Day 1 Arrive Vientiane
On arrival into Vientiane you will need to make your own way to the hotel. After check in you will have a sightseeing tour to Buddha Park. Today's excursion is to visit an open-air museum, WAT XIENG KHUAN (BUDDHA PARK). This is a collection of whimsical but compelling statues of Buddhist and Hindu gods. Overnight in Vientiane
Day 2 Vientiane
This morning you will have a sightseeing tour of Vientiane. The capital city of Laos, Vientiane still feels like a sleepy city with relaxed charm, tree-lined boulevards, interesting wats and colourful markets. Tour the different highlights of the city, including PHA THAT LUANG, a gleaming golden stupa which is perhaps the most important national monument in Laos; HO PHA KEO, the formal royal temple, now a museum with beautiful examples of Buddhist sculpture; WAT SI SAKET; and PATUXAI, a monumental arch inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, but executed with Lao motifs. This afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 3 Vientiane - Luang Prabang
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Luang Prabang is set between the Nam Khan and Nam Ou rivers. Luang Prabang is an enchanting town filled with historic temples and colonial style buildings. The entire town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. Begin your tour with WAT VISOUN (Wat Wisunalat). The oldest living temple in Luang Prabang, Wat Visoun dates back to 1513 and contains a collection of antique wooden Buddhas. Visit the nearby WAT AHAM before continuing to WAT XIENG THONG, the crowning jewel of all the monasteries and temples in the city. Its many ornate buildings feature exquisite mosaic and gold-stenciled murals. From there, walk down the main street (Wat Street) of Luang Prabang stopping at some of the many temples that line its sides, including WAT SIBOUNHEUANG, WAT SI MOUNGKHOUN, WAT SOP and WAT SENE. Later in the afternoon visit Mount Phousi for sunset. Climb the hillside stairs to the small temples atop PHOU SI, the 100m high hill which sits in the middle of the town, offering beautiful views over the temples and river. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4 In Luang Prabang
In the morning, visit a LOCAL MARKET to see the bustle and activity of the early morning. Continue to the NATIONAL MUSEUM (ROYAL PALACE), a modest but graceful building which combines traditional Lao and French beaux-arts motifs. This turn-of-the century royal residence has been preserved as it was when the royal family last lived here and provides unique insights into the history of Laos. (Closed on Tuesdays). Afterwards, visit WAT MAI. This afternoon travel down the Mekong River to the steep limestone cliffs overlooking the Mekong and Nam Ou rivers, home to the PAK OU CAVES. These extraordinary caves are filled with Buddha images, of every style and material imaginable. On the return journey, stop at BAN XANG HAI, a local village famous for the production of lao lao, the local rice wine whisky. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 5 Exit Luang Prabang
Today you will travel by vehicle from Luang Prabang to KUANG SI WATERFALL to visit the minority village of Ban Muang Khai. Continue by car to Kuang Si Waterfall, located in a perfect natural setting near Luang Prabang, this multi-tiered waterfall tumbles over limestone formations into a series of turquoise pools. Enjoy swimming in the clear water or just relaxing in the natural environment. Continue to BAN THA PENE, a nearby Khmu village, before returning to Luang Prabang by vehicle. Check out of the hotel and end arrangements. No departure transfer is included