LAOS AND MUANG LA TOUR

Mountain vistas, remote villages and waterfalls

Laos with Muang La Tour

Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests, which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous culture of the people, with a mix of Aryan and Mongoloid people, on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans a total of 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks that are higher than 7000m.


LAOS MUANG LA OVERVIEW

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

Day-2: Vientiane - Oudomxay- Muang La

Day-3: Muang La - Exploration

Day-4: Muang La - Luang Prabang

Day-5: Luang Prabang

Day-6: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall and Pak Ou Caves

Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure

 

LAOS MUANG LA ITINERARY

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

On arrival in Vientiane, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.Time permitting, your half day city tour enables us to see the major temples of Vientiane including the oldest, Wat Sisaket, a temple of thousands of miniature Buddha statues, and the former royal temple of Wat Prakeo, which previously housed the famous Emerald Buddha Image. We also visit Laos national icon, That Luang Stupa, and we stop to take some pictures of the imposing Patuxay Monument, which is Vientiane's own Arc de Triomphe.


Day-2: Vientiane - Udomxay - Muang La (B)

Following the morning at leisure, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight up to Udomxay.Here we have the chance to visit the intriguing Pra Xack Kham Temple with its sacred Buddha image. The 400 years old legendary statue is said to have many supernatural powers, and is widely worshipped among the faithful local Buddhists. We stop in Muang La, famous for its natural hot springs for the night.No activities are planned for the rest of the day so you can stroll around the village or just relax at the riverside retreat enjoying a massage or some time in the hot springs.


Day-3: Muang La - Exploration (B-L)

Today we explore the local area and undertake an easy trek around the beautiful surrounding countryside visiting the numerous ethnic hill tribes that reside around the area.The evening can be spent back at the resort relaxing in the natural hot springs, taking a traditional massage and enjoying the excellent local Lao cuisine in the restaurant.


Day-4: Muang La - Luang Prabang (B)

Todays drive south takes us through some of the most stunning mountain scenery you will find in South East Asia, with plenty of opportunities to stop off at the various Khmu and H'mong villages along the way.We shall reach Luang Prabang by mid afternoon, where you have the rest of the day to relax and take in the enchanting city.You may wish to spend the evening exploring the local night market.


Day-5: Luang Prabang -full day city tour (B)

Your full day city tour begins after breakfast, with a visit to the Royal Palace Museum, which hosts a range of interesting artifacts. We then enjoy a short-guided tour seeing the city's oldest temple of Wat Sene and the magnificent Wat Xiengthong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represents classical Laotian architecture. Today, we also visit the impressive stupa of Wat Visoun and the shrine of Wat Aham.

Following lunch, we visit the Arts and Ethnology Centre to learn about Laos' many ethnic cultures before we head out of town to see the weaving villages of Ban Xiengkhong and Ban Xienglek.We then return to the city for a visit to Wat Mai. We then climb up to the top of Mount Phousi for an enjoyable exploration of the sacred, gilded stupa as well as a panoramic view of the city at sunset and the Mekong River.The tour ends after a visit to the famous Night Market, where you can find a lovely selection of handmade textiles made by local and hilltribe people surrounding Luang Prabang.


Note:

the Royal Palace Museum is closed on Tuesdays


Day-6: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall and Pak Ou Caves (B)

First we visit the morning Phousi Market, where you will see such diverse offerings as dried buffalo skin, local tea and saltpeter among the chickens, vegetables and hill-tribe weavings. Laos is also known for its traditional crafts, and today you will visit local villages of Lao ethnic minority groups at Ban Ouay, a Hmong village, Ban Ou a Laoloum village and Ban Thapene, a Khmu village.This then takes us to the beautiful Khuang Si Waterfall where you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the pools or walk along the forest trails. We then return to Luang Prabang. This afternoon, 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.Along the way, we stop at the village of Ban Xanghai, where they make the local rice wine. On return, we disembark the boat to visit traditional villages, and continue taking a short drive to Ban Phanom, a village famous for its hand weaving.


Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure (B)

Depending on your flight, you may have time at leisure before you will be transferred to the airport in time for your departing flight.


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Laos Vietnam Variations

 
Laos with Pak Ou Caves 7 Days Vietnam Cooking Tour 13 Days

Day-1: Arrival - Vientiane

Day-2: Vientiane - Prabaht Ponsan - Sala Hin Boun

Day-3: Sala Hin Boun - Kong Lor Cave

Day-4: Sala Hin Boun - Vientiane - Luang Prabang

Day-5: Luang Prabang -Kuang Si Waterfall

Day-6: Luang Prabang, Ban Khia Luang - Pak Ou Caves

Day-7: Luang Prabang - Departure

Day-1: Arrival in Hanoi

Day-2: Hanoi cooking class with Madame Anh Tuyet

Day-3: Hanoi - Ha Long Bay

Day-4: Ha Long Bay - Hanoi

Day-: Hanoi street food tasting - Hue

Day-6: Hue - cooking class

Day-7: Hue - Hoi An - My Son

Day-8: Hoi An - cooking class

Day-9: Hoi An - Saigon

Day-10: Ho Chi Minh city - Cu Chi tunnels

 Day-11: Ho Chi Minh city - Mekong

Day-12: Mekong delta - Saigon A

Alternative for Day-10+11: Mekong Eyes cruise

Day-13: Saigon Departure After breakfast, you'll be free until your transfer to Tan Son Nhat airport.  

Your Questions Answered

the country does have two very distinct seasons. The dry season runs from October through April, and the wet season runs from May through September. Typically the hottest months of the year span from March through June. Rainfall is typically more sporadic early in the wet season, and becomes more consistent and heavy as the wet season progresses through the summer months.
Temperatures are affected by the altitude, with the northern parts of the country being slightly cooler than the lower Mekong basin of the South. During rainy season, temperatures in the valleys can average around 85 F (29 C) and top 95 F (35 C). Averages cool off to around 62 F (17 C) in the north and 73 F (23 C) in the southern regions during the coolest months of December and January.
Laos staples include sticky rice, padaek (a type of fermented fish paste/sauce) combined with a variety of vegetables and dipping sauces. Meats are often added only as a supplement, such as goat, duck, chicken, pork, and freshwater fish. Spices used include lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chilies, lime leaves, mint, cilantro, & shallots. Meats are often grilled or ground up into a spiced mixture. Fish and chicken based soups with noodles and vegetables are also common, along with spicy greens and salads.
The official currency of Laos is the Laos Kip (LAK), with 1 USD = 8500 LAK. Thai Baht and USD are also used in some major tourist destinations. Please note LAK are virtually useless outside of Laos, so make sure to change the majority of your local currency back to USD, EUR, or GBP before exiting the country at either the airport or reputable exchange shops with a good rate.
Yes you can and we can easily plan your trek on dates that suit you.
Laos is largely a safe country with thousands of tourists enjoying trouble-free holidays there every year. While there are some off-limits areas, which contain unexploded bombs left over from warfare. Respecting these boundaries is crucial to protect you from the potential bombs. In any destinations in the world, tourists are usually looked on as easy targets for theft, bag snatching and other petty crimes. And in Laos, it is no different. So it is wise to take usual precautions to protect your belongings and personal safety.