Landscapes of Laos
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... filled with crumbling French architecture. Head into the countryside and explore the fishing villages of Nam Ngum Lake and the spectacular karst peak scenery of Vang Vieng. Finish up in photogenic Luang Prabang, right on the banks of the Mekong.
Some of the highlights included are:
- People watch from one of Vientiane’s cosy French-style cafes
- Sail the calm waters of Nam Ngum Lake and visit its islands
- Get outdoors and get active among the peaks and valleys of Vang Vieng
- Admire the glittering temples and atmospheric monasteries of Luang Prabang
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- International flights
- 8 nights in 4* hotels & hand-picked accommodation
- Vientiane city & Buddha Park tour
- Full Day Nam Ngum Lake excursion
- Luang Prabang Full Day City tour
- Mekong River Trip to Pak Ou Caves
- All transfers
Need to know
- Arrives: Wattay International Airport (VTE)
- Time difference: GMT+7
- Visa requirements: British passport holders require a tourist visa; please ask your travel consultant for more information
- Language: Lao
- Currency: Lao Kip (LAK)
- Flying time from UK: around 18 hours
- Plug type: 2 round pins
- Voltage: 220V / 50c
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Admire the French colonial buildings and blooming flowers of relaxed Vientiane. Try out the many bakeries and cafes, tempting you in with fresh croissants and cappuccinos, and watch the world go by. In town, take a look around the Lao National Museum, and pose for photos by the Patuxai victory gate, which closely resembles France’s Arc de Triomphe. Out of town, head to the mirror-like waters of Nam Ngum Lake and discover the quaint island fishing villages. Walk among the leafy, flower-filled lawns of Buddha Park just outside the city and admire over 200 quirky Hindu and Buddhist statues, including a giant pumpkin.
3* Lao Orchid Hotel
Includes a Vientiane city & Buddha Park tour; a full day Nam Ngum Lake excursion
Soak up the karst peaks and pretty riverside scenery in Vang Vieng. The spectacular scenery here has attracted travellers for many years, and while the town was once a backpacker hub, in recent years it has opened out to a wider audience with the various outdoor adventures on offer such as rock climbing, river kayaking and mountain biking. There are a number of caves to be explored here, including Tham Poukham, which has a lagoon inside it. For those who don’t fancy walking and want a relaxing way to see the landscape, hop in a river tube and float down the Nam Song River.
4* Vansana Vang Vieng Hotel
Includes a semi-guided private tour
Luang Prabang, a World Heritage city filled with golden wats and orange clad monks, is located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Khan rivers. The town is stuffed with treasures, such as Haw Kham, the national museum, which was once the royal palace. Look around the monasteries and chat to the monks, and if you can prise yourself out of bed at dawn, watch a traditional alms ceremony. Take a river cruise and sail past the jagged peaks and forest covered hills along the Mekong to the Pak Ou caves, two caverns filled with Buddhist figures looking out over the river.
3.5* 3 Nagas Hotel
Includes a full-day city tour of Luang Prabang; a Mekong River trip to Pak Ou Caves