Buddha Park in Vientiane Laos
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Tour Overview

If you visit Laos for the first time and with limited time, this 5 days Laos trip will be your ideal choice. Being designed to show tourists a glimpse into the very best parts of Laos, this trip covers the two most-visited cities - the capital Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The capital Vientiane features a laidback vibe and many time-honored temples and landmarks. And Luang Prabang is a UNESCO-protected town offering various enjoyable activities, breathtaking natural wonders, and ancient architecture. No matter your style and interests, these two cities always have something for you.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Climb to the roof of Patuxay monument - Laos' version of “Arc de Triomphe".
  • Enjoy an exciting time in Buddha Park where you can see over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues of different sizes.
  • Experience unique Laos traditions: morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings.
  • Admire Laotian traditional architecture and iconic landmarks at Wat Xiengthong and Royal Palace Museum.
  • Lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Kuang Si falls, have fun in the pools, and visit the nearby villages of the Hmong and Lao Loum people.
  • Challenge yourself with a zipline course over the Hoi Khua Waterfalls
  • Cruise upstream along the Mekong River to explore the mysterious Pak Ou caves with numerous Buddha statues.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. As your flight lands in Vientiane, your local guide and driver will be ready to welcome you at the Wattay International Airport and take you to have a city tour in Vientiane. You will be guided to the Patuxay monument to climb to the roof of Laos’ “Arc de Triomphe” for a bird view of the capital Vientiane.

    Laos Patuxay monument
    Laos Patuxay monument

    Before heading to your hotel for check-in, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal: Dinner

    Overnight: Vientiane

  2. After breakfast, follow your local driver and guide to visit Buddha Park (aka Wat Xieng Khouane). Though not a temple, it will entertain you with over 200 Buddhist and Hindu statues. The 40-meter-long reclining Buddha is a highlight here. Along the way, you can see the Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge which connects Vientiane with Nong Khai in Thailand.

    Buddha Park in Vientiane
    Impressive statues in Buddha Park

    After the visit to Buddha Park, transfer back to the city center for lunch (at your own expense). Then, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang.

    Upon arrival, your local guide and driver will be ready to welcome you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in Luang Prabang.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Overnight: Luang Prabang

  3. Morning option: Today, you can get up early (at about 5:30 am) to catch the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings. Laos is the only Buddhist nation that still preserves this unique tradition.

    Morning Alms-giving Ceremony in Luang Prabang
    Morning Alms-giving Ceremony

    Back to the hotel for breakfast, then get to the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong, the largest temple in Luang Prabang that will introduce you to characteristics of 16th-century Lao architecture: exquisite wall carvings, sweeping 2-tiered roof, and ornate mosaics, etc.

    Afterward, visit the National Museum (closed on Tuesday) which was the former royal palace of Luang Prabang, presenting a wealth of interesting artifacts.

    After lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense), drive to Kuang Si waterfalls. Upon arrival, you will immerse yourself into the beauty of this three-tiered waterfall when it flows through the limestone jungles and discharges into a series of cascading turquoise pools. You can either have fun around the turquoise pools or enjoy leisure walking along the forest trails.

    Kuangsi Waterfall in Luang Prabang
    Stunning Kuangsi Waterfall

    On the way back to the city center, you will pass the endless rice paddies and farms, and stop at some villages of the Hmong and Lao Loum people. You will be introduced to the life of local villagers, and get a rare chance to join in their daily work such as wooden cotton spinning, weaving, rice harvesting, etc.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Overnight: Luang Prabang

  4. After breakfast, it’s time to challenge the Zipline course. The Zipline with 900 meters and 12 stops will offer you a chance to fly through the verdant valley, and beautiful Hoi Khua Waterfalls, and savor the rural views around Luang Prabang.

    In the afternoon, relax on an upstream cruise along the Mekong River before you reach the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. Located by the Mekong River, Pak Ou Caves are two linked caves, in which you’ll discover thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues.

    Pak Ou Caves in Luang Prabang Laos
    Buddha statues in Pak Ou Caves

    During the cruise to Pak Ou Caves, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery along both banks of the Mekong River, and glimpse into local life by visiting Ban Xanghai village, villagers here are good at making local rice wine. Your guide will give a general introduction to the silk and Sa paper production process.

    Transfer back to the town at the end of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Overnight: Luang Prabang

  5. This morning, enjoy your free time in your hotel or explore the town before your driver picks you up at the appointed time. The driver will transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Your Laos trip end here.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Overnight: N/A

Price Includes

  • 4 nights’ accommodation;
  • Private transport in air-conditioned vehicles;
  • Domestic flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang;
  • Local expert driver and English-speaking guide;
  • 4 breakfasts in the hotel and 1 welcome dinner;
  • Entrance fees, performances, boat trips & excursions as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Airport & government taxe;
  • Water on coach.

Price Excludes

  • International flights to/from Laos;
  • Travel insurance;
  • Visa stamp fees;
  • Early check-in & late check-out surcharge;
  • Any personal expenses not included in the itinerary;
  • Meals not mentioned;
  • Drinks not mentioned;
  • Tips & gratuities for guides and drivers.

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