Experience unbridled luxury and unfathomable discovery while exploring Laos. Golden temple spires soar above the forest canopy. French villas embellished with Laotian accents offer a unique understanding of the contemporary colonial era. Ancient jars reaching eight feet tall speckle secluded plains and the former Royal Palace guards a majestic Buddha statue made of solid gold. From the banks of the Mekong to the cliffs towering over the Nam Song River, your customizable tour offers the unrivaled...
Luang Prabang – Imperial Luxury
The Mekong and Khan Rivers converge near the rolling mountains of Laos’s northern landscape. Lush greenery spreads across the riverbanks and sporadically shading the cobbled historical streets of Luang Prabang, the former imperial capital of the country until the 16th century. Frangipanis blossom through the cityscape, providing a comforting, sweet aroma throughout the day. The gilded temple crowning the neighboring summit of Mount Phu Si glints against the jade leaves of the forest canopy. Your flight lands at Luang Prabang International Airport, where your private transfer greets you upon arrival.
The relaxed ambiance emanates from the rustling leaves, colorful flowers, historical streets, and 33 temples creating the elegant skyline. French colonial villas line the walkways, offering a glimpse of the 19th and 20th centuries while the country was under foreign influence. Your marvelous hotel offers an enchanting view of the mountains rolling across the horizon within the traditional Laotian architectural style. Teak wood offers endless freshness, accented with silk and cotton for a smooth, gentle appearance. Your introduction to Laos and Laotian culture begins with a traditional Baci ceremony.
The Shaman greets you with a friendly smile amongst the aroma of lingering bamboo emanating from the surrounding forest. The Shaman ties a white cotton string around your wrist and begins with good wishes for your journey through the country. You stand near a handmade pyramid crafted out of marigolds. The petals flutter in the gentle hillside breeze. The Shaman places a glass of Laotian whiskey and banana leaf near a pair of candles and flowers. You receive the blessing with your hands out and palms down. The Shaman brushes a string against your skin, sweeping away the bad spirits and replacing them with positive vibes for the perfect welcome to Laos.
Luang Prabang – Beyond the Gilded Spires
Luang Prabang – On the Mekong Waters
Phonsavan – The Road onto the Plain
Phonsavan – Reach of the Enchanting Plains
Vang Vieng – On Tranquil Waters
Vientiane – Along the Mekong Bend
Vientiane – In Temple Glory
Vientiane – An Endless Luxury
- Discover the secluded Plain of Jars to view the ancient artifacts scattered across an open field crafted by a civilization unknown to archaeologists
- Revel in a traditional Baci ceremony to bless your journey and welcome you to Laos
- Delight in the charm and elegance of Luang Prabang on a full day guided tour to view the graceful temples of the imperial capital city, along with a staggering Buddha carved out of pure gold
- Venture to the top of Mount Phu Si for an unparalleled view of the surrounding mountains and valleys, along with the 33 separate spires of Luang Prabang
- Enter into the Pak Ou Caves to find thousands of Buddha statues decorating the caverns, creating local shrines spanning thousands of years
- Visit the village of Ban Muang Keo to learn the secrets of crafting Laotian whiskey, before partaking in a sample with local villagers
- Relish the limestone cliffs and caves surrounding Vang Vieng, where you can find a reclining Buddha bathed in the sunlight at Tham Phu Kham
- Meet members of the Hmong and Tai Dam ethnic communities while exploring the countryside around Phonsavan
Luxury and devotion blend together in the gilded spires of Laotian temples while regal ambiance emanates from the preserved French villas. Your 9-day tour of Laos embodies contemporary opulence and comfort while enjoying endless discoveries across the emerald landscape, beginning with your arrival in Luang Prabang. Your private transfer meets you at Luang Prabang International Airport and escorts you to a stunning hotel crafted with traditional Laotian architecture as inspiration. After settling into the comforts of your hotel, you will partake in a Baci ceremony, during which a shaman will bless your journey and welcome you to Laos.
The next morning, your guide meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you on a full day guided tour of the former imperial capital. Enjoy the relaxed ambiance and stunning temple complexes, including the elegance of Wat Xieng Thong and the gilded stupa atop Phousi Hill. You will also take your time exploring the Royal Palace Museum. Step onto a boat to cruise the Mekong River. You embark on a tour of the Pak Ou Caves before visiting Ban Muang Keo village, which is known for its master weavers and skilled whiskey distillers.
You have a scenic drive south to the town of Phonsavan. Relish the passing mountain scenery, farms, and forest before arriving in Phonsavan with the remainder of the day at leisure. You can visit the Fresh Food Market to view the goods enjoyed by the local ethnic tribes whose villages speckle the countryside. Next, you set out with your guide to tour the Plain of Jars, a spectacle of ancient stone jars decorating the landscape. Visit local hill tribes, such as Tai Dam and Hmong ethnic communities, before returning to Phonsavan.
Afterward, your scenic drive takes you along farmlands and valleys to reach the streets of Vang Vieng. Take to the waters of the Nam Song River to float in an inter-tube or trek the limestone hills to discover the temples and pagodas hidden in the trees and mountains. Your guide meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Vientiane, the capital city of Laos. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to visit the Patuxai Memorial or the Laos National Museum. Then, your guide takes you on an encompassing tour of Vientiane’s grand and historical temples. Your private transfer meets you at the hotel on the final day and escorts you to Wattay International Airport for your flight home.
$7,600 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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