Are you planning to travel to Laos?, and this 6 day Vientiane and Luang Prabang private tour could be the inspiration you are looking for. This journey to laos will take you to see famous, sacred and beautiful places in this land of friendly locals, lush forests and deep spirituality. The tour start in Vientiane, the world’s smallest capital city, you’ll strike out on privately guided tours to get closer to see the Iconic That Luang stupa and discover Buddha Park. In beautiful, culturally rich city of Luang Prabang, you will visit all the beautiful attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, take part in a number of great interactive travel experiences which help you connect with the local people and destination. A hands-on cooking demonstration will be also held and you will get up close and personal with elephants in one of the most ethical and sensitive elephant conservation sanctuaries. A very well organized trip to Laos with great memories. Get up close and personal with elephants in one of the most ethical and sensitive elephant conservation sanctuaries. Start in Vientiane, where you'll stay at a fantastic hotel, and visit all the beautiful attractions of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Sabaidee!, Welcome to Vientiane! Upon arrival in Vientiane, the capital city of Laos, you will be met and welcomed by a local guide expert. Privately transferred to hotel in the city centre. Checking into your accommodation at our recommended hotel and you will start your Laos Cultural Tour with a visit to the famous Wat Sisaket, the oldest original temple in Vientiane, which features remarkable frescoes and over 6,000 images of the Buddha. Nearby is Haw Phra Kaew, which contains some of the finest Buddhist sculptures and artefacts in the country. You’ll continue on to Wat Phra Keo which doubles as a museum and displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art. Walk past the Presidential Palace, which formerly served as the French governor’s palace, to gain an insight into the town’s colonial past. Stop at Wat Simuang and make a wish while circling the Angkorian-era pillar three times. Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening at leisure. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast at the morning and followed by a short visit to another famous city landmark. It is Phra That Luang stupa. The Vientiane's iconic stupa was built by King Sethtathirat in 1566 and is now considered a national symbol. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before taking a 25km drive to the south of Vientiane in order to visit the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958, the park is a fanciful sculpture garden dotted with Buddhist and religious images. A highlight is a quirky giant concrete pumpkin with a three-level interior representing Hell, Earth and Heaven. There is plenty of time to stroll around the park to view many of these surreal and ornate statues. Back in Vientiane, we stop-off at the weaving home-studio of an American textiles expert. Following a visit to Vientiane as part of a U.N. project to promote traditional Laos weaving, she established Lao Textiles Studio. Now employing over 40 local weavers, the studio creates naturally dyed and woven silk pieces reflecting traditional and diverse Lao designs. A guided tour allows us to observe the entire traditional weaving process. Return to your hotel and you will spend your evening relaxing. Overnight at hotel.
Breakfast and followed by a private transfer to the airport in Vientiane to take a morning flight to Luang Prabang. This ancient capital city of Luang Prabang is a gem of Laos and South East Asia. The town is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions. Upon arrival, you will be met a local tour expert and driver. Privately transfered to the hotel in the city. Checking into your accommodation, refreshing for a while, then head out with your guide for a walking tour of the city. On this half day city tour of Luang Prabang, the tour guide will show you the best of Luang Prabang has to offer. You will visit all major attraction including Wat Visoun, the oldest temple that’s still in use in Luang Prabang, the National Museum, formally the Royal Palace, where you can admire a collection of artefacts that belong to the former Laotian Royal Family. Also take in Wat Mai, a temple with a five-tiered roof that epitomises the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Finally, visit the Wat Xieng Thon, often said to be Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple.
Late afternoon, you will have a unique chance to participate in a traditional ‘Baci Ceremony’. The purpose of this traditional Laotian ceremony is to to call escaped spirits back to the body, an animist tradition that is very important for Lao people before major events such as weddings, births, travel or when welcoming friends, to bring good luck. The ceremony is led by one of the village highly respected elderly and involves offerings to spirits and tying of strings to each other’s wrists to lock in the good spirits. We are sure that this experience has make your tour to Luang Prabang so special. Optional dinner and dancing performance shall be arranged upon request. Tonight you will spend a peaceful night in Luang Prabang.
Breakfast at hotel and today you will enjoy a fantastic cooking lesson at the Indigo Farm. The cooking offers a hands-on course to learn how to prepare traditional Lao cuisine. The class begins with participants picking ingredients from the 27-hectare organic farm and learning about crops and farming methods in Laos. Next, you will enjoy a hand-on cooking to make traditional Lao cuisine by making the most of food ingredients by your hand pick from our organic farm and using simple cooking methods, and you will have a wonderful experience. Goal of the cooking at the Indigo's Farm is to teach students, tourists and agriculturalists in Lao about the conservation of natural resources and ensuring Luang Prabang is a “Green City.” Prepare foods like marinated pork, Laap, sticky rice and fried mushrooms. Enjoy your delicious meal you've made. Relax a bit after lunch.
Later, travel out of Luang Prabang for about an hour to the idyllic Kuang Si Waterfalls. You will get the opportunity along the way to visit a Bear Rescue Centre, which is a sanctuary for the region's endangered black bears. At Kuang Si Waterfall, take the time to drink in the beautiful natural surroundings. The thick jungle surrounding the falls is spectacular to explore on foot. If you’re feeling adventurous, walk to the top of the falls on a steep trail. Stunning views over cascading water await at the top. Kuang Si Falls also has numerous turquoise pools that are perfect for swimming.
Return for hotel after the tour. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
If you’re a morning person, you want to experience something differently. Rise early and start the day before dawn with a visit to witness the tradition of Tak Bat, where hundreds of saffron-clad monks silently walk through the streets at dawn to collect alms (offerings of food). As the sun rises, orange-robed monks emerge from their temples and walk barefoot down the streets of Luang Prabang, collecting offerings from local residents. This beautiful, tranquil ceremony highlights the spirituality of the Lao people. Afterwards, return to your hotel by tuk-tuk for breakfast.
Breakfast at hotel and today is a special day as you will experience an ethical elephant sanctuary and considered as one of the best places to visit in Luang Prabang. The sanctuary is situated in the 500-acre property is located about 30 minutes away from Luang Prabang’s Old Town, and is an ideal home for its elephants to roam free – unchained. No bull hooks, no riding, no chaining. With the guidance of their mahouts who use verbal commands, the elephants socialize in their natural groups, play and bathe in the river and eat plenty of bananas and corn supplied from the villages nearby. This half day tour is a golden chance for you to interact responsibly with the resident elephants, and while the elephants may not be able to roam the wild again they are given every opportunity to perform their natural behaviors. On this experience, you will also enjoy 2-hour trek and it will take you through beautiful Lao jungle, past traditional Lao farms, and past the cool Huay Nok stream, where you may experience elephants playing joyfully in the water. As you walk alongside the elephants on a small dirt path listening to their gentle footsteps and the sounds of the jungle around you, you will experience a profound sense of understanding, respect, and caring for these amazing animals. Following lunch you will take the short ride back into Luang Prabang.
Today is the last day of your 6 day introduction of Laos holiday. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before heading back to Luang Prabang International Airport for your onward travel arrangements. Goodbye and See you again!