Ancient temples, spectacular nature, and enchanting cultures lure travelers to Laos in this 5-day classic tour. Explore the Vientiane capital city with its hidden charm and intoxicating blend of old and new. Head north to Luang Prabang and wander amid heritage sites. Get a closer look at local lifestyles through their traditional handicrafts.
Tour Route: Vientiane – Luang Prabang
Duration: 5 Days/ 4 nights
Date: No fixed departure dates. You may go whenever you wish.
Start/ End: Vientiane/ Luang Prabang
Tour Type: Landscape, Culture and Nature, Hill Tribe Discovery
Tour Customizable: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Active level: Moderate, walking, trekking and boating
Tour Category: Laos Classic Tours
Day 1: Vientiane Arrival
Day 2: Vientiane City Tour – Luang Prabang
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Caves
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls & Ban Chan
Day 5: Luang Prabang Departure
Day 1: Vientiane Arrival
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane City Tour – Luang Prabang (B)
After breakfast, explore Vientiane capital by visiting 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, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have the opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
In the afternoon, continue to visit the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. Pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talat Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver, and antiques. Then transfer to the airport for your late afternoon flight to Luang Prabang. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where you have the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang – Big Brother Mouse – Ban Khia Luang – Pak Ou Caves (B)
The day starts with a visit to the Big Brother Mouse shop to select some books for the village visit. Next, head north by car along route 13, before taking an unpaved road to Ban Khia Luang village. Then have ample time to visit the school, play with the kids and watch them enjoy their new books. You can also take some time to explore the rest of the village, where you can see weaving and visit the local temple. Stop for lunch at the village, which can either be a western picnic lunch, or traditional Lao food such as sticky rice, laap and fresh vegetables cooked by the villagers.
After lunch, farewell the villagers and drive to Ban Khoklin, which takes you through some beautiful scenery of mountains and paddy fields. At Ban Khoklin, board a private boat down the Nam Ou river for 30 minutes to Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. and continue down the Mekong River back to Luang Prabang, arriving back there by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Luang Prabang – Kuang Si Waterfalls & Ban Chan (B)
Today, cross the Mekong River by boat, to the picturesque village of Ban Chan, a pottery village. Later, visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings.
Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Laos ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village. This then takes you to the beautiful Khouangsi Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. Return to Luang Prabang by late afternoon. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Luang Prabang Departure (B)
Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. Trip ends.