Day 1: Houyxay-Pakbeng (by boat). Pick up at Lao border, we take by traditional boat down stream on Mekong River. On the way stop to visit minority villages, Hmong hill tribe and then take for about 6-7 hours. Lunch served on boat. Arrive in Pakbeng late afternoon. Overnight in Pakbeng.
Day 2: Pakbeng-Luang Prabang (by boat). Today continue our journey to Luang Prabang and also on the way we stop to visit villages and Pak Ou Cave which is natural cave contains 2.500 Buddha statues which located on the Junction of Mekong River and Nam Ou River met together. You will see two different color of water during dry season. Arrive in Luang Prabang before sunset. Lunch served on boat. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 3: Luang Prabang city tour. In the morning we take sight seeing tour in town to visit temples such as: Wat Visoun Temple - the originally was built in 1513 by the King Visounarath made of wood. It was destroyed by black Chinese (Hor) in 1887, now has become the museum of the temple. Visit Wat Aham Temple and the National Museum (Former Royal Palace) which was collected the antiques keep inside included sacred Prabang Buddha statues. We then visit Wat Xiengthong Temple is the most beautiful temple and the oldest Wat was built in 1560, the only one was not destroyed by the war. Walk around city, then clime up Phousi Mount for over looking the view of Luang Prabang 328 steps to the top of Phousi. Shopping at night market. Overnight in Luang Prabang.
Day 4: Kuangsi Waterfall. Today, you may get up early morning to offer the food to Monks, over 300 Buddhist Monks walking on the street side for collecting food. And then do not miss to see local market more interesting. After breakfast, we drive to Kuangsi Waterfall 30 km. On the way we stop at Ban Na Sao, Ban Na Ouan - Hmong villages. On Arrival at waterfall, we walk through forest take a short trekking. Possible to swim. Return back to Luang Prabang, on the way back we visit weaving village of Ban Xangkhong and Ban Xieng Lek.
Day 5: Luang Prabang-Vientiane (by flight). Early morning offering the food to Monks, over 300 Monks walking a line on street side for collecting food. And then do not miss to see local market, we then come back to hotel for breakfast, you have free time till transfer to Airport for flight to Vientiane. Afternoon in Vientiane. After lunch, taking for sight seeing tour to visit religious museum Wat Sisakhet Temple, the oldest temple, its cloister contains more than 8.000 Buddha statues, Hor Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statues, but today it contains a collections of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found around Vientiane. Visit That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest of Buddha. Overnight in Vientiane.
Day 6: Vientiane–Pakse–Done Khong Island (by flight). Early morning, transfer to airport for fly to Pakse by QV511 at 12:30/13:45 pm. On arrival, we drive on the National Road No. 13th south to Champasak and visit the ruins of Wat Phou Temple, which is well known as the most important Hindu sanctuary of the Khmer Empire between 9th–13th centuries. Here is also a chance to visit some nearby Khmer temples and Buddhist shrines,after a short stop to explore, we continue to Done Khong Island. Overnight at Sala Donkhong Hotel.
Day 7: Explore Don Khong Island (by traditional boat). After breakfast, we explore the local villages of Ban Khone Village, where the old French colonial buildings and its retrace the old colonial past with seeing the first Lao railway with its locomotive. We continue discover the area of 4000 islands by our leisurely boat to visit one of the most beautiful waterfalls of marking the end of Lao boundary to Cambodia call Liphi waterfall, known as the Samphamith. If we have luck, we may be seen the rare freshwater Mekong Dolphin at Ban Hang Khone Village. Return to Ban Nakasang Village and drive to famous waterfalls of Khone Phapeng, the largest waterfall in the world.
Day 8: Don Khong Island-Tad Lor. We continue our journey towards Tad Lor, through Boloven Plateau where famous tea and coffee plantation and other lush vegetation and red surface of basaltic soil are incredible all along the way. En route, there are some opportunities to explore a part of Boloven Plateau and visit some hill villages of the Katu, Alak and Nge ethnic minority people. It is possible to swim here with a beautiful place. Accommodation at: Tad Lor Resort.
Day 9: Tad Lor-Pakse. In the morning we explore some villages with short trekking around Boloven Plateau, then drive to Pakse, visit Wat Luang Temple and market. Accommodation at: Champa Palace Hotel.
Day 10: Pakse-Siem Reap (by flight). At leisure until transfer to airport for flight to Siem Reap. Arrive Siem Reap and transfer to Hanuman Alaya, Angkor's boutique residence for check in and freshen up. In the afternoon, we visit the earliest temples of the Angkor period at Roluos Group about 10 km from Siem Reap. One of the first Khmer capitals built by Indravarman I and originally called Hariharalaya, Roluos Group includes Preah Ko, Bakong and Lolei for a chronological perspective on Angkor's development
Day 11: Tour Ang Kor Boutique. After breakfast, we visit the highlights of the petit circuit, including Prasat Kravan, Bat Chum and Eastern Mebon. Built in the 10th century by Rajendravar man, this temple was situated on a small island in the middle of the Eastern, Baray. It has all the characteristics of the mountain temple but was accessible only by boat. On to Pre Rup, built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman. Its proportions are perfect, a truly beautiful piece of work. Pre Rup means turning the body and the Khmer people believe this temple was used for cremations. After lunch, we continue to visit Sras Srang, the royal bathing pond, Banteay Kdei and jungle-clad Ta Prohm. Finally we take in a spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat from the temple mountain of Phnom Bakheng.
Day 12: Prasat Kravan. After breakfast, we visit the highlights of the petit circuit, including Prasat Kravan, Bat Chum and Eastern Mebon, built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman, this temple was situated on a small island in the middle of the Eastern, Baray. It has all the characteristics of the mountain temple but was accessible only by boat. On to visit Pre Rup, built in the 10th Century by Rajendravarman. Its proportions are perfect, a truly beautiful piece of work. Pre Rup means turning the body and the Khmer people believe this temple was used for cremations. After lunch, we continue to visit Sras Srang, the royal bathing pond, Banteay Kdei and jungle-clad Ta Prohm. Finally we take in a spectacular sunset over Angkor Wat from the temple mountain of Phnom Bakheng.
Day 13: Ang Kor Thom. After breakfast at the hotels, we visit the sites of Angkor Thom, including the Bayon, Baphuon, Phimean Akas, Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King. In the afternoon, we visit magnificent Angkor Wat to view its architecture and bas reliefs. This temple is the largest religious buildings ever constructed and is truly one of the wonders of the world. Believed to have been undertaken as a temple and mausoleum for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of the 12th century, Angkor Wat is the best-preserved of the Angkorian temples.
Day 14: Siem Reap-Bang Kok. We take an early trip to Angkor Wat to watch sunrise, before continuing north to visit the elegant temple of Ban Teay Srei. We continue to Kbal Spean, commonly known as the River of a Thousand Lingers, this is an area of riverbed carving sand lush jungle. There are several carvings of Hindu deities in the sandstone here, as well as thousands of ling as in the riverbed itself. This site was only "rediscovered" in 1969 and is a tranquil place with an attractive waterfall. It is 50 km north of Siem Reap, then transfer to airport for flight to Bangkok, Thailand.
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