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Traditional Laos Top Experiences

9 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM $2812+

Tour Highlights

  • Visit the laid-back capital of Laos, Vientiane
  • See Luang Prabang, South East Asia’s best preserved historic city
  • Delve into the caves of Vang Vieng
  • See more than 30 plus gilded Buddhist Temples
  • Experience the region’s most interesting cultural traditions
  • Stroll down tree lined boulevards, past Buddhist Temples
  • Journey through lands that were battlegrounds of the Vietnam War
  • Visit Laos’ oldest temple, Wat Sisket
  • pay a visit to Carol Cassidy's Textile Gallery and Weaving workshop, set in a traditional Lao home
  • route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge and the National Cultural Park
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Tour Overview

Top Experiences Laos

This fabulous tour of Laos includes the top experiences in Laos in these three spectacular destinations: Laos’s relatively small and laid back capital of Vientiane, Vang Vieng nestled amid stunning limestone karsts and Luang Prabang, South East Asia’s best preserved traditional city. While still a relatively unexplored destination, Laos is certain to become a popular destination due to the amazing scenery, friendly locals and rich history.

From Vientiane you will drive about three hours through picturesque countryside to Vang Vieng. Located on the Nam Song River, Vang Vieng is home to numerous caves and stunning limestone karsts. You will have lunch on an organic farm by the river, cruise by boat to your hotel in town and visit some traditional H’mong and Kamu villages.

Following Vang Vieng, you will continue to experience the stunning scenery of Laos as you travel by road to Luang Prabang. Along the way you will enjoy some local food and stop at a small village market. Located at the confluence of the Mekong and Khan river, Luang Prabang is home to more than 30 gilded Buddhist temples. You will visit the most famous of these, and you will have a chance to participate in ‘Tak Bat’, the daily early morning collection of alms, and one of the most interesting traditions in South East Asia.

Country Notes:

Laos:

A valid passport is required to travel and should have at least 6 months’ validity after your return home. You should have at least 2 blank pages per country that you are visiting. If your passport does not meet this requirement at the time of departure, you can be denied boarding for your international flight and may consequently incur additional expenses.

Tourist visa is required. You may obtain a Visa on Arrival or choose to use the services of a visa processing company. Please contact the Laotian embassy or local consulate directly for specific application procedures, here. You may choose to obtain a Visa on Arrival at the Luang Prabang airport. If you get your visa on arrival in Laos, you will generally be allowed to stay in Laos for 30 days after you arrive.

For up to date information on recommended and required vaccinations and general health travel tips for Laos please visit the CDC Website, then use the drop down menu to select the countries you are visiting. Please consult with your physician for clarification or concerns regarding recommended or required vaccinations.


Inclusions
Price Includes:
Regional airfare from Bangkok to Vientiane and Luang Prabang to Bangkok, Hotel accommodation including continental or buffet breakfast, Private transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling, Private guided tours in English including all entrance fees, Meals where specified (food only), Bottled water provided on transport during transfers, NTA and Laos Government Tax, Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination are not included. Taxes and security fees that can be paid at time of ticketing are already included in the quote (if airfare has been included in the quote)

Notes:
* Additional supplements may apply between 24 December – 2 January.

* Additional supplements may apply during the weeks immediately preceding and following the Lunar (Chinese) New Year. The dates vary each year, but fall sometime between January 21st and February 20th:
2016 – Monday, February 8th
2017 – Saturday, January 28th
2018 – Friday, February 16th
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Pricing Details
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Double £$2812 £$3450 £$4398 N/A
Single £$4191 £$5413 £$7411 N/A

Prices shown above are per person, in US Dollars ($) or Pound Sterling (£) for residents in the UK. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International flight to Bangkok

Overnight international flight to Bangkok.

Overnight international flight to Bangkok.

Day
2

Bangkok – Vientiane

Arrival in Bangkok. Depending on the time of arrival, an overnight stay at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport Hotel may be arranged before the regional flight to Vientiane. Please consult with a Yampu travel consultant.

Flight from Bangkok to Vientiane. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Then, set out with a private guide to enjoy the sunset while relaxing with a drink overlooking the Mekong River. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the city’s highly regarded local restaurants, read more...

Arrival in Bangkok. Depending on the time of arrival, an overnight stay at the Suvarnabhumi International Airport Hotel may be arranged before the regional flight to Vientiane. Please consult with a Yampu travel consultant.

Flight from Bangkok to Vientiane. Upon arrival, airport reception and transfer to the hotel. Then, set out with a private guide to enjoy the sunset while relaxing with a drink overlooking the Mekong River. Afterwards, enjoy dinner at one of the city’s highly regarded local restaurants, where guests can sample delicious Laotian cuisine while enjoying traditional music and dance. Finally, return to the hotel for the evening.
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3

Journey to the temples of Vientiane

Depart with a private guide to begin exploring some of the highlights of the capital. First visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane, and home to thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Next, visit Wat Phra Kaew, the former royal temple that housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image, and Phra That Luang, the "Great Sacred Stupa," which is the most important national monument in Laos. On the way, guests will have the opportunity to stop at Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed read more...

Depart with a private guide to begin exploring some of the highlights of the capital. First visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple in Vientiane, and home to thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Next, visit Wat Phra Kaew, the former royal temple that housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image, and Phra That Luang, the "Great Sacred Stupa," which is the most important national monument in Laos. On the way, guests will have the opportunity to stop at Patousay, the victory gate also known as Anousavari. Constructed in 1958, its architecture is inspired by the Arc of Triumph in Paris.

After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisokthe before heading to Talad Sao (Vientiane's morning market), which despite the name is open all day! Take time to roam through the stalls displaying everything from Laotian woven textiles, souvenirs and fresh produce, to daily household items and imported goods from neighboring China and Thailand. Try some delicious local coffee and snacks while looking around. If guests are interested in textiles and their production, there is an opportunity to visit the weaving district of Ban Nong Buathong or pay a visit to Carol Cassidy's Textile Gallery and Weaving workshop, which is set in a traditional Lao home. Visitors can observe the silk weaving process and view the unique textiles produced. The remainder of the afternoon and this evening is at leisure to relax or continue exploring the city.
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Day
4

Vientiane – Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

Morning transfer, with a private guide and vehicle, approximately 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Vientiane city, to the south of Vientiane to visit one of Laos’s slightly stranger attractions – Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958 this park on the banks of the Mekong River is the site of a large collection of many kinds of Buddhist and Hindu Sculptures. En route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge and the National Cultural Park, also located on the banks of the Mekong. After lunch at a local read more...

Morning transfer, with a private guide and vehicle, approximately 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Vientiane city, to the south of Vientiane to visit one of Laos’s slightly stranger attractions – Xieng Khuan Buddha Park. Built in 1958 this park on the banks of the Mekong River is the site of a large collection of many kinds of Buddhist and Hindu Sculptures. En route take a look at the impressive Friendship Bridge and the National Cultural Park, also located on the banks of the Mekong. After lunch at a local restaurant, return to the hotel and the remainder of day is at leisure. ...read less

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5

Vientiane – Vang Vieng

Depart from Vientiane with a local guide and drive to Vang Vieng. Arrive at Vang Vieng with its beautiful landscape and continue a few miles further to on organic farm located outside the town center by the river. After lunch at the organic farm, take a small boat on Nam Song River downstream to Vang Vieng amid beautiful scenery. (Note: The boat trip is subject to favorable weather conditions and water levels. If not suitable then transfer back to Vang Vieng will be by road). Visit Tham Chang cave with its read more...

Depart from Vientiane with a local guide and drive to Vang Vieng. Arrive at Vang Vieng with its beautiful landscape and continue a few miles further to on organic farm located outside the town center by the river. After lunch at the organic farm, take a small boat on Nam Song River downstream to Vang Vieng amid beautiful scenery. (Note: The boat trip is subject to favorable weather conditions and water levels. If not suitable then transfer back to Vang Vieng will be by road). Visit Tham Chang cave with its stunning view over the valley. Transfer to the hotel nearby the river and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. ...read less

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Day
6

Vang Vieng – Luang Prabang

Leave Vang Vieng for Luang Prabang, stopping at Pathang on the way to enjoy outstanding views over the mountains from the village temple. Continue by a mountainous and windy road with breathtaking views. This road is certainly one of the most beautiful in Laos. Stop at Phoukhoune with its lively market and fresh air. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant in Kiewkacham. Continue toward Luang Prabang passing traditional and picturesque H'mong and Kamu villages. Arrive in Luang Prabang very late in the read more...

Leave Vang Vieng for Luang Prabang, stopping at Pathang on the way to enjoy outstanding views over the mountains from the village temple. Continue by a mountainous and windy road with breathtaking views. This road is certainly one of the most beautiful in Laos. Stop at Phoukhoune with its lively market and fresh air. Lunch will be enjoyed at a local restaurant in Kiewkacham. Continue toward Luang Prabang passing traditional and picturesque H'mong and Kamu villages. Arrive in Luang Prabang very late in the afternoon and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the evening at leisure. ...read less

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7

Exploring Luang Prabang

Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. After lunch take a tour around Luang Prabang with a private guide. First visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo. The next stop is Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace (not open on Tuesdays). Displayed inside is an impressive collection of personal artifacts of the royal family.

Continue on to visit Wat Mai, built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden sim epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Phou read more...

Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. After lunch take a tour around Luang Prabang with a private guide. First visit Vat Visoun, the site of an impressive stupa, That Makmo. The next stop is Luang Prabang’s National Museum, formerly the Royal Palace (not open on Tuesdays). Displayed inside is an impressive collection of personal artifacts of the royal family.

Continue on to visit Wat Mai, built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden sim epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Phou Sii Hill stands right in the center of this small city; climb its 350 steps to enjoy panoramic views for many miles in each direction. Sunset can be enjoyed at Vat Siphouthabath or with a cold drink at one of the cafes located along the Mekong River. Enjoy the evening at leisure, perhaps visiting Luang Prabang’s fabulous night market.
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Day
8

Visit to Wat Xieng Thong & Pak Ou

Start the day early with one of the most memorable sights of Luang Prabang; Tak Bat. At dawn hundreds of saffron robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms (offerings of food). The guide will explain the background behind this ritual which is still very much a part of everyday life in Laos and there will be a chance to make ‘merit’. It’s early but well worth the wake-up call!

After breakfast head off with a guide to visit Wat Xieng Thong - often said to be Luang Prabang’s most read more...

Start the day early with one of the most memorable sights of Luang Prabang; Tak Bat. At dawn hundreds of saffron robed monks move silently through the streets to collect alms (offerings of food). The guide will explain the background behind this ritual which is still very much a part of everyday life in Laos and there will be a chance to make ‘merit’. It’s early but well worth the wake-up call!

After breakfast head off with a guide to visit Wat Xieng Thong - often said to be Luang Prabang’s most beautiful temple. Then head to the river to begin a relaxing riverboat trip with the guide on the mighty Mekong to visit Pak Ou Buddha Caves. En route it is possible to stop at Ban Xanghai, where local people produce Lao rice wine. Pak Ou caves have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that have been placed here by local people since the 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot. Today many people still pay respect to this tradition.

After exploring the caves and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, return to the boat and journey back to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival, transfer to a private vehicle and drive to the nearby village of Ban Phanom, a weaving village populated by Lu minority people that originally came from Sipsongpanna in Southern China. Lao textiles are still woven here in the traditional manner on ancient wooden looms. This village was once famed for producing silks for the Royal Palace. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.
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Day
9

International flight home via Bangkok

Transfer to the airport for a connection to Bangkok and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Transfer to the airport for a connection to Bangkok and flight home or continue with an optional Yampu Tours add-on.

Vientiane, Vientiane Prefecture, Laos

Vang Vieng, Vientiane, Laos

Luang Prabang, Louangphabang, Laos

Places You'll See

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    Vientiane

    Located along the Mekong river is Vientiane, the capital of Laos. One can take in the beautiful city and its many temples it has to offer and then relax after a long day near the Mekong River. Take a Tuk-Tuk, or motorcycle ride in a side car, and visit the impressive Buddha Park. Visit the magnificently enormous statues of Buddhist and Hindu deities galore.

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    Vang Vieng

    The tiny village of Vang Vieng is a lovely destination that allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, and let their worries float away while tubing the down the relaxing Nam Song River. Visit some of the local caves or take some time at local shops and spirited bars around the area.

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    Luang Prabang

    Luang Prabang is a city filled with history and culture that will fit anyone’s interests. Rise early and witness the Alms Ceremony, where local Monks line the streets accepting alms, or respects and charities, from locals as well as sincere tourists. Visit the local elephant sanctuary, mountain bike through the area, and take in the history of the city through the many art and cultural centers nearby.

Hotel Options

3 Star Properties

Vientiane : Beau Rivage Mekong Hotel

Vang Vieng : Thavonsouk Resort (Garden View)

Luang Prabang : Le Bel Air Boutique Resort

Luang Prabang : Sala Prabang

Luang Prabang : Santi Resort & Spa

4 Star Properties

Vientiane : Lao Plaza Hotel

Vientiane : Green Park Boutique Hotel

Vang Vieng : Villa Vang Vieng Riverside

Luang Prabang : 3 Nagas Boutique Hotel

Luang Prabang : Le Palais Juliana

Luang Prabang : Villa Santi Hotel

5 Star Properties

Vientiane : Settha Palace Hotel (Deluxe)

Luang Prabang : Kiridara

Luang Prabang : Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel

Luang Prabang : Victoria Xiengthong Palace

Luang Prabang : Villa Maly

Luxury Properties

Vientiane : Settha Palace (Junior Suite)

Vang Vieng : Riverside Boutique Resort

Luang Prabang : Belmond La Residence Phou Vao

Luang Prabang : Sofitel Luang Prabang Hotel

Testimonials

Lorie L.

Traveled July, 2013

Yampu Tours helped me set up a last minute long weekend for my daughter, in Laos.

Yampu Tours helped me set up a last minute long weekend for my daughter, in Laos. They were kind, caring, professional and easy to work with. In the end, it is more expensive to set up a trip this way, but the quality of the experience and ease of setting up various adventures, was totally worth it. I recommend Yampu Tours!

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Emily K.

Traveled January, 2015

I had such a great time with Yampu

I had such a great time with Yampu, and I would love to travel with them again. My boyfriend and I booked a customized private tour to Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Laos (Luang Prabang), Cambodia (Siem Reap and Phnom Penh), and Vietnam (Saigon, Hanoi, and Halong Bay.) We both enjoyed every minute of the trip. The guides were all friendly and knowledgeable, the drivers were always punctual, the accommodations were lovely, and the food was delicious. I would highly recommend Yampu to anyone who wants to have a good time on their vacation.

Adina & Doron

Traveled February, 2016

A fantastic trip – could not have happened without your hard work

As this trip comes to an end Adina and I wanted to take this opportunity to personally thank you for all your hard work. Your planning and organization were superb.Most hotels were above our expectations with the last hotel in Cuzco being the crown jewel. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly.
To conclude it was a fantastic trip and could not have happened without your hard work.

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