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SECRETS OF LAOS, 6 DAYS

Day 1. Arrive in Luang Prabang
Upon arrival at the airport in Luang Prabang, guests will meet the guide and will be transported to their hotel.

Today, guests will be taken on an orientation tour of the city, and the first place to be visited will be a Buddhist temple, where the monks will share with guests curiosities the spiritual life of Laotians and secrets of the city. Another point of interest of the trip will be Phou Si hill, from which the summit offers a breathtaking view of the River Mekong and Nam Khan, looming in the distance, the mountains and the sun sinking in the west over a spectacular, sprawling city at its feet.

After a romantic sunset guests descend down the hill toward the second main street to visit beginning the colorful evening market. Representatives of ethnic minorities come and go every day in traditional costumes from the surrounding mountain villages to offer their beautiful wares.

After the visit, the guests will go to dinner at the restaurant, and then return to the hotel for the night.

Day 2. Luang Prabang
Guests who will feel like an early wake-up call (approx. 5:30 – 7:00), will be able to take a tuk-tuk to the still little visited corner of the city near the temple Vat Nong, where there will be a unique opportunity of seeing the morning procession of monks, clad in saffron color robes and processing in long lines out of nearby pagodas to receive food offered to them by the city’s residents. After this amazing show will be breakfast back at the hotel.

Then the guests will drive to the center of Luang Prabang to tour the historic Old Town, whose first stop is adjacent to the museum of the national market. A visit to the market everyday to purchase fresh vegetables, fruits and exotic ingredients. Guests will go directly from the market to the former Royal Palace, the interior of which is today the National Museum.

After visiting the palace the guests head out to explore the most important temples of the city. One of them is Wat Visoun, where guests will see the famous watermelons stupa, whose unusual name comes from the unusual shape of the building. Another temple is Wat Aham, where the altar are the two ministering spirits of the city of Luang Prabang.

After visiting the temple the guests will go on a special lunch at the restaurant, where they can taste regional specialties.

In the afternoon, guests will move to the gallery Ock Pop Tok, where they will be presented with Laotian culture, where they learn the importance of Lao weaving and they will have the unique opportunity to design their own scarves. Relaxing with a cup of coffee in a local cafe at the Center for Traditional Arts and Ethnology, guests will learn about the ethnic diversity of the areas of Northern Laos. Late in the afternoon they will participate in cooking classes and create their own dishes for a late dinner. Overnight in Luang Prabang.

Day 3. Luang Prabang
Today in the morning guests will venture toward the peninsula at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan, where they will visit the Wat Xieng Thong, symbol of the city, gleaming in the light of the rising sun’s gold ornamentation. Guests will venture from the temple on a traditional long boat in a very picturesque, ninety minute leisurely cruise up the Mekong River, to the mysterious Pak Ou caves. In these two caves, carved into towering limestone cliffs are perched thousands of statues of the Buddha – from tiny to the height of a man.

On the way back the guests will stay at the weaving village of Ban Thin Hong, as well as in the villages of Ban Xang Khong and Ban Xien where traditional Lao textiles and mulberry paper are manufactured Sa.

The meals of the day include breakfast and lunch, and for dinner guests can enjoy themselves during free evening walks around the city. When choosing a nice restaurant a guide will help visitors.

Day 4. Luang Prabang – flight to Vientiane
After breakfast, guests will go to the airport for a morning flight to Vientiane, capital of Laos. Upon arrival in Vientiane guests luggage will be transported to the hotel, while guests will take part in the orientation tour along the Mekong River and the main boulevard, topped with a gate Patuxai – an unusual Arc de Triomphe, modeled on the famous Parisian building. Then, guests will be able to experience the unique Laotian cuisine while supporting local families that by using only fresh ingredients and traditional recipes created an extraordinary restaurant at the highest level.

In the afternoon, guests will visit the factory of high quality items made from recycled bamboo wood and palm fronds and other natural ingredients, such as pieces of pineapple or coconut. This is a great opportunity to help the poor residents who create traditional and environmentally sound, beautiful and original items earn a living.

Before sunset, guests take a walk down the banks of the Mekong, would then go to one of the best restaurants in town and experience the unique fusion of Laotian and French cuisine.

Day 5. Vientiane
This morning, after breakfast, guests venture out to explore Vientiane. The first visited place is the impressive golden stupa – a symbol of the whole Laotian nation. Then the guests will go to the roof of the triumphal arch Patuxai, where they will enjoy the panorama of the city.

Going down Xang Avenue, visitors will reach the temple Vat Sisaket, hiding hundreds of statues of Buddha. The last stop trips will be located in front of the temple Vat Ho Phra Keo, where there once was Emerald Buddha – in great reverence, this precious statuette today can be admired in the Royal Palace in Bangkok. Lunch will be served in the French restaurant, which is well fitted into the postcolonial landscape of the city. After the meal, guests will be able to walk a bit around town and use the time to buy souvenirs or relax in the local spa (extra charge).

Today day, guests will have the unique opportunity to experience one of the oldest Laotian traditions: Baci ceremony. The purpose of this ritual, which is strange combination of Buddhist and animist beliefs, is a reference to the body of runaway spirits. This is a very important ceremony to mark significant events, such as weddings, birthdays, returning from a trip or a farewell. After the ceremony guests will be served dinner consisting of authentic home-style dishes served by every host of the tables of Laotian families. Overnight in Vientiane.

Day 6. Departure from Vientiane
After breakfast guests will be transported to the international airport in Vientiane to await their flight.

The price for the program depends on the number of persons and date of departure and the availability of hotels.

Prices include: accommodation in a hotel with breakfast, all tours and trips included in the program, including the payment of hiring a private air-conditioned vehicle with driver and English-speaking or French-speaking guide, entrance fees to all included in the program places meals mentioned in the program, flight from Luang Prabang Vientiane, special VIP welcome at the airport and a welcome gift.

Prices do not include: other airline connections including taxes aerodrome and outlet, alcoholic beverages and drinks with the meal, optional visits and personal expenses (phone, laundry, etc.), compulsory festive meal organized in the New Year and Christmas Eve, the Lao visa (valid 30 days spent at the airport, the cost: up to $ 43, a passport valid for more than 6 months from the date of return) for extending the visa ($ 2 / day / person), personal travel insurance (should include evacuation by helicopter and repatriation), tips for guide and the driver and the crew of the boat and room service, meals other than those included in the program, other services not mentioned explicitly in the program.

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