Laos (April 2020)

A$1,999
POSTPONED
A$1,999
POSTPONED

From the French facades of Luang Prabang to the temples of Vientiane, join us on a brilliant small group solos tour and unlock the heart of this unforgettable Country. During this short but enlightening tour, you will get to experience the dreamy essence of Laos, along with the colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards and gilded Buddhist temples.

A peaceful oasis among the chaos that defines much of Southeast Asia, Laos is a comparatively relaxed country that is nonetheless bursting with pride, history and colour. In this 8 day trip, you will soak up the best of what Laos has to offer. Travel from the lush forests and limestone cliffs of Luang Prabang to the gilded capital Vientiane, where evidence of French colonial rule still exists among the myriad wats and stupas.

Highlights of the laid-back Laos tour include:

  • Rise with the sun and watch saffron-robed monks shuffle between houses, where the faithful wait with offerings as part of an alms giving ritual.
  • See the crowning-jewel of Laos’ spiritual monuments – Pha That Luang, a shining Buddhist stupa that sits on ground that has been considered holy for thousands of years.
  • Splash in the blue waters of Kuang Si Waterfall, where multi-tiered cascades ensconced by thick jungle give the appearance of a Laotian Eden.
  • Visit the rescued Asian bears at an ethical and sustainable sanctuary which rehibilitates and provides a safe-haven for them to frolic.
  • Taste the sweet and sour delights of local cuisine while travelling throughout the country.
  • Cruise down the mighty Mekong River to the limestone caves of Pak Ou, which practically overflow with icons of the Buddha.

Will you join us?

Day 1 – Wednesday 15th April 2020 ARRIVE LUANG PRABANG

Welcome to Laos! Upon arrival, your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel. The day is then yours at lesiure, until the group meet for a tour briefing this evening.

Accommodation: Your own standard room at ‘Villa Chitdara 1’, Luang Prabang (3.5 stars)


Day 2 – Thursday 16th April 2020 LUANG PRABANG- ALMS GIVING CEREMONY, KUANG SI WATERFALLS, BEAR SANCTUARY AND CITY TOUR (B,L)

An optional early start gives you the fantastic opportunity to participate in the daily morning alms giving ritual to saffron clad monks. This tradition is unique to Laos, being the only Buddhist nation still preserving this procession. Next we briefly visit a local market where we can explore the foods and smells, before returning to our hotel to enjoy breakfast. We then head off to Luang Prabang on a sightseeing tour. We visit some of the famous temples – Wat Xiengthong, Wat Sene Xoukharam and Wat Visoun. We also visit the former Royal Palace, a commanding structure in the center of town that until 1946 was the heart of the Lang Xang Kingdom. Today it is the National Museum, and its halls contain rare religious and cultural artefacts. In the afternoon we travel further afield to visit the stunning Kuang Si Waterfalls. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. We will get the opportunity to visit the Asian Bear Rescue Centre. Swinging in hammocks playing with tyres and generally frolicking in a wonderland made just for them, the bears at the Tat Kuang Si Bear Resue Centre have plenty to be happy about- since they were all rescued from poachers looking to harvest their parts. Next we get to enjoy our picnic lunch at the falls. Today we will also observe the local village Ban Na Ouan, the Hmong tribe and experience their day-to-day lives. Upon return to Luang Prabang in the late afternoon, we climb 328 steps to the top of Mount Phousi and enjoy panoramic views of the city and sunset from the hillside. We then explore the night market which is open from dusk until about 10pm. Browse for colourful textiles, quilts, carvings, basketry, ceramics, clothing and handmade paper before returning to the hotel

Accommodation: Your own standard room at ‘Villa Chitdara 1’, Luang Prabang (3.5 stars)


Day 3 – Friday 17th April 2020 LUANG PRABANG – VILLAGES & PAK OU CAVES (B, L)

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre located in a historical building preserved by UNESCO. The exhibition here consists of traditional clothing, religious artifacts and daily working tools of Lao minorities that will help you understand more about their lifestyle and traditions. Afterwards, we transfer to the pier and take a long-tailed boat for an upstream cruise. During the cruise, you will be treated a stunning display of nature along the river. From the distance you can see limestone cliffs where the hidden Pak Ou Caves are located. The cave is home to thousands of Buddha statues which make the region a revered one. Take your time to explore numerous images hidden in the cave. Then, make your way back to the city. En-route, stop to visit Ban Xang Hai village to learn more about the making process of the traditional Lao rice whisky. It is a great chance to taste its unique flavor. Next we move onto Ban Xang Khong village- famous for its wood, paper and Lao silk weaving. On the way back to hotel, we will stop to visit the H’mong Night Market where you can find a lot of traditional Laos style souvenirs. This market is also a paradise for the street food lover, and you can have dinner at any number of fabulous stalls. Our guide will suggest many reputable places to enjoy traditional street food, or a hot pot at a nice restaurant at the river bank. Afterwards, we transfer back to hotel.

Accommodation: Your own standard room at ‘Villa Chitdara 1’, Luang Prabang (3.5 stars)


Day 4 – Saturday 18th April 2020 LUANG PRABANG – DRIVE TO XIENG KHOUANG (B, L)

Today we travel to Xiengkouang Province through the high mountains with spectacular views. The journey takes about 7 hours and along the way we’ll stop at some view points and local Hmong villages. We drive out to visit the Plain of Jars, an impressive archaeological site where hundreds of large stone jars are littered all over the plateau. We stay overnight at the hotel and eat by the banks of the river.

Accommodation: Your own deluxe room at the ‘Vansana Plain of Jars’ hotel (3.5 stars)


Day 5 – Sunday 19th April 2020 XIENG KHOANG – OVERLAND VANG VIENG (B,L)

After breakfast we take a six-hour drive along picturesque winding roads to Vang Vieng. There are stunning vistas of towering limestone karst hills around every turn and great photo opportunities of the Hmong tribal villages along the way. You will have lunch on the way to Vang Vieng at a local restaurant. Arrive into Vang Vieng later in the afternoon in time for sunset views over the river and spectacular mountain scenery.

Accommodation: Your own deluxe room at the ‘Inthira Hotel, Vang Vieng’ (4 stars)


Day 6 – Monday 20th April 2020 VANG VIENG FREE DAY (B)

After breakfast this morning, we visit the Tham Jang caves. We have time to enjoy a leisurely walk around the caves before returning to Vang Vieng. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Vang vieng on your own. There are markets, cafes, swimming in the river, walks or interesting people watching to enjoy. There are also numerous activities available at an extra charge such as kayaking, ziplining, biking, caving tours and a Hot Air Balloon flight!

Accommodation: Your own deluxe room at the ‘Inthira Hotel, Vang Vieng’ (4 stars)


Day 7 – Tuesday 21st April 2020 VANG VIENG – VIENTIANE (B, L, D)

After breakfast we continue our journey to Vientiane. On the way we will visit Vang Sang- where dozens of Buddha images dating from the 16th century remain. After arriving at Vientiane we explore some of the hidden charms of the City. We’ll visit various historic sites including Vat Phra Keo (one of the most impressive and interesting temples in Vientiane), Vat Sisaket (features beautiful architecture) Pha That Louang (one of the most representative places of Buddhism and the splendor of Laos, as well as being a monument of national pride) and Patuxay (the most prominent landmark in the city which offers an excellent panoramic view of the city). We will make our way to the famous Buddha Park – home to hundreds of Buddha statues and an enormous Buddha image which is 40m in length. Take your time to explore the unique statues with different size and shapes of human, Godheads and animals. We’ll also visit the COPE Center (a non-profit organisation) which assists thousands of people with mobility- related disabilities, including UXO survivors. Tonight the group will enjoy local delicacies at their farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Your own deluxe room at the ‘City Inn Hotel, Vientiane’ (3.5 stars)


Day 8 – Wednesday 22nd April 2020 DEPART VIENTIANE (B)

Your ‘Laid Back Laos’ tour will come to an end today. This morning is yours to enjoy breakfast at leisure and your room is also available to be used until 12noon.

You will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight home, or onwards to further adventures. Alternately, if you wish to extend your stay please request your Two’s a Crowd travel consultant to book your post-tour accommodation and any further arrangements you need.

TOUR PRICE A$1,999 PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES AND TAXES

TOUR DATES: 15TH – 22ND APRIL 2020

Villa Chitdara 1:

Overlooking the Mekong River, this family-run hotel set in a French Colonial-style villa is a 7-minute walk from the bronze Buddha of the Phra Bang and a 12-minute walk from Mount Phousi.  Formal rooms with warm wood decor feature furnished balconies, free Wi-Fi, cable TVs, safes and minibars. A free breakfast buffet is served in an elegant cafe/bar and on a garden terrace. Other amenities include laundry service and parking.

Vansana Plain of Jars:

Situated in central Vientiane, located on Phongnam Road and a mere 10-minute walk to a multitude of cultural, historical, and tourist attractions, and not far from nature parks. Featuring 38 modern rooms decorated with an Asian theme, all set beautifully atop a hill overlooking the surroundings. Guests can enjoy delectable international and local dishes at the on-site restaurant, and a cold drink at the bar or nightclub.

Inthira Hotel:

Set along the Nam Song River, this modern hotel with a concrete facade is a kilometer from Route 13 and 7 km from the lagoon at Tham Poukham Cave.  The relaxed rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers, plus balconies with river views. Room service is available. Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include an industrial-style restaurant with a terrace, and an outdoor pool overlooking the river.

City Inn Hotel:

Set on a leafy street amid shops and eateries, this relaxed hotel is 2 km from the banks of the Mekong River, 4 km from Pha That Luang gold-covered Buddhist monument and 5 km from Wattay International Airport. Featuring private balconies, the warmly decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as safes, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add separate living rooms and kitchenettes. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. There’s also an airy restaurant/bar with a terrace. Massage treatments can be arranged.

Weather

Laos has a tropical monsoon climate, with a pronounced rainy season from May through October, a cool dry season from November through February, and a hot dry season in March and April. Generally, monsoons occur at the same time across the country, although that time may vary significantly from one year to the next.

Money

The official national currency in Laos is the Lao kip (K). Although only kip is legally negotiable in everyday transactions, in reality three currencies are used for commerce: kip, Thai baht (B) and US dollars (US$). Tipping is not customary in Laos except in tourist-oriented restaurants, where 10% of the bill is appreciated, but only if a service charge hasn’t already been added.

Electricity

Electricity in Laos. In Laos the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, E and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Visas

Citizens of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as Japan, South Korea, Russia and Switzerland, enjoy visa-free access to Laos. Most other nationalities can obtain their visa on arrival, including EU citizens, North Americans and Australians. Citizens of some African and Middle Eastern countries must apply for a visa in advance.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout.
  • Accommodation at listed hotels (or similar) in your own room with daily breakfasts.
  • All transport as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfasts, L= lunches and D=dinners).
  • All entrance fees as detailed in itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide throughout.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Cold drinking water and refreshing towels for touring.
  • Standard NIB Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates (underwritten by XL).

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights and taxes.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Visas: Obtain your entry Visa upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport.
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary as ‘included’.
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, telephone calls and other expenditure of an individual nature.

From the French facades of Luang Prabang to the temples of Vientiane, join us on a brilliant small group solos tour and unlock the heart of this unforgettable Country. During this short but enlightening tour, you will get to experience the dreamy essence of Laos, along with the colonial mansions, tree-lined boulevards and gilded Buddhist temples.

A peaceful oasis among the chaos that defines much of Southeast Asia, Laos is a comparatively relaxed country that is nonetheless bursting with pride, history and colour. In this 8 day trip, you will soak up the best of what Laos has to offer. Travel from the lush forests and limestone cliffs of Luang Prabang to the gilded capital Vientiane, where evidence of French colonial rule still exists among the myriad wats and stupas.

Highlights of the laid-back Laos tour include:

  • Rise with the sun and watch saffron-robed monks shuffle between houses, where the faithful wait with offerings as part of an alms giving ritual.
  • See the crowning-jewel of Laos’ spiritual monuments – Pha That Luang, a shining Buddhist stupa that sits on ground that has been considered holy for thousands of years.
  • Splash in the blue waters of Kuang Si Waterfall, where multi-tiered cascades ensconced by thick jungle give the appearance of a Laotian Eden.
  • Visit the rescued Asian bears at an ethical and sustainable sanctuary which rehibilitates and provides a safe-haven for them to frolic.
  • Taste the sweet and sour delights of local cuisine while travelling throughout the country.
  • Cruise down the mighty Mekong River to the limestone caves of Pak Ou, which practically overflow with icons of the Buddha.

Will you join us?

TOUR PRICE A$1,999 PLUS INTERNATIONAL AIRFARES AND TAXES

TOUR DATES: 15TH – 22ND APRIL 2020

Villa Chitdara 1:

Overlooking the Mekong River, this family-run hotel set in a French Colonial-style villa is a 7-minute walk from the bronze Buddha of the Phra Bang and a 12-minute walk from Mount Phousi.  Formal rooms with warm wood decor feature furnished balconies, free Wi-Fi, cable TVs, safes and minibars. A free breakfast buffet is served in an elegant cafe/bar and on a garden terrace. Other amenities include laundry service and parking.

Vansana Plain of Jars:

Situated in central Vientiane, located on Phongnam Road and a mere 10-minute walk to a multitude of cultural, historical, and tourist attractions, and not far from nature parks. Featuring 38 modern rooms decorated with an Asian theme, all set beautifully atop a hill overlooking the surroundings. Guests can enjoy delectable international and local dishes at the on-site restaurant, and a cold drink at the bar or nightclub.

Inthira Hotel:

Set along the Nam Song River, this modern hotel with a concrete facade is a kilometer from Route 13 and 7 km from the lagoon at Tham Poukham Cave.  The relaxed rooms come with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers, plus balconies with river views. Room service is available. Breakfast is complimentary. Other amenities include an industrial-style restaurant with a terrace, and an outdoor pool overlooking the river.

City Inn Hotel:

Set on a leafy street amid shops and eateries, this relaxed hotel is 2 km from the banks of the Mekong River, 4 km from Pha That Luang gold-covered Buddhist monument and 5 km from Wattay International Airport. Featuring private balconies, the warmly decorated rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks, as well as safes, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Suites add separate living rooms and kitchenettes. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet and parking are complimentary. There’s also an airy restaurant/bar with a terrace. Massage treatments can be arranged.

Weather

Laos has a tropical monsoon climate, with a pronounced rainy season from May through October, a cool dry season from November through February, and a hot dry season in March and April. Generally, monsoons occur at the same time across the country, although that time may vary significantly from one year to the next.

Money

The official national currency in Laos is the Lao kip (K). Although only kip is legally negotiable in everyday transactions, in reality three currencies are used for commerce: kip, Thai baht (B) and US dollars (US$). Tipping is not customary in Laos except in tourist-oriented restaurants, where 10% of the bill is appreciated, but only if a service charge hasn’t already been added.

Electricity

Electricity in Laos. In Laos the power plugs and sockets are of type A, B, C, E and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Visas

Citizens of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as Japan, South Korea, Russia and Switzerland, enjoy visa-free access to Laos. Most other nationalities can obtain their visa on arrival, including EU citizens, North Americans and Australians. Citizens of some African and Middle Eastern countries must apply for a visa in advance.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host accompanies group throughout.
  • Accommodation at listed hotels (or similar) in your own room with daily breakfasts.
  • All transport as mentioned by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfasts, L= lunches and D=dinners).
  • All entrance fees as detailed in itinerary.
  • English speaking local guide throughout.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Cold drinking water and refreshing towels for touring.
  • Standard NIB Travel Insurance Policy. Additional premium may be payable if over 69 years, have an existing medial condition or wish to extend your travelling dates (underwritten by XL).

Tour Exclusions:

  • International flights and taxes.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Visas: Obtain your entry Visa upon arrival at Luang Prabang Airport.
  • Services and meals if not mentioned in itinerary as ‘included’.
  • All drinks, including water, soft drink and alcohol on all included or optional excursion.
  • Personal expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, telephone calls and other expenditure of an individual nature.
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