Laos Essence 4-day Tour
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Top Tours in Vientiane
A four-day tour takes in the sights of Laos. Explore the exotic temples and palaces of Vientiane, fly to Luang Prabang – the entire town is a UNESCO site! Discover Buddhist Temples over 500 years old and enrich your knowledge of this magical country on a Mekong River trip.
Duration: 4 Days
Place & Transport: Arrive in Vientiane, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Vientiane)
Place & Transport: Vientiane
Today's Activities: Wat Sisaket, Royal Temple of Wat Prakeo, That Luang Stupa, Patuxai Monument(Victory Gate), Morning Market, Lao National Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
- Wat Sisaket (1 hour): The temple was built between 1819 and 1824 by King Anou. According to tradition, this was where the Lao lords and nobles came to swear allegiance to the King. When the Siamese sacked Vientiane in 1828, they spared this temple, perhaps because it is built in a style similar to Thai temples. The French restored the temple in 1924, and again around 1930.
Although it is ostensibly a museum, Wat Sisaket is still a working monastery, with several monks and novices in residence.
- Royal Temple of Wat Prakeo (50 minutes): Situated next to the Presidential Palace, this temple was the temple of the former Lao Royal family. Formerly, the temple was the home of the emerald Buddha, that was taken back by the Thais in 1778 and now resides in Bangkok.
The emerald Buddha, firstly, resided at a city named Lampang in northern Thailand and was in territory of the Lanna Kingdom. In 1472, a King of the Lanna Kingdom named Tiloka Raja took the emerald Buddha to the capital of the Kingdom named Chiang Mai.
In 1552, a half booded King (Lanna and Lao) of the Lanna Kingdom named Jayajesthadhiraja (or Chaiya Chettha Thirat) was requested by the court of the Kingdom of Laos to come back to reign at Luang Phrabang. So, he brought the emerald Buddha with him to Luang Phrabang. In 1564, he again brought him to the new capital named Vientiane (Wiang Chan). Until the year 1779, the King of the Thonburi Kingdom named Taksin, came to Vientiane and took him back to Thailand but resided him in the new capital named Thonburi.
- That Luang Stupa (50 minutes): A symbol of Laos’s nationhood and the country's most sacred Buddhist monument, That Luang was built in the 16th century under the rule of King Setthathirat. A symbol of the main stupa appears on the country's national seal.
After being destroyed by the Thai invasion in the 19th century, the monument was later restored to its original design, with inclusion of many references to Lao culture and identity, hence its status as a symbol of the nation. Each level features different architectural designs with encoded Buddhist doctrine.
- Patuxai Monument(Victory Gate) (20 minutes): The memorial monument of Patuxay is one of the most prominent landmarks in the city of Vientiane. It is also called the Victory Monument (Laos's own Arc de Triomphe, a small replica of the Paris original) It was constructed in its prominent position on Lan Xang Avenue. Architecture was inspired by the "Arc de Triomphe" in Paris; the design incorporates typical Lao motifs including "Kinnari", a mythical birdwoman.
During the day, the monument can be climbed and makes an excellent vantage point overlooking the city.
- Morning Market (20 minutes): Central market known as the ‘Morning Market’ which is a great place for browsing antiques, handmade textiles and gifts.
- Lao National Museum (40 minutes): This French colonial building, formerly a government office block, is now used to document the struggles and the eventual overthrowing of the French and the subsequent implementation of the communist structure. The Museum Revolution is a two-storey colonial mansion, separated into different sections; each relevant to the country's history. Departments include culture, archaeology, history and politics, with the latter two making up the majority of the display. This is an interesting way to get better acquainted with the history of Laos through the eyes of the country and visitors should keep in mind that the English translations are not that detailed but the photographs and displays are well put together and insightful all the same.
Place & Transport: Vientiane to Luang Prabang, Flight No. TBA
Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Vientiane), Airport Transfer (Luang Prabang), Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun), Pak Ou Caves
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch
- Wat Xieng Thong (50 minutes): A masterpiece of Buddhist architecture from the 16th century, impressing visitors with its golden facades and mural paintings. The temple was used for the highest royal ceremonies and to temporarily house the bodies of deceased kings. Built in 1560, by King Setthathirat, Wat Xieng Thong remained in royal benefaction until 1975. Placed on the northern tip of Luang Prabang, the magnificent structure is fringed by the river.
- Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun) (20 minutes): Built in 1513, this is the oldest temple in Luang Prabang. Originally built with wood the temple was remade with brick and stucco after it was set fire to by Black Haw riders in 1887. The sloping-style of the roof is a distinctive feature due to the fact that it is a not a common Laotian design trait. Inside the building is a stupa that was commissioned in 1503, complete with small Buddha images made from precious materials and sacred objects, many of which were stolen when the Haw invaded the temple.
- Pak Ou Caves: The famous "Buddha caves" are north of town on the Mekong and can be reached by road (approx 1 hr) or river boat (around 1.5 hrs). Alternatively, you can hire canoes and a guide for the day, which would allow you to view the beautiful scenery and visit the caves without throngs of other tourists. It's also possible to finish the trip at the 'whisky village' where the local Laolao (lao rice spirit) is made. There are two caves - one on the entry level and another - the upper caves - on top of the hill. A very steep climb, but worth the efforts. A candle or torch recommended to see the upper cave, as it is dark.
- Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge.
- Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
- More people more discounts. Low season, lower price.
- * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy
|Nov.1 - Mar. 31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
|Apr.1 - Oct.31||Superior||Deluxe||Economy||Single Room Supplement *|
Tour Length: 4 Days
Attractions: Wat Sisaket, Royal Temple of Wat Prakeo, That Luang Stupa, Patuxai Monument(Victory Gate), Morning Market, Lao National Museum, Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Wisunarat (Wat Visoun), Pak Ou Caves
|Vientiane||Sabaidee Lao Hotel
||Sabaidee Lao Hotel
|Luang Prabang||New Daraphet hotel
||Villa Santi Hotel
||New Daraphet hotel
- Entrance Fees:
To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
All meals as specified in the itinerary.
If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
- Private Transfers:
Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Vientiane, Luang Prabang by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
Vientiane To Luang Prabang Transfer via: Flight, TBA (Our arrangements)
- Service Charge & Government Taxes:
The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
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- Luggage Transfers:
Between airports and hotels.
The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
- International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
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- Excess Baggage Charges.
Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
- Personal Expenses:
Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
- Single Room Supplement.