Laos is all about heritage.
Even its modern capital Vientiane has a sleepy charm about it that is hard to miss even if you are sitting in a sleek little cafe.
While Luang Prabang gives you a one-street town with a colorful market and a dazzling golden temple to explore, Phonsavan gives you pre-historic mysteries to ponder over with its UNESCO Heritage Site of Plain of Jars.
Our Laos heritage tour takes you on an unforgettable journey of a country that is still pristine and untouched by mass tourism.
We’ll finish the day with a trip to the colorful night market.
After a break for breakfast, you’ll visit Phou Si Mountain and Wat Xieng Thong.
This 15th-century temple is the most important in Luang Prabang and among the most important in the entire country.
Until the revolution of 1975, Wat Xieng Thong was the royal temple, supported by the royal family.
From there you’ll walk to the Mekong River, where you’ll take a traditional slow boat cruise, stopping briefly at a Whiskey Village en route to the Tam Ting Caves (also called the Pak Ou caves).
This is a site of ancient spiritual significance, both Buddhist and animist.
Within the two caves of Tam Ting are stupas, shrines, and carvings of Buddha.
Over 4,000 wooden figures of Buddha, many highly ornate, stand within the natural limestone caves, a testament to the skill of Lao craftsmen through the centuries.
On the way back to Luang Prabang, we stop at a village where Saa-paper is produced.
We go out for a ride, enjoy the natural scenery.
Afterward, we’ll take a short boat ride to the Tad Sae waterfalls where you can cool off in a refreshing clear pool.
(The waterfall is dry January until July).
But it is also famous for its historic Plain of Jars.
This journey takes about 8 hours and we’ll make some stops at villages en route to observe the rural life of local people, including ethnic minorities such as Hmong people.
Arrive in Phonsavanh, the capital of Xieng Khouang province, and check into your choice of hotels.
Our guide will help you explore this archeological wonder, which is covered with mysterious stone jars that are about 2000 years old.
In the afternoon we‘ll drive to visit Muang Khoun, the old capital of Xieng Khouang where we’ll explore relics of the secret war in Laos. Overnight at hotel in town.
Upon arrival in the capital, we’ll take an introductory afternoon tour around the city, starting with a visit to the religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple surviving from the Siamese war of 1828. Then on to the Pha That Luang, the most sacred monument in Laos.
Some options could be – visit the Buddha Park outside of Vientiane, a vast collection of Buddhist art and sculptures.
This is a great half-day trip which leaves the afternoon free to explore more or relax in Vientiane.
Or join a tour of the Vientiane Orchid Garden.
This educational excursion into a protected area will reveal the natural habitat of the many varieties of native wild orchids in the jungles of Laos.
This offbeat international tour just a sample itinerary from our repertoire of Laos heritage tours and is fully customizable. Feel free to ask us to chop and change in ways you want. Don’t want a fully guided tour? No problem. Ask us how we can make you travel to the deepest places without feeling like you are on an organized tour. We are here to help you plan. Help you travel. Responsibly. Write in to us for prices.
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