Golden stupas shimmer in the sunlight and French colonial villas embody the elegance of the former aristocracy as a thin mist reveals the mountain summits during your customizable Laos itinerary that will immerse you in a perfect week of luxury and discovery. A relaxed ambiance sweeps across the jungle terrain and the sleepy Vientiane while the Nam Song River offers incredible views to the amazing karsts that soar over the floodplains. Rice patty fields sweep across the lowlands, and coffee plantations...
Vientiane – Arrive in the Capital of Laos for an Introductory City Tour
The Mekong River winds and bends along the borders of the Laotian capital of Vientiane. Cafes, restaurants, and hotels overlook the banks of the river and offer comforting shade beneath the lush jungle canopy. The French influence of the colonial era continues to abound in the form of renovated villas and pavement cafes while locals remain in touch with their ancient culture that is embodied in the Buddhist temple spires that emerge from the trees. On the outskirts of town, rice paddies overtake the countryside and line the roadways between the cities.
Farmers wear conical hats to protect their face and neck from the sun as the landscape shimmers with emerald hues of the trees that rustle in the breeze along the riverfront. Your flight will land at Wattay International Airport, and your private transfer will greet you upon arrival and escort you to a hotel that offers an aristocratic ambiance of modern luxury mixed with French colonial flare. Take a moment to settle into the comforts of your lavish accommodation before meeting your guide in the lobby. Relish your introduction to the capital by embracing the traditional culture symbolized in the oldest temple of Vientiane, Wat Sisaket. The structure was the only temple to survive the Siamese-Lao war and dates back to the 19th century.
The structures offer insight into Laotian-Buddhist architecture with thousands of miniature Buddha statues that decorate the colonnades and sanctuaries. The original statues located inside the niches were carved out of silver, but have since been replaced with clay figures. Murals inside the main prayer hall depict the fascinating tales of the Buddha’s past lives, and the cloister contains more than 6,800 Buddha images for an impressive array of serene faces and devout focus. In the evening, you can make your way to out into the city for a delightfully flavorful welcome to Laotian cuisine and find bright flavors, colorful ingredients, and a comfortable ambiance.
Vientiane – Enjoy a Half-Day tour of Buddha Park and a Cooking Class
Vang Vieng – Visit Archeological Site Vang Xang, en route to Vang Vieng
Vang Vieng – Relish a Day of Exploration on the Nam Song River at Leisure
Luang Prabang – Delight in a Scenic Drive and Villages near Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang – Tour Luang Prabang and Enjoy a Mekong River Cruise
Luang Prabang – Visit the Royal Palace Museum before Departing for Home
- Travel along the Mekong River to discover the majestic caves that hide an antique shrine and thousands of Buddha statues
- Enjoy the flavors of Laos with a private cooking class that will introduce you to the bright, zesty, and luscious tastes of the traditional cuisine
- Discover the stunning waterfalls, turquoise lagoons, relaxing rivers, and dramatic karsts found across the Laotian countryside
- Visit a traditional Hmong village in the highlands outside of Luang Prabang
- View the crown jewels of Laos at the Royal Palace Museum, along with a solid gold statue of Buddha crafted in the 1st century AD
- Learn about the organic farm movement in Laos from a farmer eager to introduce you to the crops and lifestyle of a customary agriculturalist
- See the dramatic frescoes that decorate the ordination hall of Wat Sisaket, which depict the past lives of the Buddha in fascinating detail
- Venture to the top of Mount Phousi for panoramic views across the rivers and valley of Luang Prabang that lead to the skyline of magnificent mountains
Laos opens to the wonders of the landscape and the charms of the culture during your perfect 7-day tour of Laos. Whether visiting the grand temples, wandering the galleries of the Royal Palace Museum, or exploring the stunning caves that speckle the countryside, you will find friendly locals, hidden pools, exotic jungle, and fascinating cities. Your journey will begin with your arrival at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane. The capital of Laos has a relaxed, sleepy ambiance and will provide the perfect welcome. Your private transfer will greet you at the airport and escort you to your luxurious hotel inside a French villa.
Follow your guide on a half-day tour to visit the iconic temples of Vientiane and the Victory Monument before enjoying a dinner full of Laotian flavor. Relish your time in Buddha Park the next day to view the remarkable statues that depict the various images from Buddhist ideology. In the afternoon, you will meet with your private cooking instructor to wander the market and craft a perfect Laotian meal that will stay true to the customary tastes of the cuisine while adding personalized flavor to each dish.
Wake the next morning for a scenic drive to Vang Vieng. Visit the 11th-century reliefs at Vang Xang before reaching the riverside town, and the remainder of the day will be yours to explore the fascinating countryside found along the edges of the Nam Song River. Discover the many caves and then meet a local organic farmer to learn about the crops that thrive in the fertile soil of the floodplain. The next day will be yours to enjoy the pleasures of Vang Vieng at your leisure. Cruise down the river on an inner tube for a relaxed panoramic view of the karsts or take a bike ride into the countryside to find the Kaeng Nyui Waterfall. The next day, you will take the scenic Route 13 to Luang Prabang with a stop in a traditional Hmong village to learn about the distinctive culture and lifestyle of the culture.
After reaching Luang Prabang, you can climb to the top of Mount Phousi for an incredible panorama of the city and the surrounding mountains. Follow your guide on a tour of Luang Prabang the next day to view the temples and shaded streets. In the afternoon, you can cruise on the Mekong to visit Pak Ou Caves before visiting a village known for producing delicious, celebrated Lao Whiskey. Rise early the following day to spend time strolling through the galleries of the Royal Palace Museum for deeper insight into the Imperial past of Laos and Luang Prabang. View the crown jewels and a golden Buddha before your private transfer will escort you to Luang Prabang Airport for your flight home.
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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