6 Days Laos Discovery is another road trip we arrange in the northern Laos. The trip starts in Vientiane, goes through Vang Vieng, Tham Phoutham and ends up in Luang Prabang.
DAY 1: ARRIVE VIENTIANE
On arrival in Vientiane, you will be met by our staff and transferred to your centrally located hotel. After a short rest, we see the major sights of the capital; including Wat Sisaket, which contains more than 8000 Buddha statues, Wat Ho Prakeo the former home of the Emerald Buddha statue and That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos. We also see the Patuxay (Lao Arc de Triomphe), which was built in commemoration of those who died during past wars and today it is the city’s main landmark. We will make sure to watch the sunset by the Mekong Riverside and spend the evening absorbing the city’s nightlife. Overnight in Vientiane
DAY 2: VIENTIANE -> VANG VIENG
We leave this wonderful town after breakfast for a northbound journey towards Vang Vieng. We will see some breathtaking scenery en route as we head into the mountains. We make a stop along the way at Vang Xang, a famous archeological site dating back to the 11th century. We’ll reach the small and tranquil village of Vang Vieng in the afternoon. The surrounding mountains and rivers remain largely unspoiled, thus making Vang Vieng a perfect spot to stop and relax. When we arrive, we go visit the Tham Jang caves and then enjoy a short trek to the Tam None Cave and some villages. Today ends with a superb sunset panorama reflecting over the Nam Song River. Overnight in Vang Vieng
DAY 3: THAM PHOUKHAM CAVE
After breakfast, we take a tractor ride through paddy fields to the Tham Phoukham caves, the country’s beautiful and famous limestone caverns surrounded by forest. Along the way, you will meet local villagers and learn about their daily lifestyle. There is a small natural pool in front of the caves where you can swim and refresh yourself from the heat. This is also where we have our picnic lunch. After spending the day at the caves and the surrounding area, we make our return to Vang Vieng. En route, we pass through many ethnic minority villages, including Hmong, Souay and Tai dam people. Overnight in Vang Vieng
DAY 4: VANG VIENG -> LUANG PRABANG
We have an early start for our trip north to Luang Prabang, perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. The roads are well paved along the way and make for a smooth journey; the scenery is a mixture of steep terraced fields and hill villages, allowing for plenty of photo ops. We spend a short amount of time observing the local lifestyle in the Muang Xieng Nguen village prior to reaching Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang .
DAY 5: PAK OU CAVE
Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour of the city’s oldest temple, Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong where you can see the impressive “tree of life” mosaic set in colored glass. We then board an upstream cruise on the Mekong River, which gives us a panoramic view of the tranquil countryside. We’ll make sure to stop at the Pak Ou Caves, sanctuaries consisting of two large caverns, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images. We will also stop at a few villages during the day, including Ban Xanghai where the local rice wine is produced and Ban Xiengmene and Ban Chan. Once back in Luang Prabang city we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in Luang Prabang
DAY 6: DEPARTURE
We start our last day with a visit to The National Museum (closed Tuesday) at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture throughout the ages. We also will see the Central Market. We bid farewell to this remarkable city and the trip ends after your transfer to the airport for departure.