Day 1: Bangkok - Luangprabang
Welcome the clients at Luangprabang airport, transfer to hotel. Discover this small town located at the confluence of the River Nam Khane with Mekong, on an old prehistoric site. It became the capital of the Lan Xang Kingdom, i.e. of the "Kingdom of the Million Elephants", all first Lao kingdom, made up in 1353. Very marked by Buddhist architecture, the city sheltered 60 Pagodas to the 18th century and was built around its "center cosmic", the Phousy Mount. It always presents a traditional habitat and colonial of the greatest interest. Small and quiet place invites you to calms and the dawdling. Visit Wat Visounarath the Kmer temple style, climb up the Phousy Mount, where you have one overall picture on the city. The brilliant roofs of the pagodas mix with stripped plaster vestiges of colonial architecture. Have dinner at local restaurant. Visit the night market. Overnight.
Day 2: Luangprabang
Discover morning market, museum installed in the old Royal Palace, of monasteries and pagodas of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Pak Khane, Wat Khili, Wat Pa Phai, Wat Vixun and Manorom, central market and evening market. You will have also spare time to stroll in the city and at the edge of Mekong. With confluence with Mekong, then you continue to visit the Buddhist caves of Pak OU, which dominate the river and shelter many statues of Buddha, located about 35 km upstream of Luang Prabang. Overnight at hotel. Have dinner with baci (traditional welcoming) ceremony. All meals included in price.
Day 3: Luang Prabang - Xiengkhuang: "Flat of the Earthenware jars" - 262 km of road
At 6 am, departure the hotel to visit monks arm collection site where you can experience the local tradition way of life of the Buddhist, then excursion by road through the mountains towards Phonsavan. You arrive in an area of place located at the altitude of 1200 meters and let you discover all initially old Buddhist of Muang Sui, strongly damaged temples during the war during the Sixties and Seventies. Phonsavan is the new chief town of district of Xieng Khouang province. The area is the historical center of the Phuan language, which belongs to the family of Tai languages. All meals included in price.
Day 4: Xiengkhuang - Vientiane
Discover "Plain of the Earthenware jars". You discover in particular the site of Thong Hai Hin, located at 15 km in the South-west of Phonsavanh and which counts 250 earthenware jars, weighing between 600 kg and 6 tons. These earthenware jars were cut in molasse (mixture of sandstone and granite) there is more than 2500 years. One does not know exactly if these earthenware jars were funeral urns or not. Others think that they could be containers for wine fermentation or with the conservation of rice. It is possible that these earthenware jars are dependent with the history of the civilization of Dong Its whose center was to Vietnam. But the mystery remains for the moment whole! There were several thousands of them but only 500 escaped from the destruction related to the war, since 1945 and especially in the Sixties and Seventies. We discover also another site, Hai Hin Laat Khai, located at 35 km in the South of Phonsavanh, with 150 earthenware jars on one hill from where the sight is splendid. Transfer to domestic airport to fly to Vientiane. Transfer hotel. Have dinner and overnight. All meals included in price.
Day 5: Vientiane - Bangkok
Discover this small capital of Laos, such as That Luang stup, the national monument which is very important for all Laotiens, symbolizing at the same time of the Buddhist religion and Lao sovereignty. Visit also of Vat Sasaket, the temple going back to 1818 BC, the only one to be saved by the raid of Siamese in 1828 BC. Vat Pha Kaew, old Royal Temple transformed into museum, national museum and morning market. Then transfer to international airport to fly to Bangkok. Meals included: breakfast and lunch.
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