Laos 7 day tour
Description of Laos 7 day tour
This week-long guided tour offers a wonderful introduction to Laos. Starting from the laidback, timeless capital city of Vientiane, located on the banks of the Mekong River, this trip will then take you to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage city.
See some of the major highlights of Vientiane and visit the quirky Buddha Sculpture Park. Take a trip to the COPE Visitor Centre to learn about the history of unexploded ordinance in Laos. Next, you’ll fly north to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and a picturesque town of Indochinese villas, riverside tranquility and French-inspired cuisine.
With Luang Prabang as your base, you’ll explore the sacred Pak Ou Caves and the beautiful Kuang Si Falls. Plus, you'll also get the chance to attend a traditional Baci ceremony. Soak up Laos culture and explore the hidden gem of Southeast Asia, or include Laos on a longer trip around the continent.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Laos - Upon arrival at Vientiane Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation. Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary, as well as provide restaurant recommendations for your dinner or a local bar for drinks.|
|Day 2:||Explore Vientiane - Explore Vientiane with your guide. Visit Wat Si Saket, the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane and home to over 10,000 Buddha images, and see the golden stupa of That Luang (the Great Sacred Stupa), the most sacred monument in the country that is now recognised as the national monument and symbol of Laos. Also see Patuxai (Victory Gate of Vientiane), a landmark reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and one of the city’s most noticeable landmarks. In the afternoon, you’re free to explore the market of Talat Sao.|
|Day 3:||Buddha Sculpture Park - Head for the stunning Buddha Sculpture Park of Xieng Khuan, located on the banks of the Mekong River about 25 kilometres southeast of Vientiane. This fascinating sculpture park was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism. Hence the park is full of statues of the Buddha, Hindu gods, as well as demons and animals from both beliefs. Your next destination is COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) where you’ll learn more about the history of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos and its impact on local people.|
|Day 4:||Transfer to Luang Prabang - Drive to the airport and board the short, domestic flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport you will be met by a representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation. Enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO-listed city. See some of the major landmarks of the city, including the ancient stupas of Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, Wat Saen and Wat Mai. If you still have some energy left, you can climb the 300 steps to Mount Phu Si to take in the panoramic views of the city and the Mekong River.|
|Day 5:||Explore Pak Ou Caves - Take a boat down the Mekong River in the morning and visit the sacred Pak Ou Caves, one of the holiest sites in Laos. These famous caves, located 25 kilometres north of Luang Prabang on the western flank of the Mekong, are divided into two parts - Tham Ting and Tham Theung. Both are filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues that were built centuries ago. After exploring both the upper and lower caves, cross the river to visit a village known for making rice wine and have your lunch. Head for the local market late in the afternoon. A chef will show you around the market and explain about the local produce. Attend a cooking lesson where you’ll learn to prepare a traditional meal. Drive back to your hotel in Luang Prabang after dinner.|
|Day 6:||Explore Kuang Si Falls - Travel 29 kilometres outside of Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Falls, a beautiful, cascading waterfall surrounded by a lush jungle. The best way to see the falls is to trek along a forest trail that winds through local villages and offers great views of the landscapes. This three-to-four hour trek brings you to a beautiful emerald pool below the waterfall where you can take a refreshing dip. Participate in the traditional Baci ceremony in Luang Prabang in the evening. The ceremony is a combination of animism and Buddhism, common in Laos, often taking place during weddings, births, and the beginning of a new year. The ceremony is followed by a traditional dance and dinner at a local restaurant.|
|Day 7:||Your Introduction to Laos comes to an end today, as you check out of your hotel and head to the airport. Continue the journey onto neighbouring Thailand, Cambodia or Vietnam, for even more Southeast Asian adventures.|
PlanetAs with all of our luxury holidays, this itinerary has been crafted to ensure that it positively effects the local communities and environments visited.
This itinerary includes trips to some of Laos' areas of natural beauty, such as Kuang Si Falls, plus areas of cultural significance, such as the Pak Ou Caves. By visiting these sites (all entrance fees are included in your luxury tour), you are supporting the protection of these areas, and indicating to authorities that tourists are interested in protecting Laos' incredible natural environments and cultural heritage.
Whilst exploring areas of natural beauty, such as national parks and beaches, please ensure that you don’t leave any litter – everything you carry in, you must carry out. Aside from the environmental damage, litter can be harmful to wildlife.
We also make a special effort to recommend accommodation providers which have responsible and sustainable initiatives. For example, Green Park Boutique Hotel uses only organic ingredients and the hotel grows their crops at their own organic farm, which are then used in the restaurant.
PeopleAll the local guides referred to in this itinerary are paid a fair wage. We believe that using local guides is important, as it helps generate local incomes and creates jobs, plus it offers a more authentic travel experience.
We recommend independent local hotels, lodges, guesthouses and campsites, rather than international chain hotels, which helps support local communities and allows you to experience true Thai hospitality. For example, Satri House in Luang Prabang promotes Laos culture through the traditional art of textile weaving and has created a centre for fine silks and textile design in the city. In Vientiane, Salana Boutique Hotel supports Laos’ artisans by selling their locally made handicrafts at their souvenir shop.
This Laos holiday also includes the option for visiting cultural sites such as the Pak Ou Caves, temples and Buddha Park, with a local guide to explain context. Getting to know a destination and the diverse people who live there means that you will have a more authentic and meaningful travel experience.