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Vientiane – Ban Thaheua – Vang Vieng – Xieng Khuang – Luang Prabang
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Duration

9 days 9 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

About this tour

9-day tour of Laos, starting in Vientiane. Explore the capital city’s key landmarks, including Wat Si Muang, Buddha Park, and the majestic Pha That Luang. Journey to Ban Thaheua and enjoy the natural beauty of Nam Ngum Lake. Visit Xieng Khuang and discover the mysterious Plain of Jars, along with the historic town of Muang Khoune. Travel to Luang Prabang and witness the morning alms-giving ceremony, explore the Royal Palace Museum, and take a leisurely cruise to the Pak Ou Caves. Discover the breathtaking Kuang Si Waterfall and visit the Buffalo Dairy Farm for an interactive experience with buffalos. Immerse yourself in the local culture and craftsmanship at the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center. Conclude your tour with free time in Luang Prabang before departure. Experience the diverse landscapes, rich history, and warm hospitality of Laos on this unforgettable journey.

Included/Excluded

  • Transportation with air-condition in private
  • Accommodation in twin/double shared room
  • Boat trip as stated in above sights
  • English speaking guide
  • Admission fee to indicated sights
  • Meals as per program
  • Gov’t tax and service charge
  • Luggage handling and drinking water
  • Visa stamping fee on arrival
  • All air tickets quoted separately
  • Travel Insurance in all kinds
  • Single room (quoted separately)
  • Other foreign language guide
  • Peak tourist season or special event rates
  • Tip, drinks and other personal expenses
  • 10% VAT in case the payment is transferred into our company bank account

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane, transfer to your hotel in town (early check-in upon availability). There is no activity planned for today, so you can stroll around the town for your own exploration.

Overnight in Vientiane

+ Guide & Driver

+ Meal: NONE

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

In the morning, we will first visit Wat Si Muang. After that drive to Buddha Park which takes around 45 minutes away, also known as Xieng Khuan.  We then visit Lao Disable Women Development Center, which assist disable women to cope with their disability and advocate for their rights.

Start the afternoon with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”.

Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket.

Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  

End your tour of the capital along the banks of the Mekong River as the sun begins to set. Stroll along the river, stop to enjoy a cold drink, or sample a snack from one of the many local food stalls.  

Overnight in Vientiane.

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Vientiane

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

We leave the capital early for our journey northbound to Ban Thaheua.

We will see some breathtaking scenery enroute as we pass through spectacular countryside towards the mountainous region.

Along the way, we visit the busy and colorful market of KM52 where various hill tribes come to trade goods and buy provisions.

We may also make a short photo stop at Hin Heup bridge, and the fish market in Ban Tha Heua.

From there, we will transfer to the nearby resort in Ban Thaheua locating at the north side of Nam Ngum lake, the “sea of Laos”.

In the afternoon, our guide will escort you to the nearby village, passing through the local primary school, which is livelier during the school time. We will also visit the local market with plenty of fish stall displays.

Back to the resort, relax by the pool and admire the sun setting behind the mountains.

Overnight at Sanctuary Nam Ngum Beach Resort

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Ban Thaheua

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

In the morning, we start our expedition to Xieng Khuang. The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey.

We pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages.

We have chance to take a few photo stops at some small hill tribe village enroute. Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others but all have plenty of life.

Our most impressive stop is at the peak of Phou Phiengpha offerring the panoramic view over the mountainous area.

From there, we will drive a bit further to the T-Junction in Phoukhoun, and take the right turn onto Xieng Khuang province.

After that, the road is getting a bit harder which includes some zigzagging mountain paths; and we will make some stop along the way to visit the local hill tribe villages, or to stretch your legs.

We will make a short stop at Tham Pra, which served as the hospital during the Indochina Wars before arriving in Phonsavanh. Overnight in Phonsavanh

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khuang

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Early morning, we visit the Central Market of Phonsavanh to watch the different hill tribe people barter and exchange merchandises.

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a half day trip to Muang Khoune, the old provincial capital that was not been destroyed by the American bombings during the secret war.

Muang Khoun is home to unique sitting giant Buddha as well of some old pagodas that lies in ruins. The foundation and columns of Wat Pia Wat are still standing and close to this site, there is also an old 30m stupa constructed in the Lan Xang/Lanna period.

In the afternoon, visit the thought-provoking UXO Information Centre, run by British organisation MAG (Mines Advisory Group) that's been helping to clear Laos' unexploded ordnance since 1994.

The centre's information displays underline the enormity of the bomb drops, and there are also examples of (defused) UXO to ponder.

Xieng Khuang is famous for its mysterious Plain of Jars, a huge archaeological complex littered with mysterious 2000 years old stone jars sized from 70cm up to 3 or 4 meters.

You have time today to visit the plain of jars Site 1, the biggest and closest to town that opened for tourists.

Attention: The Plain of Jars has been heavily bombed during the war and you have to respect all the signs and stay along the defined trails due to bombs, UXO and landmines.

Spend the rest of the day wander around the small town of Xieng Khuang to admire the life of local people.

Then return to Xieng Khouang and overnight.

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Xieng Khuang

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Early morning, depart for Luang Prabang via the windy zigzagging mountain paths, enjoying the splendid natural scenery of the mountains, the forest and landscape.

The roads are well paved along the way for a smooth journey; we pass some stunning landscape scenery with a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages; we take a few photo stops at some small hill tribe village en route.

Each hill tribe village in Laos has a different feel, some are more prosperous than others, but all have plenty of life.

We will make a shot stop at Ban Phoudam village, where we can see the two hill tribe minorities of H’Mong and Khamu living in harmony, before driving to the photo stop at Ban Kiew Nya for the panoramic view prior to reaching Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

Wake up as the sun rises, we will prepare to join the most sacred tradition of Laos, the daily morning alms giving, which dates to the 14th century. More than 200 Buddhist monks depart from various temple to gather their daily meal from the faithful residents sitting quietly on the streets.

We then visit the temporary morning market near the former Royal Palace. Just set on the ground, the local people come here to barter their day’s catch from rice, to vegetable, to fish, or chicken. 

After breakfast, you will first visit Royal Palace Museum, which was built in 1904 during the French colonial era for King Sisavang Vong and his family.

We then embark on a leisure cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims.

Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine.

On arrival back in the city, we will visit the old Wat Sene and the nearby magnificent Wat Xiengthong a superb piece of Lao temple architecture, which presents a sweeping two-tiered roof and ornate mosaics including a beautiful ‘tree of life ‘glass montage on the rear temple wall.

If time permits, we will drive out of the city to visit Ban Xangkhong, the Thai Lue village, which is famous for its arts and crafts. We also visit the nearby village of Ban Xienglek specializing in making the traditional Saa paper.

You can either get to the nearby village and join a petanque game with the local team.

Late afternoon, we will make a stop at Wat Prabath to admire the sunset; this is the ideal place to catch the last beauty of the day.

The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Overnight in Luang Prabang Tip: If you are fond of various ethnic cultures, you can visit Traditional Art and Ethnology Center (closed on Monday).

+ Guide & Driver

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Pick-up: 05:30AM-06:30AM depending on season

After breakfast at the hotel, we ascend the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a panoramic view of the city and the Mekong River.

On the way to Kuang Si waterfall, we will make a stop at Buffalo Dairy Farm to join a scheduled tour of the farm every 20 minutes starting on the hour from 10am until 5pm

Cuddle up to our beautiful buffalos at 450 kilos or feed Ferdinand, the friendly buffalo at just 750 Kilos!  They love to eat, not only grass but bananas as well!

After eating, our buffalo’s next favourite activity is having a bath.  You’ll get to wash them and give them a scrub.  It’s like a “day spa” for buffalo!

Hands on milking demonstration! Learn how to milk a buffalo and why buffalo milk is so good for you. 

The Buffalo may be the stars of the show but our playful pigs, cheeky chickens and rollicking rabbits are also plenty of fun for the young and young at heart!

Then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si, which is the biggest waterfall in the Luang Prabang area with three tiers leading to a 50-metre drop into spectacular azure pools before flowing downstream. The pools also make great swimming holes and are very popular with both tourists and locals

There is also the chance to walk to the nearby village of Ban Thapene, and explore the hidden waterfalls, which is rarely visited by other tourists

If you wish, take a short visit to the Bear Rescue Center, which houses a couple of dozen animals rescued from the hands of poachers and traffickers.

On the way back to Luang Prabang, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, set serenely close to the Mekong, this beautiful, traditionally styled workshop, where weavers, spinners and batik makers produce top-quality fabrics, offers free tours every half-hour. This is also one of the best spots to admire the sunset in Luang Prabang Transfer back to your hotel late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang Tips: 

+ After visiting Kuang Si waterfalls, you can visit the nearby Butterflies Park, where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with the homemade cookies whilst relaxing inside the green peaceful garden full of colorful butterflies.

+ Before having dinner, we recommend heading to Lao Red Cross to enjoy a traditional Lao massage, which will help you recover from the exploration in the last some days. (Not included – payable on spot)

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

+ Pick-up: 08:30AM

You are free to stroll around the town for your own exploration before taking the departure flight

Tip: we recommend joining a morning Yoga class at Luang Prabang Yoga, which will take about 1 hour starting at 07:30AM at Utopia Bar & Restaurant before returning to your hotel for breakfast. Class fee is KIP40,000/person ~ $5 (payable on spot in KIP only – pre-reservation not accepted). Note: you need to come on time if you are interested. In case you come late, you are not allowed to join. Here is the class schedule & pricing

+ Driver & Guide

+ Meal: Breakfast

+ Accommodation: None

+ Pick-up: 2.5 hour before departure flight

Durations

9 days 8 nights

Languages

English

Frequently asked questions

Deposit of 20% of the total of tour is required upon confirmation of booking tour. The full prepayment will need to be made 45 days before departure for all services by money transfer or credit card payment with all bank transfer charges/ fees to be paid by the client.

The bank account name: METTA VOYAGES COMPANY LIMITED

The bank name: Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank

The bank branch: Hanoi Branch

The International Banking Account Number: 8888116868

Bank Swift Code: ASCBVNVX

The bank address: 442 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Ward 5, District 3, Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam

Phone number: (84.28) 3929 0999

After receiving your payment, we will issue you the hotel voucher and/or final confirmation itinerary, which can be sent to you by fax or e-mail.

+ Maximum 1 child can share the parent's existing bedding.

+ Children under 2 years old are free of charge for land services, only charge fee from airlines if have.

+ Children from 2-6 years old: 50% of adult price, or quote case by case

+ Children from 7-11 years old: 75% of adult price, or quote case by case

+ Children from 12 years old up: 100% adult price

You can amend your booking when the confirmation is made. Just contact us at [email protected] with your booking number. Our reservations team is glad to amend your booking accordingly. The extra expense may occurred will be informed to you before you decide to amend the services or travel date.

NON REFUNDABLE deposit of US$ 100 per person upon the packages tours services confirmation will be applied.

Cancellations will be charged as follow:

o    45 days prior to the arrival date: Non Refundable deposit charge and the cancellation fees applied by the concerned services suppliers such as flight company, boat company, train, hotels... in accordance with their cancellations policies if any.

o   44 - 31 days prior to arrival date: Cancellations fee of 30% per group/booking and plus the cancellation fees applied by the concerned services suppliers such as flight company, boat company, train, hotels... in accordance with their cancellations policies if any.

o    30 days - 15 days prior to arrival date: Cancellations fee of 50% per group/booking plus the cancellation fees applied by the concerned services suppliers such as flight company, boat company, train, hotels... in accordance with their cancellations policies if any.

o   14 - 7 days before arrival: Cancellations fee 70% charge plus the cancellation fees applied by the concerned services suppliers such as flight company, boat company, train, hotels... in accordance with their cancellations policies if any.

o   Less than 7 days before arrival Or No show: 100% charge per group/booking.

*** Nonrefundable deposit and banking service fee will be forfeited in all cancellation cases.

No refund will be given for any unused service after the trip has commenced or during the tour.

Metta Voyage Co.,ltd is not responsible for any loss, injury or damage sustained by passengers. Additional expenses incurred due to delays, accidents, natural disaster, epidemic or political actions and unrest must be borne by the passengers. Passengers are required to have full travel insurance.

Airline schedules and local conditions may affect accommodation and itineraries. Should this occur, Metta Voyage Co.,ltd will endeavor to substitute a suitable arrangement of similar value. Participation on any tours implies full agreement to the above conditions by all parties involved.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months following your entry date to your travel destination. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport and visa and all travel documents are valid for travel

Travel insurance is not included in your tour price. It is the passenger's responsibility to verify whether his/her local health insurance carrier provides coverage while traveling. Please contact your insurance carrier for details. We can suggest you the insurance carrier case by case.

Metta Voyage Co., ltd strongly advises that you purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover all aspects of your tour: the loss of deposits through cancellation, lost of baggage and personal items, personal injury and death. A waiver must be signed if insurance is declined.

If you wish to speak to us, please call our Reservation Center at +84.989383572 and live chat during our business office hours.

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Vientiane – Ban Thaheua – Vang Vieng – Xieng Khuang – Luang Prabang

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