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That Luang Festival

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 6 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 14 people
Destination(s): Laos  
Specialty Categories: Festival Tours   Cultural Journey  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 530 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 774 US Dollar (USD)

Symbol of the Lao nation and the pride of the Lao people, the That Luang stupa has stood in its present form since the middle of the sixteenth century. Containing relies of the lord Buddha and the remains of many famous and powerful monks, the stupa is a major Buddhist shrine as well as the traditional secular symbol of Lao unity. Every year these twin roles are celebrated at the That Luang Festival when Buddhist pilgrims from all over South East Asia join with the people of Vientiane for a week of religious ceremonies and civil revelry around the sacred site.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Wattai Airport or Friendship Bridge. Transfer to the hotel. Have lunch. Vientiane surrounding city tour: visit Buddha Park. Have dinner. Overnight.

Day 2: That Luang Festival. Breakfast. Vientiane city tour: visit Vat Sisaket, Ho Prakeo, Patuxay and the Morning Market. Return to hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, proceed to That Luang stupa to see the procession of Phasat Pheung (wax castles), from Vat Nong Bone towards the stupa. After that, explore the different handicraft and show stalls of That Luang fair at your leisure. Return to hotel by late afternoon.

Day 3: Early morning at 6 o’clock, transfer to That Luang stupa for the great alms-giving ceremony (Tak Bat). Thousands of monks from the provinces and countryside will attend this great event around the sacred stupa. By 8 o’clock, return to Hotel for breakfast. Transfer to airport for flight to Luang Prabang. Arrival in Luang Prabang, transfer to hotel. Lunch. City tour: visit Vat Visun, Vat Sen, Vat Xieng Thong, Phousi hill. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Breakfast. Excursion by boat to Pak Ou. On the way visit Ban Xang Hay, the rice-wine distillation village. Visit Tham Ting Buddha Caves. Picnic lunch. And back to Luang Prabang. Then continue to the handicraft weaving village, Ban Phanom and Santi Chedi Stupa. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Departure: 5:30 am from the hotel to see monks collect food and continue to the fresh food market and silversmith shop. Back to hotel for breakfast. Continue to visit the National Museum, the former Royal Palace. Have lunch. Fly back to Vientiane. Transfer to hotel. Relax as pleased you wish or visit Vientiane area, if time permits. Dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Tour Central Market. Visit souvenirs shopping. Transfer to Wattai Airport or Friendship Bridge for departure to next destination.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices:
- For a group of 2 persons: $774/person
- For a group of 3 persons: $672/person
- For a group of 4 persons: $621/person
- For a group of 5-7 persons: $590/person
- For a group of 8 persons: $576/person
- For a group of 9 persons: $564/person
- For a group of 10 persons: $554/person
- For a group of 11 persons: $547/person
- For a group of 12 persons: $540/person
- For a group of 13 persons: $534/person
- For a group of 14 persons: $530/person
- Single Supplement: $151.

Price Includes:
- Private transportation by a/c van, bus, boat
- Accommodation in twin sharing room
- Full board
- Entrance fee
- Return ticket Vientiane-Luangprabang-Vientiane
- Japanese or English speaking guide.

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