Your custom tailored tour uncovers the splendor of Laos’s contemporary and imperial capitals through their distinguished elegance and beauty. Venture into the countryside to discover staggering waterfalls feeding into turquoise pools. Discover the former Royal Palace as it displays the glittering frame of a solid gold Buddha icon. Follow the path set by 3rd-century monks who brought a Buddha relic from India and stand beneath the grandeur of the Victory Monument as it pronounces the independent...
Vientiane – Glories of the Capital
The wide boulevards of Vientiane lead to historical temples and Buddhist monks trail robes of burnt sage. Temples glitter amongst the emerald hues of the canopy. Dragon statues shimmering with gilded exteriors lunge out of temple doorways. The scent of frangipani and tamarind blend with the aroma of fresh pastries drifting out of the French cafes. Your flight lands at Wattay International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon your arrival. Entering into the heart of the historic center, you pass antique French villas dating back to the colonial days and waters of the Mekong River rushing against the edges of the city.
You take a moment to settle into the comforts of your hotel, situated inside a renovated French villa that offers the charms of the city’s past, accentuated with contemporary luxuries. Your guide greets you in the lobby, eager to introduce you to the Laotian capital on a walking tour around Pha That Luang, the most important monument in the country. The golden stupa represents Laos’s sovereignty, along with the embodying of a grand symbol of the Buddhist religion. The aroma of blossoming frangipani blends with the scent of incense.
The golden exterior of the shrine flickers in the passing sunlight. Your guide explains the legend surrounding the complex, which states that missionaries from India erected the stupa in the 3rd century to enclose a piece of Buddha’s breastbone. The shrine reaches a height of nearly 150 feet with a cloister measuring more than 275 feet. Images of Buddha adorn the walls. Your guide points to the statue of Jayavarman VII, the king who converted the Khmer empire to Buddhism during the era of Angkor.
Vientiane – At the Heart of Vientiane’s Temples
Luang Prabang – Discovering the Imperial Capital and Culture
Luang Prabang – Waters of the Mekong
Luang Prabang – Around Turquoise Pools
Luang Prabang – Laos with Locals
Luang Prabang – Morning in Luang Prabang
- Enjoy a boat ride down the mighty Mekong River to view life on the riverbanks and explore unique Buddhist shrines carved into limestone cliffs
- Witness the stunning turquoise glow of Kuang Si Waterfall and the natural pools forming below
- Visit a local village to view the continued tradition of textile work on antique looms crafting colorful, intricate, and unique garments
- Participate in the morning procession where locals silently offer alms to passing monks in the form of food
- Relish the unique handcrafts and charming ambiance of the Night Market in Luang Prabang
- View the remarkable solid gold Buddha statue on display in the Royal Palace Museum
- Wander through a contemporary Buddhist temple of Pha That Luang, erected over a 3rd-century shrine built to house a relic of Buddha
Indulge in a culturally immersive tour of Laos during your 7-day exploration of the palaces and pagodas around Vientiane and Luang Prabang. The journey begins with your arrival in Vientiane, the contemporary capital of Laos. Your private transfer meets you at Wattay International Airport and leads you to a marvelous hotel situated inside a renovated French villa. Your guide meets you in the lobby after you have had a chance to settle into the comforts of your accommodation. Set out on a half-day tour of the city’s marvels to visit the imposing stupa at Pha That Luang, which was erected in the 3rd century.
You meet your guide after breakfast the following morning to continue your exploration of Vientiane, taking to the remarkable temples of Wat Si Saket and Wat Ong Teu Mahawihan. Continue into the Buddha Park to find sculptures connecting the mythological figures of Hindu and Buddhist mythology before ending the day along the bustling promenade of the Riverside Night Market. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel the next day and escorts you to the airport for your brief flight to Luang Prabang.
You quickly settle into the luxuries of your hotel after landing at Luang Prabang International Airport. Your guide greets you in the lobby and leads you on a remarkable tour of the former imperial capital city of Luang Prabang, taking you to visit the 33 temples, Royal Palace Museum, and gilded stupa adorning the summit of Mount Phu Si. You venture to the roadside before the dawn of the next morning to participate in the morning procession of monks by giving alms to the passing clerics in the form of food. You continue to the banks of the Mekong to board a boat bound for the Pak Ou Caves.
View the staggering collection of Buddha icons and meet locals in a nearby village who continue to weave marvelous textiles in accordance with traditional patterns before returning to Luang Prabang. Next, you immerse yourself in village life at Phone Say, located off the main road. You learn the traditions of the village and the importance of heritage before spending time in the vibrant Night Market. On the final day, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Luang Prabang International Airport for your flight home.
$1,255 per person (excluding international flights)
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