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NORTH LAOS DISCOVERY TOUR
(9 Days / 8 Nights)

Day 1 : ARRIVAL - VIENTIANE (-/-/-)
Meet on arrival, you are welcome to Vientiane, the city of the moon - an ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong as the largest city and the capital of Laos. Transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane. Meals: None. Accommodation: Hotel. Transport: Private air-conditioned.

Day 2 : VIENTIANE - LUANG NAM THA
After breakfast, transfer to Wattay airport for departure by QV flight to Luang Nathan, a land of rugged mountains, pristine forests, and rich river plains with over 20 ethnic groups, make it the most ethnically diverse province in Laos. Upon arrival at Luang Nathan airport, our guide will accompany you to your guest house. P.M visit Luang Nathan provincial museum, drive outskirt of town to visit Ban Nam Leu, a small village of Lane Tane hill tribe and also visit Ban Thongchai Neua, a silk-weaving village of Tai Dam. Meals: B. Accommodation: Guest house. Transport: Private air-conditioned, airplane.

Day 3 : LUANG NAM THA - MUANGSING
Following breakfast, we head north by car about 2-3hrs to Muangsing, a small town near Laos-China border where there are more hill tribes to be seen. There are lots of interesting villages of various ethnic groups such as Hmong, Aka?that we may visit. Check in at a good guest house and enjoy our lunch at local restaurant. Afternoon, we continue to drive to near China border area and visit villages of Ikor or Aka ethnic group as well as a village of Yao hill tribe where you will learn more traditional way of rural life with their fascinating culture of these people. Dinner is at a local restaurant or guest house. Meals: B, L, D. Accommodation: Guest house. Transport: Private air-conditioned.

Day 4 : MUANG SING - XIENGKOK - MUANGSING
After early breakfast, it will be another highlight day to take a drive about 2-3 hrs to visit villages of various types of Aka hill tribe on the way to Xiengkok, a small village for the check point on the Mekong to Burma It?s quite easy to see lots of ethnic Aka people, walking along the road. Arrive Xiengkok village, where we will have lunch at local restaurant and take a view of Burma on the other side of the Mekong river. Return to Muangsing in late afternoon and the rest of the day is spent free at leisure. Dinner is at local restaurant. Meals: B, L, D.

Day 5 : MUANGSING - OUDOMXAY
Early morning visit Muangsing morning market, where there are lots of Aka people, who bring their forestry products to sell and also buy their necessary goods back home. Breakfast at local restaurant, it?s time to say good buy to Muangsing, and drive back to Luang Namtha and continue about 4 hours drive to Oudomxay, a good stop off point N or S surrounded by hills, linking China, Vietnam, Luang Prabang and Pakbeng, even it was razed during the war. There are also more villages of ethnic groups such as Hmong, Khmu that we may stop and visit along the way. There are a few good local restaurants where we can take a good simply lunch along the way. Arrive in Oudomxay, check in at a good guest house and relax after a long day drive. Dinner is also at local restaurant. Meals: B, L. Accommodation: Guest house. Transport: Private air-conditioned.

Day 6 : OUDOMXAY - PAK OU - LUANG PRABANG
After breakfast, it is also interesting visit the morning market in town, where some Hmong hill tribe people come to sell and buy things there, before we head south by car about 4 hours to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. We also stop to relax and take our lunch at local restaurant. We en route stop to at Ban Pak Ou, a village opposite of Pak Ou cave in the side of a lime stone cliff and opposite of the mouth of the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers. The sanctuaries at Pak Ou consist of two large caves, both repositories for thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeter to two meters in height. We cross the Mekong by small ferry boat to visit Pak Ou cave, and we cross back to Ban Pak Ou to continue our way to Luang Prabang. This afternoon is spent free for own experience of this charming town with kind people. Meals: B, L. Accommodation: Hotel. Transport: Private air-conditioned.

Day 7 : LUANG PRABANG
Breakfast at hotel, we take a sightseeing tour of the sacred city of temples, of which nearly fifty still remain in the town and surrounding areas. visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace which houses the collection of valuables including the famous Prabang Buddha statue, gifts received from foreign dignitaries?etc?; Visit Wat Visoun, the 16th century temple served as a small museum for religious artifacts; Wat Aham, the early 19th century temple, whose two guardian figures at the foot of the steps which represent two characters from the Ramayana - Hanuman, the Monkey God and a fierce Yaksa; drive outskirts of town to visit Ban Xangkhong, the well-known village for its wood papers and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes. In the afternoon, we continue to visit Wat Xiengthong, the 16th century temple, which more than any temples in Luang Prabang, epitomizes all the elegance and grace of Luang Prabang architecture, Hmong market in town, where some of Hmong ladies still show their skilled embroidery works, climb Phousi Hill, the 328 steps leads to the summit of Phousi Hill that dominates the sky-line of Luang Prabang overlooking the finest panoramic view in the whole Luang Prabang and watch sunset over the hill at Wat Phabat Tai on the bank of the Mekong river. Meals: B. Accommodation: Hotel. Transport: Private air-conditioned.

Day 8 : LUANG PRABANG - KUANGSI WATERFALL
A morning breakfast, we take a drive (30 km South) to visit Kuangsi Waterfall, which, though not very high, is spectacular and really beautiful with its green surroundings as the preserved National park. We stop en-route, stop to visit a fresh produced market namely Talad Phosy, where most of your food come from and also visit Ban Na Oune, a small village of Hmong hill-tribe group. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group, Ban Tha Pane that we may visit. Our picnic lunch is served at the shady park nearby Kuangsi waterfall. There is plenty of time for relaxing and a swim in cool water, before we head back to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is spent free for independent exploration on this ancient town. Meals: B/L. Transport: Private air conditioned. Accommodation: Hotel

Day 9 : LUANG PRABANG - DEPARTURE
After breakfast, we spent a free morning for last chance to shop and visit local sights by own, before we say good bye to Luang Prabang. Transfer to Luang Prabang airport for departure to next destination. Meals: B. Transport: Private air conditioned. Accommodation: None.

Cost in US$ per person in the party (Valid until 30 Sep'09 )

NORTH LAOS DISCOVERY TOUR

Standard

First

Superior

2 pax

1,106

1,134

1,218

3 - 6 pax

895

922

1,007

7 -10 pax

787

815

899

11 - 14 pax

646

674

758

15 paxs - Upwards

620

646

731

Single supplement

210

220

302

Full board supplement

192

192

192

Domestic air ticket:
? Vientiane ? Luang Namtha = US$ 110/person .-incl. Airport tax.
Note: The current airfare is subject to be changed without prior notice.


Services include:
? Baggage handling and porterage.
? Private air-conditioned transport + boat.
? Tours with English speaking guide.
? Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
? Refreshing tower and drinking water on tour.
? Accommodation in twin or double-sharing room.
? Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner).
? Service charge & government tax.

Services exclude:
? Lao visa fee.
? Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
? Domestic air tickets (separate quoted).
? International air tickets to / from Laos.
? Departure tax.
? Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc.


               
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