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Best of the emerald North – 9 Days

Taking you on an elevation of longitude, this 9-day itinerary let you access the rising stars of Laos’ community tourism.

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Discover the ambiance of inspiring temples of Wat Xieng Thong, Wat Aham...
Witness the morning procession of monks marching through cobbled streets of Luang Prabang
Visit local villages across northern Laos to learn about their authentic traditions
Relish in an excursion through the Mekong River

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Akha village, Muang Sing
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Peaceful sight of Vang Vieng
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Iconic tak bat ceremony
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Beautiful, richly decorated Wat Xieng Thong
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Pak Ou Cavesfilled with Buddha statues
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Weird yet wonderful Buddha Park

North Laos in 9 days

Day 01: Vientiane – Arrival
Welcome to the capital of Laos, meet our local guide and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free time for your relaxation or discover to get to know the city. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 02: Vientiane, city tour
Day dedicated to explore the most important cultural sites and historical monuments of Vientiane:
– The ancient Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues;
– The former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha;
– The Lao national icon, That Luang Stupa, and stop to take pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph.

From there, drive out from Vientiane city to see the Buddha Park, an enchanting collection of Buddhist and Hindu sculptures set in parkland on the banks of the Mekong close to the Friendship Bridge. Here we find over 200 religious images dating back some 500 years faithfully recreated by a mysterious Buddhist monk. Your evening is free to explore the Vientiane night market. Overnight at hotel in Vientiane.
Day 03: Vientiane – Luang Nam Tha
After breakfast at hotel, have free time before transfer to airport for flight to Luang Nam Tha. Arrival at Luang Nam Tha, check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Luang Nam Tha.
Day 04: Luang Nam Tha – Muang Sing
Morning transfer to Muang Sing, a small town near Chinese border, Muang Sing was the hub of the opium trade until the 1960s. On arrival, visit some of the most impressive sites of the town: Tribal Museum, typical temples of the Thai architecture as well as some vestiges of the French colonial. Overnight at hotel in Muang Sing.
Day 05: Muang Sing & surroundings
Morning visit to Phonesavan market where various tribes of the surrounding area come to exchange their products then start a day excursion to minority villages around Muang Sing.

After visiting market, trekking through gentle rolling hillsides, green rice fields and dirty roads, visit to Ban Don Chai village of Tai Lue minorities; Ban Pha Kha, Ban Sai Leck, Ban Jong Kha village… of Akha minorities; discover their original architecture of high wooden houses on stilts, long balconies loaded with clothes. Encounter of women who spin and weave in fine attire. Return to Muang Sing towards the end of the day. Overnight at hotel in Muang Sing.
Day 06: Muang Sing - Luang Nam Tha - Pakbeng
After breakfast, morning transfer towards Oudomxay, then continue in direction of Pakbeng. The road follows the valley of the Mekong River, inhabited by Khmu and Red Thai ethnics, who have preserved their beliefs and their ancestral way of life. Upon arrival in Pakbeng, check-in at your hotel. Overnight in Pakbeng.
Day 07: Pakbeng - Pak Ou Cave - Luang Prabang
Enjoy an excursion on the Mekong aboard a traditional boat to Luang Prabang through pristine landscapes with wild beauty.
At the confluence of the Nam Ou and the Mekong, visit the sacred Pak Ou Cave, where you will find hundreds of Buddha Statues left there over hundreds of years. Arrival in Luang Prabang in the afternoon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Luang Prabang, city tour
Wake up early, walk or cycle around the city to admire the Laotians making offerings to the monks on the roadside. Return to the hotel for breakfast then departure for a tour of Luang Prabang city with its remarkable cultural-historical monuments:

Wat Sene – the oldest temple in the city – Wat Aham – one of the main sanctuaries of the city dedicated to the ancestors of Laos;
Wat Visoun with its impressive Sinhalese style stupa;
– The magnificent temple of Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping down to the ground;
Royal Palace where the personal belongings of the royal family are displayed;
Late afternoon, ascent to Mount Phousi to get panoramic view of the town nestled between the mountains. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
Day 09: Luang Prabang – Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight. Ends our services of your 9 days in Northern Laos.

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Included in price:

  • Well-selected accommodation as mentioned in the tour
  • Boat trip/ sampan/cruise if included in the tour
  • Daily breakfast served at the hotel
  • Private transportation/shuttle bus including round-trip airport transfers
  • Domestic flight tickets as mentioned in the tour
  • English speaking tour guides - other languages on request
  • All entrance and visiting fees per program
  • Other meals that mentioned in the tour
  • All hotel government taxes and service charges

Not included in price:

  • Visa arrangements/ airport taxes
  • International airfares (On request)
  • All medical and travel insurance coverage
  • Personal expenses
  • Beverages or other meals that not mentioned in the tour
  • All tips and gratuities
  • Other things that not mentioned in the “Trip inclusions”

Optional accommodation

luang namtha hotel

★★

Zuela Guesthouse
Luang Namtha

vientiane hotel

★★★

Xaysomboun Boutique Hotel
Vientiane

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★★★★

Maison Souvannaphoum Hotel
Luang Prabang

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★★★★★

Crowne Plaza Vientiane
Vientiane

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