09-days Laos Travel. Glimpses of Laos
Laos is considered as Southeast Asia’s pristine environment with intact cultures and quite possibly the most chilled-out people on the earth. It is located on the axis of the Lower Mekong River and shares borders with Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to the south, Thailand to the west, and Myanmar and China to the north. Most of the country is covered by mountains and rivers, giving its stunning natural landscapes.
With the population of just over six million, Laos is one of the least populated countries in the region. Tourists to Laos today will experience the richness of the Theravada Buddhist culture, the long history of the country, the lifestyle of different interesting ethnic minorities, beautiful nature and especially the absence of 21st century prosperity.
Stretched out on the north-eastern bank of a bend in the Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital as well as the largest city of Laos. Compared to the hectic, bustling capitals in other Southeast Asian countries, Vientiane’s relaxing atmosphere makes it feel like a small town. Vientiane is also home to many temples and Buddhist monuments of Laos. The most must-see site here is the golden Pha That Luang, which was built in the third century A.D. Pha That Luang preserves the relic of the Buddha and is considered as the most sacred Buddhist monument of the country.
Coming to Champassak, tourists can contemplate the ancient beauty of a temple built in Khmer Architecture – Wat Phu. Wat Phu is believed to be at least four centuries older than the Angkor Wat of Cambodia. Other wats worth seeing are Wat Luang and Wat Tham Fai. You also should not miss to visit Si Phan Don (the Four Thousand Islands), Li Phi Waterfalls (one of the most beautiful in Asia), Khong Island where the rare fresh water dolphins can be seen, and the Phabeng waterfall which is probably the wildest waterfalls in the world. In addition, Pakse is becoming an increasingly popular starting point in Laos because there is an excellent road link, via Chong Mek, to Ubon Ratchathani - a lovely city, easy to reach from Bangkok, and well worth a couple of days of anyone's time.
Day 1 LuangPhrabang (B)
On arrival meet our guide and transfer to your chosen hotel Enjoy a relaxed local lunch and continue the day by visit Wat Xienthong the most beautiful temple in town dating back to the 16th century. The tour will stop at Wat Visoun and the Melon Stupa, then next door Wat Aham then climb up Mount phousi to catch the sunset and on the way back visit the famous local arts and crafts night market.
Day 2 Luangphrabang - Pak Ou(B)
After breakfast embark for a slow boat trip to Pak Ou Cave which is located 32km up-river and along the way stop for visit the whisky village and observe the process villagers use to make Lau Lao ( rice whisky) then continue the cave where over a thousand Buddha images are kept. After visiting the cave, sail downstream back to Luangphrabang for lunch then take the short drive to Ban Xangkhong (weaving village & Mulberry paper pressing village).
Day 3 Luangphrabang– Kuangsi Falls(B)
Very early (5:45am) transfer by car to Ban Vat Sean to discreetly observe long lines of monks collecting alms’s ceremony then back to your hotel for breakfast. We then leave the hotel by car for the 29 km drive to Kuangsi Waterfalls through lush unspoilt countryside well know as the most beautiful falls in the whole region and on the way stop at Ban Naouan (ethnic minority Hmong village). After enjoying a refreshing swim or two in the natural turquoise pools of Kuangsi, drive back to town late afternoon.
Day 4 Luangphrabang – Vientiane (B)
After breakfast, visit the former Royal palace and the morning market before transfer to the airport for your hour long internal flight to Vientiane. On arrival in the new capital transfer to your chosen hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this very relaxed and atmospheric city at leisure.
Day 5 Vientiane City Tour(B)
After breakfast visit the city’s most important temples such Wat Sisaket , Wat Phrakeo, Wat Thadluang and the Patu Xay landmark Victory Monument. After lunch we visit the morning market and drive to the famous and very unusual Buddha park located 27 Km out of town. Back to the hotel, evening at leisure.
Day 6 Vientiane – Pakse-Tad Lo
After early breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Pakse. Upon arrival meet our guide , then excursion by road (known as the old coffee road ) toward Tadlo on the Bolaven Plateau. Stop over at Km 35 to visit the famous Tad Fan Waterfall and ethnic villages in the surrounding countryside. Overnight at Tadlo.
Day 7 Tadlo-Champasack-Khong Island
A.M. take a drive to Champasack to visit Wat Phou (Kmer ruins dating bac the 11th century and seen as the most important site of its kind after Angkor) then take a drive toward Kong Island. On the way visit the local Phasouay Waterfalls and minority villages such Alak and Katou. Continue our trip through the Mekong Island Delta to Kong Island. Overnight at Kong Island in typical colonial lodge.
DAY 8 Khong Island-Phou Asa-Pakse
A half day is devoted to exploring freely Kong Island. We recommend that you hire a bicycle to make the most of the tropical countryside. In the evening drive to Pakse and on the way visit Phou Asa for some elephant riding. Overnight at chosen colonial Hotel.
Day 9 Pakse -Departure
After breakfast, free at your leisure. Exploring and shopping until the time to transfer to the airport