Day 1: Arrival in Vientiane
City tour: We take for sight seeing tour to visit religious museum Wat Sisakhet, 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, We then visit That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos. Accommodation in Vientiane.
Day 2: Visit the COPE's Visitor Center
After breakfast, in the morning we visit local fresh market to learn about local foods and vegetables. Visit COPE, the Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise, an NGO which is working to help rehabilitate people injured by the legacy of the "secret war and watch the film of Indochinese war period 1960s – 1973s at the Visitor Center. After lunch is free on your own.
Day 3: Vientiane - Vangvieng
This morning you will drive to Vangvieng, famed for its intricate network of limestone caves. There will be several stops on the way to see some Buddhas carved out of rocks in the forest, and one of the minority villages. We will spend some time exploring the caves before continuing to our peaceful guest house on the outskirts of town, away from the tourist hoards. Accommodation in Vangvieng.
Day 4: Vang Viieng - Xieng Khouang
We have a beautiful drive to Phonesavanh, the site of the Plain of Jars, traveling through the mountains. On the way, stop at a cave that was used as a hospital during the time the Americans were fighting the Vietnamese – Laotian, although neutral, was bombed repeatedly during this time and suffered many casualties. Accommodation in Phonsavanh.
Day 5: Discover Plain of Jars
Visit the market in the morning, to see all the fruit and vegetables available. Continue to visit some of the Jar sites - covering an area of around 50 km, with jars of up to 3 meters high, they continue to baffle historians. Recent theory is that they are funeral urns – the larger the jar, the more important the person – but other historical artifacts found in the area have brought the experts no closer to understanding the civilization that created them.
Day 6: Xieng Khouang - Luang Prabang
Travel to Luang Prabang. This is a very scenic trip - driving through many mountains, and you can stop to see the tea plantations. Also you will probably see many different kinds of ethnic groups walking besides the road. On arrival, it will be possible to go for a traditional Lao massage, before visiting the night market – an opportunity to buy some beautiful locally-made items at very reasonable prices.
Day 7: Pak-Ou Cave (by boat)
Take a boat trip up the Mekong River to the famous caves of Pak Ou - housing thousands of retired Buddha statues. We will have a packed lunch here (included) overlooking the river. In the afternoon, visit the Kuangsi Waterfall, where you can have a beautiful spot for picnics, swimming and relaxing.
Day 8: Departure
Get up early morning about 06:00 Am. Offering food for Buddhist Monk which walking a line along side Departure Royal Palace museum street over 300 Monks, then visit local morning market before return back hotel for breakfast. Visit the Royal Palace museum for a guided tour to learn about the history of the Royal Family. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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