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Tour Highlights
Time permitting (depending on your arrival time) your half day city tour enables you to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with it’s thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane
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Trip Code: 1307920001
Trip Type: Comfort
Duration: 7 days
Departure: Luang Prabang
Arrival: Vientiane

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Holiday Itinerary
Day1. Arrival – Vientiane
 
Upon arrival at Wattay International Airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to your hotel.
 
Time permitting (depending on your arrival time) your half day city tour enables you to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, with it’s thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the national icon of Laos, That Luang Stupa, stopping along the way to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Overnight in Vientiane
 
Meal: None
Accommodation: Chanthapanya hotel- Deluxe room
www.chanthapanyahotel.com
 
 
Day2. Vientiane – Luang Prabang – Half day city tour
 
This morning you will be transferred to Wattay Airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. On arrival, you will be met by your Local Guide and transferred to your hotel. We will give you time to rest and freshen up before we head off on bicycles to see some of the highlights of Luang Prabang including a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts the city’s oldest temples, the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roof sweeping low to the ground, representing classical Lao architecture, the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham
 
We end the day by climbing up Mount Phousi to explore the sacred gilded stupa and to enjoy the panoramic view of the city and the sun setting over the Mekong River.  Descenting the mountain your will find yourself in the midst of the famous Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a unique selection of handmade textiles and handicrafts locally made by both ethnic Lao and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang. Overnight in Luang Prabang
 
Meal: Breakfast
Accommodation: Chitchareune Mouang Luang Hotel
http://cm-hotel.com/
 
Day3. Luang Prabang – Cooking Class
 
Optional: This morning you have the option and opportunity to rise early and participate in the daily morning ritual of ‘Alms Giving’, you will experience saffron-clad monks collecting offerings or ‘Alms’ from faithful local residents. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the daily procession.
 
Following breakfast at your hotel you will embark on a full day cooking class by starting at the local market where your chef will explain the different herbs and spices used in Lao cooking and purchase ingredients for today’s dishes.  From the market you will head out to Tamarind Gardens Cooking School set out of town amongst fish ponds and tropical gardens.
 
Your menu today will include:
  • Varieties of jeow: the fundamental Lao spicy dipping sauces 
  • Mok Pa, a popular dish of fish steamed with herbs in banana leaves
  • Tamarind’s speciality: lemongrass stuffed with chicken & herbs
  • Orlarm, Luang Prabang’s eggplant based speciality: delicious & unusual
  • Dessert course: a surprise!
  • And of course you’ll learn the art of perfecting sticky rice and its eating etiquette.
 
Following the class, and with full stomachs, we will head back to town where you will have the option of joining a Sunset Cruise (Nava Mekong) on the Mekong River, taking just a relaxing at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang
 
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Chitchareune Mouang Luang Hotel
http://cm-hotel.com/
 
 
Day4. Luang Prabang – Elephant Village + Kuang Si Fall
 
This morning we head to Elephant Village approximately 45 minutes’ drive out of Luang Prabang, to experience elephant riding through the teak forests and along the riverside.  These elephants were once employed in the logging industry but now enjoy a much easier life in the village.
From the Elephant Village we drive on to the stunning Kuang Si Falls where you will have the opportunity to cool off with a refreshing swim in the topaz pools below the falls, walk along the forest trails and visit the Bear Sanctuary, home to Asiatic Bears rescued from poachers in the forests of northern Laos.
Returning to Luang Prabang late afternoon you have the evening free to explore the night market, dine in one of the many restaurants in town or relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Meal: Breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: Chitchareune Mouang Luang Hotel
http://cm-hotel.com/
 
Day5. Luang Prabang – Ethnology Centre – Ock Pop Tok
 
Today is a day for the culture and handicrafts enthusiasts, beginning with a visit to The Art and Ethnology Centre to learn about the culture and history of some of the diverse ethnic groups that make up the rich tapestry of the population of Laos. The Centre also have a shop where you can purchase quality gifts and soveniors and a café where you can enjoy a morning coffee and cake.
 
Next we move to the Ock Pop Tok Living Crafts Centre & Shop, where you can see the silk weaving process in action and purchase some exquisite examples of traditional Lao textiles. The Centre also has a restaurant where you can enjoy traditional and fusion dishes with the gentle melody of weaving looms humming in the background.
 
We will end our culture and handicrafts day at Yen Sabai Book and Arts Centre where you have the opportunity to participate into a traditional Paper Stenciling class (only available Monday – Friday). Using traditional stenciling tools and patterns for the murals at Wat Xiengthong you will create your own paper stencil as a reminder of your visit to Luang Prabang.
 
Returning to the hotel the rest of your afternoon and evening is free to relax or explore. Overnight Luang Prabang
 
Meal: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Chitchareune Mouang Luang Hotel
http://cm-hotel.com/
 
 
Day6. Luang Prabang – Living Land Farm
 
This morning we head out to Living Land Farm, a working community farm aprroximately 5kms outside the town. There you will learn all about the rice growing process and have an opportunity to participate in seasonal farm activities such as identifying viable rice seeds, ploughing with a buffalo, hand planting, weeding and harvesting rice and threshing rice seed. 
 
You may be picking vegatables form the organic garden or catching fish to cook for your all natural, organic lunch where there will be a variety of local rice products for you to sample.
 
We will return to Luang Prabang late afternoon and will have the option to go to a local petangue game and enjoy a few Beer Laos, experience a spa treatment or massage or just relax at the hotel. Overnight in Luang Prabang
 
Meal: Breakfast & lunch
Accommodation: Chitchareune Mouang Luang Hotel
http://cm-hotel.com/
 
 
Optional quotation: petangue game and spa treatment or massage
 
Day7. Luang Prabang – Departure
 
At leisure until transfer to airport for your international flight.
Meal: Breakfast
Dates & Prices
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The single supplement option is available if you are traveling solo and prefer the privacy of your own room. Please refer to the pricing section on the itinerary of your choice within our brochures, to see the supplement. A twin share option is also available, which means you can share a room with another guest of the same gender and therefore avoid paying the single supplement.
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We had great time in Indochina
On behalf of Kassie and myself, I want to thank you.  The trip was amazing!  The services were great.  You did a wonderful job.  No issues at all!  I would like to let you know that all of the guides were outstanding, but I do want to give Loan, our first guide in Vietnam a special outstanding recommendation.  She was knowledgeable, spoke awesome English, went out of her way for us, and was all around not only a great guide but a great person as well.  A+
I will recommend all my friends to use your services!

Thank you and please keep in touch.
Thank for the great motorbike trip
Hi Tuan, 

You have delivered everything as you promised. I will defiantly recommend you and Pioneer Asia Holidays as a go to provider in the future.

Again thank you for your professionalism and advice.we have enjoyed every aspect of your fantastic country.

Kind regards

Dave from UK
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