Spirit of Luang Prabang Tour Laos 9days

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Spirit of Luang Prabang Tour Laos 9days

In Vientiane and Luang Prabang, the ancient temples, the inspiring Buddhist monks, the tree-lined boulevards create a unique and absorbing atmosphere. On this adventurous trip, we’ll explore the beautiful mountainous area of Vang Vieng then trek through the little visited hills and mountains of the north. The true highlight is staying in minority villages and meeting the wonderful people from some of the many diverse ethnic tribes.

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    • Group Size Small Group
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    All about the Spirit of Luang Prabang Tour Laos 9days.

    Spirit of Luang Prabang Tour Laos 9days

    In Vientiane and Luang Prabang, the ancient temples, the inspiring Buddhist monks, the tree-lined boulevards create a unique and absorbing atmosphere. On this adventurous trip, we’ll explore the beautiful mountainous area of Vang Vieng then trek through the little visited hills and mountains of the north. The true highlight is staying in minority villages and meeting the wonderful people from some of the many diverse ethnic tribes.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
    What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

    + Transportation in private
    + English speaking guide
    + Meals: daily breakfast at hotel
    + Admission fee to indicated sights
    + Boat trip as stated in above sights
    + Accommodation in twin shared room
    + Luggage handling and drinking water.
    + Tax and service charge

    Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

    + Personal expenses, drinks, telephone, laundry, tips.
    + Laos Visa, airfare and airport departure tax paying at check in desks.
    + Payment services charge by credit card or bank transfer.
    + Other services not mentioned in the itinerary.

    1. Day1 ARRIVAL – VIENTIANE

      On arrival at Wattay Airport or Friendship Bridge, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. The charming and fascinating capital of Laos, Vientiane is located on the banks of the Mekong River. This small city conjures up exotic images, with the curious mix of Lao, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, French influences. After a short rest, we start our city tour with Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple still standing in Vientiane. This amazing structure features remarkable frescoes and Buddha statues. The following sight is the former royal temple of Haw Pha Kaew, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit the imposing Patouxai Monument well known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triomphe on our way to the great sacred structure and symbol of Laos, That Luang Stupa. O/N in Vientiane.

    2. Day2 VIENTIANE – VANG VIENG

      The journey northwards begins as depart the town and drive through the spectacular countryside towards the mountain region. Along the way we visit the busy and colorful market of Thalat where various hill tribes come to trade their goods and buy previsions. A next stop of our trip is Vang Sang, famous for the archeological site dating back 11th century. We reach our final destination, Vang Vieng, which is nestled on a bend of the Nam Song River. The small and tranquil village of Vang Vieng is rapidly developped with the advent of tourist, but the beautiful scenery with a mixture of quiet water and limestone outcrops unchanged for century. After checking into hotel we take a wander to catch our first glimpse of this hill town. O/N in Vang Vieng. (B)

    3. Day3 VANG VIENG – LUANG PRABANG

      Heading out of town we explore the famous cave of Tham Jang that was once used by local people as a hideout from Chinese invaders. We also cross the river to Ban Huai Ngai, a very pleasant village where we can explore the different local lifestyle. Upon leaving Vang Vieng, the roads begin to deteriorate; however the stunning mountain scenery makes for an interesting journey. We wind our way through Phoukhoune and Kasito to Luang Prabang. This town with its gleaming temple roofs, fading colonial architecture and stunning mountain backdrop has been claimed by UNESCO to be “the best preserved traditional city in South East Asia”. There is little traffic on Luang Prabang roads and monks in orange robes scurry in all directions carrying umbrellas to shade themselves from the Sun. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B)

    4. Day4 Luang Prabang

      The former Royal Palace has been turned into a national museum, which displays a lovely collection of the artefacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture dating from the days of the early kings right through the last sovereign. We visit this landmark and the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong. The temple structures are decorated in various ways with gilded stuccoes and doorways. We also have enough time this day, to explore the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun, the shrine of Wat Aham, the city’s oldest temple of Wat Wisunalat and Wat Mai with five tiered roofs. After seeing these sights, we ascend Phousi Hill for a beautiful sunset view of the Mekong River. There are 329 steps leading us on zigzag way past various temples to the sacred, gilded stupa of Wat Phousi at the summit. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B)

    5. Day5 LUANG PRABANG – BAN KLUNG

      The extremely beautiful mountain region around Luang Prabang is ideal for anyone seeking a true adventure and trekking expedition. Today we cross the mighty Mekong River and visit one of the famous caves in Luang Prabang. The trek begins as we get off the beaten track to the pottery village of Ban Chane and Ban Pha Phet . This small village is conquered by the Khmu hill tribe people. After an enjoyable stop at Ban Pha Phet, we continue our trek and embark on a boat for a leisurely trip to Paklung where we are the guest of a Lao family. The accommodation is very simple and dormitory style, no western facilities. O/N at Ban Paklung. (B,L,D)

    6. Day6 BAN KLUNG – KHOUANG SI WATERFALLS

      Upon leaving the village of our previous night we set off on a full day trek, using the local tracks and passing through various hill villages from Ban Jong to Ban Long Phu. Along the way we see many ethnic minorities, and are sure to attract attention as this part of the country receives very few visitors. On arrival at Ban Saluen, we cross the Mekong River again and walk to the beautiful Khouang Si Falls surrounded by the native forest. The waterfall tumbles over multi tiered limestone formations into the cool and clear pools ideal for anyone seeking an enjoyable escape when the heat becomes unbearable. O/N at Ban Long Phu. (B,L,D)

    7. Day7 BAN LONG PHU – BAN LONG LAO

      An early morning start to walk mountainsides. We traverse the verdant and rugged mountain landscape. The trek usually takes around 6 hours and is quite steep in places; however some physical preparation will enable you to maximize enjoyment from the trip. After a full day walking we arrive at Ban Long Lao and have time to wander around this village, enabling us to understand a little more about their culture and lifestyle. Here we will be toasted as honored guests and will be sample some of their homemade rice wine! O/N at Ban Long Lao. (B,L,D)

    8. Day8 BAN LONG LAO – LUANG PRABANG

      Today we spend a half day walking in this beautiful mountainous region. Along the way we encounter local villagers going about their daily business such as logging, herding buffalo, tilling the field. At this small village of Ban Xieng Mouak we meet up with a local transport, Tu Tuc and drive for few hours back to Luang Prabang. The remainder of the day will be free to catch up on some last minute shopping or simply to relax. A farewell dinner is organized at one of Luang Prabang’s famous eating spots, to celebrate your achievement in completing the trek. O/N in Luang Prabang. (B,L,D)

    9. Day9 LUANG PRABANG – DEPARTURE

      There is free time for your own exploration of the town and strolling around the shopping areas. The trip ends after your transfer to the airport for departure. (B)

    Our Accommodations

    Our Accommodations:
    When Trekking we stay in friendly hotel, guesthouse or homestays. Some are more basic than others! Bear in mind that some of the places we overnight in are not on the standard tourist trail.In larger cities and towns, our hotels are generally more western style and are three or four hotels or resort. Please do not expect the same standard as you would your home.

    Our Homestays:
    Homestay in the villages is simple interm of bedding condition and ementies. We will sleep on beds or floor with mattress, clean sheet, pillow and mosquito nets. Toilet is usually western style.

    The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
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    Our trekking tours can be classified into three levels

    Easy
    There are about 8 – 10K to walk on flat roads. No previous experience is necessary. Anyone in good health and fit enough to perform an occasional hike can take an easy level trek. Vietnam easy walks are provided in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Mai Chau, Ngoc Son Ngo Luong…

    Moderate
    There are about 10 – 15K to hike on flat and hilly roads. At this point too, no special background is required. Hikers accustomed to trekking in hilly areas of Mai Chau, Pu Luong or Lai Chau, Yen Bai successfully accomplish our treks “moderate”, provided they are in good health and to have a correct fit. These treks are moderate or easy hikes with an average duration or shorter but more difficult steps.

    Difficult
    There are about 16 – 23K to trek on uphill/downhill dirty, rocky trails. Physical fitness is very important for these treks and you may have to lead you home before the trek. Most treks in this level are comparable with long rides in the Fansipan mountain or the the mountainous region of Ha Giang, Cao Bang, sometimes higher altitudes. The climate and isolation can also participate in difficulty. Prior trek experience is preferable but not vital if you have confidence in your fitness.

    Tour Guide
    Our tour guides speak English or French. Etc… They hold a university degree in tourism and national license as a guide. If you wish to send a tour leader along with any group, he or she can fully rely on the knowledge and experience of our local guides.
    Remote treks are always accompanied by a local representative to deal with permits and authorities and manage the porter team. They speak the local dialects, know the cultural traditions and give tips on suggested behavior in fragile ecological areas and tribal communities. For some itineraries, the role of tour leader and representative is combined.

    Porter
    During all trekking tours we may use local porters to carry your luggage as well as our trekking equipment, where required. To generate local income we employ local villagers for this task. Participants will have their own porter, carrying trekking equipment and luggage to a maximum of 15 kg per client. Travelers only have to carry their day packs. Read more how to pack

    Vehicle
    Depending on the nature of the tour, journeys will be accompanied by an air-conditioned car/minibus cover the larger overland sections.

    Food
    During all treks meals will be arranged on the spot, in local restaurants and at home in local villages along the way. The meals are prepared by our cooks, the local guide or by the local host. Our cooks are well trained to prepare and serve food hygienically and they cook a variety of local delicacies. Sometimes this may include the slaughter of a chicken, duck or pig. We sometimes have the chance to bring western food, and snacks from Hanoi.Etc… for breakfast and picnics along the way, and coffee and tea are available in abundance. Our cooks make a special effort to provide as much variety as possible. The porters give necessary assistance on the spot.

    Drinking water
    There are many shops and villages that have bottled water for sale. On remote trekking tours, we buy a sufficient supply of water for the next couple of days. We recommend bringing some water purifying tablets.

    Packing
    Comfortable lightweight clothing in natural fabrics such as cotton is most suitable for travelling in Vietnam. Etc… The dress code is fairly casual as in most parts of the tropics but it is advisable to cover arms and legs in the evenings against biting insects. A lightweight raincoat is a good idea in the rainy season. During the winter months warm clothing is needed for visiting the north of Vietnam. Visitors should not wear shorts, short skirts or other skimpy clothing when visiting religious buildings such as pagoda, temple, communal house and shoes should be removed before entering a private home.
    What you take will naturally depend upon where you are travelling and the style of journey you are undertaking, and it can often be difficult to decide what to pack. Nevertheless, the following should act as a useful checklist of essential items worth thinking about taking.

    1 medium-sized backpack.
    Comfortable walking shoes with good grip
    1 long (easy to dry) pants and 1 long sleeved shirt to wear during the trek (easy to dry).
    1 pair of flip flop (sandals).
    1 pair of shorts and T-shirt to wear at camp site (2 if you do 4-day trek).
    1 medium-sized towel.
    1 medium-sized dry bag.
    Hiking poles/walking sticks
    GPS

    Responsible Tourism
    We strongly believe that Responsible Tourism can support to local communities: proving incomes,positive cultural exchanges and an incentive to protect natural environment. We recognize that there is always space for improvement. We continually strive to narrow the gap between principle and practice.

    Environment
    We have been turning environmentally responsible tourism into practices to minimize tourist impact upon the local habitat. From biodegradable soaps to re – usable water containers, we provide clients with the best information and mean to help them identify and implement effective ways to positive protect local nature and communities. It is a vital criteria that can be passed on and abided by all, long after the trip ended.

    Community
    Prior to our tours, we contact and work with local community leaders to make sure we are welcome and in a manner that minimizes negative social and cultural impacts. We visit local development and community projects specific to the region, encouraging customers to donate and assist such a projects in appropriate and sustainable manner.
    Where make sure that where and whenever possible our tours positively benefit the local community. We stayed at locally owned accommodation and visit cottage industries for local handicraft souvenir, generating income for local business. We often employ, hire support team such as local guide, motor-taxi drivers, cook assistants on all trips to ensure that the local community benefit not only short term but with increased employment opportunities for the future.

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