Experience the dreamy essence of Laos on this short but enlightening adventureAi??tours. See how colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards and gilded Buddhist temples impart a unique timelessness to charming Vientiane. Next, head to the former royal capital of Luang Prabang, which never fails to enchant visitors with its abundance of temples, faded French architecture, meditating monks and friendly local inhabitants. Join pilgrims at the sacred Pak Ou Caves and absorb a golden sunset from atop Phu Si Temple. Packed with arresting sights, alluring aromas and wonderful cuisine, this is the perfect introduction to a land seemingly lost in time.
Ai?? Ai?? Highlights
- Experience the charm of slow-paced Laos
- Take a private tour of Vientiane
- Explore the culture and cuisine of Luang Prabang
- Travel along the vibrant Mekong River
- Marvel at treasures in the Royal Palace Museum
- See thousands of Buddha images at Pak Ou Caves
Day 1:The fascinating capital of Laos possesses a tropical Asian vibe laced with faded French-colonial charm. Weathered mansions, tree-lined boulevards and old temples impart an atmosphere of timelessness in Vientiane city. Take a private tour to see the thousands of Buddha images at Wat Si Saket and visit Pha That Luang, a symbol of Lao sovereignty.
Travel from Vientiane to Luang Prabang by air. Once the heart and soul of the ancient kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is now a designated World Heritage-listed site. Visit the Royal Palace Museum, an eclectic blend of French and Lao architecture, where the royal family’s quarters have remained untouched since 1975. See a collection of rare Buddha images made from crystal and gold as well as articles of royal regalia, including the king’s own elephant saddle. Later, climb 328 steps to the Phu Si temple – topped with a glittering golden stupa – and be rewarded with panoramic views of Luang Prabang.
Day 3:Take a boat trip along the mighty Mekong River to the Pak Ou Caves, two sacred limestone caves filled with Buddha images of all styles and sizes. Each year, devoted pilgrims and villagers bring more treasures to the caves. Stop in at the silk-weaving village of Ban Phanom on return to Luang Prabang. Cap off a great day with a classic Lao cocktail on the veranda of the Villa Santi Hotel.
Day 4-5:Watch lines of saffron-robed Buddhist monks walk the narrow streets and laneways to receive alms from the faithful. Visit Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang’s most magnificent temple, or wander the banks of the Mekong River. The Classic Laos adventure ends in what is truly one of Asia’s most delightful cities.