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Laos Top Luxury Tour - 7 Days

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Tour code: ASW-LA-LX07

Duration: 7 days

Destination: Vientiane / Luang Prabang

US$ 2,918 per person

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This private tour of Laos is ideal for travelers wanting to experience the best of one of Southeast Asia’s most traditional and atmospheric destinations. It features private touring of cultural and scenic highlights with your own guide and driver, the best hotels in Laos, and ample time to relax among the Buddhist temples and palm trees.

trip highlight

  • Enjoy one of the most beautiful resorts in Vientiane and Luang Prabang
  • Visit the glimmering roofed temples and local market in the sleepy capital Vientiane
  • Caving at Pak Ou Caves, place of thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues
  • Join the sacred ceremony of Alms Giving in the early morning
  • Feeding and Riding giant friends Asian Elephants
  • Go on an adventure by kayaking along the Namkhane River

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Day 1: Arrival – Vientiane

Meal: Dinner

On arrival at Vientiane airport, meet your private guide and transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 2: Vientiane – full day city tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

After breakfast, we explore Vientiane capital by visiting the major sights of the capital; including the oldest Wat Sisaket with thousands of miniature Buddha statues and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. En route to Lao’s national precious heritage, the famous and sacred structure of That Luang Stupa, you will have an opportunity to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. In the afternoon we continue visiting the rest of Vientiane by foot, including Wat Ong Tue, Wat Inpeng and Wat Haisok. We pass by the major shopping area continuing to the Vientiane Central Market of Talad Sao and Talad Kouadin where various goods are displayed for sale; including fresh food, household goods, souvenirs, textiles, gold, silver and antiques. We return to the Mekong Riverside in the late afternoon to admire the sunset.
Overnight in Vientiane

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Day 3: Vientiane - flight to Luang Prabang

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today, we transfer to the airport for the short flight to Luang Prabang, which is perhaps the best-preserved traditional city in Southeast Asia. After checking into your hotel, we visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrines of Wat Aham and Wat Mai. Free time at leisure. 

In the evening, attending to a specail 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”.

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Day 4: Luang Prabang - Half day tour

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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 procession is very unique in Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving the tradition.

Your half day city tour begins with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then head to the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Stop at Central market to see local trader do their business before enjoy the lunch at local restaurant.

Free time in the afternoon to enjoy luxury hotel facility.
Overnight in Luang Prabang.

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Day 5: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Caves

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 very 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.

After breakfast, we embark on a 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. En route, you will stop at Ban Muang Keo, a well-known village for its traditional Lao rice whisky distilling. You will arrive back in Luang Prabang in the late afternoon and continue by car to the outskirts of town to visit Ban Xangkhong , a village well-known for its wood paper making and also Lao silk weavings with natural dyes.

If time permits, we will make a short stop at Ock Pop Tock Living Craft Center, meaning East Meets West, where you can learn about the traditional weaving in Laos.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 6: Luang Prabang – Elephant Riding – Kayaking

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast at hotel, today you will be introduced to Friendly-Giant friends the protected Asian Elephant and riding on your friends’ back through the rainforest along the bank of Namkhane River. After your Lao style lunch, we will then take our soft adventure Kayaking back down on Namkhane to Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang

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Day 7: 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:

·         06 nights at hotel based on Twin/Double sharing 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 and Domestic Airfare

·         Low season discount/Peak Season surcharge

·         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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