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  • Explore Vientiane during a guided, sightseeing tour
  • Visit the fascinating Buddha Sculpture Park
  • Discover the UNESCO World Heritage city of Luang Prabang
  • See the sacred Pak Ou Caves on the banks of the Mekong River
This 7-day, guided tour offers a wonderful introduction to Laos. Starting from the laidback, timeless capital city of Vientiane, located on the banks of the Mekong River, this trip will then take you to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage city.

See some of the major highlights of Vientiane and visit the quirky Buddha Sculpture Park. Take a trip to the COPE Visitor Centre to learn about the history of unexploded ordnances in Laos. Next, you’ll fly north to Luang Prabang, the former capital of Laos and now a UNESCO World Heritage city.

With Luang Prabang as your base, you’ll explore the sacred Pak Ou Caves and the beautiful Kuang Si Falls. You'll also get the chance to attend a traditional Baci ceremony. We will drive you to the airport after the trip is over.
Hotel
Upon arrival at Vientiane Airport you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation. Your Wayfairer guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening to brief you about your itinerary.
Hotel
Explore Vientiane with your Wayfairer guide. Visit Wat Si Saket, the oldest surviving temple in Vientiane and home to over 10,000 Buddha images, and see the golden stupa of That Luang (the Great Sacred Stupa), the most sacred monument in the country that is now recognised as the national monument and symbol of Laos.

Also see Patuxai (Victory Gate of Vientiane), a landmark reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe and one of the city’s most noticeable landmarks. This afternoon, you’re free to explore the market of Talat Sao.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Head for the stunning Buddha Sculpture Park of Xieng Khuan, located on the banks of the Mekong River about 25km southeast of Vientiane. This fascinating sculpture park was built in 1958 by Luang Pu Bunleua Sulilat, a monk who studied both Buddhism and Hinduism. Hence the park is full of statues of the Buddha, Hindu gods as well as demons and animals from both beliefs.

Your next destination is COPE (Cooperative Orthotic & Prosthetic Enterprise) where you’ll learn more about the history of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos and its impact on the people.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Hotel
Drive to the airport and board the short, domestic flight to Luang Prabang. Upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport you will be met by a Wayfairer representative and transferred to your chosen accommodation.

Enjoy a walking tour of this UNESCO-listed city. See some of the major landmarks of the city including the ancient stupas of Wat Visoun, Wat Aham, Wat Saen and Wat Mai. If you still have some energy left, you can climb the 300 steps to Mount Phu Si to take in the panoramic views of the city and the Mekong River.
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  • Breakfast
Hotel
Take a boat down the Mekong River in the morning and visit the sacred Pak Ou Caves, one of the holiest sites in Laos. These famous caves, located 25km north of Luang Prabang on the western flank of the Mekong, are divided into two parts - Tham Ting and Tham Theung.

Both are filled with thousands of Buddha images and statues that were built centuries ago. After exploring both the upper and lower caves, cross the river to visit a village known for making rice wine and have your lunch.

Head for the local market late in the afternoon. A chef will show you around the market and explain about the local produce. Attend a cooking lesson where you’ll learn to prepare a traditional meal. Drive back to your hotel in Luang Prabang after dinner.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Hotel
Travel 29km outside of Luang Prabang to Kuang Si Falls, a beautiful, cascading waterfall surrounded by a lush jungle. The best way to see the falls is to trek along a forest trail that winds through local villages and offers great views of the landscapes. This 3-4 hour trek brings you to a beautiful emerald pool below the waterfall where you can take a refreshing dip.

Participate in the traditional Baci ceremony in Luang Prabang in the evening. The ceremony is a combination of animism and Buddhism and is common in Laos, often taking place during weddings, births, and the beginning of a new year. The ceremony is followed by a traditional dance and dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals
  • Breakfast & Dinner
Your Laos adventure comes to an end today. We will drive you to the airport after breakfast for your flight home.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 6 nights' accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Pickup and drop-off transfers. Transportation as per the itinerary, including domestic flights
  • Entrance fees to destinations mentioned on the itinerary
  • A local, English-speaking tour guide
  • Meals as per the itinerary
what's excluded
  • International flights
  • Activities mentioned optional on the itinerary
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the 'What's Included' section or the itinerary
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 7 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Age Requirement 1 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Vientiane, Laos
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