Laos Sonata 12 Days
Laos Travel Agency – Laos Travel Agent – This 12 Day tour visits the Laotian capital, Vientaine, and the charming UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang, and a sojourn to the 4.000 islands of the Mekong River. In harmony with the relaxed Laotian pace of life, the tour features plenty of free time to explore your surroundings and imbibe the unique ambience of this remarkable country.
Day 1: Arrival at Vientiane (D, G)
Arriving at Vientiane airport, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. After a short rest, you’ll have a short Walking Tour of the Lao Capital, strolling around the city, and observing the sunset by the Mekong Riverside. In the evening, you’ll be picked up to a fine restaurant for your ‘Welcome’ dinner. You’ll spend the night in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane city tour (B, L, G)
Your city tour will include visits to Wat Si Saket, Vientiane’s oldest temple and easily the most impressive, and Wat Pha Keo Museum. From there you’ll visit That Luang Stupa, stopping en-route to photograph the imposing Patuxay Monument, known popularly as Vientiane’s own ‘Arc de Triomphe.’ Later, we will visit the local ‘Morning Market’ – it’s good for antiques (occasionally a genuine item turns up!), handmade textiles and other souvenirs.
After lunch, you’ll visit Wat Ong Tu, the Temple of the Heavy Buddha, an important centre of learning. The day culminates with a stroll along the Mekong riverfront to enjoy the sunset.
Day 3: Vientiane/Pakse/Wat Phou/Champasak/King Fisher Ecolodge (B, L, D, G)
After breakfast, you’ll be driven to the airport for a morning flight to Pakse. Upon arrival, you’ll be driven along National Road No. 13 south to Champasak and visit the ruins of Wat Phou, an important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire (9th –13th centuries). There is also a chance to visit some other nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines, after which you’ll be driven to the King Fisher Ecolodge, for your overnight stay.
Day 4 to Day 5: King Fisher Ecolodge free (B)
Your time will be free to enjoy as you please.
Day 6: King Fisher Ecolodge/Don Khone Island (B, L, D, G)
After breakfast, your guide will meet you and drive to the famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, Southeast Asia’s largest waterfall. Later, you’ll take a 20 minutes boat ride to Done Khone. The rest of the day will be free to stroll around the island. You’ll spend the night in Sala Done Khone.
Day 7: Don Khone Island surrounding (B, L, D, G)
Following an early breakfast, we will explore the local villages of Ban Khone, retracing the French colonial past and visiting the first Lao railway and its locomotive. We will continue to explore the area of 4000 islands by boat and visit Liphi waterfall close to the Cambodian border. With luck, we may catch sight of the rare freshwater Irrawaddy Mekong dolphins at Ban Hang Khone. Afterwards, we will return to Sala Done Khone, with the rest of the day free time at your leisure. Your overnight accommodation will be in Don Khone Island.
Day 8: Done Khone Island/Pakse/Vientiane/Luang Prabang (B, G)
In the morning, you’ll take a boat trip back to the main land, where you’ll find your car and driver waiting to take you back to Pakse for your morning flight to Luang Prabang, via Vientiane. Arriving in the afternoon, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel in the city centre. The remainder of the day will be your own. You’ll spend the night in Luang Prabang.
Day 9: Luang Prabang city (B, L, G)
After breakfast at your hotel, your guide will take you to visit the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, the roofs of which sweep low to the ground, typical of the classical architecture of Luang Prabang. The morning will culminate with a stroll around Wat Mai temple and a visit to the ‘Day Market’.
After lunch, a climb up the steps to the top of Mount Phousi will provide a panorama of the ancient royal city and the Mekong River – the evening views can be spectacular if there’s a good sunset. Mount Phousi also has many shrines and votive statues, topped by a large gilded stupa. The rest of the day will be free. You’ll spend the night in Luang Prabang.
In the evening, you may wish to stroll around to see the Street Night Market, where you can find the handmade textiles made by locals and ethnic minorities from the surrounding countryside. Your overnight accommodation will be in Luang Prabang.
Day 10: Luang Prabang/Kuangsi Waterfall/Luang Prabang (B, L, G)
This is the morning when you will need your alarm clock! Early in the morning after a sustaining beverage and a small snack, you’ll witness one of Laos’ unique ceremonies – the daily ‘alms giving’ ritual of saffron-clad monks walking in a long line holding black bowls to receive offerings from local people. The traditional gift is a handful of ‘sticky rice’, but nowadays money is equally acceptable. You’ll then return to your hotel for a proper breakfast.
Afterwards, you’ll be driven to the Kuangsi Waterfalls, a serene beauty spot where you can splash around in the pools or stroll the forest paths. From there, you’ll return to Luang Prabang and continue to Ban Phanom, a well-known weaving village. It’s quite commercial, but if you look carefully you can pick up some authentic hand-woven material – they make good souvenirs. You should return to the city in time for your chosen dinner venue.
Day 11: Luang Prabang free (B)
Your time will be your own!
Day 12: Luang Prabang departure (B, DP)
Your time is your own until your car arrives to take you to the airport for your departure flight. Tour ends. Laos Travel Agency – Laos Travel Agent
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