Essential Laos

Luang Prabang and Vientiane

Essential Laos

Discover Vientiane, the capital of Laos, and the world heritage town of Luang Prabang in 7 days. This short itinerary is suitable as a standalone option or as an extension to a broader overview of South East Asia.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Laos

    Your tour begins in Luang Prabang, northern Laos. On arrival at Luang Prabang airport, you'll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

  2. Day 2: Explore Luang Prabang

    We recommend waking early this morning to watch the alms ceremony, a daily ritual as ancient as some of Luang Prabang's temples. Otherwise, enjoy a leisurely breakfast; your tour doesn't begin until late morning.

  3. Day 3: Mekong River Cruise; Pak Ou Caves

    An early start this morning, as you embark on a boat cruise on the Mekong River. Your destination is the Pak Ou Caves, but you'll also stop along the way at a local weaving village and at the royal temple of Wat Long Khun.

  4. Day 4: Luang Prabang sightseeing

    This morning visit the Phousi Market, where you'll find products such as dried buffalo skin, locally-grown tea and saltpetre, among the poultry, fruit, and fabrics that are the stuff of daily life in Laos.

  5. Day 5: Luang Prabang to Vientiane

    Morning flight to Vientiane, where you’ll be met on arrival by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre.

  6. Day 6: Vientiane City tour

    Begin your tour of Vientiane with the capital’s major religious sites, including the former royal temple Wat Phra Kaew—once home to the Emerald Buddha that now resides in the temple of the same name in Bangkok—and the city's oldest surviving temple, Wat Si Saket.

  7. Day 7: Departure

    Free until you transfer to Vientiane airport for your return flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.

7 days from £1135pp


7 days from £1135pp

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We chose to go with Gane & Marshall as they offer such superb support and service.

Phil and Patti