11DAYS GREETING LAOS 2017
DAY 01: CHIANG RAI – CHIANG KHONG – HUAYXAI (D)
Welcome the clients at Chiangrai airport. Transfer to Chiangkhong to cross the Mekong River to Ban Huayxai (Lao international border). Check in at hotel Tavisin. Visit Wat Chomkao Manilad and free for your own exploration in this small town. Overnight in Huayxai at Tavisin Hotel or similar.
DAY 02: HUAYXAI – PAK BENG (B/L)
At 08.30 am, depart hotel by local taxi TUK TUK( the triple wheels vehicles) to slow boat pier. Take our slow comfortable wooden boat, measuring almost twenty five meters. These last will enable us to carry out a way in relaxing on this 4300 km long mythical river, whose source is at the borders of Tibetan plain. With very full of majestic turn; sinuous and agitated; often flanked sharp-edged rock points, Mekong border historical enters Laos and Thailand, generate laboriously time a way in the heart of the mountains of the Indochinese peninsula. All the address of the « pilots » is necessary for this course out of the common run. Then visit of a vast village H’ Mong comes to stop the course of our navigation. Admire their remarkable weavings; do not hesitate to acquire some: Arrive at late evening in Pak Beng, small village living exclusively trading river between China and Laos. We are with semi – way of Luang Phrabang. Have dinner and overnight at a pleasant guesthouse or lodge in Pakbeng. (3* hotel : Villa Salika , 4* hotel : Pakbeng Lodge or similar)
DAY 03: PAK BENG – LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
In the morning, visit local fresh market and Laotheung villages. Then continue the journey from Pak Beng to Luang Prabang towards the mouth of Nam Ou River. The scenery in the part seems to be even more captivating since the river makes its way through the lush green forests while a number of lovely hill tribe villages could still be seen along the way. Enjoy lunch on board before exploring Tham Ting which is a sacred cave, then visit a local hill tribe village to sample its rice whiskey at Ban Sanghai. Arrival Luangprabang, Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Luangprabang. (3* hotel : Phusi Hotel or Parasol Blanc or similar, 4* hotel : The Grand or Santi Villa or similar)
DAY 04: LUANG PRABANG (B/L)
06’15 am, Early Morning Offering Food to the Monks (Merit Making ) where you can see hundred of monks walking with bare feet on the street to collect their donation. 07’00 am, back to hotel for breakfast. 08’30 am, We discover this small world heritage town located at the confluence of the Nam Khane River and the Mekong on an old prehistoric site. It became the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, the « Kingdom of the Million Elephants », all first Lao kingdom, made up in 1353. Very marked by Buddhist architecture, the city sheltered 60 Pagodas to the 18th century and was built around its « center cosmic « , the Phousy Mount. It always presents a traditional habitat and colonial of the greatest interest. Small and quiet place invites you to calms and relaxing. Discover Wat Mai temple – the former house of Prabang Buddha image and the gold painting wall depicting the last incarnation of Lord Buddha, museum installed in the old Royal Palace, the monasteries and pagodas of Wat Xieng Thong the most beautiful in Luangprabang with Luangprabang style, Wat Vixun and Manorom the Kmer temple style, climb up the Phousy Mount where you have one overall picture of the city. The brilliant roofs of the pagodas mix with stripped plaster vestiges of colonial architecture. Have dinner, then visit night market. Overnight at hotel in Luangprabang. (3* hotel : Phusi Hotel or Parasol Blanc or similar, 4* hotel : The Grand or Santi Villa or similar)
DAY 05: LUANG PRABANG – VIENTIANE (B/L)
After breakfast, visit Ban Sangkhong the weaving textile and mulberry paper making villages. Shopping around the town. Then transfer to domestic airport to fly to Vientiane with economic class. Upon arrival, transfer to hotel. Overnight in Vientiane. (3* hotel : Day In or Mongkhon or similar, 4* hotel : Novotel or Donchan Palace or similar)
DAY 06: VIENTIANE (B/L)
Discover this small capital of Laos, such as That Luang stup, the national monument which is very important for all Laotiens, symbolizing at the same time of the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Visit also of Vat Sisaket, the temple going back to 1818 BC, the only one to be saved by the raid of Siamese in 1828 BC. Vat Pha Kaew, old Royal Temple ( the former house of the emerald Buddha image) transformed into Museum, Patouxai the victory gate, national museum, and war museum and of Vat Chan which is not far from the Mekong River, where we admire it to lay down sun. Overnight in Vientiane. (3* hotel : Day In or Mongkhon or similar, 4* hotel : Novotel or Donchan Palace or similar)
DAY 07: VIENTIANE – PAKSE – DONKHONG ISLAND (B/L)
Early morning flight by QV 512 (06.30-07.40) in Economy Class to Pakse, then a road to Ban Piengdee to take a ferry boat across the Mekong River to visit Wat Phou the ancient Khmer stone temple which listed by UNESCO for a part of world heritage site, Wat Phou is older than Angkor. It was founded in the first decades of the 9th century by Jayavarman II, the first king of an independent Khmer nation, Then take a drive to Donkhong Island. Afternoon, enjoy cycling around this biggest island on Mekong River with 09 Km width and 13 Km length. Overnight on Don Khong Island at Auberge Donkhong.
DAY 08: DONKHONG ISLAND – PAKSE (B/L)
Excursion by the traditional boat on the vast Mekong River to Siphadon area( the four thousand islands) to Donkhon island to visit Liphi waterfall, first French ship pier and first French local motive constructing during the first entry to Indochina. Then take a boat back to the mainland to visit Khon Phapheng the widest fall in South East Asia. Continue journey by driving back to Pakse. Visit Umong the Kmer Ruin temple dated on the 06th century. Overnight at Champasack Palace in Pakse.
DAY 09: PAKSE – TADFAN RESORT (B/L)
Take a drive about 48 Km to visit Tad Phasoum waterfall and hill tribe villages of Katu, Gae. Continue driving to visit tea and coffee plantation, Tadfan waterfall – the 250 meters fall surrounding by green forest. Enjoy the real nature here. Have dinner and overnight at Tad Fan resort.
DAY 10: TADFAN RESORT – PAKSE – UBON RATCHATHANI (B/L)
After breakfast, transfer to Chong Mek Lao-Thai international border. Then take a drive about 180 Km toward Cambodia border to visit Khao Phra Wihan, a renowned mountain top sanctuary on the Cambodian border (1500 year Kmer ruin) with superb view. Then transfer to Ubon Rachthani. Overnight in Ubonratchathani at Laithong Hotel.
DAY 11: UBON RATCHATHANI-BANGKOK (B)
Transfer to domestic airport to fly to Bangkok
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