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Laos is both beautiful and culturally rich and has become one of the most in-demand destinations in the region. You’ll visit Luang Prabang, undoubtedly the draw card attraction in Laos. The city itself is UNESCO World Heritage-listed. On this trip you’ll explore temples, take an early morning visit to see monks collecting the alms at sunrise and have the chance to experience an authentic Laos cookery class before eating the meal you’ve prepared. In Vientiane, you’ll find a quiet and serene city and have the chance to visit a landmine charity as well as the holy sites of the area.

time difference


6 hours ahead of the UK

flight time


15-18 hours direct from UK

Day 1

Luang Prabang

Welcome to the spiritual capital of Laos.

You’ll receive a VIP welcome inside the immigration area of the airport and we’ll help you through the immigration process.

You’ll then head to your waiting vehicle with our guide and transfer to the hotel. To save you time, another member of staff will follow you to the hotel with the luggage and passports (now containing visas).

This evening you will have a brief introduction to Luang Prabang. Climb the stairs of Mount Phousi and watch the sun set over the city and surrounding hills. Walk down the other side and explore the hill tribe evening market.

Proceed to l’Elephant, one of the finest restaurants in Luang Prabang, for dinner before being driven back to your hotel.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Recommended Accommodation:
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao 5*

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Day 2

For early risers, there is a very special dawn visit to watch the monks collecting the alms. As the sun begins to rise, long lines of orange-robed monks leave their pagodas and walk barefoot down the streets collecting offerings from Luang Prabang residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritualism of the Laos people.

Return to the hotel for breakfast.

Transfer by vehicle to the historical old town of central Luang Prabang where your tour begins at the fresh market. Accompanied by your guide, walk through the rows of stalls looking at what is on sale.  The locals come here every day to shop for vegetables, fruits and other exotic specialties and delicacies. The market is adjacent to the National Museum, your next stop.  Once the Royal Palace of Laos, the National Museum is filled with art, artifacts, and jewels and a visit examines the history and rich culture of the country.

After this, continue your tour of Luang Prabang by visiting some of the city’s most important temples. Start at Wat Visoun, where you will see the famous Watermelon Stupa, shaped like the fruit from which it takes its name. This temple was destroyed in 1887 by the invading Black Flags from China, and was restored in 1930 by Buddhist monks and local people. We will also visit Wat Aham where you will see the altar of the 2 guardian spirits of Luang Prabang.

Enjoy lunch in town at Tamarind restaurant where you will have a chance to sample unusual local specialties not available back home.

This afternoon head to Ock Pop Tok to discover more about textiles in Laos- including their history, production, and cultural significance. You will have a chance to design and/or dye your own scarf.

Take a break at Le Patio Café, located inside the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Center (TAEC), and sip a local brew of coffee.  Then, take a tour of TAEC, a museum dedicated to exploring the rich diversity of Laos’ ethnic minorities. Traditional costumes, tools, and artifacts are on display alongside in-depth descriptions and written histories.  It is a great opportunity to gain insight in to the Lao people.

Late this afternoon, experience the wonderful flavors of Lao cuisine with a Lao cooking class.  Led by Chef Mr. Chantanong from The Residence Phou Vao, the cooking course is a fun, hands-on way to learn about the ingredients involved and techniques used to create the local cuisine. The cooking class can be organized in the main kitchen or outside, in front of the pool, overlooking the Phousi mountain.

At the end of the course, sit down to enjoy a delicious dinner which you have helped prepare.  Participants will also receive a book of Lao recipes and a certificate from the chef.

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Recommended Accommodation:
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao 5*

Day 3

This morning you’ll venture to Luang Prabang’s peninsula where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers merge.  The beautiful Wat Xieng Thong is located here and a visit to the temple unveils golden gates, ornaments, and colorful murals.  

You will then board a traditional wooden boat, Nava Mekong, for a relaxing cruise on the mighty Mekong River. Enjoy stunning mountain scenery and witness the simple rural lifestyles which rely on the river as you make your way upstream for around two hours.

Located upstream from Luang Prabang, Pak Ou Caves, locally called Tam Ting, contains thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues crammed into two caves carved out of a towering limestone cliff. The statues range in size from a few centimeters tall to the size of a human, and the view from the mouth of the cave provides sweeping views of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The caves are also a destination for local pilgrimages, especially during the Lao New Year period of Pii Mai.

The boat continues cruising in the vicinity of the caves and will moor during lunch time at the foot of beautiful limestone cliffs. A selection of typical Lao dishes will be served onboard before you cruise back downstream.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure for additional sightseeing or relaxing in this charming city.

Optional Extra: Attend an evening performance at the Royal Ballet Theater. Founded in 2002 in cooperation with the Institute of Cultural Research, the Ballet aims to preserve this important aspect of Lao cultural heritage. Watching the spectacular performances of the Royal Ballet, including scenes from the Lao-Ramayana, Lao folk dances and tribal dances will provide a unique experience that you will never forget. Show starts at 6:00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).

Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Recommended Accommodation:
Belmond La Residence Phou Vao 5*

Day 4

Free time this morning in Luang Prabang. Your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your flight to Vientiane.

Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and driver.

This afternoon, visit COPE, an association working to help landmine victims. A visit to the center provides in-depth information about the history of the American/Vietnam war and the lasting impact of unexploded ordinances (UXO) in the area and the efforts underway to clear them.

Before sunset, enjoy a stroll along the Mekong River banks and stop, if you wish, to enjoy a cold drink at one of the many riverside food stalls.

Overnight in Vientiane.

Recommended Accommodation:
Green Park Boutique Hotel 4*

Day 5

Start this morning with a visit to That Luang, the holiest site in Laos. Constructed by King Setthethirat in the 16th century, the temple is resplendent as the sun is shines upon its towering golden spire. Then, enjoy a panoramic view over the city as you climb the stairs to the top of Patuxai, Vientiane’s own “Arc de Triomphe”. Continue down Lane Xang Avenue the serene Wat Sisaket, the only temple left intact after the Siamese (Thai) invasion in 1828. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the capital, and its breezy teak covered hallways are filled with thousands of miniature Buddha statues.  Continue on to the nearby Wat Phra Keo.  Used as a religious museum, Wat Phra Keo displays a collection of both Lao and Khmer works of art.

Enjoy lunch at L'adresse de Tinay, a French style bistro run and managed by French expatriates.  The food is delicious “home style” French cuisine with just the right twist to turn each dish into a feast for the eyes.

The afternoon is free for you to enjoy shopping, more sightseeing, or a spa treatment.

For your final evening in Laos, you will have the unique opportunity to experience one of Laos’ oldest traditions: The Baci.  The purpose of the Baci, which is a mix of Animist and Buddhist beliefs, is to call back escaped spirits to the body. This is something that is very important before major events such as weddings, births, travel, welcoming friends and farewells.

Continue to Makphet Restaurant for a delicious dinner of modern Lao cuisines.  Makphet is a charity-run restaurant that supports street children by providing them training and a job at the vocational restaurant.  The food served is delicious, made from fresh ingredients, and prepared in a kitchen which meets the highest international standards of hygiene.   

Overnight in Vientiane.

Recommended Accommodation:
Green Park Boutique Hotel 4*

Day 6

After breakfast, your guide and private car will meet you at the hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.

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