Vientiane Stopover Tour (3 Days/2 Nights )

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Vientiane Stopover Tour (3 Days/2 Nights )

Visit: Vientiane
The small and relaxed Lao capital of Vientiane sits on the northern bank of the Mekong River facing across to the even sleepier Thai town of Sri Chiang Mai. For many visitors, Vientiane is the first taste of Lao food, culture and hospitality and on all counts it does not disappoint. Actually pronounced Wiang Jan and translated as City of Sandalwood, the modern name of Vientiane comes courtesy of a bastardised French transliteration. Wiang actually means "fort" (City of Sandalwood sounds better than Fort of Sandalwood) but by all accounts it mustn't have been much of a fort, as the original city was over-run on a number of occasions by the Burmese and Chinese and was absolutely flattened by the Siamese (Thais) in 1828, after which the city was abandoned back to the jungle.

Day 1: Arrival - VienTiane (L, D)

Meet on arrival and you are welcome to Vientiane, the city of the moon - an ancient city, situated on the bend on the left bank of the Mekong as the largest city and the capital of Laos. Transfer to hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Vientiane, to visit religious museums of Wat Sisaket, the oldest temple to have been survived from the Siamese war of 1828 and its cloister contains more than 8000 Buddha statues; Wat Ho Prakeo, the former home-temple of the Emerald Buddha statue or Pra Keo, but today it contains a collection of Buddha statues, antiques and all artifacts found in around Vientiane; That Luang Stupa, the single most important monument in Laos, which was built to cover the original small stupa containing a piece of the chest bone of Buddha; Patouxay (Arch de Triumph), built quite recently in commemoration of those who died during the wars in the past and it is today as the land-mark of Vientiane. Meals: None. Transport: Private air-conditioned. Accommodation: Hotel.
 

Day 2: VienTiane - NamNgum Lake (B, L, D)

Breakfast at hotel, we depart to visit the Morning Market, the biggest shopping center in Vientiane and we take a full day trip by road No. 10 to Nam Ngum Lake (90 km N), with hundreds of small islands. We en route stop to visit a cottage-salt factory, where natural salt are extracted at Ban Bor village. After arriving at Nam Ngum Lake by noon, we enjoy our Lao food lunch at a restaurant by the Nam Ngum Lake. In the afternoon, we relax by taking a boat ride about 1 hour for panoramic view around small islands. On the way of returning to Vientiane along the road No. 13, we make a few stops at Ban Phone, a village where most people weaving bamboo-baskets, dinning tables, besides we will see how Lao traditional rice-whisky to be distilled, and we can have a taste and take a way. Before getting back to Vietniane, we also stop at Vang Xang, an archaeological site containing the 11th century stone carvings of Buddha sculptures hidden in the forest. Meals: B, L. Transport: Private air-conditioned, Boat. Accommodation: Hotel.
 

Day 3: VienTiane - Departure (B)

Following breakfast, we spend our independent exploration of this charming city by own till we depart to Wattay airport or the Friendship Bridge for departure to next destination.
Price per person in US$
Category
2 Pax

4 - 6 Pax

7 - 9 Pax

Single Sup

3 Star
295
260 210 40
4 Star
360
330 300 100
5 Star
420
380 350 270

Included:

  • Baggage handling and porterage.
  • Private air-conditioned transport + boat.
  • Tours with English speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Refreshing tower and drinking water on tour.
  • Accommodation in twin or double-sharing room.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner).
  • Service charge & government tax.

Excluded:

  • Visa fee.
  • Travel insurance against any personal injury of illness and damage of the property incurred during the course of this trip.
  • International air tickets to / from Laos.
  • Departure tax.
  • Personal expenses such as: drinks, phone calls, laundry, tip...etc.

See Also

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Surrounding Vientiane 2 Days 1 Night
Laos at Glance 8 Days/7 Nights
Listen to Bird Calls 3 Days 2 Nights
North Laos Discovery Tour 9 Days/8 Nights
Impressions of Luang Prabang 4 Days
Explorer Laos 7 Days
Ancient Luang Prabang 3 Days
Luang Prabang 5 Days/4 Nights
Emotion of Laos 9 Days/8 Nights
Laos Soft Adventure Tour 6 Days/5 Nights
Romantic Mekong River 4 Days / 3 Nights
World Heritage Luang Prabang 3 Days / 2 Nights
Mysteries of Laos 5 Days
Heritage Road of Laos 8 Days

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