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The beauty and mystery of Laos offers honeymooners an unforgettable romantic getaway. Explore ancient Laos at the Khmer ruins, take in the splendor of the country’s famous ancient temples, cruise the lazy Mekong River, trek through rural hillside villages, experience the power of the Kuang Si Waterfall.
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Upon arrival, you are greeted by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Late afternoon, you can go for a stroll around this quaint town or even join some locals for a game of petanque. You explore the Luang Prabang Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local villagers and the hill tribes surrounding Luang Prabang. Enjoy dinner around the lively night market. There are plenty of street food options to choose from and also some more traditional Western dishes to try. Remember, the French have had a big influence here on the local cuisine. Overnight at Luang Prabang hotel.
Optional early wake-up call, to join the locals giving food to hundreds of Buddhist monks returning from morning prayers. Take a stroll through Ban Pakham morning market and take part in this everyday ritual. Breakfast at the hotel or join the locals for a bowl of delicious noodle soup after the alms giving ritual.
Today you explore Luang Prabang by bicycle, a fun and eco-friendly way of exploring the town. Visit Wat Visun, Wat Aham, beautiful Wat Xieng Thong, and the Luang Prabang Ethnology Centre. You then head out to Phone Say village by car, a hidden village specializing in beautiful textile weavings just a few kilometres from Luang Prabang. Phone Say still appears to be one of the most intact traditional Lao villages in the area, the charming village cannot be reached by vehicles but is only a 20-minute walk away from the main road. You meet Ms. Ting who has inherited her hand-weaving skills from her mom almost 30 years ago, and who now teaches young Laotian women a valuable skill. After a short visit to her workshop, enjoy a home-hosted lunch cooked by her younger sister Mrs. Bounkhong who also teaches cooking at a college in Luang Prabang. Have lunch on a hand-made bamboo terrace by the Mekong River, another memorable experience and a taste of real Lao traditions.
After lunch, you’re off to the Ock Pop Tock weaving centre, an organization that is offering the weavers in the area the chance to earn a decent income through their weaving skills. You also visit Ban Xang Khong village where we learn more about Saa paper. On your way back to town, go up Phou Sy Mountain and enjoy the fantastic view of Luang Prabang, and the Nam Kan River joining the Mekong. After the sunset there’s the option to enjoy a well-deserved and relaxing Traditional Lao Massage and Sauna at the Lao Garden Massage & Sauna Centre. Overnight at hotel in Luang Prabang.
After breakfast at the hotel, go to Tamarind Cafe where the chef Joy, joins you for an introduction to real Lao cuisine. You take a tuk-tuk to Phou Sy market where you will buy ingredients for the cooking class. Joy shares his knowledge with you on this market tour and then takes you to his lakeside classroom outside of town where you will learn to prepare some local favorites such as khao niauw (sticky rice), oh paedek (soup with ground pork) and laarb kai (spicy Laotian chicken salad).
Early afternoon, you make your way to the famous Khouang Si waterfall and a short walk and visit to the Bear Sanctuary.
After breakfast, go to Vientiane Orchid Centre, a truly unique place where passionate French orchid expert Bertrand Laville hosts one of the largest orchid collections in the world.
In the afternoon, you take a tuk-tuk to Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple 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 icon, That Luang Stupa, stop at the Patuxay Monument, known as Vientiane’s own Arc de Triumph. Then head to the riverside for a sundowner drink overlooking the Mekong River. Overnight in Vientiane.
After an early breakfast, go to Wattay airport for your flight to Pakse, the provincial capital of Champasack where the Mekong and Sedon rivers meet. Upon arrival in Pakse, drive a few hours to Bolaven Plateau. The plateau is a fertile farmland for coffee, tea and cardamom plantations. It is also the home to number of ethnic minorities. We make sure to stop at Tad Fane waterfalls - twin cascades that fall 120 meters down a near vertical wall of rock and clinging vegetation to the valley floor below. After lunch, continue to travel by road to Xe Pian National Park or Kingfisher Ecolodge where you have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at Kingfisher.
This morning, drive to the famous waterfall of Khone Phapeng - the largest waterfall in South East Asia, also known as the 'Niagara of the east'. Then head north by road and across the Mekong by ferry to visit the fascinating pre-Angkorian ruins of Wat Phu, one of Southeast Asia's most dramatically situated temples. To end the day, you travel by boat to the island of Don Daeng . Overnight at La Folie Lodge resort
Breakfast at the hotel. You have a free day at leisure today, to relax by the pool or hire bicycles to explore the island and its enchanting little villages.
After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Pakse and to the airport for your departing flight.
Designed for travellers who enjoy the outdoors, are in good health, and want an interesting yet relaxing holiday experience. These trips may involve walking, trekking, hiking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking at a very slow pace. Most of these trips are usually a week long in duration. These holidays usually include cultural activities and sightseeing that can be enjoyed by all. There will be exploring on foot as well. Most travellers will find themselves comfortable with the basic activity level trips.
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