VIENTIANE – XIENGKHOUANG – LUANG PRABANG – VIENTIANE: the plain of jars tour 6 days

Travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang is the best introduction to Laos cultures and people, beauty of the UNESCO heritage site. This tour offers you great opportunities to see the best attraction of this peaceful country.

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Tour brief:

Day 1: Vientiane arrival

Day 2: Vientiane – fly Xiengkhouang

Day 3: Xiengkhouang – drive Luang Prabang

Day 4: Luang Prabang – Pakou Cave

Day 5: Luang Prabang – fly Vientiane

Day 6: Vientiane departure

Itinerary

Day 1. Vientiane arrival
On arrival in the capital Vientiane, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. After a short break, we start to visit the major sights of the capital including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. On the way to the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph, sunset by the Mekong Riverside and late evening. Overnight in hotel in Vientiane city.

Day 2. Vientiane – Xiengkhouang (B)
Today afternoon we take a short flight to Xiengkhouang which was devastated by American bombing between 1964 and 1973. Upon arrival, we transfer out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We also have time, this afternoon seeing the old capital of Muang Khoun Province and the nearby villages, home to the Hmong hill tribe and Tai Dam people. They have an interesting local culture and a colorful history. Overnight in Phonsavanh hotel.

Day 3. Xiengkhouang -Luang Prabang (overland) (B)
After breakfast we drive to World Heritage site; along the mountainous region to Luang Prabang. The tranquility and charm of this town with its splendid natural scenery and cultural sights make it one of the most delightful places to visit in Laos. After checking into hotel, we start seeing the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, Wat Mai, we then climb up to the top of Phousi Mount for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. From there, we explore street night market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 4. Luang Prabang – Pakou Cave (B)
Today, we enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. We then embark on a cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a beautiful view of the tranquil countryside as well as an interesting visit to the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves, crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes. Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we take a short drive to Ban Phanom, well known for its hand weaving. Overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.

Day 5. Luang Prabang – fly Vientiane (B)
After breakfast, we visit the national museum at the former royal palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign, and the central market are not to be missed. We visit these sites in the morning before we catch a flight back to Vientiane. After checking into hotel, we transfer out to see the Buddha Park, a blend of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River and the impressive Lao- Thai friendship bridge. A view of the spectacular sunset over the Mekong River is perfect way to finish the day. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 6. Vientiane – Departure (B)
After having breakfast, we visit the morning market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time allows). The tour ends after your transfer to Wattay Airport or the friendship bridge for departure

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