airlines flying to this part of the world.

Typically for Laos, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways and Singapore Airlines would be airlines we most often use.

However, just let us know your preferred airline if you have one. We can organise flights from any regional destination in the UK.

Which Hotels do you use?

We're careful with our choice of hotels, but we're guided by our customers also. If you have some preferred hotels, just let us know.

We specialise in boutique hotels and so we will often suggest some of our favourite smaller hotels where we think these will be suitable.

We keep on top of hotel developments in Laos from our office in Vietnam and regularly inspect the hotels we use.

Do you cater for Solo Travellers?

Yes, we have many solo travellers, and Laos is a very safe, friendly and welcoming destinations for those travelling alone.

River cruises on the Mekong through Laos are a popular option for solo travellers, especially with Pandaw Cruises who offer no Single Supplements on many departures.

How long have you been organising holidays to Indochina?

We've been organising tailor made holidays to Laos & Indochina for over 10 years.

Our team has a wealth of combined experience in the industry and our Director has been involved in organising holidays to Indochina since the early 1990's.

Our partners on the ground in Indochina have over 20 years experience in operating there.

They understand the region extremely well and have a strong infrastructure of staff, guides and vehicles.

We've had the same partnership in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for over 10 years.

How does your office in Vietnam help?

We have our own staff in Saigon which helps in many ways with our customers in Indochina and South East Asia.

It helps us to keep on top of any new hotel and travel developments in the region and forge stronger relationships with hotels and other partners.

We regularly do our own inspections of hotels and destinations in the region.

Should our clients need any assistance during a trip, we always have at least one of our own staff on the same time zone, and we're open 7 days a week in Saigon.

Standard Hotel Suggestions Vientiane:

Ansara Hotel

Standard Hotel Suggestions Vang Vieng:

Suanthip Vana

Standard Hotel Suggestions Phonsavanh:

Suanthip Vana

Standard Hotel Suggestions Luang Prabang:

Le Sen Boutique Hotel
Mekong Riverview
Burasari Heritage Hotel

8 night Classic Laos Tour - Standard:

  • Price from £1,550 pp

This is a guide price only, based on travel in low season.

Prices will vary according to choice of hotel and seasonal airfare and hotel surcharges. Please ask us for any current special offers.

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