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Best of Luang Prabang - 5 Days

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Tour code: ASW-LA-LX05

Duration: 5 days

Destination: Luang Prabang

US$ 2474 per person

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This comprehensive private luxury tour explores Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed town along the Mekong River in northern Laos. With your own expert guide and driver, experience the best of the town and the surrounding region.

trip highlight

  • Enjoy the cultural and spiritual charms of Luang Prabang's ancient town
  • Find out mysterious Pak Ou Caves, place of thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes
  • Join the sacred daily morning Alms Giving Ceremony
  • Explore different handicraft villages around the town
  • Relax in azure swimming pools of the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall
  • Joining a class of traditional weaving

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Day 1: Arrive Luang Prabang

Meal: Dinner

On your arrival, meet your private tour guide and transfer to the hotel in the city centre.

In the evening, attending to welcome dinner with Baci ceremony and Lao traditional dance show.

Briefly the Baci is a ceremony to celebrate a special event, whether a marriage, a homecoming, a welcome, a birth, or one of the annual festivals. A mother is given a baci after she has recovered from a birth, the sick are given bacis to facilitate a cure, officials are honored by bacis, and novice monks are wished luck with a baci before entering the temple. The Baci ceremony can take place any day of the week and all year long, preferably before noon or before sunset. The term more commonly used is su kwan, which means “calling of the soul”.

Overnight in Luang Preabang

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Day 2: Luang Prabang - Half day tour

Meal: Breakfast

The morning will be free to relax, and enjoy the luxury hotel facilities

In the afternoon, your city tour begins with a visit to the Traditional Art and Ethnology Center to learn about Laos’ many ethnic cultures. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. We still have time to visit the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. A visit to Luang Prabang would be incomplete without ascending the 329 steps to the top of Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the city and its glowing reflection on the Mekong River. The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely collection of handmade textiles made by local and hill tribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.

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Day 3: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, we embark on cruise upstream on the Mekong River, which also gives us a breathtaking view of the tranquil countryside, before reaching the mysterious Pak Ou Caves, two linked caves crammed with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes left by pilgrims. We will have chance to visit some local village on the way back to Luang Prabang

Arriving back in town, we will take a short visit to the Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, where you will have a short tour so you get information about Silk, about weaver, about the Women that work in the Centre.

You can have hands-on experience with joining a class of traditional weaving. The class starts with and introduction to silks, dyeing, and weaving techniques. There is a guide and a Master Weaver who will help you to make your own placemat.

After stroll around the center, you can enjoy a drink (your account) at the terrace of Silk Road Café overlooking the Mekong River. This is also one of the best spots to admire sunset in Luang Prabang.

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Day 4: Luang Prabang – Khouangsi Waterfall – Elephant Experience

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

An early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning rituals of saffron-clad monks collecting offerings of Alms (ubiquitous sticky rice) from the faithful residents. This tradition is unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the procession. From there, we will take a short visit to the morning local market near the Royal Palace. At the market, you can find anything from rice, to fresh vegetables, to steamed fish, frogs, and anything else that might be the day’s catch, just set up on the ground, this is what the locals do every day. This is really the chance for you to get a real flavor of the local culture.

From there, we will transfer out of town to Kuang Si Fall Butterflies Park, where we will have the authentic breakfast in the middle of the beautiful green nature. During the breakfast, we will chat with the two owners of the Butterflies Park to better understand the Lao nature and their effort to create the beautiful place for the visitors to Luang Prabang.

We then transfer directly to the beautiful Kuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. This is the perfect time to visit the waterfalls while all other tourists are still staying inside the town.

From there, we will transfer to Elephant Camp near the waterfalls, and enjoy the 30-minute Elephant Ride exploring the Mekong River.

Transfer back to your hotel. Free for the rest of the day to relax.

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Day 5: Luang Prabang - Depart

Meal: Breakfast

After breakfast, free time until private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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· Tour prices shown are 'per person', based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults, and sharing a room.  If you intend to travel alone, the cost might be much higher.

· The 'Single supplement' applies for single travelers who require their own room and needs to be added to the tour price.

· Note: Amendments CAN be made to this tour to suite your requirements, but may incur price changes

What's Included:

· 04 nights at Amantake hotel based on Twin/Double sharing Suite room

· Breakfast at hotel

· English speaking guide with legal license

· Private car during the trip with experienced driver

· All Meals, Entrance fees and tour activities as dedicated in the program

· Service charges and Government’s Tax

· Bottled water & wet towel on van during trip

What's Excluded:

· Tip for Tour guide and driver (recommended)

· Bank fees for both sides

· Laos Visa US$30/person

· All International

· All note mentioned clearly in “Inclusion”

· Personal expenses

Remarks

1. All of our itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements, allowing us to create the perfect holiday just for you. Please click on the “Tailor this trip" button and complete the requested information for us. Upon receipt, our travel consultant will customize the best value vacation for your kind consideration. Please note: Changes CAN be made to the itinerary after our initial quote, but may result in a price change also!

2. We are aware that a good tour must have good hotels. In Indochina in particular (Vietnam, Cambodia & Laos) hotel prices make up the major expense of your holiday. Therefore, we would like to clarify how we define these charges:

· Boutique & character hotels: from $50-$80 USD per room/ per night

· Comfort = 3 star hotels from US$ 40 - US$ 60 per room/ per night

· Superior = 4 star hotels from US$ 80 - US$ 110 per room/ per night

· Deluxe = 5 star hotels from US$120 - US$ 190++ per room/ per night

· High-end = Best of the best hotels fr om US$ 250++ per room/ per night

3. Child policy: 

· Ages 0-2 years at 5 % of adult price

· Ages 2-5 years at 30% of adult price

· Ages 6-11 at 70% of adult price

· 12 years and older = 100% (charged as an adult)

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Service Details During The Trip

We’ll immerse you in the diverse cultures of Vietnam by showcasing the unique local flavors. And with the perfect balance of included sightseeing and free time, you can customize your dream vacation with the things you have always wanted to do.


  • Private Local Tour Guide You will have legally licensed local tour guide in each destination, from welcome and farewell you at the airport. Your guide will guide, help, assist and taking care of you in order to make your tour worry-free. The good guide for you means we arrange the right guide. Asianwaytravel.com will arrange tour guide base on the feature of the itinerary and consists of the group, to maximize your experiences in traveling.

  • Private Drivers & Vehicle Safety is first priority for transportation. A well maintained good condition car with legal business licensed and an experienced driver to make sure you are in safe hands. To maximize your comfort and joyful experience with driving service, cold drinking water, cold towel and soft drink are provided in the car.

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  • Local Flavor Meals Don’t worry about meals; we select both restaurants and menus for you. Asianwaytravel.com will select clean and good environment restaurants for our customer. Menu is also carefully selected by us to ensure you try different food every meal.
    We will recommend and arrange local cuisine since it is part of the cultural experience while traveling. We also recommend dinners are free on your own so you can choose your favorite food by yourself under necessary assistance of your local guide.

  • Well-Selected Hotels Comfort and good value is our priority for choosing hotels for our customers. Comfort of mattress and bedding, joyful decoration style, user friendly facilities, good service and good breakfast!

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Travel Visa

Most countries in South East Asia require you to obtain a visa. Please check carefully with your travel specialist regarding specific visa requirements for each country you plan to visit as the legislation does change frequently. Thailand offers a free visa on arrival to most nationalities. Other countries including Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar offer a “visa-on-arrival” service which requires you to pay a fee at the airport, or you may prefer to obtain this in advance through the relevant embassy or a visa agent. For visa-on-arrival in Vietnam, you must submit some paperwork before you arrive.

This is an option to get your visa for Vietnam instead of getting visa at the Vietnam consulate in your country.


  • Step 1: Provide us your application details
     • Your full name (as exactly seen on your passport)
     • Your gender
     • Your date of birth
     • Your nationality
     • Your passport number
     • Your passport expiration dates ( valid for at least 6 months)
     • Date of arrival ( dd/mm/yy)
     • Date of exit (dd/mm/yy)
     • Arrival airport
  • Step 2: Process your visa information into a visa application
    We will contact you for reviewing your visa information and then submit your application on your behalf to Vietnam Immigration department and follow other procedures pursuant to the regulations of Immigration department to get Visa approval letter granted by Immigration department.

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Step 3: Send the visa approval letter via email to you after 2 working days
After we obtain the visa approval letter from the Immigration department for you, we will forward you a scanned copy of it by email (Your visa information then have been recorded to the Visa system of the Vietnam Immigration department).

Step 4: Get your visa stamp on your arrival
Just print the approval letter out, prepare 2 passport sized photos and an amount of USD for stamping fee ($45 for single entry visa; $65 for 1 month multiple entry visa and $95 for 3 multiple entry visa). Put all above mentioned things along with your passport in a package, then show them to Immigration officer at Vietnam arrival airports.

Upon arrival at Vietnam’s airport, expect a simple form to fill in (or you can download here to fill beforehand), present the visa approval letter, passport, photos to the Immigration officer inside the counter and look for a place to hear your name be called to get the passport back and pay for the stamping fee. The actual process takes around 15 minutes without hassle or trouble.

What are the differences between this process and getting visa at Vietnam embassies?
It is only applicable for those who travel to Vietnam by air. You only need fill out the visa application form online instead of visiting the Vietnam embassies or sending documents to Embassies over by post.The online visa application does not require sending your passport away.You get a visa approval letter issued by Vietnam Immigration Department indicating that you are allowed to enter Vietnam and have your visa stamped upon arrival at one of Vietnam international airports.

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