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11D / 10N - Authentic Laos 

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Local Agent : Caroline

Duration : 11 days / 10 nights

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Let us guide you to discover the main treasures of Laos, the ancient Kingdom of the Land Of Million Elephants.  Make unforgettable encounters in the midst of amazing landscapes and then stroll through the heritage town of Luang Prabang. An all in one overview of enchanting Laos.

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DAYS Summary
Day 01 ARRIVAL - VIENTIANE
Day 02 VIENTIANE - NAM NGUM LAKE
Day 03 NAM NGUM LAKE
Day 04 NAM NGUM LAKE - VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG
Day 05 LUANG PRABANG
Day 06 LUANG PRABANG - KUANGSI - LUANG PRABANG
Day 07 LUANG PRABANG - NAM XUANG VILLAGE
Day 08  NAM XUANG VILLAGE - NONG KHIAW
Day 09 NONG KHIAW - BAN SOB CHAEM - MUANG NGOI - NONG KHIAW
Day 10 NONG KHIAW - LUANG PRABANG
Day 11 LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE

BEGINNING OF  AsiaMyWay SERVICES

DAY 01 : ARRIVAL - VIENTIANE

Arrival at Vientiane airport.

Sabaidee ! Welcome to the Ancient Kingdom of the Land of Million Elephants.

You will be met at the airport of Vientiane by an English-speaking guide who will then take you to the hotel for your installation.

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In the afternoon, you will set off for a first discovery of Vientiane, the capital of Laos. Despite significant development in the past few years, Vientiane remains a peaceful capital with a human dimension compared to neighboring countries.

You can visit :

. Phra That Luang: This great golden reliquary surrounded by a cloister is the most sacred religious building in the country, which according to the beliefs would shelter a hair of the Buddha. It has become one of the emblems of the Lao nation, and every year there is a great feast in November, attracting monks from all over the country

. Patuxay: A local triumphal arch, it was built in the 1950s and 1960s to commemorate the soldiers who died during World War II and then fought for independence ... From its summit you will enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

. Vat Si Muang: Amongst the oldest temple of the city, even though the present sanctuary is much more recent, this temple is the most popular in the capital according to locals who regularly come to make vows and offerings during events that punctuate their daily lives.

You will end the day with a stroll on the banks of the Mekong for sunset, visit the night market that has become an institution and place to gather where locals and tourists cross in a friendly and family manner.

Dinner – FREE – At your expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 02 : VIENTIANE - NAM NGUM LAKE

Breakfast at the hotel.

In the morning, you will end your first stop in Laos’s capital with the discovery of two of the most important temple.

- Vat Sisaket: the oldest temple, because not destroyed during the raid led by the Siamese armies at the beginning of the 19th century. It is characterized among other things by a chapel whose walls are full of small holes where are filed small statues of the Buddha, and shelter a collection of Buddha in bronze.

- Vat Ho Phra Keow: Built in the 16th century to house the Emerald Buddha, today in Bangkok, it was destroyed in the 19th century by the Siamese armies. Rebuilt by the French during the protectorate, it now houses a small museum of religious art ...

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Then, you will go to Ban Tha Heua Village, situated on the shores of the Nam Ngum Lake, with some stops along the way to visit a local market, and the site of Vang Sang, a small sanctuary of the Buddha engraved in large rock blocks in the forest.

Arrival on the lakeside at the end of the day and installation in your bungalows at the Sanctuary Nam Ngum Resort.

This resort is located on the edge of the lake and has a floating swimming pool where you can bath and refresh at the end of the day in a dream frame.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

The resort is a little paradise still unknown by travelers, nestled in the midst of nature. It offers a superb environment for non-motorized activities in family or solo (paddle boats, kayaks, bicycles, ...) and allows a total immersion with the possible meeting of the locals including a community of fishermen installed on its shores. A space dedicated to nature that calls for relaxation. 

DAY 03 : NAM NGUM LAKE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Surrounded by hills, this artificial lake born from the construction of a hydroelectric dam on the Nam Ngum river owes its beauty to the many islets that it contains. In a calm and relaxing atmosphere, you will have the leisure to appreciate this site where nature has gradually resumed its rights, for a total change of scenery!

You will embark for a boat trip on the lake dotted with small islands in order to discover the organization of the life mode of the fishermen  with their houses on stilts, floating petrol station and fishing net made of bamboo etc. Then stop for a short time at Tad Heua village and its local market.

Picnic lunch prepared by the resort.

Then you will dock on a small sandbanked island allowing you to swim but also to visit a small traditional farm. Then you will reach another small village; Houay Phanom to enjoy an in house coffee or tea and discover the weaving techniques before returning to the Resort at the end of the day.

Free time to relax at leisure and enjoy the facilities of the Resort before aperitif time!

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 04 :  NAM NGUM LAKE - VANG VIENG - LUANG PRABANG

Breakfast at the hotel.
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You will leave early in the day for Vang Vieng, a city renowned for its karst mountain landscapes reminding of those of Halong Bay in Vietnam.

You will drive through these fairy-tale landscapes and observe the rural life of small villages before embarking on a pirogue trip on the Nam Song River and discovering the "Tham Tjiang" cave, one of the many caves in the region. It is reached by a large staircase of 147 steps with an exceptional panorama over the valley. This cavity sheltered the local people regularly during the troubled periods and successive wars (plundering, clashes ...)

Lunch in a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, you will continue your way to Luang Prabang by a nice mountain road, with some stops along the way, including a small market where you can buy forest products (animals, plants, traditional remedies ...)

Arrival at the end of the day in Luang Prabang, the former royal capital and one of the most beautiful cities in South East Asia, declared World Heritage by the UNESCO.

Check-in at the hotel

Dinner – FREE - At your own expense.

Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 05 : LUANG PRABANG

Suggestion without guide:

The early birds will be able to go to the ritual of the Tak Bak, the offerings to the monks by the faithful, in order to follow the procession of the bonzes. Beware, this religious ritual, which is especially important for the Buddhist faithful, has unfortunately also become a tourist attraction, some paparazzi tourists stalking the photo of the monks who have become stars despite themselves, others disrupting the ritual by participating in it without knowledge of the rules to respect.

Breakfast at the hotel.

You will start the discovery of Luang Prabang by a city tour by tuk-tuk and visit its famous temples which call for the quietude with amongst others:

 - Vat Mai: built at the beginning of the 18th century, it is one of the most beautiful temples in the city, with its special roof with 5 sides, and its veranda sheltering a golden façade recounting episodes of the Ramayana mingled with everyday life scenes .... The temple of the royal family, former residence of the head of the Buddhist community, the Phra Bang, the effigy of the most sacred Buddha in the country, is exposed every year for a few days at New Year's Eve as to be watered by lustral water.

Lunch in a restaurant.

- Royal Palace having become a national museum : Built at the beginning of the 20th century, it housed the royal family until the abolition of the monarchy in 1975. It is possible to discover the official spaces, as well as the royal family. The Phra Bang, the Buddha statue that gave the city its name, is housed in a recent chapel built in the gardens of the Palace

- Vat Visoun: built in the 16th century, is one of the oldest temples in the city still active. Partly destroyed in the 19th century during the invasion of the Black Pavilions, Chinese pirates from Yunnan, it was rebuilt a few years later almost identically, masonry walls replacing those initially made of wood. It houses an impressive collection of ancient statues of the Buddha. Within the walls of the temple is also That Makmo, a stupa with a unique shape in Laos...

- Museum T.A.E.C: whose collection allows to discover the great diversity and cultural richness of the different ethnic groups living in Laos (Laos, Hmong, Tai, Kamu, Akha ...)

- Vat Xieng Thong: Founded in the 16th century, the "Temple of the Golden City" is considered to be the most beautiful in the country, with the roofs of the main sanctuary descending almost to the ground and the fineness of its decorations, Mosaic of the tree of life adorning the back of the sim or the small red chapel housing a very rare lying Buddha. A newer building also houses the former funerary car of the Kings of Laos.

At the end of the day, the bravest ones (about 300 steps) will climb Mount Phousi, a sacred hill located in the center of the peninsula. From its summit, it offers a panoramic view of the city, the Mekong and the surrounding mountains.

Dinner – FREE - At your own expense

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 06 : LUANG PRABANG - KUANG SI - LUANG PRABANG

Breakfast at the hotel. 

The day begins with a morning walk at the morning local market.

Then you will be driven to the Kuang Si Falls by a pretty winding road in the middle of the rice fields and the teak plantations and crossing small quiet villages;

Discovery of Kuang Si Park, where are housed in large enclosures a few collar bears who escaped poachers. Walk in the forest along the river and along a succession of basins of a turquoise color suitable for swimming. This will delight adventurers' souls of any travelers.

Lunch at the Carpe Diem restaurant, located below the site, away from the crowds.

This restaurant offers fusion cuisine full of flavor in a dream decor... You will surround small turquoise basins and will be able to swim between two dishes! In addition, Carpe Diem pays 5% of the profits to the ASAS association whose purpose is to build access to drinking water and participate in the schools rehabilitation in isolated villages in northern Laos.

Free time with a possibility to swim for those who want.

Return to Luang Prabang in the afternoon, and continue to the villages of Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xieng Lek, two weaving villages where a number of papermaking factories have also been established.

End of the day free at leisure.

Dinner – FREE - At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 07 : LUANG PRABANG - NAM XUANG VILLAGE

Breakfast at the hotel.

A bucolic, energetic, social and immersive stage awaits you this day ...

In the morning you will head to the Living Land Farm to discover and participate in all stages of rice cultivation (from the plant to the harvest to your plate!)

Lunch on site at the restaurant overlooking the rice fields.

Then you will take the road to a village on the banks of the Nam Xuang River, of which we have the secret ... to guarantee you a real encounter with the locals

Once settled down, meet with your host, then walk through the gardens and orchards to pick up some ingredients that will be part of the evening meal. You can then go on a pirogue trip on the river for an introduction to local fishing techniques. At the end of the day, volunteers can participate in the preparation of the dinner.

Dinner and homestay overnight. (basic comfort)

DAY 08 : NAM XUANG VILLAGE - NONG KHIAW

Your morning will begin with a small passage at the pagoda to attend the offerings ceremony.

Breakfast within the family house.

Then discover the village, its habitat, its traditional economic activities: weaving, basketwork, netting, embroidery, some more seasonal (gold panning)

At the end of the morning you will leave your host family and head for Ban Pak Ou. Crossing the Mekong in a dugout canoe to reach the right bank of the river and discover the Pak Ou  caves, which shelter hundreds of statues of the Buddha deposited over the years by the faithful.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

Continuation to Nong Khiaw where you will arrive late afternoon. Installation in your bungalows on the Nam Ou river.

Enjoy some free time at leisure at the end of the day.

Nong Khiaw is a large village in northern Laos, nestled in the heart of the karstic mountains and bordered by the Nam Ou River ... A little air from the end of the world with,as bonus, a breathtaking landscape ... It will also be the opportunity to discover the Kamu and Hmong ethnic groups that still inhabit this region in the mountains of northern Laos.

Dinner - FREE - At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 09 : NONG KHIAW - BAN SOB CHAEM - MUANG NGOI - NONG KHIAW

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure by private boat for a beautiful cruise on the river Nam Ou, amidst stunning landscapes of karst cliffs to the village of Ban Sob Chaem, a small weavers' village.

Then stop in Muang Ngoy, opportunity to take a walk in the middle of the rice fields always surrounded by these landscapes of karst cliffs.

Lunch in a local restaurant.

At the end of the day, return by boat to Nong Khiaw and have some free time.

Dinner - FREE - At your own expense.

Overnight at the resort.

DAY 10 : NONG KHIAW - LUANG PRABANG

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In the morning, climb up to the top of Pha Daeng (about 3:30 walking round trip) for a panoramic view of Nong Khiaw and its surroundings before starting the descent and lunch in a local restaurant on the way back to town.

In the afternoon, you will return to Luang Prabang by private boat to cruise the Nam Ou river until the Pak Nga dam (approx. 2h30 to 3h of navigation) where you will be expected by your driver. Continuation by road to Luang Prabang.

Check-in at the hotel late afternoon.

Dinner - FREE - At your own expense.

Overnight at the hotel.

DAY 11 : LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE

Breakfast at the hotel.

Free day until your transfer to Luang Prabang airport for your return flight.

Lunch - FREE - At your own expense.

END OF AsiaMyWay SERVICES

PRICE LIST in $USD

PRICE PER PERSON
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

 HIGH SEASON
from 01/10/2019 until 31/03/2019
  3* HOTEL 4* HOTEL

2 pers.

1 684 $ +462 $


3 pers.

1 374 $

4 pers.

1 223 $

5 pers.

1 172 $

6 pers.

1 103 $
   

Single Supp.

 +392$ + 453$
Price per person
Double Occupancy
LOW SEASON
From 01/04/2019 until 30/09/2019
   3* HOTEL  4* HOTEL
2 pers.  1 573 $
+ 213 $


 
3 pers. 1 270 $
4 pers.  1 124 $
5 pers. 1 074 $
6 pers.  1 007 $
   
Single Supp. + 315 $ + 205 $

TRAVEL CONDITIONS

Price includes :

  • Transfers,
  • Visits and entrance fees as per mentioned in the program,
  • Accommodation and breakfast in hotels as per mentioned in the program,
  • The meals mentioned in the program,
  • Lugguage porters,
  • English-speaking tour guide(s) as mentioned in the program,

Price excludes :

  • Visa fee (30usd + 1 photo ID),
  • International flights,
  • Beverages,
  • Meals not mentionned in the program,
  • Extras and personal expenses,
  • Tips for guides and drivers ($3 for the guide ans $2for the driver, per day per person),
  • Insurances,
  • Exit Airport departure taxes  ( usually included in the price of your international flight ticket) 

our local agent

Caroline Debonnaire

Living in a universe without borders where open-mindedness is customary is my watchword. My Indian, Vietnamese and Laotian origins are for something. Wishing to travel the world, I did so everytime it was possible. From the African continent to South America, I finally come back to my roots. I settled down between Vietnam and Laos where to this day I live in peace, following the rhythm of the Mekong River  called "The Mother of the waters" as my ancestors did, before the events of 1975.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources Management, I was able to make my passion a full time job. During my travels, I became aware of the social and solidarity economy and the challenges of sustainable development. I therefore found my way: organizing trips accompanied by quality local guides, impregnated with an "adventurer" spirit off the usual tracks whilst giving travelers keys to understanding the visited countries. My conception of alternative tourism was born.

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