Family Tour Vientiane – Luang Prabang
The trip includes the current capital Vientiane and the former capital Luang Prabang, the two most visited destinations of Laos.
Upon entering Vientiane, you will be surprised at the relaxed atmosphere and small-town charm of this capital city. This capital city is characterized by an eclectic mix of colonial-French buildings and ancient temples along with colorful markets.
Nestled in the valleys of the mountainous north, it is Luang Prabang, a former royal capital and now a World Heritage Site listed by the UNESCO. This enchanting city, dominated by golden-roofed temples and bright saffron-robed monks, exudes a spiritual essence that will surely capture your soul.
Day 1: Arrive in Vientiane
You will be warmly welcomed upon arrival at Vientiane airport and transferred to your hotel. Although it is a capital city, Vientiane has the feel of a small provincial town. The wide boulevards are almost devoid of traffic, and with its many temples, the city retains the feel of another age. You will have a restful overnight stay in Vientiane.
Day 2: Vientiane (B/D)
Your tour today includes visits to Wat Sisaket (with its thousands of miniature Buddha statues), followed by Wat Simuang and Wat Prakeo, which was the original home of the famous Emerald Buddha, which today resides in Bangkok. You will then visit the huge golden That Luang monument, which all Lao citizens consider a holy pagoda. Next will be Vientiane's own Victory Monument, which looks like the Arc de Triomphe. You will end with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant followed by an overnight stay in Vientiane.
Day 3: Vientiane – Luang Prabang (B)
In the morning you will take a flight from Vientiane to Luang Prabang, the former royal capital. You will be picked up and transferred to your hotel. Next, it will be time to explore the city with visits to Wat Visoun (the site of the impressive Thad Makmo stupa), Wat Mai (built in 1796, with its five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) which epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style) and Wat Xieng Thong (with its several roofs sweeping low to the ground). You will climb up 350 steps to the top of Phou Si Hill to visit Wat Phu Si and enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. You will go back to your hotel for leisure time or you can go shopping at the night market before an overnight stay.
Day 4: Mekong River - Pak Ou cave - Weaving village (B/L)
An optional early start will give you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (often in the form of sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is very unique to Laos, it is the only Buddhist nation still preserving the ritual.
You will also take a Mekong riverboat trip to visit the famous and sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers. The caves are home to many thousands of Buddha images that have been placed here by local people since the 16th Century. Next, you will return to Luang Prabang to visit the Por Sa paper handicraft and textile area at Ban Xang Khong. You will stay overnight stay in Luang Prabang.
Day 5: Elephant Ride in Luang Prabang (B)
This full-day excursion takes your family to discover the stunning landscape, tranquility and lush nature of Luang Prabang and experience riding an elephant. You will proceed to the elephant camp about 15 km outside of town on the banks of the Nam Khan River. After crossing the small river at the Lao Spirit Resort, you will be introduced to the protected Asian elephants and go out for a scenic ride. You will enjoy a new perspective and wonderful scenery on this 2-3 hour ride. You will be brought to/from the amazing waterfalls of Tad Sae, where you can hang out for lunch and swim in the refreshing cascading water. A short boat trip will bring you back to the elephant camp. After that, you will transfer back to your hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 6: Luang Prabang departure (B)
There is no activity planned for today so your family will be free to enjoy your leisure time for souvenir shopping until transfer to the airport for your onward flight.