Northern Laos & Magical Luang Prabang (8D7N)

 

Depart Singapore:

10 December 2016 (Saturday)

 

Depart Laos:

17 December 2016 (Saturday)

 

Trip Type:

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Isolated for decades, Laos tourism is still very much in its infancy here. A traditional way of life prevails for the vast majority of Laotians and the pace of life is refreshingly unhurried. The country’s welcoming charm invites you to immediately immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty. In this tour, we bring you to the Northern part of Laos to experience to local lives.

Start off from Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos, now a UNESCO World Heritage city. A former French colony of IndoChina, Luang Prabang still retain hints of European architecture of the older days and also of her own.

Venture further North as we travel up the Nam Ou river to Nong Khiaw, Muang La, Muang Khua and Luang Namtha. Finally, we make a stop at the modern capital of Laos – Vientiane.

 

Itinerary 

Day 1 (10 Dec): Arrival in Luang Prabang

  • Depart Singapore and arrive in Luang Prabang.
  • Check-in hotel.
  • Free to explore this best preserved traditional city in South-East Asia before we head for a local restaurant to admire Laos cultural show while enjoying delicious local cuisine.

Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Chitdara or similar, Luang Prabang

 

Day 2 (11 Dec): Luang Prabang: Kuang Si Waterfall, Hmong and Khamu Villages

  • Alms-givingEarly morning, rise early to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings from the devotees. This tradition is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession.
  • Visit the morning market where you will find diverse offerings such as dried buffalo skin, local tea, hill-tribe weavings and other local poultry, vegetables, and produce. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will have the opportunity to visit the local villages of the Lao ethnic minority groups.
  • After breakfast we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunarat). Wat Visoun is Luang Prabang’s oldest temple and was once home to the Prabang Buddhas. Over the years the temple has also acted as a Museum of Religious Arts and now homes an array of religious artefacts and precious items relating to both Buddhism and the royal family.
  • Wat Visoun (Wat Wisunarat)Visit also magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. A symbol of great historic importance, this magnificent masterpiece is characteristic of the Luang Prabang style and features an elaborate tree of life mosaic, intricately carved walls, rare Buddhist deities and a 12-metre high funeral carriage.
  • After breakfast, transfer to the beautiful Kuang Si waterfalls. On the way, stop to visit Hmong and Khamu villages. Learn about their way of life and the differences between Lao, Khamu and Hmong culture.
  • Arrive at the waterfall for a refreshing bath in the afternoon.
  • Kuang Si waterfallsReturn back to city. At 5pm, climb to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River.
  • Explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Villa Chitdara or similar, Luang Prabang

 

Day 3 (12 Dec): Luang Prabang – Nong Khiaw

  • Nong KhiawAfter breakfast, leave Luang Prabang for Nong Khiaw, a rustic little town on the bank of Laos’s second biggest river, the Nam Ou. At an altitude of 400m, it is famous for its stunning limestone karst mountain scenery, untouched virgin rainforest and variety of Lao ethnic groups, primarily the Khamu and Hmong tribes.
  • En-route, visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, packed with thousands of gilded Buddha statues of various sizes. Also stop at a local village to see how local rice wine and whiskey is made.
  • Continue to Ban Xang khong, a village well known for silk hand weaving and making traditional Saa Paper.
  • Lunch serve at local restaurant before arriving in Nong Khiaw.
  • This afternoon you have enough time to visit the caves around Nong Khiaw such as Patok cave, command center and living quarters for the Pathet Lao independance movement and Bank Of Laos during the war in the 1960′s and 70′s.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Mandala Ou Resort or similar, Nong Khiaw

 

Day 4 (13 Dec): Nongkhiaw – Muang Khua

  • Muang KhuaIn the morning, visit the local market. The local market attracts numerous ethnic minorities who converge from the surrounding mountainsides or valley to barter and trade their goods.
  • Set off on our journey along the Nambak River to Muang La.
  • Visit the intriguing Pra Xack Kham Temple with its sacred Buddha image. The 400 years old legendary statue is said to have many supernatural powers, and is widely worshipped among the faithful local Buddhists.
  • Continue from Muang La towards Muang Khua, the roads begin to deteriorate but the drive is very interesting as we pass through some stunning landscape.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Sernalli Hotel or similar, Muang Khua

 

Day 5 (14 Dec): Muang Khua – Luang Namtha

  • Luang NamthaAfter breakfast, leave Muang Khua for Luang Namtha.
  • On the way, you will have opportunity to visit the minority villages, spend time with the lovely kids, learning their life.
  • Arrive in Luang Namtha and check in to hotel.
  • After short rest, climb up to Phoumpok Stupa – a great view point offering panoramic views of Luang Namtha town.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Amandra Villa or similar, Luang Namtha

 

Day 6 (15 Dec): Luang Namtha – Nam Ha National Protected Area – Khmu – Lantern Village – Luang Namtha

  • Nam Ha National Protected AreaDepart Luang Namtha at 8.30am and drive for 30 minutes southwards Ban Chaleunsouk (Khmu village) which is the starting point of our trek.
  • This trek of about 8-10km and is not too difficult. First, we will trek uphill for a while before the terrain gets more flat. Cross a few small and beautiful streams. The dense canopy provides shade and keeps the temperatures comfortably cool for an enjoyable hike. Along the way, stop and spend some time wherever there is something interesting and your experienced local guide will do the explanations.
  • At noon, enjoy a rustic picnic lunch with traditional Lao food, accompanied by the singing of birds and chirping cicadas.
  • Nam Ha National Protected AreaAfter lunch, pick up by your vehicle which will bring you through some rice paddy fields with good views.
  • On the way back to town, you may stop by some villages such as a Ban Nam Dee (Lantern) village which is known for making paper from young bamboo and Ban Pieng Ngam village famous for cotton and silk.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Amandra Villa or similar, Luang Namtha

 

Day 7 (16 Dec): Luang Namtha – Flight to Vientiane

  • Free at leisure until your guide pick you up to airport for your flight to Vientiane.
  • Upon arrival in Vientiane, meet your guide and transfer to hotel for check in.
  • Farewell dinner to admire Lao cultural show while enjoying delicious local cuisine.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Chanthapanya Boutique or similar, Vientiane

 

Day 8 (17 Dec): Vientiane – Singapore

  • Patuxai Victory MonumentAfter breakfast and checkout of hotel, begin your Vientiane city tour.
  • Visit the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Ho Phra Keo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image.
  • Take some pictures of the imposing Patuxai Victory Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.
  • Transfer to airport for your departure flight home.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price from

Adult Twin (Price Per Pax)

SGD 1,750.00

 

(Price differs according to the number of pax. For solo traveller or bigger group, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 7 nights’ 3-stars accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Transport to and fro airport transfer
  • Air-conditioned private transportation and other forms of transport as mentioned in itinerary
  • Activities as mentioned in itinerary
  • Entrance fee to indicated sites
  • Private boat trip from Nong Khiaw to Muang Khua
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare and airport tax
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Domestic airfare from Luang Namtha to Vientiane (estimated fare: USD120, subject to change)
  • Hotel porterage
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, drinking water, dessert, laundry
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guide
  • Optional/Recommended tours/activities

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 03 Aug 2016. Subject to availability and change.

 

10 Dec 2016

Singapore (SIN) to Vientiane (VTE):

Singapore Airlines (SQ 5388 operated by SilkAir) 1420hrs – 1615hrs

 

10 Dec 2016

Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Prabang (LPQ):

Singapore Airlines (SQ 5388 operated by SilkAir) 1705hrs – 1800hrs

 

 

17 Dec 2016

Vientiane (VTE) to Luang Prabang (LPQ):

Singapore Airlines (SQ 5388 operated by SilkAir) 1705hrs – 1800hrs

 

17 Dec 2016

Luang Prabang (LPQ) to Singapore (SIN):

Singapore Airlines (SQ 5388 operated by SilkAir) 1850hrs – 2305hrs

 

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 30kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD465.70

 

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