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LA-15:
Discovery Mekong Cruise
Duration :
12 Day - 11 Nights Package
Route :
Vientiane - Luang Namtha - Moung Sing - Oudomxay - Muong La – Muong Khoua - Nong Khiow – Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientien
ITINERARY
Day 01:
Arrival - Vientiane

On arrival in Vientiane Capital, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. On the banks of the Mekong River, Vientiane is the charming and fascinating capital of Laos. This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. This afternoon exploration visiting Wat Sisaket which is the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. The following sight is Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, where previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. We then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa. Overnight in Vientiane.

Meals: none
Day 02:
Vientiane - Luang Namtha - Muang Singh

The journey northwards begins as we board the flight to Luang Namtha, a land of rugged mountains, beautiful tropical forest, rich of rivers plain and sharing the border with China and Myanmar . Today Luang Namtha is populated by over twenty ethnic groups that make this region one of the most ethnically diverse provinces in Laos . On arrival, we travel by roads to Moung Sing, stopping along the way at the Akha hill tribe village. This ethnic group was originally in China but immigrated into Laos down centuries. They are very poor, but have an interesting culture and a colorful history. Overnight in Moung Sing. (B)

Meals: B
 
Day 03:
Muang Singh - One day Trekking

The remote and extremely beautiful mountain region of Muong Sing is ideal for anyone seeking a true adventure and trekking expedition. After breakfast we have time strolling round this small town where many ethnic minorities are frequently seen on the m ain street while small vendors along the street sell local textiles and handicraft. Upon leaving the town we take a short drive north before we set off on a half-day walk, using the local tracks. We pass through the breathtaking mountain landscape to the Yao , Akha and Lanten hill tribe villages, and are sure to attraction attention as this part of the country explored by very few visitors. Overnight at Moung Sing.

Meals: B
Day 04:

Moung Sing – Luang Namtha – Oudomxay

An early morning departure to Oudomxay. These back roads are a perfect way to explore the real Laos . We see very few other travelers, mostly rural dwellers who are just as interested in finding out about our lives as we are of theirs. The drive is difficult at times; however the verdant and rugged mountain scenery combined with the colorful local population makes for a memorable experience. On arrival we check in a very simple hotel and take a walk to explore this hill town. Overnight at Oudomxay.

Meals: B
Day 05:

Oudomxay – Muong La – Muong Khoua

The local market also attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to barter and trade their goods. We visit this congregation before we set off on our journey along the Nambak River to Muong La. Here is a chance to visit Praxack Kham Temple with its sacred Buddha image. This 400-year-old statue legendary possesses many supernatural powers, which are widely worshipped among local people. Upon leaving Muong La, the roads begin to deteriorate but the drive is very interesting as we pass through the scenic landscape. Overnight in Muong Khoua.

Meals: B
Day 06:

Muong Khoua – Nong Khiow – Luang Prabang (Boat)

Today, embark a long trail traditional boat down stream for a leisurely trip on the Nam Ou River, enjoying with green and Along the way we stop to visit the mysterious caves of Pak Ou which are crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various sizes. We continue our trip to Luang Prabang. This former royal capital with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop retains a unique charm rarely found in all Asia . There is little traffic on Luang Prabang roads and monks in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas to shade themselves from the Sun. Over night in Luang Prabang.

Meals: B
Day 07:

Luang Prabang - City Tours

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, is not to be missed. We visit this sight as well as the magnificent Wat Xiengthong. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways. Heading out of this area, we explore some other major sights including the impressive stupa of Wat Sene, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Sene and Wat Mai. The perfect way to round off the day is to watch the Atacular sunset over the Mekong River from the top of Phousi Mount. 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 Luang Prabang.

Meals: B
Day 08:

Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng

An early morning breakfast and departure to Vang Vieng. The journey is strenuous as we drive along one of the most scenic but rough routes in the whole of Asia . We arrive in Vang Vieng, a small town that is located on a bend in the Nam Song River . This tranquil town is rapidly developed with the advent of tourist, but the beautiful scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops is unchanged for century. We embark on our boat for a well-paced trip on the Nam Song River , exploring the breathtaking mountain landscape and the famous cave of Tham Jang . Over night in Vang Vieng.

Meals: B
Day 09:

Vang Vieng - One day Trekking

Heading out of town, we take a short drive before we set off on a full day’s trek from Ban Phatang village through undulating hillsides and paddy fields. On the way, we visit Tham Hoy Cave and Ban Phathao village which is home to the Hmong ethnic minorities. After a picnic lunch, we continue walking and exploring the fantastic limestone karsts formation. The trekking ends when we arrive to Ban Tham Xang by late afternoon. At this small village, we have a chance to explore the interesting local life style and enjoy a traditional dance performed by villagers. Over night in Vang Vieng.

Meals: B
Day 10:

Vang Vieng - Vientiane

Breakfast, we drive ahead to the capital city of Laos is Vientiane which is located on the banks of the Mekong River . This small town conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. After a half day traveling by winding roads, we arrive in Vientiane and start our city tour [if time permits]. We visit Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane . This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha images. The following sight is Haw Prakeo, the former royal temple of Laos monarchy, where previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Statue. We then visit the imposing Patuxay Monument which is well known as Vientiane ’s own Arc de Triumph before continuing to the famous That Luang Stupa. Overnight in Vientiane.

Meals: B
Day 11:

Vientiane - Depature

After breakfast, we visit the Morning Market and the weaving village of Ban Nong Bouathong (if time permits). The tour ends after your transfer to Wattay Airport for departure.

Meals: B
End of Tours
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Package Includes
  • Accommodation at hotel base on twin sharing basis
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Tours as per itinerary including entry fee
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • English / German / French speaking guide (others languages are available upon requested)
  • Drinking water, cool towel refreshments during the trip
  • Boat on Mekong
  • Accidential insurance
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  • Meals other than those mentioned in the program.
  • Personal items & hotel incidental charges.
  • Personal drinks at the meal times.
  • Gratuities to the guide, driver or hotel's porter
  • Internationa airport tax (US$ 10.-)
  • Laos visa on arrival ($30.-)