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MYSTERY OF MEKONG RIVER
(6 Days / 5 Nights)

Day 1 : HOUEISAY ? PAKBENG
Meet at Lao border at Houeisay, a small town that has a large number of different minorities linking with Thailand as an entry and exit point for tourists.
Transfer by local transport to the pier for taking our private boat trip downstream on the Mekong river to Luang Prabang via Pakbeng, a small village for a good stop-over on the journey between Houeisay and Luang Prabang or vice versa. On the way, stops are made to observe rural life along the Mekong, and to explore minorities.
It is such a real relaxation with beautiful views of Mekong valleys and villages on the banks of the Mekong. Enjoy our picnic lunch on board. Arrive in Pakbeng before sunset and check-in for overnight at Pakbeng Lodge. We have a dinner on the terrace, overlooking the Mekong River.
Meals: L, D.
Transport: local transport, boat.
Accommodation: Pakbeng Lodge.

Day 2 : PAKBENG ? LUANG PRABANG
Following breakfast, we continue for a second leg to Luang Prabang, the ancient first capital of Lane Xang kingdom, the center of religious life in Laos and today the World Heritage City. On the way stop to visit 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.
Picnic lunch is also served on board, we arrive in Luang Prabang in late afternoon, and transfer to our hotel for check-in.
Meals: B, L.
Transport: Private air conditioned, Boat.
Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 3 : 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 4 : LUANG PRABANG ? KUANGSI WATERFALL
A morning breakfast, before 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 a hill-tribe group ?Hmong?, probably the best-known minority group in Laos. Just before arriving at Kuangsi waterfall, there is another village of Khmu minority group,
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 5 : LUANG PRABANG ? VIENTIANE
After breakfast, we spent a free morning for last chance to shop and visit local sights by own, till we depart
to Luang Prabang airport for departure by QV flight 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: B.
Transport: Private air-conditioned, airplane.
Accommodation: Hotel.

Day 6 : VIENTIANE ? DEPARTURE
Following breakfast, it time permits, we will visit the Morning Market, the biggest shopping center in Vietniane.
Transfer to Wattay 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 )

MYSTERY OF MEKONG RIVER

Standard

First

Superior

2 pax

949

968

1,065

3 - 6 pax

731

752

850

7 -10 pax

612

630

730

11 - 14 pax

500

520

616

15 paxs - Upwards

427

450

560

Single supplement

125

135

209

Full board supplement

120

120

120


* Domestic air ticket:
? Luang Prabang (LPQ) - Vientiane (VTE) = US$ 90 per 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 + traditional 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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