Grade: ChallengingTrip Code: L LALPBSurrounded by thickly forested mountains and situated at the confluence of the Khan and Mekong Rivers, Luang Prabang has a tranquil, old world charm rarely found in Asia today. This fascinating town was the capital of the Lane Xang (million elephants) kingdom until the mid-sixteenth century. In colonial times it served as a provincial headquarters of the north. The legacy of the European presence here – well preserved French architecture and careful street planning – has blended delightfully with more than 30 gilded Buddhist temples to create a town rich in atmosphere and history.Day 1:Luang Prabang – Around World Heritage Site Temples and The Town of Luang Prabang by BikeWelcome to Luang Prabang! Your guide will meet you upon arrival at the airport and bring you to your hotel. Grab your bike, enjoy a half-day spin around Luang Prabang and you will understand why it deserves the World Heritage title! Visit Wat Visoun, the site of impressive Thad Makmo stupa. The rounded dome is stylistically more Sinhalese than Lao. Phou Sii hill stands right in the center of this small city. Climb its 350 steps to enjoy commanding views for many miles in each direction. Wat Phu Sii sits atop the mountain, along side the skeletons of Indochina war anti-aircraft guns! Then continue on to visit Wat Mai. Built in 1796, the five-tiered roof of the wooden Sim (chapel) epitomizes the graceful Luang Prabang architectural style. Wat Xieng Thong further emphasizes and characterizes the uniqueness of Luang Prabang, its several roofs sweeping low to the ground. See also the impressive “tree of life” mosaic here. The gilt panel on the exterior of the chapel depicts semi-erotic episodes from the Ramayana. Then visit the 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. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant, after which you can return to the hotel. This town is wonderful for walking and cycling, and today’s excursion will help to give you your bearings! Spend the rest of the day exploring or relaxing on your own until dinner. Tonight enjoy a dinner of traditional Luang Prabang food. (L,D)Day 2: Luang Prabang – Pak Ou Buddha Caves by Bike – Cruise to Luang PrabangAfter breakfast, cycle 25km north to visit the famous & sacred Pak Ou Buddha Caves. For those not up for the ride, our support vehicle will be on hand to help transport you. 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. Today many still pay respect with this old tradition. Walk through the caves before returning to Luang Prabang town by boat. Enjoy lunch en route.
Return to Luang Prabang for your afternoon and evening at leisure. (B,L)Day 3: Luang Prabang – Khuang Sii Waterfall by Bike – Lao MassageAfter breakfast, bike with your guide 28km to the Khuang Sii waterfall. The falls cascade over many calcified tiers and down several hundred feet into a series of cool, turquoise pools. The water here has a clear blue-green tint due to the high mineral content. You can climb the stairs and look down from various high viewpoints on the way to the top! Bring a bathing suit if you fancy a swim. Return to Luang Prabang by bike or in our support vehicle.
In the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Lao oil massage – you’ve earned it. What a relaxing way to sample Lao culture! Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. (B,L)Day 4:Luang Prabang –Ban Xang Khong Handicrafts Village by Bike – Onward Today after breakfast, cycle 3km to Ban Xang Khong. See their amazing locally-made silk weavings as well as mulberry paper items. This is a great stop for last minute souvenirs! Then return to your hotel, checkout and transfer to the airport for your flight onward. (B) TOUR COSTAll Tours are subject to an Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150.Cost per person on twin share basis as per itinerarylease ask for confirmation of the current Tour CostCost per person on twin share basis as per itinerary LALPBOne person travelling alone US$724 (Excludes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150)
Twin Sharing Per Person US$478 (Excludes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150)
Four persons Per Person US$388 (Excludes Acceptance Payment/Deposit of £150)ALSO AVAILABLE – Best Season: Mainly year round CHOMPHET CYCLING AND TREKKING ( 3 days) Grade: Moderate Trip Code LACCT3ELEPHANTS, BIKING and TREKKING Grade: Moderate rip Code: LALEBTPayment.1. On acceptance – £150 per person, Acceptance Payment/Deposit (non refundable) by cheque payable to “S W & M Miller”.Your Contract for all tour arrangements is directly with our Associate Company in Vietnam to whom payment for the tour is made.2. You pay eight weeks prior to arrival in Laos – or on Acceptance – 50% payable in US $, by Credit Card or International Bank Transfer, direct to Buffalo Tours, Vietman3. On arrival in Laos – the balance of 50% payable, in US $, by Credit Card or Cash.Please Note: A credit card charge may apply in certain countries.
35 days prior to arrival a cancellation fee of US$200 per person will be applicable.
30 days notice of cancellation a fee of 25% of the total amount will be applicable.
25 days notice of cancellation a fee of 50% of the total amount will be applicable
Less than 25 days notice incurs the full amount.
Acceptance Payment non refundable Included in the Cost
Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in 3 star hotels.
Any single room subject to supplement shown.
Room and breakfast basis – and meals as indicated in the itinerary (B), (L) and (D)
Full board at Wildlife Park if applicable.
All transfers and transport.
Services of an English speaking guide
Use of mountain bicycle
Reasonable supply of bottled water – in vehicle’s ice box
Train journeys where applicable
Domestic economy airfares, indicated in the itinerary, are subject to change.
Basic porterage at airports, rail stations and hotels (not tips).
All currently applicable taxes.
Where US$ are quoted the UK pounds price shown is for comparison only and is subject to change.
Excluded from the Cost
Expenses of a personal nature such as table drinks, laundry, telephone calls, Internet charges, mineral water, tips, shopping etc.
Any other meals or services not mentioned in the itinerary or ‘includes’ list.
Any international airfares to India and Asia
Any airport taxes where applicable in each country
Any subsequent increase in airfares, fuel costs, monuments/sightseeing fees.
Any other taxes subsequently introduced by Government, State or Tourist Ministry.