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  • Taste of Luang Prabang

    Code: LFT04 - Duration: 5 Days
    Start: Luang Prabang | Finish: Luang Prabang
  • Once the former capital of Laos, Luang Prabang is regarded as the most romantic town in Southeast Asia and very worth to spend more time. Within 5 days, you will have the opportunity to discover the its tranquil streets and splendidly decorated royal temples. The arrival date is marked visit beautiful temples such as Wat Xiengthong, Wat Mai & Wat Sene. You will also take part in a cooking class to learn about the art of Lao cuisine and take a boat trip on Nam Ou River to explore Pak Ou Cave with thousands of gold lacquered Buddha statues of various shapes and sizes & nice Khaung Si Waterfall. You and your family will experience scenic Elephant rides through paddies along the riverbank to a nearby village.

    Highlights:

    • See the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temples and meet local people
    • Take part in cooking class and admire the wonderful Khuang Si Waterfall 
    • Cruise to mysterious Pak Ou Cave on Nam Ou River
    • Enjoy traditional Lao massage 
    • Elephant riding to the stunning Tad Sae Waterfall
    • Charming hotels in great locations
    • Comfortable & spacious vehicle for transfers

    Itinerary in brief:

    Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival (-/-/D)
    Day 2: Luang Prabang - Lao Royal Cooking Course – Khuang Si Waterfall (B/L/-)
    Day 3: Luang Prabang - Pak Ou Cave - Traditional Lao Massage (B/L/-)
    Day 4: Luang Prabang - Elephant Riding - Ban Xang Khong Handicraft Village (B/L/-)
    Day 5: Luang Prabang - Departure (B/-/-)

    • Ability to change the direction of the program
    • Possibility of an extension in Vietnam & Cambodia 

    Notes:

    - We specialize in “tailor-made” tours for groups of two or more. We carefully inspect each step of your journey from the accommodation to the perfect guide to suit your needs
    - The itinerary is open to modification to fit your personal travel needs
    - Modifications to the itinerary may increase the price of the package
    - For the price of this trip, just ask for a quote by clicking on "TOUR PRICE"

    - If you are looking for a trip modified to your requirements, please send us your needs by filling out the form in Customize your trip” 
    - We will contact and send you a quote, excluding holiday period, within 48 hours of receiving your request. 

  • Day 1: Luang Prabang arrival (-/-/D)

    Luang Prabang - Airport : 5km, 11min drive

    Upon arrival in Luang Prabang by flight XX, meet our guide and driver at airport and transfer to city center.

    Check-in hotel (room available at around 13h30).

    We then start with the visit of Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao, Phou Si hill stands right in the center of this small city. We will limb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phou Si sits on a top the mountain.

    Then continue on to visit Wat Mai, Wat Xieng Thong and National Museum - once a king’s palace, where displayed inside is a lovely collection of personal artifacts of the royal family, including photos, musical instruments, and many gifts received from the dignitaries of foreign countries.

    Return to the hotel. This town is wonderful for walking, spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing until dinner. Tonight we will enjoy a dinner of traditional Luang Prabang food.

    Meals Included: Dinner
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

    Day 2: Luang Prabang - Lao Royal Cooking Course – Khuang Si Waterfall (B/L/-)

    cooking classAfter breakfast at hotel, we will meet the chef at the cooking school. Travel together to visit the colorful and vibrant Phou Si Market, where we will make our guided food selections. At the restaurant prepare the ingredients for cooking and then fix the dishes under a sun roof in our airy garden. The chef will explain to us the differences of South East Asian cuisines and distribute printed recipes providing us with the possibility to cook Lao food for your friends at home! Enjoy the lunch that we prepared! After lunch, we will drive to the Kuang Si waterfall. We can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Later in the afternoon return to your hotel and free at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

    Day 3: Pak Ou Cave - Traditional Lao Massage (B/L/-)

    Breakfast at hotel,

    pak ou buddha cave, tonkin travelWe will begin with Mekong River boat trip with our guide on the mighty Mekong River to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. These caves, overlooking the confluence of the Mekong & Ou Rivers from on high, have been home to many thousands of Buddha images that were placed here by local people since 16th century, when King Setthathirat found the caves and declared them a holy spot.

    Walk through the caves before returning to our boat and to Luang Prabang town. Enjoy lunch en route. This afternoon, we will enjoy a traditional Lao oil massage for an hour. What a relaxing way to sample local culture! Afterwards, return to our hotel for your evening free at leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

    Day 4: Elephant Riding - Ban Xang Khong Handicraft Village (B/L/-)

    Breakfast at hotel,

    elephant camp laos toruTravel outside of town to an Elephant Camp. Learn about these magnificent creatures as we take one for a ride! Elephant rides are scenic, tranquil, relaxing and require no specific fitness. In the wet season (July – January) ride our elephant to the stunning Tad Sae waterfall. In the dry season (February – June) your elephant will take us through rice paddies along the riverbank and to a nearby village. Enjoy lunch and then return to Luang Prabang. On the way back, stop in Ban Xang Khong to see their amazing locally made silk weavings as well as mulberry paper items. This is a great stop for souvenirs!

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accommodation: Hotel in Luang Prabang

    Day 5: Luang Prabang - Departure (B/-/-)

    Depending on your departing flight you may have time at leisure before your transfer to the airport for departure. End of our services.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  • Prices

    This trip is private and therefore can be altered to suit your needs, date of commencement and budget requirements.

    Prices vary due to a number of specifics:

    • Seasonal: during high season (October-April), the prices of services are generally higher when compared to the low season (May-September).
    • The number of participants: the more of you that travel together the less you will pay!
    • The choice of hotels: Fairly obvious one here; a 5-star hotel can cost ten times as much as a 2 star hotel.
    • The activities during the trip: Two trips on the same itinerary and of the same length can have two different prices depending on the number and nature of activities included.
    • The booking date: In some cases, booking your trip late can drastically affect prices due to their low availability.

    Inclusion:

    • Accommodation as recommended or similar category according to availability.
    • Transfers according to program by private air-conditioned vehicle with driver except free day
    • English-speaking guide’s assistance at every stage
    • Meals as indicated in program (B: Breakfast /L: Lunch / D: Dinner)
    • Entrance fees for attractions included in the program
    • All activities and cruises clearly mentioned in the program
    • Water and cool tissues
    • Government taxes & service charge

    Exclusion:

    • Other drinks and meals not clearly mentioned
    • Personal expenditures, tips and gratuities
    • Travel insurance (compulsory)
    • Any service not clearly mentioned in the program
    • International air transfers associated with airport taxes
    • Laos visa (30USD/pax for stamp fee)

    Booking

    Here are 2 steps to book your trip with Tonkin-Travel:

    Step 1. Focus on your travel program:

    You can choose this trip as is or customize it to your specific desires. Just click on the “Customize this trip” tab and fill in the form. One of our travel consultants will contact you within 48 hours to develop the travel program based on your specifications.

    Step 2. Booking:

    • Following the first step, tour program is selected and we access the rates.
    • Upon confirmation of the trip, the registration must be accompanied by a deposit up to 25% of the total estimate.
    • For programs with private junk (cruise) and/or 5 star hotels, the deposit is represented by 30% of the total estimate.
    • Tonkin-Travel carries out the booking process upon receipt of the deposit. Confirmation of these reservations is sent to customer within 10 days via email

    Nature of travel

    This trip is private. That implies:

    • You will be escorted by a private guide and driver. This approach guarantees a smooth trip with fewer organizational constraints.
    • You will be the master of your trip. We guarantee flexibility in organizing visits at your request.
    • Our services will be personalized according to your desires. Thus the proposals in this package are not fixed and you can bring suggest all the desired changes.
    • You receive individualized care: ample food, organizing small events (anniversary, honeymoon, etc.), targeted information, followed necessary modifications, etc.

    Accommodation

    • Accommodation is an important expenditure of your trip. When you choose a luxury trip for example, the accommodation can represent three quarters of the price. Thus, your choice of hotels is closely related to your budget.
    • Tonkin-Travel has negotiated rates with a wide range of hotels from 2 to 5 stars.
    • In some places you will have the option to choose ‘home-stay’. Although this provides less comfort that a hotel it is a truly authentic experience and highly recommended for at least one night of your journey.

    Transport

    All transfers during your trip are covered by private vehicle with driver, unless otherwise indicated in our offer. We ensure that our vehicles are new and comfortable. Fuel, tolls, accommodation, compensation and the driver are included in our offer. Only gratuities are not included and are at your discretion.

    The size of the selected vehicle is based on the number of tour participants according to the following quality standards:

    No. of participants

    2 pax

    3 pax

    From 4 to 7 pax

    From 8 to 14 pax

    From 15 to 20 pax

    Vehicle size

    Car 4-7 seats

    Car 7 or minivan 
    16 seats

    Minivan 16 seats

    Bus 24 seats

    Bus 35 or 45 seats

    Domestic flights

    If your trip includes domestic flights if any, they will be operated by Vietnam Airlines, the largest airline in Vietnam. The fleet consists mainly of Airbus and Boeing. On some short trips, the company operates 72 ATR and some Fokker.

    Rail transport

    Train travel can be offered (particularly between Hanoi-Lao Cai and Hanoi-Hue). Travelling at a speed of 60km/h on average it is not necessarily the fastest but an interesting experience nonetheless.

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