Laos History and Heritage Trip
Laos is dominated by the Mekong River, the “mother of South East Asia” and spectacular scenery, and to make the most of these we travel by boat and foot as much as possible. Our journey takes us from the waterfalls to lush national parks, ancient historical mysteries and the UNESCO ...Read Full Description
- Laos; Luang Prabang, Laos; Vientiane, Laos
- Trip Length:
- 8 days
- Best Time to Go:
- January, February, March, April, September, October, November, December
- Recommended for:
Infants (under 2)
Children (2 - 5)
Children (6 - 8)
Children (9 - 11)
Children (12 - 14)
Children (15 - 17)
Adults (18 - 20)
Adults (25 - 29)
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Detailed Trip Description
Laos is dominated by the Mekong River, the “mother of South East Asia” and spectacular scenery, and to make the most of these we travel by boat and foot as much as possible. Our journey takes us from the waterfalls to lush national parks, ancient historical mysteries and the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang.
Day 1 - Vientiane
Arrival in Vientiane.
Arrival in VIENTIANE, the capital city of Laos. When you fly in you will see the green from the country around you, and you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.
After lunch, take a guided walking tour to That Stupa national monument, the National Museum, Wat Sisaket - the oldest temple in Vientiane – and the Ho Phra art museum.
Day 2 - Vientiane
Full day in Vientiane.
In the morning, visit a humanitarian project which works with children living on the streets, to understand about the issues facing the poorest people in the city and appreciate what is being done to help them. They also have a training restaurant where you can have lunch.
In the afternoon, walk to the independence monument (which looks very much like the Arc de Triomphe in Paris but without the traffic!), where you can climb the steps to the top and see the view over the city.
Day 3 - Laos
Explore the caves in Vang Vieng.
This morning you will drive to VANG VIENG, famed for its intricate network of limestone caves. There will be several stops on the way to see some Buddhas carved out of rocks in the forest, and one of the minority villages. A packed lunch is included. We will spend some time exploring the caves before continuing to our peaceful guesthouse on the outskirts of town, away from the tourist hordes.
Day 4 - Laos
A beautiful drive to Phonesavan.
A beautiful drive to Phonesavan, the site of the PLAIN OF JARS, travelling through the mountains.
On the way, stop at a cave that was used as a hospital during the time the Americans were fighting the Vietnamese – Laos, although neutral, was bombed repeatedly during this time and suffered many casualties.
Day 5 - Laos
Continue to visit some of the Jar sites.
Visit the market in the morning, to see all the fruit and vegetables available (and maybe even try a few!)
Continue to visit some of the Jar sites - covering an area of around 50km, with jars of up to 3 metres high, they continue to baffle historians. Recent theory is that they are funeral urns – the larger the jar, the more important the person – but other historical artefacts found in the area have brought the experts no closer to understanding the civilization that created them.
Day 6 - Luang Prabang
Travel to the UNESCO heritage city of Luang Prabang.
This is a very scenic trip - driving through many mountains, and you can stop to see the tea plantations. Also you will probably see many different kind of ethnic groups walking besides the road.
On arrival, it will be possible to go for a traditional Laos massage, before visiting the night market – an opportunity to buy some beautiful locally-made items at very reasonable prices.
Day 7 - Luang Prabang
Enjoy boat trip up the Mekong River to the famous caves of Pak Ou.
Take a boat trip up the Mekong River to the famous caves of Pak Ou - housing thousands of retired Buddha statues. We will have a packed lunch here (included) overlooking the river. In the afternoon, visit the Kwang Xi Waterfall, where you can have a swim surrounded by jungle.
Day 8 - Luang Prabang
Visit the Royal Palace museum and transfer to the airport.
In the morning, visit the Royal Palace museum for a guided tour to learn about the history of the Royal Family.
After lunch, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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