OVERVIEW

Wander through beatiful laidback capital of Vientiane then travel up north to Luang Nam Tha, Muong Sing where you will trek along spectacular mountain landscapes, exploring colorful hill tribe village; drive off the beaten track, explore hidden charms of Oudomxay and Nong Khiaw and cruise along the mighty Mekong River to Luang Prabang ancient town, this tour itinerary offers you a great opportunity to explore the real Laos of both striking cities and authentic rural landscapes.

Highlights
  • Trekking along spectacular landscapes of Muang Sing
  • Wonderful hill tribe villages visit
  • Colorful hill tribe market
  • Mekong river boat cruise
  • Pak Ou holy cave
  • Sunset view from the top of Phousi Mount
  • Spectacluar Kuang Si Falls
Trip Length: 9 days | Trip Style: Off the beaten track | Trip Theme: Culture, Local life | Physical Rating: | Start/End city: Vientiane/Luang Prabang
Places visited: Vientiane - Luang Nam Tha - Muang Sing - Oudomxay - Luang Prabang
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Itinerary Details

vientiane, laos
vientiane, laos

Sa-bai-dee! Welcome to Vientiane, the capital city of Lao PDR.

Lies on the bank of the Mekong River, this capital city of Laos studded with gilded Buddhist shrines and monuments, faded French colonial buildings, little café and steaming noodle stalls, bustling sidewalk markets and quiet medieval shady streets, is somewhere between a laidback city and a lively township; a place of charms that you might not find anywhere else around Asia.

Met and greeted by our guide and driver at the airport and take a short transfer to hotel to check in. (Check in time is 14.00)
Remainder of the day is free to relax or wander around exploring the town at your own pace.
Overnight in hotel in Vientiane.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private airport transfer
Hotel in vientiane
vientiane, laos
vientiane, laos

Today you will spend full day to explore highlights of the Vientiane capital city.
Start the tour with visit to 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.

The afternoon we continue to explore the rest of mystical Vientiane with visits to the Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng, Wat Haisok and the Buddha Park, a display of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures created by mystical monk on parkland located by the Mekong River.
Enjoy the spectacular sunset over the Mekong.

Evening is free at your own pace.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing vientiane
Breakfast
Hotel in vientiane
muang sing, laos
muang sing, laos

Get a transfer to the airport for flight to Luang Namtha, the land of rugged mountains, verdant tropical rain forest, beautiful and rich rivers plain and sharing the border with China and Myanmar. Luang Namtha is home to over twenty ethnic groups who maintain their unique traditions, life style and appearance, making this region one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in Laos.
Upon arrival in Luang Nam Tha, we get pick up then travel by roads on private vehicle to Muang Sing.
Along the way we will have some stop to visit to some hill tribe villages including one of the Akha, the hill tribes originally from China, which is known for their typical culture and colorful costume.
Check in hotel in Muang Sing and remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Muang Sing is home to some to some most colorful hill tribes in Laos and is a place that known for its spectacular highland natural beauties. This place is the gateway for true adventure and trekking expeditions to surrounding mountains and villages.
Overnight in hotel in Muang Sing.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Internal flight
hill tribe villages visit
Breakfast
Hotel in muang sing
muang sing, laos
muang sing, laos

After breakfast, enjoy your time strolling round this small town where many ethnic minorities are frequently seen on the street while small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft.
Later, we take a short drive north to the trekking point where we will set off on a half-day trek on dirt trails off the beaten track tup and down hills along the breathtaking mountain landscape to the Yao, Akha and Lantan hill tribe villages. Enjoy your time exploring, contacting with local, taking for you wonderful shots of the landscapes and local life.  
End the trek in the mid afternoon. Get pick up and transfer back to Muang Sing for the night.
Evening is at your leisure. Overnight in hotel in Muang Sing.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private transfer
hill tribe trek
Breakfast & lunch
Hotel in muang sing
oudomxay, laos
oudomxay, laos

Get up early for a visit to a very colorful and bustling local morning market where the local hill tribes from surrounding mountains and valleys gather to barter and trade their goods, a fascinating and photogenic scene that should not be missed. Join with locals, try some local food and get for you some stunning shots.
Following, we spend time to visit the impressive Ethnology Museum that contains a great display and information about the region’s ethnic minorities
Drive back to Luang Namtha and set off for our journey on the bumpy mountain road along verdant landscapes towards Oudomxay.
Arrive in Oudomxay in the late afternoon and spend the remainder of the day to explore the town at your own pace.

Oudomxay (Muang Xay), the provincial capital of the Oudomxay Province, lies in the Nam Ko River Basin and surrounded by scenic mountains. Because of the relatively high elevation that the town located on, the climate here is rather moderate and the town sometime also called the city of clouds.
This town is home to different groups including Lao Lum, Khmu and Hmong people who occupy the first, second and largest number. Being the main town of the area, this is also a gathering place for other ethnic groups from the surrounding villages who come to sell their products, waking and enjoying time around making the town a unique multicultural atmosphere.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Sightseeing muang sing
Breakfast
Hotel in oudomxay
luang prabang, laos
luang prabang, laos

After breakfast, depart Oudomxay for a drive to the beautiful laid back mountain town Had Gna Village where we board a traditional boat for a fascinating cruise down the Nam Ou River to Luang Prabang. The cruise gives us a chance to view beautiful landscapes of mountains and tranquil countryside and to explore one of the most impressive rivers in the World.  
Along the way, we make a stop to visit the mysterious of Pak Ou Caves which is crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes, a holy place for Laos pilgrims.  

Check in hotel upon arrival in Luang Prabang. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax or wander around on foot to enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of this charming town.

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Luang Prabang is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. 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, maybe in Indochina.

Overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
Boat cruise
pak ou cave explore
Breakfast
Hotel in luang prabang
luang prabang, laos
luang prabang, laos

Get up early to join and enjoy the special scene of Luang Prabang: Morning alms giving. You may love to sit along with locals by the road side and offer food to monks who are in yellow robe walking slowly in line with bowls in their hand.

Back to hotel for breakfast.
Later, we will take a bicycle/green tuk tuck tour to sightseeing the ancient Luang Prabang with visits to some featured sights of the town including: Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa with the rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao; Wat Aham and Wat Sene Temple; the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang - Wat Xiang Thong, with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing the classical Luang Prabang style; the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, with a huge collections of Laos historical and cultural artifacts; the Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-relief.

Late afternoon, we take a climb up to the top of Phousi Mountain for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a beautiful sunset view of the city and the Mekong River. Night Market, where you can find the lovely collection and handmade textile by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Evening is at your leisure.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
green tuk tuk
Sightseeing luang prabang
Breakfast
Hotel in luang prabang
kuangsi falls, luang prabang, laos
kuangsi falls,luang prabang, laos

After breakfast, take a drive out to the Kuang Si waterfall, a jade of Luang Prabang area. Along the way we will make stop to visit to local hill tribe villages of Hmong and Khmu to learn more about Laos’s culture colors and diversity.

At the Kuang Si Waterfall Park, we will have a visit to the Kuang Si Bear Rescue Sanctuary where you can find great information about Asian sun and moon bears and the Free the Bears Protection Program.

Considered the most beautiful masterpiece of nature in Luang Prabang and the whole country of Laos, from the level of 60 meters high, the vibrant water of Kuang Si tumbles down, cascading over limestone tiers creating a series of wonderful turquoise natural swimming pools. The harmony between the white falls, crystal blue color ponds, fascinating travertine patterns and the green of lush tropical jungle surrounding makes make the place a dreaming picturesque landscape. 
The wonderful activity here is absolutely to take a swim in the turquoise ponds and let the torrents shower your body. You can also take a hike along jungle trail up to the top where the stream feeding into the falls to get a great overview of the stunning water patchwork below. 

Enjoy your time exploring and swimming in crystal clear water.
Back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and evening is at your leisure. Overnight in hotel in Luang Prabang.

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private vehicle
kuang si waterfalls visit
Breakfast
Hotel in luang prabang

Breakfast is at the hotel.
Free at leisure until check out time.
Get a private transfer to the airport for flight home or to onward destination.
Safe travel and see you again!

Summary of inclusions

transportation
Private airport transfer
Breakfast

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PRICE & TERMS

PRICING IN US DOLLAR FOR PRIVATE TRIP PER PERSON BASED ON TWIN/ DOUBLE SHARING:

Number of Persons 2 3 - 4 5 - 6 7 - 8 9 - 10 11 - 12 13 - 15 Single supp
Price Please contact us for best price upon your travel date, number of travelers and specific needs

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in a shared twin or shared double room.
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English or French speaking guide
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Domestic flights
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits
  • Water & cold tissue in car
  • Cellphone for use during your visit
  • Government taxes & Service charges

Exclusion

  • Other services than mentioned
  • Visa & International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips, Travel insurance
  • Bank transfer fee if any

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IMPORTANT NOTES

Tour itinerary: This tour itinerary can be tailored to meet your travel time frame, style, budget and expectation the best

Tour price: Travel Authentic Asia focus on quality and affordable package prices with the best value. The price is based on number of traveler taking the trip, the accommodation category you wish to stay, the mode of transportation, meals provided….

Payment: A deposit of 30% of total price is needed to initiate the tour booking after the itinerary is finalized. The balance for the trip is due 15 days prior to your arrival.

Arrival and departure flights: You are advised to make your own booking for international flights from/back your home country. This allows you to determine better the travel time frame, budget and to deal with insurance claim when needed. Travel Authentic Asia team will base on your flight schedule to work out the best itinerary for you or/and to modify the itinerary to get it matches.

Travel documents: You must carry a valid passport and have obtained all of the appropriate visas, permits and certificates for the countries in which you will visit during your trip. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas, permits and certificates for your trip. Travel Authentic Asia accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the failure of clients to obtain appropriate documentation.

Travel insurance: It is your responsibility to get your own international travel insurance and read the insurance policy before you travel and ensure that the insurance scheme provides with the requisite level of cover. Insurance should cover personal accident and medical expenses, evacuation and repatriation, baggage loss, and cancellation or curtailment of vacation. In some cases, travelers may have pre-existing medical conditions which their travel insurance company will not cover.
Other than local travel insurance(s) included in sightseeing tickets at sites, Travel Authentic Asia does not provide any kind of travel insurance on the trip except required and paid separately from the tour price.

 
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