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Laos Family Adventure 9 Days

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HIGHLIGHTS

 Discover the capital
Take a walk around Vientiane and discover the capital, which is home to the most significant national monuments in Laos.

 Experience the ancient religious capital of Laos
Luang Prabang is where Buddhism is seen all around you. Monks are walking barefoot, and lots of old temples are found around the town, giving you a religious yet authentic vibe.

 Get close to nature
Get close to nature and the beautiful waterfall Kuang Si and visit ethnic people in minority villages just outside Luang Prabang. Get an experience that is out of the ordinary by visiting an Elephant Conservation Center. Here you will get to interact with the rescued elephants while getting educated about the Lao elephant.

ITINERARY

Day 1Vientiane - Arrival

  • A Hanoi Voyages representative will welcome you when you arrive at the airport and transfer you to your arranged accommodation where check-in time is 2:00 pm.
  • Let the excitement commence!
  • Highlight experience: Traditional Laos food

Day 2Vientiane - Highlights

Marvel at the main attractions of the capital city such as temples and monuments:

  • Vat Sisaket is the only temple in Vientiane that has not been destroyed by the Siamese in the raid of incendiary 1828.
  • Phrakeo Ho, the former royal chapel where the Emerald Buddha was kept as palladium for the Kingdom of Lane Xang.
  • Patouxay, the triumphal arch built in 1959 is a large golden stupa of That Luang, founded by King Setthathirath in 1566 and symbol of Lao sovereignty and Buddhist religion. It is supposed to contain a hair of Buddha.
  • Temple Wat Si Muang, the most visited temple in Vientiane, is considered the seat of the guardian spirit of the city.

Highlight experience: Phrakeo Ho – the former royal chapel with the Emerald Buddha

Day 3Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Experience the beautiful nature in Laos:

  • Drive to Luang Prabang, passing stunning scenery, rice paddies and dense forest jungles.
  • Visit Phou Sy hill to view the town, the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers and mountain ranges.
  • Stop at the night market to admire the Hmong minority people’s handicrafts.

Highlight experience: H’mong night market participation

Day 4Luang Prabang - Elephant Conservation Center

Meet the seven rescued elephants that have been working the majority of their life in logging camps.

  • A non-riding elephant experience focused on education and animal welfare.
  • Experience elephant washing, swimming, and playing in the water.
  • Your family will be taught how to understand the ways elephants and humans communicate with one another. Once the connection is made it is almost impossible not to see many of your own emotions in them.

Highlight experience: Non-riding ethical elephant experience

Day 5Luang Prabang - Highlights

Uncover the ancient religious capital of Laos, and be surprised by its serenity and spirituality by tuk tuk.

  • Experience unforgettable moments by attending the procession of barefoot monks, who silently collect alms, dressed in their saffron robes as they walk the streets of the city to collect their food.
  • Marvel at the Wat Xieng Thong, is the center of a small religious complex, considered the most beautiful Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang due to its elegant roof down to the bunk ground. You will also find the temple of Wat Visoun, the oldest temple in Luang Prabang, it houses numerous gold statues of Buddha.
  • Meander through the That Makmo, stone stupa and Vat Aham, a major shrines in the city dedicated to the ancestors of Laos.
  • Explore the National Museum (former Royal Palace) which displays a collection of personal artefacts of the royal family. Find the temple of Wat Mai, the largest and most richly decorated the Buddhist temple in Luang Prabang, which was the residence of a Buddhist patriarch until 1975.
  • Climb Mount Phousi where you will discover a panoramic view of the ancient royal capital and the Mekong River at sunset.
  • Attend an outstanding Baci ceremony and traditional dance show.

Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.

Highlight experience: Panoramic view from the Mountain of Phousi

Day 6Luang Prabang - Cooking class

Understand the everyday life in the outskirt of Vientiane.

  • Take a Tuk-Tuk to an organic rice, fish and vegetable farm on the outskirts of Vientiane.
  • Learn how to plant rice and fish, before cooking up a Lao lunch with the day’s produce.
  • Take a course learning how to make different traditional dishes – before eating them for dinner.

Highlight experience: Cook Lao lunch with local people

Day 7Luang Prabang - BOAT - Pak Ou

Cruise in a slow boat to Pak Ou Caves from Luang Prabang. From the hotel, you will be taken to begin boarding to a 1h 30 cruise in slow-boats, on a traditional wooden boat, which takes you to two secret caves, Pak Ou Cave of Tham Ting and Tham Cave Phoum. Highly venerated caves in Laos which house thousands of statues.
On the banks of the river, you may be lucky to cross some busy miners.

  • On the route you will stop to visit the village of Ban Xang Hai, where you can watch the distillation of rice wine made by ethical women called Lao-Lao. The rice wine is the most popular alcoholic beverage in Laos.

Continuation the day by visiting several small villages:

  • The village of Ban Xieng Lek, with many looms and many stalls with the production of silk products.
  • Ban Phanom, a small weaving village, full of charm and renowned for its weaving methods with motifs typical Laos based on ancestral knowledge and often unique to each family.

Highlight experience: Slow boat to Pak Ou Caves

Day 8Luang Prabang - Khuang Sy - Ethnic minority villages

Departure to the beautiful waterfall Khuang Sy to discover stunning nature and meet ethnic people in their traditional house made of bamboo, wood and palm leaves.

  • Visit minority villages such as H’mong village of Ban Thinkeo and Khmu village of Ban Thapaene.
  • Visit the weaving village of Ban Xang Khong where traditional product also called Saa paper is made from mulberry leaves.
  • Swim in natural pools nested in the lush tropical vegetation at Khuang Sy waterfall.
  • See Ock Pop Tok Textile and meet the owner. He will explain his cooperation in projects with small villages with regard to the rearing of silkworms, the silk production, weaving and dyes.

Overnight in Luang Prabang

Highlight experience: Visit the ethnic minority village

Day 9 Luang Prabang - Departure

Free time until your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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EXTENSION

MEKONG RIVER CRUISE - 6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS
BEACH BREAK - 4 DAYS - SIHANOUKVILLE
BANGKOK DISCOVERY - 3 DAYS - THAILAND

MEKONG RIVER CRUISE – 6 days/ 5 nights  

A lower Mekong cruise that modules the diversity of the rich, local and evergreen life of the Mekong Delta.

DAY 1. TRANSFER & ARRIVAL You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Today you will have time to relax with a spa treatment or ride a bike around in Luang Prabang for pleasure. Enjoy your dinner under the stars surrounded by a UNESCO classified lily pond.

DAY 2. DISCOVER LUANG PRABANG Start the day with the Almsgiving, which takes place daily at sunrise, beginning on the main street of Luang Prabang before spreading out to all the side streets. Use the day to discover the UNESCO Heritage city of Luang Prabang, visit temples, and the Royal Palace. End the afternoon climbing the Pho Si mountain, which is recommended to do around sunset when you can enjoy a viewpoint from high above Luang Prabang.

Day 3 – TAN CHAU – SA DEC – CAI BE Arrive in Sa Dec, where you will take a traditional sampan tour. Wander villages occupied by craftwork industry, and have a go at weaving yourself! Catch your first sight of Cai Be, a quaint town famed for its French Catholic Church and the production of food products, especially rice.

Day 4 – CAI BE – MY THO – SAIGON Pass by the floating market of Cai Be, and to the central markets. Observe pastoral scenes of My Tho from your cabin’s balcony while having tea on deck. Return to Saigon and bid farewell to the cruise.

 

Lounge on the beach and let the sand kiss your toes!

Sure, Sihanoukville (ក្រុងព្រះសីហនុ) would never win first prize in a pretty-town competition. But despite the rapid and mostly unwanted development, it has remained the jumping-off point for the best of Cambodia’s white-sand beaches and castaway-cool southern islands!

Day 1 – ARRIVE IN SIHANOUKVILLE Ready your senses for something truly exceptional? Sihanoukville is worth the wait. This destination is the perfect tropical paradise for your getaway. Wide boulevards and white sandy beaches signal relaxation and happiness, the Ochheuteal and Serendipity beach is an attractive seaside stopover.

Day 2 – TREKKING – WATERFALLS The Kbal Chhay Waterfalls are a tiered, 14-metre drop in the middle of extensive forests, with loads of food stalls, picnic spots, hammocks and local shops selling all manner of useless stuff to help you while away a very relaxing few hours in between splashes.

Day 3 – DIVING OR SNORKELLING The best time of year to go diving or snorkelling in and around Sihanoukville is December to April when the dry season and currents mean that visibility is at its best. On the other hand, while conditions might be less ideal in quiet months you’ll get more of that ocean all to yourself. Cambodia does offer some of the cheapest scuba-diving in the region in some of the least crowded waters.

 

BANGKOK – A vibrant city / 3 days 2 nights
Spice your holidays by stepping in a vibrant city, mixing modernity and spirituality. Stroll around golden temples and palaces. Get a shopping session through all of the markets of the city, and end your trip experiencing the Thai lifestyle for three days.

Day 1 – BANGKOK – ARRIVAL Spice your holidays and step into the vibrant city of Bangkok. After a short flight from Phnom Penh, settle in your hotel and start your Thai adventure. Relax and enjoy the amenities of your hotel before having dinner on the rooftop of one of Bangkok’s skyscrapers.

Day 2 – BANGKOK – HIGHLIGHTS
After breakfast, visit the highlights of the city such as the Grand Royal Palace complex which includes the Royal Palace and the magnificent Wat Phra Kaew (known for the Statue of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho, a giant house of the lying Buddha or the Beautiful part of the Khlong with a mix of old wooden houses and new modern mansion. In the evening enjoy a drink on the rooftop of a bar and have a taste of Bangkok’s nightlife.

Day 3 – BANGKOK – MARKETS
After breakfast, relish the taste of the local snack and photograph the Maeklong railway market, slow down on the waterway to the picturesque floating market of Damnoen Saduak and experience the vibrancy of Bangkok daily routine.

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TRAVEL NOTE

TIME TO VISIT LAOS

HIGHLAND

Oct - Jan
Oct - Jan
”Jan
May - Oct
Temperatures in the mountains of Xieng Khuang may plummet to 0°C
10°C (50°F)
The “green season” (rain season) in Laos enjoys a mild shower quickly
following by bright sunshine and lush greenery between
flowing waterfalls and flourishing wildlife
31°C (86°F)
more rainfall in the highland of Laos
30°C (86°F)

LOWLAND

Oct - Jan
Oct - Jan
Jan - May
May - Oct
The lowest temperatures of the lowland
20°C (68°F)
The highest temperatures occur in the humid, low lying regions of the
Mekong River Valley during March and April
38°C (100°F)
Daytime temperatures during the rainy season average
30°C (86°F)

More information on best time to visit Laos here

PHYSICAL LEVEL

Cycling Tour:
Level:
This is a middle-level Cycling Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old
Kayaking Tour:
Level:
This is a low-level Kayaking Tour, appropriate for kids over 6 years old.

PASSPORT AND VISA

You can get the visa on arrival in Laos at all entry points to Laos. At the airport in Luang Prabang and Passé or Wattay (Vientiane) or any land border crossings.

  • You will get a single entry tourist visa which allows a stay up to 30 days
  • Your passport must be valid 6 months after the expected date of your departure from the country
  • You will need your passport, a completed form, two passport-size photos (4×6 cm), and around USD 30
  • When you arrive, please go straight to the window marked visa on arrival. It should be at the arrival channel.

For more information regarding visa for Laos, refer to this page.

WHAT TO PACK

To make sure you will enjoy all of the activities included in this trip without missing of anything, here is a short list of what you should bring with you:
– Trekking shoes (or running shoes)
– Sunscreen
– Sunglasses
– A raincoat
– Insect repellant

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