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Lao Style - 6 Days


Unearth two hidden gems within Laos while you stay in some of the finest hotels in Indochina and dine at the best riverside restaurants with our Lao Style tour.

Discover the cultural beauty of Luang Prabang with a visit to the National Museum. Attempt to make your own Laotian souvenir with silk weaving before trying your hand at the always delicious Lao cuisine.

As the Laos tour continues to the capital Vientiane, witness the many Buddha shrines and temples before heading off to lunch in a French inspired bistro and a riverside Lao diner.


Day 1 - Luang Prabang - Arrival (D)


Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos.

VIP welcome inside the immigration area by one of our office representatives and our guide. Clients will be accompanied through the immigrations process, filling in the immigration and visa application forms. Clients will need to handover their passport photos, cash and completed forms to the immigration officer (this cannot be done by our staff because the clients must have their photos taken). Clients then proceed directly to the waiting vehicle with our guide and transfer to the hotel. Our other member of staff will proceed behind them to the hotel with the luggage and passports (now containing visas). Note: the availability of this service could change at any time depending on the airport authorities.

This evening you will have a brief introduction to Luang Prabang. Climb the stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sun set over the city and surrounding hills. Walk down the other side and explore the hill tribe evening market.

Proceed to l’Eléphant, one of the finest restaurants in Luang Prabang, for dinner before being driven back to your hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Distance and journey time:

Luang Prabang Airport – Luang Prabang (4 km): 15 min


Day 2 - Luang Prabang (B,L,D)


For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Transfer by vehicle to the historical old town of central Luang Prabang where your tour begins at the fresh market. Accompanied by your guide, walk through the rows of stalls looking at what is on sale. The locals come here every day to shop for vegetables, fruits and other exotic specialties and delicacies. The market is adjacent to the National Museum, your next stop. Once the Royal Palace of Laos, the National Museum is filled with art, artifacts, and jewels and a visit examines the history and rich culture of the country.

After this, continue your tour of Luang Prabang by visiting some of the city’s most important temples. Start at Wat Visoun, where you will see the famous Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. This temple was destroyed in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from China, and was restored in 1930 by Buddhist monks and local people. We will also visit Wat Aham where you will see the altar of the 2 guardian spirits of Luang Prabang.

Enjoy lunch in town at Tamarind restaurant where you will have a chance to sample unusual local specialties not available back home (Note: closed on Sundays).

This afternoon head to Ock Pop Tok to discover more about textiles in Laos- including their history, production, and cultural significance. You will have a chance to design and/or dye your own scarf.

Take a break at Le Patio Café, located inside the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (TAEC), and sip a local brew of coffee. Then, take a tour of TAEC, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories. It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people.

Late this afternoon, experience the wonderful flavors of Lao cuisine with a Lao cooking class. Led by Chef Mr. Chantanong from The Residence Phou Vao, the cooking course is a fun, hands-on way to learn about the ingredients involved and techniques used to create the local cuisine. The cooking class can be organized in the main kitchen or outside, in front of the pool, overlooking the Phousi mountain.

At the end of the course, sit down to enjoy a delicious dinner which you have helped prepare. Participants will also receive a book of Lao recipes and a certificate from the chef.

Overnight in Luang Prabang


Day 3 - Luang Prabang & Pak Ou (B,L)


Lao Style - 6 Days / 5 Nights - itinerary

This morning venture to Luang Prabang’s peninsula where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers merge. The beautiful Wat Xieng Thong is located here and a visit to the temple unveils golden gates, ornaments, and colorful murals.

You will then board a traditional wooden boat, Nava Mekong, for a relaxing cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and witness the simple rural lifestyles which rely on the river as you make your way upstream for 1.5 – 2 hours.

Located upstream from Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting, contains thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are also a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai.

The boat continues cruising in the vicinity of the caves and will moor during lunch time at the foot of beautiful limestone cliffs. A selection of typical Lao dishes will be served onboard before you cruise back downstream.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure for additional sight-seeing or relaxing in this charming city.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY: Attend an evening performance at the Royal Ballet Theater.

Founded in 2002 in cooperation with the Institute of Cultural Research, the Ballet aims to preserve this important aspect of Lao cultural heritage. Watching the spectacular performances of the Royal Ballet, including scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, Lao folk dances and tribal dances will provide a unique experience that you will never forget. Show starts at 6:00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).

Attention: Performance schedule subject to change without prior notice from the company.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Distance and journey time:

Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves by boat: 2 hours


Day 4 - Luang Prabang - Vientiane (B)


Free time this morning in Luang Prabang.Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight QV102, departing at 1310 to Vientiane.

Arrive in Vientiane on flight QV102 at 1350. Your guide and private car will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

This afternoon, visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them.

Before sunset, enjoy a stroll along the Mekong River banks and stop, if you wish, to enjoy a cold drink at one of the many riverside food stalls.

Overnight in Vientiane


Day 5 - Vientiane (B,L,D)


Start this morning with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. 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, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues. Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo. Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art.

(Important note: Please note that the Wat Phra Keo Museum in Vientiane has closed for renovation until the end of 2015. We recommend you to discuss with yout guide for an alternative visit such as the National Museum.)

Enjoy lunch at l'adresse de Tinay, a French style bistro run and managed by French expatriates. The food is delicious “home style” French cuisine with just the right twist to turn each dish into a feast for the eyes! (Note: closed on Sundays)

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy shopping, more sightseeing, or a spa treatment.

For your final evening in Laos, you will have the unique opportunity to experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions: The Baci. The purpose of the Baci, which is a mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back escaped spirits to the body. This is something that is very important before major events such as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells.

Continue to Makphet Restaurant for a delicious dinner of modern Lao cuisines. Makphet is a charity-run restaurant that supports street children by providing them training and a job at the vocational restaurant. The food served is delicious, made from fresh ingredients, and prepared in a kitchen which meets the highest international standards of hygiene.

Overnight in Vientiane


Day 6 - Vientiane - Departure (B)


Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.


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