North Laos - Sun N' Sea Tours

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8 days, 7 nights
Vientiane, Laos

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Vientiane, Muang La, Nong Khiaw, Luang Prabang.

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North Laos

Itinerary

Day 1 VIENTIANE ARRIVAL
Day 2 VIENTIANE CITY TOUR
Day 3 VIENTIANE FLY, OUDOM XAY, MUANG LA 
Day 4 MUANG LA; 4x4 adventure & Ban Phavie trek
Day 5 OUDOM XAY, MUANG KHUA, NONG KHIAW
Day 6  NONG KHIAW, PAK OU CAVE, LUANG PRABANG
Day 7 LUANG PRABANG ; Tak Bat, Walking tour, Monas tic School visit
Day 8 LUANG PRABANG, departure 

Day 1 VIENTIANE ARRIVAL

Upon arrival in Vientiane you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Vientiane, capital of Laos, located on the banks of the Mekong River, the city has a population of less than a million and is a true blend of east and west. French Colonial architecture sits side-by-side with gilded temples and due to its status amongst many travellers as Laos ‘2nd city’, you get to enjoy its wealth of highlights without the large crowds so often encountered in Luang Prabang.

In the evenings, there is a night market lining the river bank, with some excellent local food stalls found nearby on Chao Anou Road. Elsewhere in the city you will discover a wide array of dining and entertainment opportunities, with something to suit every taste and budget.

Vientiane
Vientiane
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Day 2 VIENTIANE CITY TOUR

Your morning is dedicated to seeing the capital. First up is a visit to Wat Sisaket, the only temple to be left intact after the Siamese invasion in 1828. It’s arguably the most beautiful temple in Vientiane and houses thousands of miniature Buddha statues within its walls. 
Moving on to the Patuxai monument - also called Anousavari. Here, you can climb up on the roof for fantastic panoramic views. Continue on to That Luang, the holiest place in Laos, and Wat Simuang, the most popular and venerated temple in Vientiane. You can also visit Talat Sao, the morning market, for a bit of souvenir buying (silk and silver jewellery are good bets) and an insight into daily life for the people of Vientiane. Complete your morning with a visit to the excellent COPE exhibition centre, highlighting the Lao people's continued day-to-day struggle with the unexploded ordnance as a result of heavy bombing campaigns during the Vietnam War era….Having returned to the hotel, your afternoon is at leisure.

Vientiane
Vientiane
breakfast

Day 3 VIENTIANE FLY, OUDOM XAY, MUANG LA 

Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport to take your flight to Oudom xay. Meet upon arrival, transfer and check-in at your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure to enjoy the serenity of Muang La.

The Muang La district offers beautiful mountain scenery, remote villages with friendly locals and a gentle pace of life. The wide Nam Pak River runs by where you can see water buffalo bathing and local children playing along the river banks. It is a great spot to languish and enjoy the peace and quiet of your surroundings. 

Vientiane Oudomxay Muang La
Oudomxay
breakfast
VIENTIANE -> OUDOM XAY ~ an-hour flight . OUDOM XAY -> MUANG LA ~ an-hour drive 

Day 4 MUANG LA; 4x4 adventure & Ban Phavie trek

Depart Muang La for a day of trekking and exploring the local area where you will discover minority hill tribe people and their fascinating way of life. Today’s journey is truly off the beaten track and ensures some stunning mountain views along the way. Setting off by 4x4 vehicle in the direction of Pak Khai, it's a pleasant drive with wonderful views across the Nam Pak River to rice paddies and small villages along the river banks.

Commence trekking along a mountain trail that follows a meandering stream where you may encounter local farmers cultivating the fertile land, fishing in the river and hunting for small game. Your trek will take you through lush vegetation and dense forest until you reach the beautiful village of Ban Phavie, a Khamu village atop a hill with superb views over the surrounding area.

After a picnic lunch continue on to a beautiful waterfall where you can relax and take a refreshing dip. Return to Muang La in the late afternoon where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

Muang La
Oudomxay
breakfast, lunch

Day 5 OUDOM XAY, MUANG KHUA, NONG KHIAW

After breakfast, we take a drive to Muang Khua where we join the boat journey through beautiful scenery on Nam Ou River. Stop at Ban Chop Jam village before arriving Nong Khiaw.  

Nong Khiaw is a remote village situated on the banks of the Nam Ou River and flanked on either side by stunning mountainous backdrops. The remainder of your day is at leisure so why not take a stroll along the river bank, wander through local villages, or just settle back with a Beer Lao and wait for the spectacular sunset.
Muang La Oudomxay Muang Khua Nong Khiaw
Nong Khiaw
breakfast,
OUDOM XAY -> MUANG KHUA ~ 3-hour drive.  MUANG KHUA -> NONG KHIAW ~ 4 – hour boat 

Day 6  NONG KHIAW, PAK OU CAVE, LUANG PRABANG

Morning departure by car for Luang Prabang, taking the scenic route that passes amongst rolling hills enjoying intermittent views of the Nam Ou River. Stop at the mysterious Pak Ou caves which house literally thousands of Buddha statues, hidden from the looting Chinese Haw in times gone by. The statues range from a few centimetres to the size of a human. Conti nue to travel through some dramatic landscape and make the possible stops before arriving Luang Prabang. 

Nong Khiaw Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
breakfast
NONG KIAU -> LUANG PRABANG ~ 3-hour drive

Day 7 LUANG PRABANG ; Tak Bat, Walking tour, Monas tic School visit

An option for early-risers is to rise before dawn to witness tak bat, or the giving of alms, to the lines of orange-robed monks leaving their pagodas to receive offerings of food from the residents of Luang Prabang. It’s an iconic sight and for many one of the highlights of their stay in Luang Prabang, and can be arranged on any early morning during your stay.

Your city circuit begins after breakfast at the former Royal Palace, now the National Museum, which gives a good overview of the local history. The next section of the tour takes in some of the city’s temples, beginning with Wat Mai, a temple renowned for its golden bas-reliefs, before continuing on to Wat Xieng Thong, perhaps the most photographed temple in Luang Prabang, and the unique Wat Visoun, known as ‘The Water Melon Stupa’ due to its shape. Your last visit of the morning is the excellent Arts and Ethnology Centre which will give you further insight into the ethnic mix and culture of Laos.

In the afternoon visit & have some time chatting with the novice monks, finish the day by climbing Mount Phousi, to enjoy the stunning views across Luang Prabang and the Mekong River as the sun sets.

Luang Prabang
Luang Prabang
breakfast

Day 8 LUANG PRABANG, departure 

After breakfast, time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

Luang Prabang

Rates (per person in USD)

Accommodation 1 pax 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax or more
High Season
MID-RANGE 2,521 1,394 1,167 1,052 1,078 1,018
Low Season
MID-RANGE 2,330 1,297 1,070 955 981 921
HIGH SEASON : OCT – DEC, 2016 & JAN – APR, 2017 
LOW SEASON : MAY – SEP, 2017

ACCOMMODATION SELECTION:
Vientiane : Mandala Boutique hotel – Superior room - www.mandalahotel.asia 
Oudom xay : Muang La resort – River view room -  www.muangla.com 
Nong khieaw : Nong Kiau Riverside – Bungalow - www.nongkiau.com  
Luang Prabang : My Dream resort – Classic room - www.mydreamresort.com 

Policies

Inclusions
Accommodation in twin/double share with breakfast included 
Transportation as being mentioned in the program. 
Experienced English-speaking guides as indicated in the itinerary 
Where necessary, entry fees for all visits as mentioned in the programme.
Lunches and dinners (as specified in the itinerary) or picnics where no suitable restaurant is available
Boat trip wherever it has 
Government tax 

Exclusions
Visa
International arrival & departure flights 
Domestic flight within Laos (on request) 
Meals, except as specified above. 
Drinks, gratuities and personal expenses.
Camera fees (if any)
Peak-season/public holiday surcharge & compulsory meals to be advised at the time of booking 
Insurance

Remarks
The itinerary is flexible, depending on arrival or departure flights of passengers 
Ground operator reserved the right to amend or adjust itinerary to match with real situation
The confirmation is subject to the availability at the time of booking 

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