City or Town : Laos
State : Luang Prabang
Country : Laos
Postcode : +856
Day1 Arrival in Bangkok ( Clients own ticket )
Welcome to Bangkok! Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of today is at your leisure to relax and enjoy and Overnight in Bangkok .
Day2 Bangkok (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your guide and head out of your hotel for an original full day of sightseeing in the City of Angels using exclusively public means of transportation. Walk to the nearest BTS Station and get on the Skytrain for a short ride to the terminal station of Saphan Taksin on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Continue by public boat to Tha Thien pier where you disembark to visit Wat Po the home of Thai massage and the reclining Buddha. Continue to visit the Grand Palace. The Royal Grand Palace is the nation’s landmark and the most revered royal monument and host of the mysterious Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha image in Thailand. Appropriate dress is required (or can be rented on site). Lunch (own expenses) might be taken in a local restaurant nearby the palace.
In the afternoon, walk or Tuk Tuk across the royal fields of Sanam Luang and eventually push up to the backpacker’s mecqua of Khao San Road (approx 20 mn). Back to the Thai Champs Elysées, Rachadamnoen, where you’ll get in tuk-tuks to reach the end of the avenue and the historical Klong (canal) Saen Saap. Board the klong “bus-boat” and cross the city to the west. Disembark for a short walk in Ratchathewi boat station to visit Jim Thompson’s House Museum. After the visit, the opportunity is given for shopping in one of the 5 huge shopping complex of the area (MBK, Siam Square, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, Siam Paragon), or simply return to your hotel by BTS and Overnight in Bangkok
Day3 Bangkok - Luang Prabang (B/D)
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and assist with your transfer to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang airport, your guide will be waiting to greet you and transfer you to your hotel.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 Elephant , one of the finest restaurants in Luang Prabang, for dinner before being driven back to your hotel and overnight in Luang Prabang .
Day4 Luang Prabang City tour ( B/L)
Breakfast at hotel, 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 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, then climbing up 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 after then explore the Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by the local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang and Overnight in Luang Prabang .
Day5 Luang Prabang - Pakou Caves ( B/L)
After breakfast, embark on a two hour cruise in a long-tail boat on the Mekong River and visit the mysterious Pak Ou Caves. En route, typical Laotian villages are barely visible behind thick foliage. Wooden canoes bobbing by the shore attached to bamboo poles can be seen everywhere while floats mark the location of nets and fish traps and observe local weavers and whisky distillers honoring their timeworn traditional crafts Arrive at Pak Ou and explore the sanctuaries which consist of two large caves. Both repositories house thousands of Buddha images, which range from mere centimeters to two meters in height. Enjoy your lunch at local restaurant (Manivanh restaurant) After lunch, returning to Luang Prabang by car and continued Drive for Ban Phanom, which lies hidden along the Khan River. Here is where the women weave while men fish on the river. This is a good chance to experience the real Laos rural lifestyle. Return to Luang Prabang late afternoon and enjoy your day free at leisure .
Day6 Luang Prabang - Kuangsi Waterfalls (B/L)
You have the option to wake up before dawn to witness and participate in offering alms to hundreds of saffron-robed monks – an awe-inspiring sight. Please tell your guide a day in advance if you wish to make an offering so he/she can prepare some food for you to hand over to the monks. This early morning ritual dates back generations in Laos. Watch the town come to life in the morning then return to the hotel for breakfast. (If you do not wish to make an offering, please keep an appropriate distance and observe the ritual in silence. Dress appropriately – shoulders, chest and legs should be covered).
Return to hotel for having breakfast then depart for a one hour drive south to one of Luang Prabang’s most picturesque sights, the Kuang Si waterfall. Stop en route at Phosy market where you can observe the locals trading in fresh produce. On arrival, take a leisurely hike through the national park towards the Kuang Si waterfall. For the more adventurous, continue to the top of the main waterfall where you may choose to swim in a large pool. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the tranquil surroundings of the park before you transfer back to your hotel by private vehicle. It is recommended to wear proper walking attire if trekking to the top of the waterfall.
Day7 Luang Prabang - Vientiane by flight (B )
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 departure flight QV102, departing at 1310 to Vientiane. Arrive Vientiane Your guide and private car will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. 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 stall and Overnight in Vientiane
Day8 Vientiane city tour (B/L )
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 deTriomphe”. 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 Khua Lao Restaurant before being transferred to your hotel and the rest of your day is free at leisure and overnight in Vientiane .
Day9 Vientiane - Phnom Penh (B )
Upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport, you will be greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel right in the heart of the city. Phnom Penh was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Orient, and despite its recent turbulent history it still retains a colonial charm as much of its original architecture remains. Cambodia’s capital is a bustling city majestically located at the confluence of the mighty rivers of the Mekong and the Tonlé Sap. Wide tree-lined boulevards and many colonial-era buildings reflect the glorious days and add to the charm of the city where Asian traditions meet Western customs in a fascinating way. Relax and unwind after your flight as you will have some time at leisure. Enjoy an atmospheric sunset river cruise and watch how Phnom Penh’s popular riverfront comes to life in the early evening and Overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day10 Phnom Penh (B )
After breakfast at the hotel, depart on a city tour in a typical cyclo. First, visit Wat Phnom, which is situated near the northern boundary of the city. The original temple was built in 1372 by a rich Khmer lady named Penh, who found a collection of statues of the Buddha washed up on the river bank and decided to house them on a nearby hill ("Phnom"). The site contains some good examples of Khmer architecture and statues. You will visit the most remarkable sights Phnom Penh has to offer. First, you will head to the National Museum which was designed by George Groslier and the Ecole des Arts Cambodgiens. The museum was built in traditional Khmer style in 1917 and was inaugurated in 1920 by King Sisowath. It houses the world's foremost collection of ancient Khmer archaeological, religious, and artistic artifacts from the 4th to the 13th centuries. Over 5,000 pieces are on display, constituting the repository of the Kingdom's cultural wealth. In addition, the roof space is home to a large bat colony! Continue on foot to the Royal Palace. This palace dates back to 1866 and was the last palace built during the French colonial period. The same complex houses the Silver Pagoda, named for the over 5,000 heavy silver tiles that cover its floors. Its original name is Wat Prakeo, meaning Temple of the Emerald Buddha. In this temple you will view a collection of Buddhas in gold, silver, crystal, and bronze.The afternoon is at leisure and overnight in Phnom Penh .
Day11 Phnom Penh - Siem Reap (B )
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight across Cambodia to Siem Reap, the gateway to the majestic temples of Angkor and a charming little city. Your guide will meet you and accompany you while you check into your hotel. Settle in and refresh. After a lunch break, depart by local “remork” (similar to the Thai tuk tuk) on a very special sightseeing tour of the famous Angkor Wat. Built during the reign of King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is constructed following the model of the temple mountain symbolising the Mount Meru, home of the gods. The divine residence of Vishnu, the King himself was to reside here after his death. Inside the temple, the walls are covered with stone carvings and bas-reliefs depicting Hindu mythology and the wars Suryavarman II fought during his reign. Moreover, Angkor Wat is well known for the over 2,000 Apsara dancers decorating the temple. Construction is thought to have taken some thirty years of intensive labor. Today, Angkor Wat is figured on Cambodia's national flag as the temple symbolizes the soul of the Khmer people and overnight in Siem Reap .
Day12 Siem Reap Departure ( Clients own ticket ) (B/L )
After breakfast, head out to Beng Mealea, a temple tucked away deep in the Cambodian jungle. During the one hour drive, you will get a glimpse of the beautiful Cambodian countryside.Along the way, your English speaking guide will explain a bit of the history of the region and point out sights along the way. Upon arrival, explore Beng Mealea. This temple is often missed out by the crowds but offers excellent opportunities to take pictures and is often regarded to as one of the most adventurous temples in Cambodia. Continue on to Koh Ker, an area only recently opened to tourists. Here you will see various temples from the 10th century, including the massive Prasat Thom. Enjoy a delicious Picnic Packed Lunch at the temples. After your visit, drive back to Siem Reap town and transferring to the airport for your onward flight.
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